by Leanne Czerwinski, posted on 7:27 AM, February 18, 2021
February 17, 2021
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, TIAC’s Acting CEO met with Finance Canada on tourism recovery supports in advance of the upcoming federal budget.
- On Friday, TIAC met with representatives from ISED and BDC to share members feedback on HASCAP and program challenges.
- Yesterday, TIAC’s Acting CEO met with the Tourism branch at ISED to discuss industry specific priorities.
- Today, representatives from TIAC’s Industry Recovery Committee presented our recovery recommendations to the Conservative Tourism Recovery Caucus Advisory Committee.
- Highly Affected Sectors Credit Availability Program (HASCAP)
- Canada Has Approved the Proposed Purchase Of Transat A.T. Inc. by Air Canada
- Newfoundland Enters Stage 5 Lockdown After Variant Case Spikes
- Friday the government announced stage 5 lockdown across the province.
- Closed: Indoor fitness activities, non-essential retail stores, in-person dining, drinking establishments, cinemas, personal services.
- In person elections suspended – all voting will be by mail using special ballots.
- Release Link: https://bit.ly/3rWzj0B
- Stage 5: https://bit.ly/2Npj4ds
- New Border Restrictions to take effect
- Crossing at a land border will require proof of a negative test taken within 72h, or positive test result within the previous 14-90 days as of Monday, February 22.
- Air travellers will be required to take a test upon landing, and are required to quarantine for three days at their own expense at an approved hotel.
- Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the measures are meant to help prevent new and more transmissible variants of COVID-19 from entering the country, adding nobody wants a third wave to start.
- Release Link: https://bit.ly/3qmRnAw
- Ontario Moves Regions Out of Shutdown With 4 Exceptions
- Shutdown: Toronto Public Health, Peel Public Health, York Region Public Health and North Bay Parry Sound District.
- Ontario public schools have postponed march break until April 12-16.
- Release link and region level: https://bit.ly/3qrXmUE
- Quebec: Slight Relaxation Of Restrictions Around March Break - Feb. 26
- François Legault announced the reopening of movie theatres, sports arenas and indoor pools across the province starting Feb. 26.
- Outdoor gatherings of up to eight people will also be allowed.
- Montreal and Quebec City will remain at the highest pandemic-alert level, meaning an 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew will remain in effect.
- Release link: https://bit.ly/3u6MPka
- Alberta Announces New Loan Program in Development – 6-8 Weeks
- The UCP government will roll out a new $120-million program providing additional grants of up to $10,000 to eligible small and mid-sized businesses.
- Businesses with fewer than 500 employees, and revenues down at least 60 per cent will be eligible.
- News Link: https://bit.ly/2ZscwNP