1. Today, the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages, joined her international counterparts for the G20 Tourism Ministers Meeting, hosted by Italy. Recognizing a pressing need, ministers from the world’s largest economies, which also include the largest source markets for international tourism, met virtually to discuss the tourism sector’s transition to a sustainable and resilient recovery.
  2. The governments of Canada and Quebec have finalized an agreement with Formula One World Championship (FOWC) to ensure the return of the Formula 1 Grand Prix du Canada and its extension into 2031, two years beyond the current agreement. Due to the health measures in place to fight COVID-19, the Grand Prix du Canada is being cancelled for a second year in a row. The event will nonetheless return next year and will be held as outlined in the contract among the partners and the FOWC.
  3. Budget 2021 is the Government of Canada’s plan to finish the fight against COVID-19 and ensure a robust economic recovery that is inclusive of all Canadians. Today, the Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages, the Honourable Mélanie Joly, engaged with Yves Lalumière, President and Chief Executive Officer of Tourisme Montréal, Louise Beaudoin, Board President for Regroupement des événements majeurs internationaux, Paul Arseneault of the Université du Québec à Montréal and Martin Lessard of MT Lab on recovery for Montréal’s tourism industry. The discussion, organized by Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions (CED) at MT Lab, centred on opportunities for this recovery outlined in the recent Budget 2021: A Recovery Plan for Jobs, Growth, and Resilience.
  4. Michael McLeod, Member of Parliament for the Northwest Territories, on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages and Minister responsible for CanNor, announced an investment of over $375,000 to support a two-year project to renovate Yellowknife’s soon-to-be relocated Visitor Centre.
  5. A one-year extension to the BC Bus North service was announced today, meaning people who live and work in northern British Columbia can continue to rely on inter-city bus service. This service has become a crucial lifeline in the region as other transportation options have been limited due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  6. The Government of Canada is announcing today further testing and quarantine requirements for international travellers arriving to Canada’s air and land ports of entry. These new measures will help prevent variants of concern from reaccelerating the pandemic and making it more difficult to contain.
  7. Backgrounder - Additional testing and more stringent quarantine requirements for travel to Canada