July 23-27, 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
On Friday July 24th, TIAC’s President & CEO took part in a steering committee call with members of Canada’s Tourism roundtable, to discuss ongoing advocacy efforts towards collaboration with government in restarting the visitor economy and building consumer confidence for domestic travel in Canada.
The steering committee of the Roundtable is preparing for discussions with Minister Melanie Joly (Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages, representing Tourism) tomorrow morning. The Tourism Roundtable will also meet with Minister Lisa MacLeod (Ontario Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries) later in the day.
TIAC would like to thank all industry stakeholders who participated in our recent government programs survey. We are in the process of preparing a summary of our findings in the next few days. In the meantime, if you have not already done so, please take a moment to send a letter to your MP encouraging them to prioritize tourism in all future funding programs. www.tourismcounts.ca
Early today, Minister of Health the Honourable Patty Hajdu announced more details of the distribution of federal funds for the gradual safe restart of the economy.
The Government of Canada will provide $4.28 billion to further expand testing and contact tracing capacity, and the associated data management and information sharing systems.
Canada will also provide $7.5 billion towards personal protective equipment.
Last Thursday, the Quebec provincial government announced new measures that expand public gathering limits to 250 people for indoor and outdoor public venues.