Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates
Find out if you can travel to Canada
On July 19th, the Government of Canada announced that on August 9, fully vaccinated American citizens and permanent residents (currently residing in the US) will be able to travel to Canada for non-essential travel. On September 7, the same will be extended to fully-vaccinated nationals from other countries.
This news, which is based on data and scientific evidence, is a positive and critical step for the recovery of Canadian tourism and business events sectors. We can’t wait to welcome back fully vaccinated delegates from around the world.
For the full announcement, please see the Government of Canada press release: ttps://lnkd.in/g2s-2W3
For the latest information on travel to Canada including requirements and restrictions, please visit the Government of Canada website: https://lnkd.in/eTFsCGG
Global Affairs Canada has launched a tool, Travel Wizard, to help Canadian citizens and foreign nationals determine if they can travel to Canada by answering a few simple questions. Find out more here.
- Infographic for travellers arriving by air
- Infographic for travellers arriving by land
- Backgrounder - Additional testing and more stringent quarantine requirements for travel to Canada
Due to the evolving nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, gathering restrictions vary by jurisdiction across Canada. Our Canada meetings map and chart provides up-to-date data information on local gathering guidelines. Click here to learn more.
Resources for planners
Our industry is developing the tools needed to plan events safely.
- The Canadian Travel & Tourism Roundtable travel safety measures
- The Travel and Meetings Standards (TAMS) Taskforce travel safety measures
- Hotel Association of Canada (HAC) safety guidelines
- Canadian Association of Exposition Management (CAEM) national industry guidelines
- Canadian Association of Exposition Management (CAEM) Event Safety Alliance guidelines
- Canadian Association of Exposition Management (CAEM) Industry All Secure Standard
- Events Council Industry resources
- Global DMC partners health and sanitation standards
- Provincial and territorial reopening plans and other key resources
Data and Intelligence
As part of our mandate, we are committed to sharing data and intelligence to help inform plans into the future. We are working with industry, Meetings Mean Business Canada (MMBC), the Convention Centres of Canada (CCOC), the Hotel Association of Canada (HAC) and the Travel Industry Association of Canada (TIAC) to collect data on the impact of COVID19 on Canada’s business events industry, which we will share within and across the Federal family and with our DMOs and other counterparts.
Canada's Business Events Restart Recovery Framework
Building off research projects conducted in 2020, we are pleased to share our report on Canada’s Business Events Restart Recovery Framework. This document provides an update on the current impact of business events and a forward look at recovery and restart, including:
- Business Events: State of the industry – an update on the impacts of covid-19
- Insight from a global business events scan – summary findings from our recent research project where we heard from executive directors, planners, industry associations and Canadian partners that have informed how we prepare for a post COVID-19 resumption of events
- Canada’s recovery restart framework – an evidence-based approach to track early signals of the resumption of business events in order to support planning and our industry deliver the right activities at the right time.
Business Events COVID-19 Impact Report
The Canadian business events community is facing unprecedented challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We know that research is required to guide our collective response so we can make evidence-based decisions. We are working with industry partners, Meetings Mean Business Canada (MMBC), the Convention Centres of Canada (CCOC), the Destination Marketing Association of Canada (DMAC) and the Travel Industry Association of Canada (TIAC) to collect data on the impact of COVID-19 on Canada’s business events industry.
The research below will quantify the impacts of COVID-19 on Canada’s business events economy on an ongoing basis—check back often for updated reports. Understanding the impact of COVID-19 to Canada's business events community is critical to formulating a plan for recovery, full details of which can be found here.
- View Destination Canada’s research reports
- Download the latest Business Events impact report – 2020 Summary, based on data as of January 31st, 2021
- View archived Business Events COVID-19 Impact and Recovery reports
Insights into the future of business events in Canada: A planner pulse check in the era of COVID-19
As part of ongoing research into the impacts of COVID-19, Destination Canada has been continually monitoring planner sentiment within the international Business Events market resulting in regular Business Events Planner Pulse Checks. Pulse Checks range from May 2020 through to March 2021. View our most recent report below.
- Download report - March 2021
Provincial and Territorial Reopening Plans
Provincial authorities are beginning to outline their re-opening plans. Timelines and actions vary, but can provide businesses and workers with information on what to expect in the upcoming weeks and months. This list will be updated as new information is released.
Ongoing support for the Visitor Economy
The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has been devastating to our sector and the reality is that there is no set timeline or guide to what recovery will look like. As the national tourism marketing and research organization, we are committed to working with industry to rebuild confidence and help travellers navigate the new landscape.
For updates on Destination Canada’s response as well as industry and government updates and support resources, please visit here.
Corporate website: We will enhance the information around COVID-19 posted on our corporate website regularly including links to where small to medium sized enterprises can go for support or information. Please check this page for updates.
Support the sector by sharing relevant information: If you have a network that would benefit from this information, please pass it along. If you are a Provincial Marketing Organization (PMO), Destination Marketing Organization (DMO), association, or otherwise have your own channels or networks, such as newsletters, please encourage your network to subscribe to Destination Canada Business Events News, and stay tuned for information about upcoming webinars.
Ongoing communications: Continue to share your questions with your PMO, DMO and association representatives. As we are in regular contact, they can share your questions and concerns with us.
Our industry has always been, and always will be about people; about the powerful connections that are made when people come together to meet, engage, collaborate and explore in Canada. We are committed to supporting the industry in the days, weeks and months ahead - and welcoming back amazing conferences, events and incentive travel experiences - when the time is right.
Advice for Travellers
Destination Canada is committed to providing accurate information for travellers to Canada and in Canada. We have consolidated links to sites about COVID-19 here, so you can easily access the resources you need to make informed travel decisions.
Events and Conferences
If you’re travelling to Canada for an upcoming conference or event, we recommend contacting your event organizer and host venue for the most up-to-date details.
Navigating to the new normal
We are in uncharted territory as we navigate through the first global pandemic to occur in the age of heightened connectivity. The business events segment has always been a reactive industry, highly affected by the state of global travel and economies. It is evident that all segments of our industry - associations, corporate, and incentive - have been impacted by the crisis.
It is an overarching belief across all segments of Business Events that the industry will rebound. It is not a matter of if, but when. Our ability to maintain a fluid plan for recovery will reflect new business realities as they unfold. Find out more about our three-phase approach of Response, Recovery, and Resilience here.