are still in
immediate action is needed
These are challenging times, and we know that keeping Canadians safe and healthy is a top priority.
Many sectors were impacted by COVID-19, but few as severely as ours. Businesses in the tourism, travel, hospitality, arts, festivals and events sectors are in a crisis for one simple reason: the core of our business is about bringing people together, face to face, and this activity has been restricted by public health measures since mid-March. The result saw thousands of festivals, concerts, conventions, Indigenous tourism experiences, fairs, exhibitions, and business and sporting events cancelled, leaving our businesses without revenue for the past 6 months.
We are doing our part to prevent the spread of this virus. But our revenue and employment losses are staggering and unlike just about every other sector of the economy, our recovery is not forecast until the summer of 2021.
The government’s current COVID-19 measures that broadly support businesses and employment are adequate for most, but they are insufﬁcient to ensure the survival of those in the hardest-hit category. We applaud the Government for its commitments in the Speech from the Throne which pledged support for the hardest-hit businesses. Urgent action is required to prevent deep and irreversible structural damage.
Canada's hardest hit businesses are aligned behind the need for support in three key areas:
COALITION OF HARDEST HIT BUSINESSES