August 11, 2021
After more than 17 months, this week we saw a significant change to border restrictions allowing fully vaccinated American citizens and permanent residents of the United States to enter Canada for non-essential travel. An important and promising step towards recovery and a return to normal travel.
The next step will be September 7th, when Canada’s borders will be open to any fully vaccinated travellers who have completed the full course of vaccination with a Government of Canada-accepted vaccine at least 14 days before entering Canada and who meet specific entry requirements. This is contingent upon that the domestic epidemiologic situation remains favourable.
We look forward to a return to normal at the border as soon as possible and will continue to work with government to address the many questions you may have on these developments.
While we take these critical first steps towards travel recovery, we know that support for the industry is needed more than ever and the return to normal will not happen overnight.
As your National Voice and Champion for the Visitor Economy, we continue our advocacy efforts, including working with the Coalition of Hardest Hit Businesses aiming for a proposed sector-specific survival program for our hardest-hit businesses until Spring of 2022. We have been briefing federal officials including Finance Canada and the Prime Minister’s Office on the need for a survival program, and we ask for your support and engagement to amplify our voice. Please learn more about this vital work and send your letter of support today by visiting www.hardesthit.ca
With last month's launch of the Tourism Relief Fund (TRF), we also ask for your feedback on the process - please forward your thoughts, experience, comments or questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
Finally, as we look to an anticipated upcoming federal election, know that we will continue to fight for the tourism economy - through recovery and beyond. As we work towards election preparation, we need your feedback on key issues and priorities of Canada's Visitor Economy and encourage you to complete our survey
by August 16th.
President & CEO
Tourism Industry Association of Canada