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COVID-19 Guidance for Travelers

The Tourism Industry Association of Canada is committed to providing accurate and timely information regarding COVID-19 restrictions and updates impacting both our members and travelers.

Destination Canada provides an up to date snapshot of status by province and territory here

For the most up-to-date information, visit the links below:

  • The latest Government of Canada information for travel is here.
  • Information on the COVID-19 arrival testing process for fully vaccinated travellers arriving from a country other than the US or Canada is here.
  • The latest World Health Organization (WHO) information is here.

Vaccine tracker:

To determine if you can travel to Canada, Global Affairs Canada has a tool, Travel Wizard, to help you through the process by answering a few simple questions. Find out more here.

 


  

Current Federal Travel Policies 

The Public Health Agency of Canada has created the following resources to help relay the current COVID-19 travel requirements for travellers.

  • Infographic for vaccinated travellers on pre-entry, arrival and post-arrival testing and quarantine requirements. Visit link.
  • Infographic for unvaccinated travellers on pre-entry, arrival and post-arrival testing and quarantine requirements. Visit link.
  • Digital assets encouraging registration for arrival testing. Download here.
  • Website for pre-registration for arrival testing: travel.gc.ca/testing

 


 

Federal Support Programs Available

To help your business get through the pandemic, the Government of Canada has extended emergency supports and developed supports and resources.

Please see more information below on those programs directed at the tourism industry.

Tourism and Hospitality Recovery Program (THRP)

  • As a business, charity, or non-profit in Canada who has been affected by the COVID-19pandemic, you may be eligible for a wage subsidy, a rent subsidy, or both through the THRP.
  • Wage and rent subsidies up to 75%.

Hardest Hit Business Recovery Program (HHBRP)

  • As a business, charity, or non-profit in Canada who has faced deep losses due to the COVID-19pandemic, you may be eligible for a wage subsidy, a rent subsidy, or both through the HHBRP.
  • Wage and rent subsidies to other businesses that have faced deep losses, with a subsidy rate of up to 50%.

Canada Recovery Hiring Program (CHRP)

  • Extension until May 7, 2022, for eligible employers with current revenue losses above 10% and increase the subsidy rate to 50%.
  • As an employer in Canada who continues to be impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, you may be eligible to apply for a subsidy to cover part of your wages as you hire new employees and increase existing employees' wages or hours.

Lockdown Support

  • Provides businesses that face temporary new local lockdowns up to the maximum amount available through the wage and rent subsidy programs.

This benefit was extended on December 22, 2021. Using regulatory authority provided in Bill C-2, the government intends to introduce new regulations that would:

  • Expand the Local Lockdown Program to include employers subject to capacity-limiting restrictions of 50 per cent or more; and reduce the current-month revenue decline threshold requirement to 25 per cent. Eligible employers will receive wage and rent subsidies from 25 per cent up to a maximum of 75 per cent, depending on their degree of revenue loss. The 12-month revenue decline test continues to not be required in order to access this support.
  • Expand the Canada Worker Lockdown Benefit to include workers in regions where provincial or territorial governments have introduced capacity-limiting restrictions of 50 per cent or more. As announced previously, this benefit will provide $300 a week in income support to eligible workers who are directly affected by a COVID-19-related public health lockdown, and who have lost 50 per cent or more of their income as a result.

These updated regulations will apply from December 19, 2021, to February 12, 2022, during which time it is expected that public health authorities will continue to implement “circuit-breaker” restrictions that limit the spread of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 across Canada.

Highly Affected Sectors Credit Availability Program (HASCAP) 

  • Businesses heavily impacted by COVID-19 can access guaranteed, low-interest loans of $25,000 to $1 million to cover operational cash flow needs.
  • 100% guaranteed loans of $25,000 to $1 millionto cover operational cash flow in response to COVID-19, available through your financial institution until March 31, 2022 (extended).

Tourism Relief Fund

  • The Tourism Relief Fund (TRF), administered by Canada's regional development agencies and Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED), is a $500-million national program to support the tourism sector in Canada.
  • Contributions to businesses will be either non-repayable (contributions up to $100,000) or repayable (contributions up to $500,000). Not-for-profit organizations and Indigenous organizations (not generating profits) will be eligible for non-repayable contributions.

For more information on TIAC’s advocacy efforts around COVID-19, please sign up for our weekly TIAC in Action eblast, or email Madison Simmons, Director of Government Affairs at msimmons@tiac-aitc.ca.

 


  

Provincial Support Programs Available

Please visit our provincial / territorial industry association partner websites for more details on programs available in your region. Or, please reach out with any questions to Madison Simmons, Director of Government Affairs, at msimmons@tiac-aitc.ca.

 

Tourism Industry Association of Alberta

Tourism Industry Association of BC

Hospitality Saskatchewan

Travel Nunavut

Spectacular Northwest Territories

Tourism Industry Association of Yukon

Travel Manitoba

Tourism Industry Association of Ontario

Alliance de L’industrie touristique du Québec

Tourism Industry Association of New Brunswick

Tourism Industry Association of Nova Scotia

Tourism Industry Association of PEI

Hospitality Newfoundland and Labrador

 


  

What TIAC is Doing for Members

The TIAC Team provides weekly updates on the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, including the steps government is taking to address the situation, as well as highlights of our recent advocacy efforts. 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.
 
To find the latest updates on official announcements and a recap of TIAC’s advocacy work on behalf of Canada’s Visitor Economy, head over to our TIAC In Action updates.

 

Indigenous Tourism

TIAC included a request for support for the Indigenous Tourism Industry in the 2021 Tourism Recovery Plan. To read our Statement of Support for Indigenous Tourism in Canada, please click here.

 

Statement on Post Arrival Testing

The Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC) supports the recent industry calls on the federal government to stop on-arrival testing for fully vaccinated travellers showing no symptoms ofCOVID-19.  please click here.


 

COVID-19 Awareness Resources 

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), in collaboration with other departments, has developed a number of free resources to help Canadians stay safe, healthy and informed. 

COVID-19 awareness resources:

  • Canada Business app: Navigate government services and get notifications.
  • ArriveCAN app: Allows travellers entering the country to speed up the arrival process in Canada and spend less time with border services and public health officers.
  • COVID Alert app: Lets people know of possible exposures before any symptoms appear.
  • COVID-19 App and Symptom tracker: Provides the latest updates, trusted resources, and a tool to self-assess and track symptoms.
  • Wellness Together Canada: Offers free mental health and substance abuse online resources, tools, apps and connections to qualified people when needed.

 


 

Faster, Together.

Let's work together to re-open our doors faster and keep them open.

Getting vaccinated is the quickest way for all of us to re-open. Faster Together, a coalition of Canadian businesses and organizations is promoting the COVID-19 vaccine – and you can help.

Access their free-to-use digital toolkit, which includes social media shareables, newsletter banners, and more, to help get the word out.

Learn more here