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Canadian COVID-19 Update | Monday, May 25

May 29, 2020

TIAC’s Advocacy Update

  • This week marks the beginning of Tourism Week where TIAC will be co-hosting Town Hall Meetings in Manitoba, Ontario and Alberta where we will discuss the state of tourism in Canada and TIAC’s advocacy efforts on behalf of the industry.  
  • The first virtual Tourism Town Hall for Manitoba businesses takes place tomorrow (May 26) from 9:00 – 10:30 am Central – register now!  
  • Today, the government announced that applications are open for the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) – you can find more details below in Government Announcements 

Government Announcements

  • Today, the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) program portal has opened for applications. As part of this program, property owners will reduce rent by at least 75% for the months of April, May and June (retroactively). CECRA will cover 50% of the rent, with tenants paying up to 25%.
  • Further, the government announced they will be launching a phone line with the Canadian Chamber of Commerce for small businesses to gain access to an accountant or financial support for questions. Details to come. 
  • Newfoundland Premier, Dwight Ball, announced $25 million to assist eligible tourism and hospitality-based operators impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. 
    • Under the ‘Tourism and Hospitality Support Program’, eligible small and medium sized operators will be able to apply for a onetime, non-repayable contribution of either $5,000 or $10,000, dependent on gross sales. 
    • Program details will be posted in the coming days, here Eligible businesses will be able to apply as of June 8th.
  • In British Columbia, the Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture was involved in an announcement today that 59 B.C. community DMOs severely impacted by COVID-19 will be supported with a $10 million grant from the province. 
    • The funding is aimed to help DMOs retain crucial staff positions and offset fixed expenses.
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