The Canadian tourism sector

Information and resources for businesses in the tourism sector

On this page, businesses in the tourism sector can find the latest relevant news, financial resources and other useful information to assist them in navigating the pandemic and being even better prepared to welcome international visitors.

Travelling to and within Canada during the COVID-19 pandemic

For the latest requirements relating to travel to Canada, see COVID-19: Travel, testing and borders. For international visitors looking to discover Canada or for Canadians wishing to explore their own big, beautiful backyard, visit Destination Canada for travel inspiration.

Latest news for tourism businesses

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May 13, 2022 The southwestern New Brunswick region will benefit from investments to help bring people back to public spaces safely
May 13, 2022 Government of Canada investing to support economic development in Wahgoshig First Nation
May 13, 2022 Reminder: Chief Mountain border crossing remains closed

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COVID-19 financial supports for business

Learn more about the resources available during the pandemic to help businesses in the tourism sector access credit, keep employees on the payroll, pay rent, and improve their products and services to welcome international visitors.

Find the right programs and services through the Business Benefits Finder.

COVID-19 applications

Download free apps to support your business and to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Canada Business app

Browse government programs and services for businesses and access COVID-19 support.

ArriveCAN

Submit mandatory travel information for entry and after entry into Canada.

This guide for small businesses offers ideas to help restore and cultivate confidence in Canadian travellers by showing that safety is in everyone's best interest. It also includes best-in-class examples of Canadian tourism businesses from coast to coast to coast that have exhibited strong resilience and innovation during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Report: Canada's tourism strategy

Read the federal strategy released in 2019, Creating Middle Class Jobs: A Federal Tourism Growth Strategy.

Learn about tourism investment groups.

Visit Statistics Canada to find important data about travel and tourism in Canada.


Minister

Randy Boissonnault

The Honourable Randy Boissonnault
Minister of Tourism and Associate Minister of Finance

A message to all Canadians and tourism businesses:

"From coast to coast to coast, there is no other sector as important to our communities as our tourism and hospitality sector. You make possible the memorable experiences that people carry with them for the rest of their lives.

"The visitor economy plays a vital role in creating jobs and opportunities for small and medium-sized businesses which fuels our economic growth. For indigenous tourism owners and operators, these opportunities represent reconciliation in action.

"Your resiliency during the pandemic and your sector's innate capacity to anticipate travel trends to capture the imagination of those who dream of new adventures will be the keys to spring board Canada to a safe world leading destination.

"The good news is that Canada's brand on the global stage is our super weapon. We are known around the world as a friendly, diverse, inclusive and respectful country, and our breathtaking natural wonders are exactly what the world wants. Add in our high vaccination rates and a focus on health and safety, and Canada has a huge advantage.

"As we move forward with relaunching the visitor economy across Canada, we will make sure we lead, engage and inspire Canadians and visitors alike to travel in our country. To do that, we'll focus on the five following pillars:

  1. Adapt to living in COVID-19.
  2. Focus on everyone's safety first, then travel.
  3. Entice corporate and business travellers to stay longer.
  4. Retain workers and showcase tourism's career potential
  5. Invest in existing and new tourism destinations.

"The Government of Canada is committed to supporting you every step of the way because we know that the Canadian economy will not recover until our tourism sector recovers."

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