The Coalition of hardest-hit businesses welcomes the passage of Bill C-2, an act to provide additional support in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the travel and tourism sector has been disrupted by border closures, travel bans and the loss of international and domestic travellers. A survey of Coalition members earlier this year found that up to 60 per cent of them did not expect to get through the winter without extensive government assistance. This support couldn't come at a bigger time, as Coalition members in the travel, hospitality and major events sectors face new challenges and setbacks due to the Omicron variant.

"Our members and employees need this program to survive as the challenges of the pandemic persist until next year," said Beth Potter, President and CEO of the Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC) and Co-Chair of the Coalition of hardest-hit businesses. "This is an investment in a sector that will bounce back strongly if given the opportunity. It will also help keep people in the workforce who would otherwise be laid off – many of whom are the most vulnerable in Canada, including women, youth and new Canadians. »

"We are grateful for the swift passage of this bill. Our members have lost two years of activity and are at a breaking point. The government's support to date has been critical to our survival and without the additional support of Bill C-2, we would have seen the loss of a key travel infrastructure that is at the heart of the Canadian economy," said Susie Grynol, President and CEO of the Hotel Association of Canada (CHA) and Co-Chair of the Coalition of hardest-hit Businesses.

The Coalition is grateful for the extensive support the sector has received from all Members of Parliament in the House of Commons and Senators.