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Meet safely in Canada

We are in uncharted territory as we navigate through the first global pandemic to occur in the age of heightened connectivity. The business events segment has always been a reactive industry, highly affected by the state of global travel and economies. It is evident that all segments of our industry - associations, corporate, and incentive - have been impacted by the crisis.

It is an overarching belief across all segments of Business Events that the industry will rebound. It is not a matter of if, but when. Our ability to maintain a fluid plan for recovery will reflect new business realities as they unfold. For a full list of resources for planners, click here

While we wait for international borders to open and travel to resume in full, we are learning how to meet safely in Canada. This page will show you how.

Safe meetings in Canada

Where Can I Meet?

Due to the evolving nature of the COVID-19 Pandemic, gathering restrictions vary by jurisdiction across Canada. The following map and chart gives up-to-date data information on local gathering guidelines. This information is currently only for domestic meetings and events in Canada.

Helping You Plan

Find out if you can travel to Canada

Global Affairs Canada has launched a new tool, Travel Wizard, to help Canadian citizens and foreign nationals determine if they can travel to Canada by answering a few simple questions. Find out more here.

We're here to help during this challenging time. Gathering restrictions vary by jurisdiction across Canada. Use the table below to help guide your planning with information about the current restrictions in place, listed by province or territory. Make sure to check back regularly to ensure you have the most up-to-date information.

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Alberta British Columbia Manitoba New Brunswick Newfoundland and Labrador Northwest Territories Nova Scotia Nunavut Ontario Prince Edward Island Quebec Saskatchewan Yukon

Alberta

Calgary, Edmonton, Banff | Lake Louise, Jasper
Calgary, Edmonton, Banff | Lake Louise, Jasper
Current Phase/Stage

As of May 5, Alberta is implementing additional measures for high case regions.

Alberta is implementing "A Path Forward" roadmap based on hospitalization benchmarks. There are 4 Steps in total.

Alberta is in Step 1.

Domestic Conferences and Large Gatherings

As of May 5 in high case regions: Outdoor social gatherings can have up to 5 people from a maximum of 2 households.

All other regions: Outdoor social gatherings can have up to 10 people.

Province-wide: All indoor social gatherings - public or private - are prohibited; all out-of-town visitors cannot stay in other people's homes regardless of where they are coming from; all banquet halls, community halls and conference centres can open for limited activities; tradeshows are prohibited; all adult performance activities are prohibited.

Hotels and Accommodation

Hotels, motels, hunting and fishing lodges may remain open, but with no in-person dining and access to recreational facilities.

Restaurants and Dining

As of May 10, all restaurants, bars, lounges and cafes can open for takeout, pickup and delivery only.

British Columbia

Vancouver, Victoria, Kelowna, Whistler
Vancouver, Victoria, Kelowna, Whistler
Current Phase/Stage

The phased approach to BC's Restart Plan is on pause for the duration of province-wide restrictions.

Domestic Conferences and Large Gatherings

Outdoor gatherings are permitted to a maximum of 10 people (parks, beaches, backyards only; no restaurant patios). Indoor social gatherings of any size are not permitted with anyone other than those within a core bubble (core bubble includes immediate family or people in the same dwelling; for some a core bubble may include a partner, relative, friend, or co-parent who lives in a different household).

Business meetings (outside the workplace) and conferences are prohibited.

Hotels and Accommodation

As of April 23, accommodation providers will not accept reservations from BC residents outside of their defined region of
residence.

Accommodations are open unless they have decided to close due to lack of demand/low occupancy/health concerns.

Vacation accommodations are limited to those who reside together, or if a person lives on their own, up to two other persons with whom the person regularly interacts.

Restaurants and Dining

Indoor dining is closed in restaurants, cafes, pubs and breweries. Outdoor dinning with sufficient distancing measures is permitted; patrons must only dine with individuals from their household or core bubble if they live alone; patrons who remain on premises after being served must be seated.
Liquor sales in all bars, lounges, pubs and restaurants must stop at 10pm and establishments must close by 11pm (unless full meal service is available). Standalone banquet halls are closed until further notice.

Manitoba

Winnipeg, Churchill
Winnipeg, Churchill
Current Phase/Stage

All regions in Manitoba are in the red (critical) response level.

Domestic Conferences and Large Gatherings

As of April 28, private gatherings indoors or outdoors are prohibited.
Outdoor gatherings in public spaces may have a maximum of 10 people.

Hotels and Accommodation

Accommodations are open unless they have decided to close due to lack of demand/low occupancy/health concerns; conference rooms and recreational facilities are not permitted.

Restaurants and Dining

Dine-in can open at restaurants and licenced premises with sufficient distancing measures and maximum 50% capacity. Indoors, patrons are restricted to members of a single household; outdoors, up to 4 people from different households can dine together. Licenced premises are limited to seated service only; maximum of 6 people per table; establishments are required to capture the contact information of patrons and must close to in-person dining at 10pm.

New Brunswick

Fredericton, Saint John
Fredericton, Saint John
Current Phase/Stage

As of April 27, a section of Zone 4 (Edmundston and upper Madawaska region, Saint- Léonard, Grand Falls, Drummond, New Denmark and Four Falls) is in the Orange Level.

All other zones in the province (including Saint- Quentin and Kedgewick from Zone 4) are in the Yellow Level.

 

Domestic Conferences and Large Gatherings

Orange Level: Single household bubble can include 10 steady contacts from outside your household (“Steady 10”).

Formal indoor and informal gatherings (indoors or outdoors) are permitted with members of your household and Steady 10.

Formal outdoor gatherings of up to 50 people with physical distancing and an operational plan in place are permitted.

Yellow Level: Single household bubble can include 15 steady contacts from outside your household (“Steady 15”).

Informal outdoor gatherings of up to 50 people are permitted with physical distancing; formal outdoor gatherings of up to 50 people are permitted with physical distancing and an operational plan in place.

Informal gatherings indoors are permitted only with members of your household and Steady 15; formal gatherings indoors are permitted up to 50% of a venue’s maximum capacity, and require continuous mask use and physical distancing between attendees who are not members of the same household or Steady 15; venues are required to capture the contact info of attendees.

Hotels and Accommodation

Accommodations are open unless they have decided to close due to lack of demand/low occupancy/health concerns.

Restaurants and Dining

Orange Level: Dine-in can open at restaurants, brewpubs and taprooms with sufficient distancing measures; venues are required to capture the contact info of patrons; patrons must be seated at all times and are restricted to members of a single household bubble and Steady 10.

Yellow Level: Dine-in can open at restaurants, brewpubs and taprooms with sufficient distancing measures; venues are required to capture the contact info of patrons; patrons must be seated at all times and are restricted to members of a single household bubble and Steady 15.

Newfoundland and Labrador

St. John's, Fogo Island
St. John's, Fogo Island
Current Phase/Stage

Newfoundland & Labrador is in Alert Level 2.

Domestic Conferences and Large Gatherings

A single household bubble can include up to 20 close, consistent contacts from outside your household (“Steady 20”); informal gatherings are limited to those in the Steady 20.

As of April 17, formal gatherings run by a recognized business or organization can have up to 100 people with sufficient physical distancing in place. Large venues with a capacity of 500 people or more, including theatres and performing arts venues, other entertainment venues and sports venues, may operate at a capacity higher than 100 where an operating plan has been approved by an Environmental Health Officer with Digital Government and Service NL.

Hotels and Accommodation

Accommodations are open unless they have decided to close due to lack of demand/low occupancy/health concerns.

As of April 17, campsites are permitted to open for day use and overnight use subject to the Guidelines for Campgrounds General Restrictions.

Restaurants and Dining

Restaurants can open for in-person dining to maximum 50% capacity with sufficient distancing measures; bars and lounges can open to maximum 50% capacity in accordance with guidelines.

Northwest Territories

Yellowknife
Yellowknife
Current Phase/Stage

Northwest Territories is in Phase 2 of 4.

Domestic Conferences and Large Gatherings

25 people maximum for indoor gatherings; 50 people maximum for outdoor activities and public events; events like tradeshows and conferences TBD.

Hotels and Accommodation

Accommodations are open with control/safety measures in place unless they have decided to close due to lack of demand/low occupancy/health concerns (with control/safety measures in place).

Restaurants and Dining

Dine-in can open at restaurants, bars and lounges with limited capacity and sufficient distancing measures; no more than 25 customers indoors and 50 customers outdoors.

Nova Scotia

Halifax
Halifax
Current Phase/Stage

As of April 28, Nova Scotia is in a province-wide shutdown.

Domestic Conferences and Large Gatherings

As of April 28, people can only gather indoors or outdoors with their household bubble, i.e. the people they live with.

Social events, special events, festivals, arts/cultural events, sports events or meetings are prohibited.

Hotels and Accommodation

Accommodations are open unless they have decided to close due to lack of demand/low occupancy/health concerns.

Restaurants and Dining

As of April 28, all restaurants and licenced establishments are closed for indoor and outdoor dine-in service. Contactless takeout or delivery is allowed.

Nunavut

Iqaluit
Iqaluit
Current Phase/Stage

Every two weeks, the Chief Public health Officer will decide which measures can be eased, maintained or if additional restrictions are needed.

Domestic Conferences and Large Gatherings

Iqaluit and Kinngait: Gatherings in homes are limited to a household plus 5 people (for emergencies only); 5 people maximum for all outdoor gatherings; 5 people maximum for indoor gatherings outside of homes (for emergencies only); gatherings at community halls, conference spaces and within government and Inuit organization facilities is prohibited.

Arctic Bay, Kinngait, Clyde River, Grise Fiord, Sanirajak, Igloolik, Kimmirut, Pangnirtung, Pond Inlet, Qikitarjuaq, Resolute Bay, Sanikiluaq, and Rankin Inlet: Indoor gatherings are restricted to a household plus 5 people; 25 people maximum for all outdoor gatherings; 10 people maximum for indoor gatherings outside of homes; maximum 25 people or 50% capacity for indoor gatherings in community halls and conference spaces, and within government and Inuit organization facilities.

Rankin Inlet: Indoor gatherings are restricted to a household plus 15 people; 100 people maximum for all outdoor gatherings; 15 people maximum for indoor gatherings outside of homes; maximum 50 people or 50% capacity for indoor gatherings in community halls and conference spaces, and within government and Inuit organization facilities.

Kitikmeot, Chesterfield Inlet, Baker Lake, Coral Harbour, Naujaat, Whale Cove and Arviat: Gatherings in homes are limited to a household plus 15 people; 100 people maximum for all outdoor gatherings; 15 people maximum for indoor gatherings outside of homes; maximum 100 people or 75% capacity for indoor gatherings
at community halls, conference spaces and within government and Inuit organization facilities.

 

Hotels and Accommodation

Accommodations are open unless they have decided to close due to lack of demand/low occupancy/health concerns.

Restaurants and Dining

Iqaluit, Kinngait, Arctic Bay, Clyde River, Grise Fiord, Sanirajak, Igloolik, Kimmirut, Pangnirtung, Pond Inlet, Qikitarjuaq, Resolute Bay and Sanikiluaq: Food service and licenced establishments can open only for takeout and delivery services. All bars must close.

Rankin Inlet, Kitikmeot, Chesterfield Inlet, Baker Lake, Coral Harbour, Naujaat, Whale Cove and Arviat: Food service and licenced establishments may open for regular business with maximum 50% capacity.

Ontario

Toronto, Ottawa, Niagara Falls, Waterloo Region
Toronto, Ottawa, Niagara Falls, Waterloo Region
Current Phase/Stage

As of April, 8, the province-wide Stayat- Home order requires everyone to remain at home except for essential purposes.

Ontario has imposed a provincewide emergency brake.

The COVID-19 Response Framework: Keeping Ontario Safe and Open is paused during the provincewide emergency brake..

Domestic Conferences and Large Gatherings

Indoor organized public events and social gatherings are prohibited.

As of April 17, all outdoor social gatherings and organized public events are prohibited, except for with members of the same household or one other person from outside that household who lives alone for a caregiver for any member of the household.

Hotels and Accommodation

Hotels, motels, lodges, cabins, cottages, resorts student residences and other shared rental accommodations can operate but indoor pools, fitness centres or other recreational facilities are closed.

Short-term rentals are only to be provided to individuals who are in need of housing.

Campsites at seasonal campgrounds must be made available only for trailers and recreational vehicles that are used by individuals who are in need of housing and permitted to be there by the terms of a full season contract.

Restaurants and Dining

Restaurants, bars and other food or drink establishments will be permitted to operate by take-out, drive-through, and delivery only.

Indoor and outdoor dining is prohibited.

Night clubs are only permitted to open if they operate as a food or drink establishment providing take-out, drive-thru and delivery only.

Prince Edward Island

Charlottetown
Charlottetown
Current Phase/Stage

PEI currently has post circuit breaker measures in place.

Domestic Conferences and Large Gatherings

Each household can gather with up to 10 individuals indoors or outdoors with physical distancing; organized gatherings are limited to 50 people; 3 additional groups of 50 are permitted with an approved operational plan.

Hotels and Accommodation

Accommodations are open unless they have decided to close due to lack of demand/low occupancy/health concern.

Restaurants and Dining

Dine-in can open at restaurants and bars with sufficient distancing measures; maximum of 10 patrons per table; establishments must close by 12am; maximum of 50 patrons; 3 additional groups of 50 are permitted with an approved operational plan.

Quebec

Montréal, Québec City, Tremblant
Montréal, Québec City, Tremblant
Current Phase/Stage

Quebec has a regional alert system in place. There are 4 levels in total: Level 1 – Vigilance (green), Level 2 – Early Warning (yellow), Level 3 – Alert (orange), and Level 4 – Maximum Alert (red).

For current region classifications, see Alert levels map.

As of April 14, special emergency measures are in place for Québec City and the entire Chaudière-Appalaches and Outaouais regions, including a curfew of 8pm to 5am.On May 10, Québec City and the Chaudière-Appalaches and Outaouais regions move back to Level 4 - Maximum Alert (red) zones.

Domestic Conferences and Large Gatherings

All private gatherings are prohibited; all activities organized in a public place are prohibited.

Hotels and Accommodation

Accommodations are open unless they have decided to close due to lack of demand/low occupancy/health concerns.

Restaurants and Dining

Red regions: All restaurants and bars are closed to in-person service; only takeout, drive-thru and delivery are permitted. During the 9:30pm to 5am curfew, only delivery service is allowed.

Orange regions: Dine-in can open for restaurants but bars are closed; maximum of 2 adults per table, who may be accompanied by their children under the age of 18. During the 9:30pm to 5am curfew, only delivery service is allowed. Establishments are required to capture contact information of patrons; only customers with proof of residence in the same region as the restaurant are admitted.

Special emergency measures regions: As of April 14, all restaurants and bars are closed to in-person service; only takeout, drive-thru and delivery are permitted. During the 8pm to 5am curfew, only delivery service is allowed.

Saskatchewan

Regina, Saskatoon
Regina, Saskatoon
Current Phase/Stage

Saskatchewan is in Phase 4.2.

Domestic Conferences and Large Gatherings

Regina area: All private indoor gatherings are prohibited; residents may not expand their household bubble; banquet halls and conference facilities must close.

Other areas: As of April 16, all private indoor gatherings are prohibited; residents may not expand their household bubble. Outdoor gatherings are limited 10 people, provided physical distancing of households can be maintained. Indoor public banquets and conferences in public venues are limited to 30 people; food or beverages may not be present or served.

Hotels and Accommodation

Accommodations are open unless they have decided to close due to lack of demand/low occupancy/health concerns.

Restaurants and Dining

Regina area: All restaurants and licenced establishments must close for in-person dining; takeout and delivery are permitted.

Other areas: Dine-in can open with sufficient distancing measures and a maximum of 4 people per table and establishments are required to capture contact information of patrons

Yukon

Whitehorse
Whitehorse
Current Phase/Stage

Step 1 of 3 as outlined in A Path Forward released March 8 (replaces the previous phased approach).

Domestic Conferences and Large Gatherings

10 people maximum for indoor social gatherings; 50 people maximum for outdoor social gatherings. Organized seated events are permitted in a rental facility or venue with an operational plan; indoor events 50 people or fewer; outdoor events 100 people or fewer with physical distancing; conferences and tradeshows may operate following organized gathering limits and an approved operational plan.

Hotels and Accommodation

Accommodations are open with enhanced cleaning and public health measures unless they have decided to close due to lack of demand/low occupancy/health concerns.

Restaurants and Dining

Restaurants can open at full capacity for dine-in with sufficient distancing measures and approved operational plan; bars can open at 50% capacity with distancing measures and approved operational plan; restaurants and bars are required to capture the contact info of patrons.

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