We Need a Plan to Reopen the Canada-U.S. Border

As Canada heads into the post-COVID recovery stage, Meetings Mean Business Canada is calling on meeting and event planners and their corporate, association and incentive clients to #MeetInCanada when restrictions are lifted.

And while domestic travel will certainly give our industry its much needed kick-start, the business visitor economy won’t return to pre-pandemic levels without international visitors.

New data from the World Travel & Tourism Council reveals the dramatic collapse of Canada’s Travel & Tourism sector. During 2020, the pandemic erased US$59.2 billion of industry contribution to Canada’s economy, the report says, with the industry’s impact on GDP dropping by 53%.

Canada travel tourism data


Open the borderMMBC supports a call by the Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC) to reopen safe travel. In its new #OpenTheBorder campaign, TIAC is asking the Trudeau government to provide a timeline for the safe reopening of the Canada-U.S. border.

Show your support by sharing the message and sending a letter to your Member of Parliament via the campaign landing page.


Faster Together campaignA coalition of more than 140 organizations and individuals have a simple message: The faster Canadians get their COVID-19 vaccinations, the quicker we can all get back together and get our lives and businesses back to normal. The coalition is promoting vaccine acceptance by encouraging Canadians to take the shots when they become eligible. 

You can support #FasterTogether by visiting the website and sharing their resources in your social media channels.

We’re Ready!

Our industry is ready to host small and large meetings and business events. From transportation and accommodations to convention spaces, restaurants and meeting venues, businesses throughout Canada have invested millions of dollars to implement safe and healthy protocols.

Business visitors attend meetings, trade shows, exhibitions, conferences, conventions and incentive programs. Face-to-face business events connect people and are a catalyst for collaboration and investment. These connections spur high-value jobs and inspire innovation among academic thought leaders for the advancement of all industries.