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Meet in 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.  For the full announcement, please see the Government of Canada press release: https://lnkd.in/g2s-2W3  

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 gathering restrictions by province click here 
  • For guidance for travellers coming from the US click here 
  • For guidance for travellers coming from outside of the US click here
  • For a full list of resources for meeting planners click here
  • For the Travel Wizard tool click here
  • For the latest information on travel to Canada, please visit the Government of Canada website: https://lnkd.in/eTFsCGG 
     
Safe meetings in Canada

Where Can I Meet?

Due to the evolving nature of the COVID-19 Pandemic, gathering restrictions vary by jurisdiction across Canada. The following map and chart gives up-to-date data information on local gathering guidelines. 

Helping You Plan

Find out if you can travel to Canada

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.

We're here to help during this challenging time. Gathering restrictions vary by jurisdiction across Canada. Use the table below to help guide your planning with information about the current restrictions in place, listed by province or territory. Make sure to check back regularly to ensure you have the most up-to-date information.

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Alberta

Calgary, Edmonton, Banff | Lake Louise, Jasper
Calgary, Edmonton, Banff | Lake Louise, Jasper
Current Phase/Stage

People aged 12 and older are required to show proof of full vaccination (with the second dose received at least 2 weeks earlier) or a privately-paid-for negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours or a medical exemption to access non-essential businesses and events that implement the Restrictions Exemption Program. Businesses that do not implement this program have additional restrictions.

Masks are mandatory in all indoor public spaces and on public transit.

Domestic Conferences and Large Gatherings

As of December 21: Indoor private social gatherings are limited to maximum 10 people 18 and older. There are no limits on people 17 and under if accompanied by their parent or guardian; if attending gatherings by themselves, people 17 and under will count towards the maximum limit of 10 people.

Outdoor private social gatherings are limited to maximum 20 people, with 2 metre physical distancing between households at all times.

Outdoor public gatherings: Events and facilities that are fully outdoors (excluding washrooms) have no capacity restrictions but people must maintain 2-metre physical distancing between households or 2 close contacts for those living alone.

Hotels and Accommodation

Accommodations are exempt from the Restrictions Exemption Program; however, attendees must be with household members only or 2 close contacts for those living alone. Amenities at accommodation establishments are limited to 33% maximum capacity

Restaurants and Dining

As of December 24: All licenced establishments, including restaurants, bars and nightclubs that implement the Restrictions Exemption Program are limited to maximum 10 people per table, with no mingling between tables. Liquor service ends at 11pm and establishments must close at 12:30am.  To access, people are required to show proof of full vaccination or a privately-paid-for negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours or a medical exemption.

For establishments that do not implement the Restrictions Exemption Program, indoor dining is not permitted, outdoor dining is permitted for 1 household with up to 6 people per table or 2 close contacts for those living alone. Liquor sales must end at 10pm and consumption by 11pm.

British Columbia

Vancouver, Victoria, Kelowna, Whistler
Vancouver, Victoria, Kelowna, Whistler
Current Phase/Stage

As of December 20, proof of full vaccination via the BC Vaccine Card is required for people aged 12 and older to access some events of all sizes, as well some services and businesses. See the full list here.

Masks are mandatory throughout British Columbia in indoor public spaces for anyone aged 5 and older.

Domestic Conferences and Large Gatherings

Province-wide as of December 22: Proof of full vaccination via the BC Vaccine Card is required for people aged 12 and older to access events of all sizes, as well as some services and businesses. See the full list here.

People aged 12 and older must be fully vaccinated to attend indoor personal gatherings, which is limited to household members plus 10 guests or 1 additional household. There are no restrictions for outdoor personal gatherings.

All indoor organized gatherings of any size are not allowed. Outdoor organized seated gatherings can have a capacity of 5,000 or 50% capacity, whichever is greater.

Indoor events at venues are limited to 50% capacity. This includes conferences and meeting spaces. Fairs, festivals and trade shows must have a COVID-19 safety plan in place.

Additional measures in Northern Health regionOutdoor personal gatherings can have household occupants plus maximum 25 people if all attendees aged 12 and older are fully vaccinated.

All organized events must have a safety plan in place. Organizers must collect and keep the contact info of all attendees for 30 days.

Additional measures in Eastern Fraser Health region (Abbotsford, Agassiz, Chilliwack, Harrison Hot Springs, Hope and Mission):

Outdoor personal gatherings may have maximum 10 people unless all attendees aged 12 and older are fully vaccinated.

All organized events must have a safety plan in place. Organizers must collect and keep the contact info of all attendees.

Hotels and Accommodation

Province-wide as of December 20: People aged 12 and older must be fully vaccinated to attend indoor personal gatherings at vacation rentals, which is limited to household members plus a maximum 10 guests or one additional household.

Additional measures in Northern Health region: People aged 12 and older must be fully vaccinated to attend outdoor personal gatherings at vacation rentals, which is limited to household members plus maximum 25 people.

Additional Measures in Eastern Fraser Health region (Abbotsford, Agassiz, Chilliwack, Harrison Hot Springs, Hope and Mission): People aged 12 and older must be fully vaccinated to attend outdoor personal gatherings at vacation rentals, which is limited to household members plus maximum 10 people.

 

Restaurants and Dining

Province-wide as of December 22: Proof of full vaccination via the BC Vaccine Card is required for people aged 12 and older to access all restaurants, cafes and pubs. Patrons are required to remain seated with a maximum 6 people per table.

Bars, nightclubs and lounges are closed.

Additional measures in Northern Health region: Alcohol cannot be served between 10pm and 9am. Fast food restaurants and unlicensed cafes without table service can either offer takeout only or require people aged 12 and older to provide proof of full vaccination.

Manitoba

Winnipeg, Churchill
Winnipeg, Churchill
Current Phase/Stage

All regions in Manitoba are in the orange (restricted) response level.

People aged 12 and older must show proof of vaccination to attend certain businesses and events. See the full list here

Masks are mandatory throughout Manitoba in indoor public spaces and on public transit for anyone aged 5 and older.

Domestic Conferences and Large Gatherings

People aged 12 and older must show proof of vaccination to attend certain businesses and events. See the full list here

As of December 27: Private indoor gatherings are limited to household members plus 10 other people when all people aged 12 and older are fully vaccinated. If any unvaccinated or partially vaccinated people are present, indoor gatherings at private residences are limited to household members plus 5 other people.

Private outdoor gatherings are limited to household members plus 20 other people when all people aged 12 and older are fully vaccinated. If any unvaccinated or partially vaccinated people are present, outdoor gatherings at private residences are limited to household members plus 10 other people.

Public indoor gatherings are limited to 50% capacity or 250 people, whichever is lower, when all people aged 12 and older are fully vaccinated. If any unvaccinated or partially vaccinated people are present, public indoor gatherings are limited to 25 people or 25% capacity, whichever is lower.

Public outdoor gatherings are limited to 50% capacity or 250 people, whichever is lower, when all people aged 12 and older are fully vaccinated. Gatherings are limited to 50 people in uncontrolled outdoor public spaces.

Hotels and Accommodation

Accommodations are open with control/safety measures in place.

Restaurants and Dining

People aged 12 and older must show proof of vaccination for indoor and outdoor dining at all restaurants, bars and other licenced establishments.

Proof of vaccination is required for dine-in at food courts.

As of December 27: All restaurants, bars, breweries and breweries can operate at 50% capacity or 250 people, whichever is lower. Patrons are required to remain seated with a maximum 10 people per table. Liquor service must end at 10pm. 

New Brunswick

Fredericton, Saint John
Fredericton, Saint John
Current Phase/Stage

As of January 14, New Brunswick is in Level 3 of its 3-level Winter Plan.

Masks are mandatory throughout New Brunswick in indoor public spaces, on public transit and in outdoor public spaces when physical distancing cannot be maintained.

Domestic Conferences and Large Gatherings

As of January 14: Private gatherings are limited to a single-household bubble.

Public gatherings in all venues are not permitted.

Hotels and Accommodation

Accommodations can resume regular operations.

Restaurants and Dining

As of January 14: All restaurant dining rooms are closed; only take-out, drive-thru and delivery are allowed.

Newfoundland and Labrador

St. John's, Fogo Island
St. John's, Fogo Island
Current Phase/Stage

As of January 4, Newfoundland and Labrador is in Alert Level 4.

Proof of full vaccination via the NLVaxPass and valid ID is required for people aged 12 and older to access certain businesses and settings. People aged 19 and older must present one photo ID or two pieces of non-photo ID (both must include their name and at least one must have their date of birth).

See a list here.

Masks are mandatory in indoor public spaces and on public transit throughout Newfoundland and Labrador for anyone aged 5 and older.

Domestic Conferences and Large Gatherings

Proof of full vaccination via the NLVaxPass and valid ID is required for people aged 12 and older to attend any gathering hosted at a recognized business or organization, or other venue used to host gatherings. People aged 19 and older must present one photo ID or two pieces of non-photo ID (both must include their name and at least one must have their date of birth).

As of January 4: Informal private indoor and outdoor gatherings are limited to a household’s Tight 10.

Hotels and Accommodation

Accommodations are open with control/safety measures in place.

Restaurants and Dining

Proof of full vaccination via the NLVaxPass and valid ID is required for people aged 12 and older to access indoor seating at restaurants, cafes, bars and other licenced establishments. People aged 19 and older must present one photo ID or two pieces of non-photo ID (both must include their name and at least one must have their date of birth).

As of January 4: Restaurants are limited to maximum 50% capacity, with physical distancing, and maximum 6 people per table. Buffets are prohibited.

Bars and lounges are closed.  

Northwest Territories

Yellowknife
Yellowknife
Current Phase/Stage

Northwest Territories is in the Indoor Gatherings phase of its reopening plan, Emerging Wisely 2021: Step by Step Together.

People can request a voluntary Proof of Vaccine Credential from the Government of the Northwest Territories.

Masks are mandatory throughout the Northwest Territories in indoor public spaces.

Domestic Conferences and Large Gatherings

As of January 4: Indoor private gatherings may have up to 10 people with a maximum of 5 non-household members, regardless of vaccination status. 25 people from outside a household if all participants are fully vaccinated people aged 12 and older or children under the age of 12. If any unvaccinated or partially vaccinated people are present, indoor private gatherings can have up to 5 people from outside a household.

Public gatherings can have up to 25 people indoors and up to 50 people outdoors, with 2-metre physical distancing in place. The Chief Public Health Officer must approve public gatherings larger than this, with one condition that all participants over the age of 12 show proof of full vaccination to participate. 

Hotels and Accommodation

Accommodations are open with control/safety measures in place.

Restaurants and Dining

Restaurants, bars and lounges can have up to 25 people indoors and up to 50 people outdoors, with 2-metre physical distancing in place. The Chief Public Health Officer must approve numbers higher than this, with one condition that people over the age of 12 show proof of full vaccination to access these places.

As of January 4: Bars, lounges and similar establishments are limited to 6 people per table, with no mingling of guests.

Nova Scotia

Halifax
Halifax
Current Phase/Stage

Proof of full vaccination is required for people aged 12 and older to access certain businesses and settings. See the full list here.

Masks are mandatory throughout Nova Scotia in indoor public spaces and on public transit for anyone aged 5 and older.

As of December 22, people must physically distance 2 metres in indoor and outdoor spaces, except among those in the same household or a consistent social group of up to 10 people.

Domestic Conferences and Large Gatherings

Proof of full vaccination is required for people aged 12 and older to participate in most indoor and outdoor public events and activities that bring groups of people together, including festivals, special events, concerts and conferences hosted by a recognized business or organization. See the full list here.

As of December 22: Indoor and outdoor informal gatherings can have maximum 10 people from the same household or consistent social group.

Special events, sporting events in-person performances and festivals are not allowed.

Events held by recognized businesses, such as meetings and training, are limited to maximum 50 people or 25% capacity, whichever is less.

Hotels and Accommodation

Accommodations are open with control/safety measures in place.

While accommodations are not subject to proof of full vaccination, some businesses may still introduce their own vaccination requirements for guests.

Restaurants and Dining

Proof of full vaccination is required for people aged 12 and older to access full service at restaurants, food establishments and other licenced establishments, both indoors and outdoors.

As of December 22: Restaurants and licenced establishments can operate indoor and outdoor seated service at 50% capacity. A maximum of 10 people can dine per table and physical distancing of 2 metres must be maintained between tables. Dine-in service must stop at 11pm and close by midnight.

Proof of vaccination is not required for take-out and drive-through.

Nunavut

Iqaluit
Iqaluit
Current Phase/Stage

Masks are mandatory across Nunavut.

Domestic Conferences and Large Gatherings

As of December 30: Gatherings in homes are prohibited. Indoor public gatherings in community halls, conference spaces, and within government and Inuit organization facilities are prohibited. Outdoor gatherings are limited to 5 people.

Hotels and Accommodation

Accommodations are open with control/safety measures in place.

Restaurants and Dining

As of December 30: Restaurants are restricted to takeout only. Bars are closed.

Ontario

Toronto, Ottawa, Niagara Falls, Waterloo Region
Toronto, Ottawa, Niagara Falls, Waterloo Region
Current Phase/Stage

Ontario is in a Modified Step 2 of the Roadmap to Reopen.

Proof of vaccination (full series of doses + 14 days) and proof of government-issued identification showing name and date of birth Proof of identification and of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 is required for people aged 12 and older to access certain businesses and settings. Limited exemptions apply. Find additional details here.

As of January 4, Ontario requires the use of the enhanced vaccine certificate with QR code for individuals and the Verify Ontario app will be required for businesses in settings where proof of vaccination is required. The QR code can be used digitally or by printing a paper copy.

People must wear a mask or face covering that covers their mouth, nose and chin, with limited exceptions. Mask requirements are in place for indoor areas of businesses or organizations that are open, indoor organized public events, some outdoor public events or settings, and within 2 metres of any individuals not part of their household.

Domestic Conferences and Large Gatherings

As of January 5: Indoor social gatherings can have up to 5 people. Outdoor social gatherings can have up to 10 people.

Indoor organized public events can have up to 5 people. Outdoor organized public events have no limits and masks must be worn when distancing cannot be maintained.

Indoor areas of meeting spaces, event spaces, conference centres and convention centres are closed, with limited exceptions. Outdoor areas of these venues are open and can have up to 10 people per table and patrons must remain seated.

Other restrictions may apply.

Hotels and Accommodation

As of January 5:  Accommodations are open with public health and safety measures in place. Indoor recreational facilities at hotels and similar establishments are closed.

Short-term rentals are only open to those in need of housing. Other restrictions may apply.

Restaurants and Dining

As of January 5: Restaurants, bars and other food or drink establishments, including those with dance floors (such as nightclubs), are closed for indoor dining. Outdoor dining can have up to 10 people per table and patrons must remain seated.

Establishments can open for in-person service from 5am to 11pm only; take-out, drive-through and delivery are permitted at any time.

Liquor can only be sold or served until 10 pm and no consumption of liquor is permitted after 11pm.

Food courts in shopping malls are closed.

Other restrictions may apply.

Prince Edward Island

Charlottetown
Charlottetown
Current Phase/Stage

The PEI Vax Pass policy is in effect. People aged 12 and older must show proof of full vaccination (2 doses + 14 days) along with photo ID to access certain businesses and settings. See the list of where the PEI Vax Pass is and is not required.

Masks are mandatory in indoor public spaces for anyone aged 5 and older.

Domestic Conferences and Large Gatherings

Proof of full vaccination (2 doses + 14 days) is required for people aged 12 and older to attend organized gatherings, such as conferences and trade fairs.

At events where proof of vaccination is not required, cohorts of 100 people indoors and 200 people outdoors is allowed, up to a maximum of 2,000 people.

See the list of where the PEI Vax Pass is and is not required.

As of December 24Personal gatherings are limited to a household plus 10 people.

All organized gatherings are limited to 50 people or 50% capacity, whichever is less.

Hotels and Accommodation

Accommodations are open with control/safety measures in place.

Restaurants and Dining

Proof of full vaccination (2 doses + 14 days) is required for people aged 12 and older to access dine-in service at restaurants, cafés, bars and other licenced establishments, both indoors and outdoors.

As of December 22: Restaurants are limited to maximum 50% capacity. A maximum of 10 people can dine per table and physical distancing must be maintained between tables. Dine-in service must stop at 11pm and close by midnight.

Proof of vaccination is not required for take-out and drive-through.

Quebec

Montréal, Québec City, Tremblant
Montréal, Québec City, Tremblant
Current Phase/Stage

vaccine passport is required by Quebec residents aged 13 and older to access many events, services and businesses. See the full list here. People who reside outside Quebec must show printed proof of vaccination, combined with identification.

Masks are mandatory throughout Quebec in indoor public spaces and on public transit for anyone aged 10 and older.

Domestic Conferences and Large Gatherings

Quebec residents aged 13 and older must show their vaccine passport to access meetings, conventions, festivals and other events. See the full list here. People who reside outside Quebec must show printed proof of vaccination, combined with identification.

As of December 31: Private gatherings are limited to the occupants of the same residence; a single person can join a family bubble. Private outdoor gatherings can have up to 20 people or 3 households.

Organized activities in outdoor public settings can have up to 50 people. 

Non-essential public activities such as such as conventions, conferences and seminars are suspended.

Hotels and Accommodation

Accommodations are open with control/safety measures in place.

Restaurants and Dining

As of December 31: All restaurant dining rooms are closed; only take-out, drive-thru and delivery are allowed. All bars, breweries and taverns are closed.

Saskatchewan

Regina, Saskatoon
Regina, Saskatoon
Current Phase/Stage

Proof of full vaccination or a privately-paid-for negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours is required for people aged 12 and older to access some businesses and event venues. See the full list here.

Masks are mandatory throughout Saskatchewan in indoor public spaces.

Domestic Conferences and Large Gatherings

Proof of full vaccination or a privately-paid-for negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours is required for people aged 12 and older to access event venues, including conference centres, meeting rooms and banquet facilities.

There are no limits on gatherings at private residences.

Hotels and Accommodation

Accommodations can resume regular operations.

Restaurants and Dining

Proof of full vaccination or a privately-paid-for negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours is required at point of entry for people aged 12 and older to access event and entertainment venues, including casinos, movie theatres, concert and live-music venues, museums, and indoor facilities hosting ticketed sporting events. See the full list here.

Yukon

Whitehorse
Whitehorse
Current Phase/Stage

Yukon is guided by Forging Ahead, The Yukon’s Continuing Response to COVID-19.

Masks are mandatory throughout the Yukon for anyone aged 5 and older in all indoor and outdoor public spaces and settings[VP1]  where physical distancing cannot be maintained.

Proof of full vaccination is required for people aged 12 and older to access designated settings.

Domestic Conferences and Large Gatherings

Proof of full vaccination is required for people aged 12 and older to access designated settings.

As of January 7:  Indoor personal gatherings are limited to 10 people from a maximum of two households if all eligible people are vaccinated; household members only if any eligible people are unvaccinated.

Outdoor personal gatherings are limited to 25 people from a maximum of three households regardless of vaccination status.

Indoor organized gatherings, including conferences, can have maximum 25 people or 50% capacity, whichever is less. Masks must be worn.

Outdoor organized gatherings have no capacity limitscan have maximum 50 people., but m Masks must be worn when physical distancing cannot be maintained.

Hotels and Accommodation

Accommodations are open with control/safety measures in place.

Restaurants and Dining

Proof of full vaccination is required for people aged 12 and older to access table service at restaurants and other licenced establishments, up to a maximum of 6 people per table. People must be seated; counter service, moving between tables and dancing are not allowed.

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