COVID-19 Updates > Tourism Advocacy Update – April 28, 2020
posted on April 28, 2020
Fueling the Tourism Industry’s Fight for Survival
It is TIAC’s vision to lead the Canadian tourism industry to be the most competitive in the world. COVID-19 hasn’t changed our vision, rather it has reinforced the importance and the need for industry leadership and solidarity.
As the national industry voice, TIAC is leading the charge in this fight for survival. We are focused on advocating for the needs of the entire industry to ensure when we get through this, and we will get through this, the Canadian Tourism Industry is in the best competitive position ever.
TIAC Members are fueling the efforts for the benefit of all.
Thank you TIAC Members for your continued support throughout these unprecedented times.
Dear Tourism Stakeholders,
The TIAC Team continues to monitor and provide daily updates 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 Tourism Sector:
April 28, 2020
- TIAC’s President & CEO participated in Destination Canada’s latest COVID-19 public webinar where she highlighted TIAC’s advocacy efforts on behalf of the industry and reported on the COVID-19 Industry Leaders’ Recovery Committee work.
- The President and CEO also participated in a regular call with ISED’s Associate Deputy Minister discussing the state of the Industry
- TIAC’s Vice-President of Policy and Stakeholder Relations participated on a weekly call with the Provincial and Territorial Industry Association (PTTIA) leaders, in an ongoing effort to support advocacy alignment and support for businesses across Canada
- Tomorrow evening, Minister Joly will appear in front of the parliamentary Industry Committee (INDU)
In case you missed it …
- Today, the House of Commons convened for a special virtual sitting of the COVID-19 Special Committee comprised of all MPs
- The House of Commons will be formally recalled for Wednesday, April 29 at 2:30pm to pass legislation to enact additional COVID support measures, including support for students and potentially commercial rent relief
- Health Minister Patty Hajdu and Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam will be releasing new COVID-19 modelling on where Canada stands now and what steps Canada will be able to take moving forward
- The government will also be releasing a new framework agreed to by the federal government and provinces and territories on shared principles on restarting the economy.
- This framework lays out what needs to happen before Canada can take next steps to re-open the economy, including having enough capacity to test and treat COVID-19, ensuring Canadians have access to equipment at work to keep people safe, and that hospitals are able to cope with all who need care, not just COVID-19 patients
- While this is a national framework, TIAC notes that different parts of the country will be at different stages of re-opening and these regional considerations will impact members differently.
TIAC Members: Making a difference
Thank you to the many TIAC Members who are helping during this difficult time. From those offering support like temporary housing for essential service providers, to others who brought home stranded Canadians from around the world. You are making a difference.
Today, we are sharing news from Wanuskewin Heritage Park
, who this week is celebrating the birth of the first baby bison
to be born on ancestral Wanuskewin land since before 1876. This historic moment is a “ray of hope” in these uncertain times. While it may be some time before visitors can be welcomed back to the Park, this showcases the significant importance of heritage and cultural spaces in Canada.
Do you have a story to share about how tourism businesses are supporting communities during these challenging times? We want to hear from you whether you’re a TIAC member or not. We need to celebrate our industry and recognize your generosity during these trying times. Please share your stories with us at firstname.lastname@example.org