July 14, 2021
The launch of the new Tourism Relief Fund (TRF) on Monday morning was welcome news and I was pleased to share insights and details about the fund with TIAC Members during our exclusive webinar yesterday afternoon.
I encourage you to check with your Regional Development Agency to find out how to access the program.
Throughout Monday's press conference, the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages, acknowledged the unique set of factors our suite of sectors has endured and repeatedly highlighted the tourism industry was the first and hardest hit. The government has heard our voice and is listening.
Now, as we continue to see Covid restrictions eased across this country and the rate of vaccinated Canadians rise, we are calling on the federal government to open our borders to all international "fully vaccinated" visitors by July 21. As the hardest hit sector, the tourism industry needs the government to move past planning to action and help kick start the visitor economy.
President & CEO
Tourism Industry Association of Canada