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The Canadian tourism sector

From: Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

Information and resources for businesses in the tourism sector

If you are a tourist looking to discover all that Canada has to offer once travel restrictions have been eased, we encourage you to explore Destination Canada.

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Current travel restrictions

To protect Canadians from the outbreak of COVID-19, the Government of Canada has announced travel restrictions that limit travel to Canada. Until further notice, most foreign nationals cannot travel to Canada for non-essential (discretionary) reasons, including tourism, even if they have a valid visitor visa or electronic travel authorization (eTA).

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Latest news for tourism businesses

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July 27, 2021 Government of Canada invests to help build a competitive tourism environment and boost economic recovery efforts
July 19, 2021 Government of Canada announces easing of border measures for fully vaccinated travellers
July 19, 2021 Easing border measures for fully vaccinated travellers entering Canada - Permitting discretionary travel for citizens and permanent residents of the United States

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Canada's tourism sector

Canada's tourism sector is an essential contributor to the Canadian economy. In 2019, tourism was Canada's number one service export, totaling 3% of total exports, generating $105 billion in revenue, and accounting for 1.8 million direct and indirect jobs in Canada.

Unfortunately, the Canadian tourism sector is currently one of the hardest hit by COVID-19.

COVID-19 financial supports for business

Learn more about resources available to businesses in the tourism sector during the pandemic to help them access credit, keep employees on the payroll and pay rent.

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

COVID-19 applications

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

Canada Business app

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

COVID Alert app

Find out about possible exposures to COVID-19 before any symptoms appear.


Get mandatory travel information for entry and after entry to 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.

Message from the Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages

"The tourism sector has been one of the hardest hit by COVID-19, and we are committed, as a government, to working hard to support tourism businesses. Our Canadian tourism sector is a source of pride for this country, and we will continue to stand alongside you, to get you through this and into recovery. We can and we will do it together."

The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages

Report: Canada's tourism strategy

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

Tourism has the potential to drive economic growth and job creation in all regions of the country. The Strategy offers an innovative approach to government-industry collaboration, new funding for product development and a new way of investing in tourism.

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