July 21, 2021
Though we still have our work cut out for us in our fight for recovery, I write this today heartened by a few announcements over the past week.
Last week, Canada’s Minister of Transport announced an accelerated timeline for resuming cruise ship activity in Canada. Cruise ships will be allowed in Canadian waters as of November 1, 2021. This is great news for our industry as we can now prepare to be fully operational for the 2022 cruise season, and allow cruise lines to plan confidently for their return to Canadian waters. A huge thank you to our National Cruise Committee for their work on this important initiative.
This week, TIAC welcomed the announcement on upcoming changes to Canada’s current border closures and restrictions. We have been advocating for a science-based plan for reopening borders and restarting our visitor economy, and are happy to see dates laid out that our industry can now plan for. There is still work to do, and we continue our efforts to answer some of outstanding questions, including the need for PCR pre departure tests and the impact on short term and business travel, and the need for a secure digital proof of vaccination system.
We continue to advocate for tailored, sector specific support in the wake of the CEWS and CERS support programs declining. We know that our hardest hit businesses will need continued support to fully recover.
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President & CEO
Tourism Industry Association of Canada