ACTA Calls On Gov't To Extend CERB, Urges Agents To Join Letter Campaign

Anna Kroupina, Open Jaw

Wendy Paradis

ACTA is calling on the Canadian government to extend the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) for the travel industry through DEC 2020. The move aims to counter the government's ongoing travel advisory that recommends Canadians “avoid all non-essential travel outside of Canada” and “avoid all cruise travel," said the association in a news release.

"The government’s extended 'avoid all non-essential travel' advisory will put a financial strain on retail travel businesses and without an extension of CERB, many will face significant economic hardships long after other businesses have re-opened,” said Wendy Paradis, President of ACTA. 

“To protect the thousands of Canadian retail travel businesses, employees, and independent contractors, we call on the government of Canada to provide the Canadian retail travel businesses with a sector specific CERB extension until the end of DEC 2020."

ACTA is asking the industry to write to their MP urging extension of the CERB for the travel industry, travel agencies and travel agents. Click here to download ACTA's letter template.

Due to the impacts of COVID-19, many travel companies do not expect to business to return to 2019 level until 2021 or 2022, noted Paradis.

“While we appreciate the need for continued action to limit the COVID-19 spread, travel advisories coupled with the now extended ban of cruise ships in Canadian waters are another blow to the Canadian travel industry,” said Paradis. 

“The Canadian travel industry has been one of the hardest hit during the pandemic and as economies across the country begin to re-open, the travel advisories, physical distance and mandatory self-isolation/quarantine measures after travel, will prevent retail travel businesses that same opportunity.”

Anna Kroupina

Anna Kroupina Journalist

Anna is OJ's newest member and she joins the team as a writer/reporter. She co-writes the daily news and covers events. Although she's new to the industry, pursuing a career path in travel/tourism has been a goal since her first family road trip to the Florida Keys sparked a desire to discover the world and this exhilarating, fast-paced industry.


Comments

Nancy Fortune - June 15, 2020 @ 09:30
As an independent consultant having been through many hardships over the years including cut of airline commissions, "ash clouds" in Europe, labour strikes of airlines, 911, wars, coups in various countries etc., this lockdown of our industry will force many to call it a day.

Daphne Hart - June 10, 2020 @ 11:23
Wendy thank for for the hard work that ACTA is doing on behalf of the Travel Industry .As an independant contractors (24 years Experience) the CERB is crucial to the Industry and especially the small Travel Agency across Canada.Most people do not realize that we don't make monies until after the passengers departs on their journeys...I've written several letters to my MP; hopefully they will take it under serious consideration.

Grant Morris - June 9, 2020 @ 13:35
Thanks Wendy Paradis for putting this together. Emails sent off. It would be nice if the CERB was extended. It is a great program to have in place for our industry. I am thinking now it will be 2021 before any revenue starts to roll. Hope it is earlier but have to be realistic. Trust everyone is coping with this crisis.

Judy Pietracupa - June 9, 2020 @ 11:12
Agents need help as all we are getting are cancellations.

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