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The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), in collaboration with other government departments and agencies, has developed the International Events and Convention Services Program (IECSP) as a complimentary, single window, Government of Canada service which provides guidance and specialized information on border-related requirements and tax exemptions that may apply to international events hosted in our destinations.

International Events and Convention Services Program:


If you are accustomed to paying duties and taxes on materials you bring into other countries for your events, the CBSA has some good news for you. Provided your organization qualifies as a foreign organization, you may be eligible to import some of your good duty and tax free.


Rebate for Sponsors and Organizers
The CRA administers the Foreign Convention and Tour Incentive Program (FCTIP), which is a program designed to attract foreign conventions and tour groups to Canada. Under the FCTIP, the
(a)    sponsor of a foreign convention, or
(b)    organizer of a foreign convention, who is not registered for GST/HST,

may be entitled to a rebate of the GST/HST paid on the convention facility, and related convention supplies acquired exclusively for consumption, use or supply in connection with the foreign convention.


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. 

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Chantal Sturk-Nadeau
Chantal Sturk-Nadeau
Executive Director, Business Events