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Canadian COVID-19 Update | June 18 – 22

June 22, 2020

TIAC’s Advocacy Update

  • Tomorrow, the Honourable Melanie Joly will announce financial assistance to support the tourism sector in its recovery efforts at 1:30pm 
    • More information can be found here
    • TIAC will keep the industry apprised of developments
  • Building off our June 5th national press conference on TIAC’s Recovery Plan, this week we will be bringing more local attention to tourism issues through regional press conferences 
    • On Tuesday, at 9:30am EST, John Dunn of Floor13 will host an online press conference in French – media can register for this press conference here
    • On Tuesday, at 10:00 NDT, Steve Denty, Hospitality Newfoundland and Labrador Chair will host an online press conference on post-pandemic support – media can register for this press conference here  
  • Our partners at TourismHR Canada will launch the Tourism Workforce Recovery Toolkit via a webinar event taking place Wednesday June 24th (1:00 – 2:00pm ET)
    • Hosted by Tourism HR Canada President and CEO Philip Mondor, this one-hour webinar will provide guidance, support, and practical tools to the 200,000 tourism operators across the country devastated by the impacts of COVID-19 
    • Register here
  • The Outdoor Council of Canada has launched an industry survey on the future of outdoor operations post-COVID – take some time to fill out the survey

Government Announcements 

  • On Thursday, June 18th, the Prime Minister announced that the funding portal for cultural industries struggling because of COVID-19 would be launched. This portal can be accessed here.
  • Today (June 22nd), the Prime Minister referenced the recent push to lift international travel restrictions and the plan for the US border. The Prime Minister reiterated that health and safety continue to be the government’s top priority, and cautioned that if we move too quickly, we run the risk of a second wave and having to shut down the economy again. 
    • The government will look carefully at where and when they can open specific borders, but he cautioned that government will move forward gradually and carefully concerning international borders.
  • Transport Canada continues to remind people of the three-phased approach for temperature checks at airports. 
    • Starting June 30th all air operators will be required to conduct temperature screenings of all passengers travelling to Canada prior to departure from international or transborder points of departure. 
    • By the end of July, Montréal, Toronto, Calgary, and Vancouver will have temperature screening stations. 
    • By September, the government plans to put in place temperature screening capabilities in the next 11 busiest airports.
  • The Canada Centre for Occupational Health and Safety has a new resource portal for workplaces to share best practices and tips to help businesses make safer reopening decisions.
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