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Canadian COVID-19 Update | Wednesday, June 24

June 24, 2020

TIAC’s Advocacy Update

  • Today, the TIAC-led industry policy committee met to share how businesses in our sector are adapting to regional re-openings, and the work done so far to promote the industry recovery plan
  • Statistics Canada’s international visitation numbers for April have been released showing a steep decline in international arrivals by 98.3% year over year.  Year-to-date numbers show a decline of 44% in international arrivals. 
  • TIAC and other stakeholders continue to work with the Canadian Travel and Tourism Roundtable to open up much-needed dialogue with government to discuss border restrictions that are severely impacting the visitor economy. The time to act is now! Please support our industry at #timetotravel #voyageons.

Government Announcements 

  • Today, Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil confirmed that the Council of Atlantic Premiers had reached a deal to create the “Atlantic bubble”, which will begin on July 3rd. This means that anyone residing in the four Atlantic provinces can visit any of the other 3 sister provinces without the need to self isolate before or after traveling.
    • This is most welcome news to our members in Atlantic Canada, where regional visitors may now help bring some much-needed business where it is safe to do so.
    • When asked last week about allowing visitors from the rest of the country, Premiere McNeil said he hoped to welcome the rest of Canada around the midway point of July but gave no firm timeline or commitments.
  • Yesterday, Minister Joly made an announcement regarding the distribution of COVID-19 funding to Quebec and the Atlantic provinces. Please see the press releases below for further details 
    • TIAC notes that this is not new funding, but rather an announcement on the allocation of previously announced funding.
    • TIAC continues to call on government to support the sector and emphasizes the ongoing need to support reopening and recovery efforts
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