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Canadian COVID-19 Update | Tuesday, April 7

April 7, 2020

TIAC’s Work

  • TIAC’s President and CEO, Charlotte Bell, is preparing for tomorrow’s appearance at the Parliamentary Finance Committee (FINA). This committee studies and reports on all matters relating to the management and operation of federal departments and agencies, including the Department of Finance, and conducts consultations with selected industry experts. This appearance will provide TIAC the opportunity to discuss the sector’s immediate and desperate need for liquidity measures that work for Tourism businesses and Associations across Canada.
    • The meeting will take place Wednesday April 8 from 4:00-6:00pm EST and discuss the impact of COVID-19 on the tourism sector.
    • Other sector organizations, including Tourism HR Canada, Northwest Territories Tourism, Hotels Association of Canada and Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada will also be present
  • Internationally, TIAC continues to review government measures in other countries to support tourism sectors through recovery. Japan has recently announced a trillion Yen aid package to support their tourism economy by incentivizing travel. TIAC will continue to inform government of best practices to enhance our tourism sector’s recovery – The Japan News
  • Member of Parliament for Central Nova, Sean Fraser, has created a COVID-19 benefits tool for Canadians to find out what government support they qualify for –
  • To build on the ongoing feedback we are getting from members through the survey and direct communications, we are also analyzing and segmenting priority topics that help us inform our relief requests and recommendations to Government, as such, we will be reaching out to members that can provide additional input. Please see the survey link below.

Government Announcements

  • Today, the Prime Minister confirmed that last night, draft legislation for the wage subsidy was shared with the opposition parties. The Prime Minister noted that government has been working to refine the CEWS based on feedback, and more details will be announced soon.
  • The Prime Minister is thanking Canadians for helping fight COVID-19, including the more than 5,000 Canadian companies who have innovated and shifted to produce, manufacture, and deliver key medical supplies.
    • Canada is working with groups to produce and deliver 30,000 ventilators in Canada, and is working to develop a ventilator that is easier to make.
  • The Government of Canada continues to purchase masks, and is expecting a shipment of over 500,000 N-95 masks in the coming days.
  • As of April 7, there are 17,063 cases of COVID and 345 deaths.
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