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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

Fully vaccinated people: Indoor private social gatherings are limited to 2 households to maximum 10 fully vaccinated people aged 12 and older. There are no restrictions on children under 12.

Unvaccinated people: Indoor social gatherings are not permitted for people aged 12 and older who are unvaccinated.

Outdoor private gatherings: Outdoor private social gatherings can have maximum 20 people with 2 metres physical distancing 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

All licenced establishments, including restaurants, bars and nightclubs, that implement the Restrictions Exemption Program can resume regular operations. 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 will be 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

BC is in Step 3 of its 4-step Restart Plan.

Proof of full vaccination via the BC Vaccine Card is required for people aged 12 and older to access some events, services and businesses. See a 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: Proof of full vaccination via the BC Vaccine Card is required for people aged 12 and older to access some events, services and businesses. See a full list here.

Vancouver Coastal Health region, Island Health region, Western Fraser Health region and Northern Health region (only Terrace, Kitimat, Haida Gwaii, Prince Rupert, Stikine, Telegraph Creek, Snow Country and Nisga’a):

There are no restrictions on indoor and outdoor personal gatherings.

Indoor and outdoor organized gatherings can operate at full capacity.

Northern Health region (except Terrace, Kitimat, Haida Gwaii, Prince Rupert, Stikine, Telegraph Creek, Snow Country and Nisga’a):

People aged 12 and older must be fully vaccinated to attend indoor and outdoor personal gatherings. Indoor personal gatherings can have 1 household plus maximum 5 people and outdoor personal gatherings can have 1 household plus maximum 25 people.

Proof of full vaccination for people aged 12 and older is required to attend all organized gatherings. Indoor organized gatherings can have maximum 50 people and outdoor organized gatherings can have maximum 100 people. Masks are mandatory indoors and all organized events must have a safety plan in place. Organizers must collect and keep the contact info of all attendees for 30 days.

Eastern Fraser Health region (Abbotsford, Agassiz, Chilliwack, Harrison Hot Springs, Hope and Mission): Indoor personal gatherings may have maximum 5 guests or 1 additional household unless all attendees aged 12 and older are fully vaccinated. Outdoor personal gatherings may have maximum 10 people unless all attendees aged 12 and older are fully vaccinated.

Indoor public gatherings can have maximum 50 people or 50% capacity, whichever is greater, and outdoor organized gatherings can have 5,000 people or 50% capacity, whichever is greater. All organized events must have a safety plan in place. Organizers must collect and keep the contact info of all attendees.

Indoor organized gatherings of less than 10 people do not require proof of vaccination. Outdoor organized gatherings of less than 50 people do not require proof of vaccination.

Interior Health region: Indoor personal gatherings may have maximum 5 guests or 1 additional household. Outdoor personal gatherings may have maximum 50 people.

Indoor public gatherings can have maximum 50 people or 50% capacity, whichever is greater, and outdoor organized gatherings can have 5,000 people or 50% capacity, whichever is greater.

Indoor organized gatherings of less than 50 people do not require proof of vaccination, but contact info of all attendees must be collected. Outdoor organized gatherings of less than 100 people do not require proof of vaccination

Hotels and Accommodation

Northern Health region (except Terrace, Kitimat, Haida Gwaii, Prince Rupert, Stikine, Telegraph Creek, Snow Country and Nisga’a): As of October 15, people aged 12 and older must be fully vaccinated to attend indoor and outdoor personal gatherings at vacation rentals. Indoor personal gatherings are limited to the occupants plus 5 people or one other household. Outdoor personal gatherings are limited to the occupants plus 25 people.

Eastern Fraser Health region (Abbotsford, Agassiz, Chilliwack, Harrison Hot Springs, Hope and Mission): Indoor personal gatherings at vacation rentals are limited to 5 people plus the occupants unless all attendees aged 12 and older are fully vaccinated. Outdoor personal gatherings at vacation rentals are limited to 10 people plus the occupants unless all attendees aged 12 and older are fully vaccinated.

Interior Health region: Gatherings at vacation rentals (e.g. houseboats, Airbnbs) are limited to the occupants plus 5 people or one other household.

Rest of province: Accommodations are open with control/safety measures in place.

Restaurants and Dining

Province-wide: Proof of full vaccination via the BC Vaccine Card is required for people aged 12 and older to access all restaurants, cafes, pubs, breweries and nightclubs.

The requirement to stay seated in restaurants and other licenced establishments is lifted. There are no group limits for indoor and outdoor dining.

Northern Health region (except Terrace, Kitimat, Haida Gwaii, Prince Rupert, Stikine, Telegraph Creek, Snow Country and Nisga’a):

As of October 15, alcohol cannot be served between 10pm and 9am. Bars and nightclubs that do not offer full meal service are closed. 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.

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

Domestic Conferences and Large Gatherings

There are no limits on indoor and outdoor gatherings at private residences for fully vaccinated people aged 12 and older as well as children under the age of 12.

If any unvaccinated or partially vaccinated people are present, indoor gatherings at private residences are limited to members of 1 other household; outdoor gatherings can have up to 10 people.

There are no limits on public indoor gatherings for fully vaccinated people aged 12 and older as well as children under the age of 12. If any unvaccinated or partially vaccinated people are present, indoor public gatherings can have up to 25 people or 25% capacity, whichever is lower.

Outdoor public spaces, including fairs and festivals, can have up to 50 people unless higher attendance is approved by public health officials.

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.

New Brunswick

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

Proof of full vaccination along with government-issued ID is required for people aged 12 and older to access certain businesses and settings. See the full list here.

New Brunswick is in Phase 3 of its 3-phase provincial reopening plan, Path to Green.

Masks are mandatory throughout New Brunswick in indoor public spaces and on public transit

Domestic Conferences and Large Gatherings

Indoor private gatherings are limited to a household plus 20 consistent contacts. Outside private gatherings have no capacity limits as long as physical distancing is in place.

Proof of full vaccination along with government-issued photo ID is required for people aged 12 and older to attend indoor organized gatherings, such as banquet halls and conference/convention centres. See the full list here.

Hotels and Accommodation

Accommodations can resume regular operations.

Restaurants and Dining

Proof of full vaccination along with government-issued ID is required for people aged 12 and older to access indoor and outdoor dining at restaurants and bars, other food and drink establishments and nightclubs.

Newfoundland and Labrador

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

Proof of full vaccination via the NLVaxPass and valid ID will be 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.

Newfoundland and Labrador is at Alert Level 1 and is in Step 2 of its 3-step provincial reopening plan, Together. Again.

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 will be 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).

Informal private indoor gatherings can have the number of people who can fit into the space with physical distancing.

Gatherings where there is no eating or drinking: The venues of indoor and outdoor gatherings can operate at maximum capacity without physical distancing between attendees while seated provided that: eating and drinking are not permitted in the venue; names and contact information of all individuals in attendance are collected and retained for 14 days; physical distancing of 2 metres between attendees is maintained in common areas; and that the gathering is held by a recognized business or organization.

Gatherings where there is eating or drinking: The venues of indoor and outdoor gatherings can operate at maximum capacity without physical distancing between attendees provided that: eating and drinking only occur in the seating areas; attendees are separated into groups of no more than 200 people in one distinct seating area with 2-metre physical distancing maintained between groups in the seating areas; names and contact information of all individuals in attendance is collected and retained for 14 days; physical distancing of 2 metres between attendees is maintained in common areas; and that the gathering is held by a recognized business or organization.

Hotels and Accommodation

Accommodations are open with control/safety measures in place.

Campsites are permitted to open for day use and overnight use subject to the Guidelines for Campgrounds General Restrictions.

Restaurants and Dining

Proof of full vaccination via the NLVaxPass and valid ID will be 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).

Proof of vaccination will not be not required for outdoor patio seating, take-out and drive-through.

All restaurants and licenced establishments can resume regular operations with the exception of self-serve buffets (prohibited) as long as physical distancing can be maintained.

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.

As of October 22, pPeople 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 November 16 in Tuktoyaktuk: All indoor and outdoor gatherings are prohibited with people outside of a household.

As of October 22 in rest of NWT: Indoor private gatherings may have up to 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

As of November 16 in Tuktoyaktuk: Dining establishments are limited to takeout only.

As of October 22 in rest of NWT: 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.

Nova Scotia

Halifax
Halifax
Current Phase/Stage

Nova Scotia is in Phase 5 of its reopening plan. Proof of full vaccination is now 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.

Domestic Conferences and Large Gatherings

Physical distancing and gathering limits are lifted for formal gatherings hosted by a recognized business. 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.

Proof of vaccination is not be required for business meetings/activities where the general public is not present, or for outdoor events held in public spaces with no specific entry point, such as street festivals.

Informal social gathering limits remain in place: up to 25 people indoors and 50 people outdoors.

 

Hotels and Accommodation

Accommodations are open with control/safety measures in place.

Both provincial and private campgrounds may open.

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.

Restaurants and licenced establishments can operate indoor and outdoor seated service at full capacity.

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

Nunavut

Iqaluit
Iqaluit
Current Phase/Stage

Nunavut is guided by Nunavut’s Path: Living with COVID-19, an approach that supports the territory in its long term response to COVID-19.

Masks are mandatory across Nunavut.

Domestic Conferences and Large Gatherings

As of November 19 in Pond Inlet: Gatherings in homes are limited to a household plus 105 people; indoor gatherings outside of homes are limited to 10 people. Indoor public gatherings in community halls, conference spaces, and within government and Inuit organization facilities can have maximum 2550% capacity or 25 people, whichever is less. Outdoor gatherings are limited to 25 50 people.

As of November 19 in Coral Harbour: Gatherings in homes are limited to a household plus 150 people; indoor gatherings outside of homes are limited to 1510 people. Indoor public gatherings in community halls, conference spaces, and within government and Inuit organization facilities can have maximum 50% capacity or 5025 people, whichever is less. Outdoor gatherings are limited to 10050 people.

As of November 13 in rest of Nunavut: Gatherings in homes are limited to a household plus 15 people; indoor gatherings outside of homes are limited to 15 people. Indoor public gatherings in community halls, conference spaces, and within government and Inuit organization facilities can have maximum 75% capacity or 100 people, whichever is less. Outdoor gatherings are limited to 100 people.

Hotels and Accommodation

Accommodations are open with control/safety measures in place.

Restaurants and Dining

As of November 19 in Pond Inlet: Restaurants and other licenced establishments are limited tocan have maximum  25% capacitytakeout only and bars are closed.

As of November 19 in Coral Harbour: Restaurants and other licensed establishments can have maximum 5025% capacity, with up to 6 people per table.

As of November 13 in rest of Nunavut: Restaurants and other licenced establishments can have maximum 50% capacity. 

Ontario

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

Ontario is in Step 3 of the Roadmap to Reopen.

On October 22, Ontario released its “Plan to Safely Reopen Ontario and Manage COVID-19 for the Long-Term”.

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

Masks or face coverings are mandatory for anyone aged 2 and older  throughout Ontario in indoor public spaces and whenever physical distancing is a challenge for anyone aged 2 and olderon public transit.

 

Domestic Conferences and Large Gatherings

Proof of vaccination (full series of doses + 14 days) and proof  of government-issued identification showing name and date of birth is required for people aged 12 and older to attend indoor meeting and event spaces, such as banquet halls and conference/convention centres. Outdoor venues with a usual capacity of 20,000+ people will also require proof of vaccination.

Capacity limits have been lifted at indoor and outdoor meeting and event spaces, subject to certain conditions.

Capacity limits for outdoor organized public events have been lifted. Indoor social and organized gatherings can have up to 25 people. Outdoor social and organized gatherings can have up to 100 people.

Other restrictions may apply.

Hotels and Accommodation

Accommodations are open with control/safety measures in place. Indoor recreational facilities that are part of the operations can open with restrictions.

Overnight camping at campgrounds and campsites, including in Ontario Parks, can operate.

Other restrictions may apply.

Restaurants and Dining

Proof of vaccination (full series of doses + 14 days) and proof of government-issued identification showing name and date of birth is

 required for people aged 12 and older to access indoor dining at restaurants and bars, and other food and drink establishments without dance facilities. It is also required for both indoor and outdoor areas of food or drink establishments with dance facilities, including nightclubs, restoclubs and other similar establishments.

Restaurants, bars, and other food or drink establishments can operate to maximum capacity; 2-metre physical distancing is no longer required.

Nightclubs can open to 25% capacity or 250 people, whichever is less, and with 2-metre physical distancing in place.

Other restrictions may apply.

Prince Edward Island

Charlottetown
Charlottetown
Current Phase/Stage

The P.E.I. 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.

Prince Edward Island is in Step 4 of its 5-step provincial reopening plan, Moving Forward 2021.

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. As of November 2, the formation of cohorts of attendees is no longer required at these events.

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 November 9, personal gatherings can have up to 50 people indoors or outdoors

 

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. Maximum seating capacity is 100 people inside and 200 people outside.

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

Quebec

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

All regions are in Level 1 – Vigilance (green) of Quebec’s regional alert system.

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.

Private indoor gatherings can have up to 10 people from different households or all occupants of 3 households. Private outdoor gatherings can have up to 20 people from different households or all occupants of 3 households. People who have received two doses of vaccine can gather in private homes without distancing measures or masks.

Organized activities in indoor public settings can have up to 25 people with physical distancing in place. Organized activities in outdoor public settings can have up to 50 people. 

Auditoriums and stadiums with assigned seats can operate at full capacity. Meetings, conventions, shows and exhibitions which require vaccine passports can also operate at full capacity.

Hotels and Accommodation

Accommodations are open with control/safety measures in place.

Restaurants and Dining

Quebec residents aged 13 and older must show their vaccine passport to dine or drink (indoors and outdoors) at all restaurants, bars, breweries and taverns.

People who reside outside Quebec must show printed proof of vaccination, combined with identification.

As of November 1, all restaurants, bars, breweries and taverns can resume normal operating hours and capacity, with the distance between tables reduced to 1 metre. Groups will also be allowed with no limits to the number of people per table.

As of November 15, patrons are allowed to  remain standing, to dance and to sing (e.g. karaoke is permitted).

Saskatchewan

Regina, Saskatoon
Regina, Saskatoon
Current Phase/Stage

Saskatchewan is in Step 3 of the Re-Opening Roadmap.

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.

As of November 13: Masks are mandatory throughout the Yukon for anyone aged 5 and older in all indoor public spaces and in outdoor public settings where physical distancing cannot be maintainedthroughout Yukon for anyone aged 5 and older.

Proof of full vaccination is required for people aged 12 and older to access all non-essential services.

Domestic Conferences and Large Gatherings

As of November 13: Proof of full vaccination is required for people aged 12 and older to attend events.

If all people aged 12 and older are fully vaccinated, personal gatherings can have up to 10 people from 2 households.

If any person aged 12 and older is unvaccinated, personal gatherings are limited to household members only.

Organized indoor gatherings, including conferences, can have up to 25 people with proof of full vaccination. Outdoor organized gatherings can have up to 50 people.

Hotels and Accommodation

Accommodations are open with control/safety measures in place.

Restaurants and Dining

As of November 13, 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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