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April 13 | Issue


Federal Budget 2022

The Government of Canada unveiled its 2022 federal budget last week in Ottawa. Spending was largely focused on housing and defense and notably excluded targeted support for the tourism industry by means of wage and fixed-cost support, and an extension of the Tourism and Hospitality Recovery Program. It also did not include amendments to the Tourism Relief Fund, nor extensions and amendments to debt relief such as the RRRF and CEBA programs. Learn more about the new Budget in this Member Bulletin here.

TIAC appreciates the support of and collaboration with the Government in addressing the border restrictions and labour shortage facing the industry. We will be advancing efforts to raise awareness of the tourism industry's outstanding concerns as we move toward recovery, including financial needs, and working on ensuring that the new Federal Tourism Growth Strategy is best aligned to the needs of the industry.

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President's Message

As of the start of this month, the removal of testing requirements at the border that TIAC has been heavily advocating for are now in place and we are hearing from you that bookings are starting to ramp up. While you are working to rebuild your business this spring, know that we are working hard to ensure that this positive momentum is not short-lived. (…)

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Changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program

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On April 4, the Government of Canada announced a workforce solutions road map, and further changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program to address labour shortages across Canada. Addressing the critical situation was a key advocacy priority for TIAC this year and we are encouraged to see the government’s initiative on this. Five key policy changes will be implemented in the coming weeks as part of the TFW Program Workforce Solutions Road Map, outlined here: 


Effective immediately: 

  1. To address seasonal peaks, there will no longer be a limit to the number of low-wage positions that employers in seasonal industries, such as fish and seafood processing, can fill through the TFW Program. This makes permanent the Seasonal Cap Exemption that has been in place since 2015. In addition, the maximum duration of these positions will be increased from 180 days to 270 days per year. 
  2. Labour Market Impact Assessments (LMIA’s) will be valid for 18 months, an increase from 9 months. (Prior to COVID-19, LMIA’s were valid for 6 months). 
  3. The maximum duration of employment for High-Wage and Global Talent Streams workers will be extended from two years to three years. This extension will help workers access pathways to qualify for permanent residency, enabling them to contribute to our workforce for the long-term. 

Effective April 30: 

  1. For seven sectors with demonstrated labour shortages, such as Accommodation and Food Services, employers will be allowed to hire up to 30% of their workforce through the TFW Program for low-wage positions for one year. All other employers will be allowed to hire up to 20% of their workforce through the TFW Program for low-wage positions until further notice, an increase from the former 10% cap for many employers. 
  2. The Government will end the current policy that automatically refuses LMIA applications for low-wage occupations in the Accommodation and Food Services and Retail Trade sectors in regions with an unemployment rate of 6% or higher. 
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Saskatchewan Invests $1 Million to Promote Careers in Hospitality 

The Government of Saskatchewan has announced support of $1 million to Hospitality Saskatchewan to help them promote careers in Saskatchewan's hospitality and tourism sector. Saskatchewan's hospitality sector, like many other jurisdictions in North America, was one of the first and hardest hit by the global pandemic over the past two years, resulting in a labour shortage in the province.

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Get Your Workforce Peak-Season Ready

Getting ready for the spring and summer season? Destinations need local real-time labour market information and economic forecasting data for decision-making. Read more about how the Ontario Tourism Education Corporation (OTEC) and its partners are supporting destination-based recovery. 

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Help for Ukrainian Migrants 

Got a job to fill? Here’s a way to do that and help the Ukraine. Migrants from the conflict are coming to Canada and will need employment. They can stay for up to three years and will be allowed to work for the duration. If you’re an employer who wants to support Ukrainian nationals in Canada with jobs, click below.

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National Tourism Week 2022 

Tourism Week in Canada is back again May 29-June 4, 2022, and the Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC) is recognizing the importance of the industry and the resilience of its workers by calling on all Canadians to TRAVEL NOW - for work, life, and play! TIAC is asking for your support to champion our local tourism destinations, businesses, and employees by lighting up your business in Tourism Week’s “Glowing Green” (colour hex code: #8BC53F) all week long. Share pics on social media and don’t forget to tag us and use the hashtags #GreenMeansGo and #TourismWeekCanada2022.

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Cruise Returns to Canada 

The Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC) is excited to welcome back cruise visitors after two years with the arrival of Holland America’s Konningsdam in Victoria this past weekend. Prior to 2020, the cruise sector contributed more than $4 billion to the Canadian economy annually and supported 30,000 jobs. TIAC has been actively involved with helping the sector navigate the economic challenges brought on by the pandemic, and in June 2021 created the National Cruise Committee made up of member-businesses that operate in the global cruise industry. The return of cruising to Canada this past Sunday is a crucial and long-awaited step in the path toward recovering the tourism economy.

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Changes to Canada’s Border Measures  

As of April 1, pre-entry tests are no longer required for fully vaccinated travellers entering Canada by land, air or water. This was one of TIAC’s key recommendations during Hill Days and in our pre-budget submission, and we are pleased with this step to remove barriers at the border. Click here for more information on the new border measures from the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA).



TIAC’s is a not-for-profit organization working to ensure your survival and successful full recovery. Support TIAC by becoming a member and ensuring we can continue this critical work.

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TIAC is delighted to welcome our newest member who joined in March 2022. 

Thank you to the members who renewed throughout the month and continue their support of our advocacy efforts. Our success depends on you.


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Sport Events Congress 2022

Sport Tourism Canada and Edmonton Events have announced that  Sport Events Congress 2022 will be held November 2-4, 2022 in Edmonton. SEC22 promises to be everything that attendees know and love about Congress – interactive, educational, opportunities for business-to-business networking, evening social events (including an Edmonton Oilers NHL match-up at Rogers Place), and plenty of fun! View the preliminary schedule here

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