Dear Industry Partner,

As the Fall approaches, we find ourselves getting closer to the September 20th Federal Election and TIANS remains committed to working on your behalf leading up to the election of Canada’s next leader.  We have been in communication with Nova Scotia’s 2021 election candidates, reiterating the importance of the Tourism Sector in rebuilding our Province, and our Country.  Now more than ever, as we emerge from the global pandemic, it is crucial that we remain steadfast in our ongoing calls for Government programs and supports for Tourism. 

Through continued efforts as part of the national Hardest Hit Coalition we have seen evidence that the collective voice matters. Leading up to and post-election, we will continue to advocate for extension of the Rent and Wage Subsidy programs and additional targeted support for the Tourism Industry.  Be sure YOUR voice is heard on September 20th. 

A few reminders on programs designed to save Tourism Operators money.  Part 2 of the Tourism Accommodations Real Property Tax Rebate Program, closes today, August 31st – Online Application is quick and easy.  As well, the Seasonal Business Designation deadline to apply is tomorrow, September 1st.  Information and links to the online applications are provided below. 

Also, a reminder that the Tourism Relief Fund remains open for applications.  This federal program, administered by ACOA in Atlantic Canada, has been set up to provide $500 Million in support for the tourism sector over a two-year period. Full details and application links can be found on To assist Industry in learning more about this program, TIANS held an information webinar on August 25th; below you will find a link to the Tourism Relief Fund webinar presentation, as well as a listing of regional ACOA Account Managers, who are there to assist with application completion, guidance, and direction.  Please be in touch with them and see how you can take advantage of this wonderful program.

From a staffing perspective, we continue to hear from Members facing enormous challenges around attraction and retention.  Know that TIANS and the NS Tourism Human Resource Council remain committed to working with our national partners to help find solutions to the significant labour shortages facing the Tourism workforce in Nova Scotia.  Be sure to contact us if you have a job posting for, or check out the site, if you are looking for a Tourism Job.  

As announced by Tourism HR Canada earlier in the month a new federally funded Student Work Placement Program was launched.  Propel offers paid work-integrated learning opportunities in the Tourism and Hospitality Sector.  Full program details, Propel application hub and contact information are provided below.  

Starting in September, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada kick off a series of monthly information sessions for employers in Atlantic Canada. Employers can attend for free to learn about Canada’s economic immigration programs and resources to help attract, hire and retain global talent. Registration information and details around their Virtual Café are below.

As we continue to rebuild and reshape the Tourism Sector in Nova Scotia, please remember TIANS is here for you. Check out our current money saving Member Benefit from Johnson Insurance (and a opportunity .  Please contact our helpdesk for any assistance you may need: 902.423.4480 or  Thank you for your ongoing support and commitment. 

In closing, a reminder that, today at 2:30 Premier-designate Tim Houston will be sworn in as Nova Scotia’s 30th Premier.  The event is taking place at the Halifax Convention Centre and can be livestreamed here.

View TIANS August 31st Industry Bulletin in Full