Tourism Facilitation Plan Extended – Rickford

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Lake Superior
Shoreline along Lake Superior - photo courtesy of Ministry of Natural Resources
Greg Rickford MP
Greg Rickford MP Kenora

KENORA –  “We have heard loud and clear from camp owners and other stakeholders regarding this issue, especially in Northwestern Ontario”, stated Greg Rickford, the Kenora MP. Rickford is referring to the extension of the Tourism Facilitation Action Plan for the 2013/2014 season. “For a couple of years now and we have worked closely with Minister Kenney’s office to put this extension in place”.

“While this is a major first step in the right direction, we will continue to work hard on making concrete improvements to the rehabilitation process in the future,” added Rickford.

Extension of the Tourism Facilitation Action Plan Announced

Introduced in March 2012, TFAP is geared to facilitate travel for eligible visitors with a one-time temporary resident permit and fee waiver.  Visitors who are currently inadmissible due to minor offences such as mischief or driving under the influence (DUI) would be eligible if they had served no jail time and shown no evidence of repeat behaviour.

Rickford says, “The extension of the Tourism Facilitation Action Plan is a major step forward in addressing border crossing concerns raised by municipalities, chambers of commerce and tourist operations. The extension of this program means that visitors who have not already taken advantage of this program may do so this year at the discretion of CBSA officers”.

“We understand that changes to legislation and laws are difficult endeavours for any government but we are encouraged by the positive results from the introduction of TFAP last year. We understand that border agents were cordial and helpful in explaining how this new initiative works and we are pleased to hear that this initiative will continue this upcoming season,” commented Mike Loewen, Executive Director of the Patricia Regional Tourist Council.

“While our Government remains tough on crime and the safety of Canadians is priority, we also recognize the importance of the economic and tourism benefits to the local economy with programs like TFAP. Whether people are visiting for business or tourism-related reasons, the extension of TFAP for another season is great news,” concluded Rickford.

 

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