TIAC Members are at the forefront of everything we do.  
While many items like today’s COVID-19 update are made available to everyone in the tourism sector, TIAC Membership has many other benefits that can help your business. We have begun to revamp our members-only resources, and TIAC Members get exclusive savings and deals on a number of products. 
Financial support for TIAC also makes it possible for TIAC to continue our advocacy, leadership, and support to all operators. As a not-for-profit organization, our work is only possible because of paid members and partners. TIAC Members fuel our work for the benefit of all tourism stakeholders.
Please consider joining TIAC and contribute to our efforts. TIAC’s annual membership starts at $395.
If you have any questions, please contact:
Jennifer Taylor
Vice-President, Marketing & Member Relations
August 25-26, 2020
Dear Tourism Stakeholders,
The TIAC Team is pleased to provide you with this update on the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, including the steps government is taking to address the situation. We are working hard to make sure the industry’s voice is heard by government, and that you have the information you need to keep your business going in these uncertain times. 
Please find the latest updates on official announcements and a recap of TIAC’s advocacy work on behalf of Canada’s Visitor Economy:
TIAC’s Advocacy Update
  • The Canadian Revenue Agency has begun testing a new chat tool via its website to provide better support to businesses applying to support programs. The tool should launch permanently in the coming days and will be available to members at the link below:
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  • The TIAC President & CEO participated in a phone meeting with ISED Associate Deputy Minister, Paul Thompson, to provide a stakeholder update on the state of the industry.
Government Announcements 
  • Yesterday, the federal government conducted a briefing on COVID-19 with the Minister of Health, Patty Hajdu, and the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada, Dr. Theresa Tam. 
  • The briefing focused on public-private partnerships for PPE innovation, and case trends across Canada. 
  • There was no mention of information on Canadian travel.
  • Today, the government announced $2 billion in transfers to provincial and territorial governments to implement safer back to school plans. 
In Case You Missed It … 
  • Applications for Period 5 of the CEWS program opened on August 17th. There are now new resources, including a CEWS calculator, available to businesses to help navigate changes to this program. 
  • See the government website for further details.
  • For TIAC’s members using the Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA), Export Development Canada has announced a new call centre starting up to provide status updates and document assistance to applicants as some applicants have had challenges receiving the application support they need to receive funds through CEBA.
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Resources for Businesses 
Looking Ahead – COVID-19 Recovery
Several provinces have begun announcing plans for reopening economies. Timelines and actions vary, but can provide businesses and workers with information on what to expect in the upcoming weeks and months. TIAC is following up on measures announced by British Columbia to limit gatherings of more than 50 people and seeking a coordinated approach between provinces in the recovery phase. We have reached out to our provincial counterparts to work together in an effort to create an orderly recovery strategy that will address health concerns and support tourism businesses. TIAC will continue to add links to provincial recovery plans as they become available: 
Email Updates Archived
New information is being shared at a rapid pace and we know it can be overwhelming. If you think you may have missed something, head over here to see all our communications that we’ve released so far:
TIAC continues to represent your interests with government officials and decision-makers throughout this crisis. Please stay safe and let us know what more we can do to help.
Charlotte Bell
President & CEO
Tourism Industry Association of Canada
t: 613-238-6378