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Canadian COVID-19 Update | Friday, May 1

May 1, 2020

TIAC’s Advocacy Update

  • TIAC’s President & CEO participated in a bi-weekly call with the Associate Deputy Minister of ISED to continue discussions, among others, on policy gaps impacting the industry, including owner-operators and seasonal businesses, as well as the need for coordination for health and safety protocols during recovery.  
  • Today, TIAC is launching a survey assessing the impacts of COVID-19 and on Destination Marketing Organizations (DMO) and gauging how existing tools are being accessed and what more is needed to address the needs of Canada’s DMO operations. 
  • The latest State of the Industry weekly report from our partners at Twenty31 is now available on the TIAC website.
    • These reports are made possible through Canadian Experience Fund funding.

In case you missed it … 

  • TIAC’s State of Tourism in Canada during COVID-19 Dashboard report prepared by TIAC partners Twenty31 has been featured by Skift’s Rafat Ali as an example of good data and visualization of what tourism growth might look like post COVID-19. 
  • Statistics Canada released results for the Canadian Survey on Business Conditions: Impact of COVID-19 on businesses.

Government Announcements

  • Today, the Prime Minister congratulated Tiff Macklem as the next Bank of Canada governor. Tiff Macklem is the former senior deputy governor of the Bank of Canada, and currently the dean of the Rotman School of Management in Toronto. Macklem’s term begins June 3rd.
  • The Canadian Emergency Student Benefit Act (CESB) is before the Senate for review. The CESB will provide support to students and new graduates who are not eligible for CERB or EI or are unable to work due to COVID-19.

Looking Ahead – COVID-19 Recovery

Several provinces have begun announcing plans for reopening economies. Timelines and actions vary, but can give businesses and workers an idea of what to expect in the upcoming weeks and months. TIAC will continue to add links to provincial recovery plans as they become available: 

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