31 May, 2020
Canada is planning to invest C$30 million (US$21.8 million) to promote holidays
in their “own back yard” due the closure of the country’s borders as the
consequences of the novel coronavirus pandemic. The closures have hammered the
tourism industry so badly. According to an April survey done in 12, 600 businesses
about 42 percent of businesses in the accommodation and food sectors have
reported revenue drops of more than 50 percent due current crisis.
According to a statement by Reuters before its official release; Canada, which has
had more than 7,000 deaths due to COVID-19, has closed its borders to non-
essential travel since March, and it is unclear when they will be opened again.
Many provinces have also shut down domestic non-essential travel. This is the
cause the Canada got worst condition where it is encouraging people to stay at
home even in holiday, vacation. Quebec, which shares borders with the US states
of New York, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine, accounts for more than 60
percent of the Canadian death toll from the virus, and Ontario, the most populous
province, has also been hit hardly be this pandemic.
According to the Tourism Industry Association of Canada, at the end of 2018, one
out of every 11 jobs in Canada was directly tied to travel but in April the
unemployment rate in the tourism sector skyrocketed to more than 28 percent
which is worst news.