When the global pandemic hit, tourism came to a screeching halt as public safety measures kept most Canadians home and borders closed to international tourists. Now that vaccination efforts are paying off and declining case rates are allowing the easing of restrictions, tourism businesses and organizations can look to the future.
The Minister of Transport, the Honourable Omar Alghabra, and the Member of Parliament for Charlottetown, Sean Casey, were at the Charlottetown Port in Prince Edward Island today to highlight the Government of Canada’s support to the tourism sector:
“As Canadians have done their part to reduce the spread of COVID-19, our government continues to work hard to safely restart our economy and build back better. Prince Edward Island relies on tourism to create jobs and benefit from a healthy economy. This is why we are committed to supporting efforts to recover from the global pandemic and sustain the social and economic well-being of our communities.”
The Honourable Omar Alghabra
Minister of Transport
“Tourism creates valuable jobs in communities across Canada, and they are especially important here in Prince Edward Island. This is why the Government of Canada is committed to supporting efforts to recover from the global pandemic. These initiatives help Atlantic Canada to safely welcome back visitors, create and maintain local jobs, and ensure the tourism sector has a strong recovery.”
Member of Parliament for Charlottetown
Tourism is a key contributor to Canada’s economy. According to Statistics Canada, the tourism sector generated an estimated $104.4 billion in revenues in 2019, supported approximately 1 in 10 jobs in communities across Canada and contributed an estimated $45.1 billion in gross domestic product.
To help manage the severe impact of COVID-19 on the sector, tourism-related businesses and not-for-profit organizations have received $15.4 billion in support for tourism, arts, and culture sectors to pay workers, provide rent and mortgage support, as well as providing liquidity support for small businesses.
The cruise ship industry, which represents more than a $4 billion annual input into the Canadian economy and directly and indirectly generates approximately 30,000 jobs, is an important part of Canada’s domestic tourism sector.