COVID-19 Updates > Tourism Advocacy Update – April 29, 2020
posted on April 30, 2020
TIAC Members: We can’t do what we do without you.
As the voice of Canada’s tourism industry, our focus right now is to help all tourism stakeholders during the COVID-19 Global pandemic. TIAC’s President and CEO, Charlotte Bell meets daily with federal leaders to address the impact on the industry and discuss solutions for survival and recovery.
While we are all in this together, we want to take this time to thank TIAC Members. It is because of your investment and supportTIAC is able to lead the charge. Your support fuels our work for the benefit of all tourism stakeholders.
Thank you TIAC Members.
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 29, 2020
TIAC’s Advocacy Work
- This evening, Minister Joly will appear in front of the parliamentary Industry Committee (INDU).
- Today, TIAC’s President and CEO joined a call with industry leaders to discuss tourism recovery measures.
- While addressing current gaps in support for tourism businesses remains’ TIAC’s priority, we are working with leaders from the tourism industry to ensure we put a solid plan in place towards recovery for the industry as a whole.
- More information on an industry recovery plan will be released when the final report is available.
- The President and CEO also had a call with the Hotels Association of Canada and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce to discuss a coordinated approach to support the tourism sector
- TIAC VP of Stakeholder Relations and Business Development participated in today’s Meeting Means Business Canada board call to discuss how TIAC is supporting Business Meetings and Events, DMOs and all segments of our industry.
In case you missed it …
- Yesterday, TIAC’s President & CEO participated in the latest Destination Canada webinar
- The latest State of Tourism in Canada during COVID-19 Dashboardreport prepared by TIAC partners Twenty31 is now available to the industry.
- This project is made possible through Canadian Experience Fund contributions.
- During today’s press conference, the Prime Minister referenced the $9 billion dollar plan for students unveiled last week – the Canada Emergency Student Benefit.
- This benefit will provide for $1250 a month to students during summer.
- The government is also investing to create 76,000 additional jobs for students in those sectors that are actively contributing to the fight against COVID-19, in addition to jobs available through the Canada Summer Jobs Program.
- There will be specific support outlined for First Nations, Inuit and Metis students. Scholarships, fellowships and grants will be extended – along with a doubling of student grants for low- and middle-income students in 2020-2021.
- The government is working with opposition parties on legislation in the House of Commons, and will be introducing a bill today for the Canada Emergency Student Benefit.
- The government will also be improving the Canada Child Benefit in May to support parents. In addition, to support people with low income, the government will be increasing the GST credit. The Prime Minister reminded Canadians that they have until August 2020 to pay their income taxes.
- Yesterday, the latest COVID-19 modelling was shared, showing that the curve has flattened in many parts of the country due to social distancing efforts.
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.
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