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  1. The tourism and hospitality sector is a key economic driver and job creator, especially for young Canadians. That is why the Government of Canada is taking action to help youth prepare for careers in this growing part of the economy.
  2. The Youth Employment and Skills Strategy (YESS) is a horizontal Government of Canada initiative delivered in collaboration with 12 federal departments, agencies and Crown corporations, including Employment and Social Development Canada. Through the YESS, the Government of Canada helps young people, particularly those facing barriers to employment, get the information and gain the skills, work experience and abilities they need to make a successful transition into the labour market. Employment and Social Development Canada’s YESS program provides opportunities and supports, such as mentorship, access to computers and access to mental health supports, all aimed at helping youth who face barriers to enter the labour market.
  3. Gatineau, Quebec, September 27, 2022 – Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) wishes to advise users that the Hull Causeway and Union Bridge of the Chaudière Crossing will be closed to motorists to accommodate repairs.
  4. Lockport, Manitoba, September 20, 2022 – Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) wishes to advise motorists that the bridge at the St. Andrews Lock and Dam will be closed to vehicular traffic for deck replacement work.
  5. Public Services and Procurement Canada wishes to advise users that the Alexandra Bridge will be closed to motorists to accommodate inspection work.
  6. Canada has much to offer visitors: breathtaking landscapes and wide-open spaces, diverse and inclusive experiences, and welcoming people from coast to coast to coast who provide outstanding service. Combined with a strong focus on health and safety and high vaccination against COVID-19, Canada is among the most alluring and smartest destination choices.
  7. Backgrounder: The Government of Canada is investing more than $1.3 million in 13 projects to support the tourism sector on Cape Breton Island and in Guysborough County.
  8. The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) advises travellers that the Little Gold Creek port of entry is set to close for the season at 7 p.m. (Pacific Daylight Time) on Monday, September 5.
  9. Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) wishes to advise users that the Hull Causeway and Union Bridge of the Chaudière Crossing will be closed to motorists to accommodate repairs
  10. The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is committed to stopping the illegal movement of cannabis across Canada’s international borders.
  11. Today, the Honourable Helena Jaczek, Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario) and Member of Parliament for Markham–Stouffville, announced over $3.1 million for seven projects in Markham.
  12. The Honourable Helena Jaczek, Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario) and Member of Parliament for Markham--Stouffville, along with Paul Chiang, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Housing and Diversity and Inclusion (Diversity and Inclusion), and Member of Parliament for Markham–Unionville, will make an important announcement in support of community infrastructure and tourism in Markham.
  13. A bullseye for Barrington: International axe throwing competition to attract visitors to the region
  14. Service Canada continues to introduce a variety of new measures to improve passport service delivery and decrease wait times for Canadians as it works through unprecedented demands. The triage system introduced this summer in 17 of our 35 passport offices has made a significant impact in reducing lineups and redirecting Canadians to the appropriate means to access service. The average wait time at call centres has also improved, going from a peak of 108 minutes in April to 27 minutes last week.
  15. Service Canada continues to introduce a variety of new measures to improve passport service delivery and decrease wait times for Canadians as it works through unprecedented demands. The triage system introduced this summer in 17 of our 35 passport offices has made a significant impact in reducing lineups and redirecting Canadians to the appropriate means to access service. The average wait time at call centres has also improved, going from a peak of 108 minutes in April to 27 minutes last week.
  16. The Minister of Tourism and Associate Minister of Finance, Randy Boissonnault, will be in Red Deer to announce additional passport pick-up locations across the country.
  17. The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) fights organized crime by focusing on firearms-related offences at the border. Today, the CBSA in British Columbia (B.C.), announced that it has made two significant seizures of “ghost guns” in the B.C. Interior, following interceptions at international mail centres.
  18. Fostering economic development, boosting tourism, and promoting Atlantic Canada’s unique places and experiences are key to building strong communities. The Government of Canada is investing in the Town of Port Hawkesbury to re-invigorate its waterfront, creating new business opportunities and a welcoming, accessible space for residents and visitors to explore.
  19. The CBSA is now providing travellers the option to submit their customs and immigration declaration up to 72 hours in advance of their arrival in Canada through ArriveCAN.
  20. Mike Kelloway, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard and Member of Parliament for Cape Breton – Canso, will announce support to re-energize the waterfront in Port Hawkesbury.
  21. Thursday, August 4: Lane reduction on Des Joachims Bridge
  22. The recent increase in passport demand combined with the longer processing times have resulted in a growing number of Canadians requiring their passport applications be transferred to local passport offices for processing in order to get them in time to travel. This has been stressful for Canadians and a challenging way for them to get their documents.
  23. Canada has much to offer visitors: breathtaking landscapes and wide open spaces; diverse and inclusive experiences; and welcoming people from coast to coast to coast who provide outstanding service.
  24. The Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Member of Parliament for Cardigan, will make an announcement in support of the tourism industry in Prince Edward Island.
  25. The CBSA gives tips this Civic Holiday long weekend for a smoother trip for travellers
  26. “Service Canada staff are working hard to provide passports to Canadians as quickly as possible. At the same time, staff are doing everything they can to give Canadians a better service experience as they go through the passport process.
  27. His Holiness Pope Francis will visit Canada from July 24 to July 29, with activities planned in the Edmonton area, the Quebec City area and in Iqaluit. The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) anticipates that this event will attract many travellers to Canada.
  28. Passport services continue to receive our full attention as we work to improve service delivery. While passport services are not yet back to normal, we have added another tool to share information with Canadians and communicate our progress.
  29. Passport services are not yet back to normal, but we continue to see improvements at passport offices across the country. The team at Service Canada is 100% engaged in getting them there as soon as possible.
  30. Canadians deserve access to timely, efficient, and transparent passport delivery services. We’re continuing to tackle big challenges in the passport program, and as the summer progresses, thanks to the hard work of Service Canada staff, we continue to see improvements in service delivery.
  31. The Government of Canada continues to support the tourism sector for a strong recovery and future growth.
  32. Sean Casey, Member of Parliament for Charlottetown, will make an announcement in support of the tourism industry.
  33. Mandatory random testing will resume as of July 19, 2022, for travellers who qualify as fully vaccinated , arriving in Canada by air to the four major Canadian airports—Vancouver, Calgary, Montreal and Toronto. All testing for air travellers, for both those who qualify as fully vaccinated and partially or unvaccinated people, will be completed outside of airports, either via an in-person appointment at select testing provider locations and pharmacies, or a virtual appointment for a self-swab test.
  34. Today, the Honourable Helena Jaczek, Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario), announced over $12.2 million for 33 tourism, community infrastructure and economic development projects in Peterborough, Northumberland and Kawartha Lakes.
  35. Travel Advisory – Lane closures at St. Stephen Ferry Point port of entry
  36. “The Canadian passport is a valuable document that Canadians rely upon for international business travel, vacations, and visits to family and friends. Canadians should be able to obtain a new or renewed passport in a timely manner. I remain seized with resolving this unacceptable situation as quickly as possible.
  37. Q. What is the government doing to fix the situation? Service Canada is examining and implementing every possible option to expedite intake and processing of applications to help Canadians get their passports in a timely way.
  38. Darrell Samson, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Veterans Affairs, Associate Minister of National Defence and Member of Parliament for Sackville-Preston-Chezzetcook, will make virtual announcements regarding support for four community organizations.
  39. The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is committed to keeping Canadian communities safe from illicit drugs. Today, the CBSA announced the interception of a significant amount of suspected cocaine and heroin.
  40. Statement from Minister Gould on further steps to improve passport processing
  41. Today, the Government of Canada announced it is extending current border measures for travellers entering Canada. Requirements for travellers arriving to Canada are expected to remain in effect until at least September 30, 2022.
  42. Today, the Honourable Karina Gould, Minister of Children, Families and Social Development, issued the following statement:
  43. Over the period of the COVID-19 pandemic, the volume of passport applications was relatively low, due to a reduction in travel following the imposition of public health restrictions and travel advisories. With the easing of restrictions and the resumption of travel, Service Canada has experienced an increase in passport applications across the country. In the first two years of the pandemic, only 20% of normal passport volume was received (from April 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021- 363,000 passports, and from April 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022 - 1,273,000 passports issued). Since April 1, 2022, over 542,000 applications were received. As a result, Service Canada is experiencing increased passport processing times and is prioritizing those travelling imminently.
  44. Canada has much to offer the world as travel continues to safely resume: breathtaking landscapes and wide open spaces; diverse and inclusive experiences; and welcoming people from coast to coast to coast who provide outstanding service.
  45. The Government of Canada invests over $180,000 in four projects to support the tourism sector in Prince Edward Island.
  46. The Government of Canada continues to support the tourism sector for a strong recovery and future growth.
  47. Southwest Nova Scotia will benefit from improved offerings to help the tourism sector recover and attract visitors in the region
  48. The Honourable Gudie Hutchings, Minister of Rural Economic Development and Member of Parliament for Long Range Mountains, will make an announcement in support of the tourism industry in Prince Edward Island.
  49. The Honourable Randy Boissonnault, Minister of Tourism and Associate Minister of Finance, made the following statement marking Tourism Week 2022:
  50. Atlantic Canada’s tourism industry is vital to the region’s economy, supporting thousands of local jobs and businesses. Anchor developments like Cape Smokey in the Cape Breton Highlands are clear examples of the sector’s impact, as they draw new visitors and investment to surrounding areas. The Government of Canada is helping Ingonish-based Cape Smokey add state-of-the-art snowmaking equipment to extend its season, powering the growth of the ski hill and nearby communities.