The Association of Canadian Travel Agencies (ACTA) is warning the federal government that many travel agencies and independent travel agents could fail now that federal supports are being aggressively wound down this month.
In a release issued Wednesday (July 7), ACTA noted how it has lobbied "extensively for continued support for the travel sector" as borders remain closed and travel advisories remain active with no clear plan for re-opening.
ACTA also noted that "there has been no agreement from the government" to extend support to the sector, even with a provision in the budget for some support to be extended to November.
“We are extremely disappointed that the government has not heard our plea for the travel sector – as part of the hardest hit industries – to receive extended support through the end of this year,” said Wendy Paradis, president of ACTA. “We will continue our efforts to push for this because we know many will not survive without it.”
As provided for in the budget, federal supports begin reducing this month and continues to decline through September when they will end.
Wage & rent subsidies, CRB, reduced significantly
CEWS and CERS decline to 60% for the period July 4 to July 31.
Effective August 1 to August 28, both programs decline further to 40% and both programs decline to 20% effective August 29, ending on September 25.
CRB is reduced effective July 18 to 31, from $900 to $540 (after taxes withheld) for a two-week period.
Eligible CRB recipients can apply for a total of 25 periods (50 weeks) between September 27, 2020 and September 25, 2021.
Many travel agencies have been relying on the wage subsidy and rent subsidy programs and many independent travel agents on the CRB.
"Now is the time to call"
The House of Commons shut down for the summer and Members of Parliament are working from their constituency offices.
Provinces are also easing restrictions allowing people to hold in-person meetings.
“Over the past 15 months, ACTA has asked you to write to your local MP and tell them your story. Now is the time to call and request an in-person meeting if possible. Tell them the importance of extending CERS, CEWS, and the CRB in full,” said Paradis. “Along with ACTA’s advocacy work, travel agents need to do everything they can, including sharing their stories in local papers and on social media in an effort to get government’s attention.”
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