On May 8th the Canadian government announced that the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) measure will be extended past its original end date of June 6th, 2020.
The legislation allows for the government to extend the program to September 30th, 2020, but as pointed out in ACTA’s “ask” to government, the travel industry will experience a much longer lag in recovery and as such, will require the wage subsidy to be extended to the end of 2020. More details on the extension will be announced this week.
The Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) is expected to open this week, however to date, no changes to the program have been announced.
ACTA, along with a number of other associations, has identified many cases where landlords are simply not interested in participating in the program, even with provincial eviction bans in place. The recommendation to the federal government is to make the program available directly to the tenant, rather than rely on the willingness of the landlord.
ACTA says that it will continue to lobby government on this point, as well as the fact that the travel industry will lag behind other industries in recovery and an extension of the program will be required.
An important survey from ACTA
On May 7th, a brief survey was sent to travel agency owners/managers on what federal government financial relief programs they have applied for and whether they were approved.
The deadline to complete the survey is May 13th at 8:00 PM EST. ACTA cites that it needs this information to persuade the government that more help is needed. Travel agents can access the survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JC2FPSY
In addition to daily calls with the federal government, ACTA has had calls with senior officials from the Ministries of Transport and Small Business, and MPs working on special committees connected to the transport and tourism departments.
During these calls, ACTA has pointed out that some members have not been successful in accessing the current government financial aid programs. This is of interest to the government, however, they have asked ACTA for data. ACTA implies that it needs travel agency information to understand any shortfalls in the current government aid programs – thus the request to complete this survey urgently.
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