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Meet in Canada

On July 19th, the Government of Canada announced that on August 9, fully vaccinated American citizens and permanent residents (currently residing in the US) will be able to travel to Canada for non-essential travel. On September 7, the same will be extended to fully-vaccinated nationals from other countries.  For the full announcement, please see the Government of Canada press release: https://lnkd.in/g2s-2W3  

This news, which is based on data and scientific evidence, is a positive and critical step for the recovery of Canadian tourism and business events sectors. We can’t wait to welcome back fully vaccinated delegates from around the world.    

  • For gathering restrictions by province click here 
  • For guidance for travellers coming from the US click here 
  • For guidance for travellers coming from outside of the US click here
  • For a full list of resources for meeting planners click here
  • For the Travel Wizard tool click here
  • For the latest information on travel to Canada, please visit the Government of Canada website: https://lnkd.in/eTFsCGG 
     
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. 

Helping You Plan

Find out if you can travel to Canada

Global Affairs Canada has launched a 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

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

Proof of vaccination,  a privately-paid-for negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours or a medical exemption will be required to access non-essential businesses and events that implement the Restriction Exemption Program. As of September 20, anyone aged 12 and older must show proof of one dose taken at least 2 weeks earlier. As of October 26, anyone aged 12 and older must be fully vaccinated. Businesses that do not implement this program have additional restrictions.

Masks are mandatory in all indoor public spaces and on public transit.

Domestic Conferences and Large Gatherings

As of September 16: Fully vaccinated people: Indoor private social gatherings are limited to a single household plus 1 other household to maximum 10 fully vaccinated people aged 12 and older. There are no restrictions on children under 12.

Unvaccinated people: Indoor social gatherings are not permitted for people aged 12 and older who are unvaccinated.

Outdoor social gatherings: Outdoor private gatherings can have maximum 200 people with 2 metres physical distancing at all times.

Outdoor public gatherings: Outdoor events and venues have no capacity restrictions but people must maintain 2 metres physical distancing from people outside of their household (or 2 close contacts for those living alone).

Hotels and Accommodation

Hotels, motels, hunting and fishing lodges can resume regular operations.

Restaurants and Dining

As of September 20: All licenced establishments, including restaurants, bars and nightclubs, that implement the Restriction Exemption Program can resume regular operations. To access these establishments: As of September 20 anyone aged 12 and older must show proof of one dose taken at least 2 weeks earlier, or a privately-paid-for negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours or a medical exemption. As of October 26, anyone aged 12 and older must be fully vaccinated.

Indoor dining will be closed at all licenced establishments that do not implement the Restriction Exemption Program. Outdoor dining will be permitted for 1 household with up to 6 people per table (or 2 close contacts for those living alone). Liquor sales must end at 10pm and consumption by 11pm.

British Columbia

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

BC is in Step 3 of its 4-step Restart Plan.

As of August 25, masks are mandatory throughout British Columbia in indoor public spaces for anyone aged 12 and older.

Proof of vaccination is required to access some events, services and businesses. As of September 13, anyone aged 12 and older must be partially vaccinated (1 dose). As of October 24, anyone aged 12 and older must be fully vaccinated. Events, businesses and services will ask to see proof of vaccination and valid government ID.

Domestic Conferences and Large Gatherings

Proof of vaccination is required to attend indoor organized gatherings such as conferences and meetings. As of September 13, anyone aged 12 and older must be partially vaccinated (1 dose). As of October 24, anyone aged 12 and older must be fully vaccinated.

Northern Health region: As of September 7, indoor personal gatherings may have maximum 5 guests or 1 additional household. Outdoor personal gatherings may have maximum 50 people. Indoor organized gatherings can have maximum 50 people or 50% capacity, whichever is greater. Outdoor organized gatherings can have 5,000 people or 50% capacity, whichever is greater. All indoor events and outdoor events with more than 200 people should have a safety plan in place.

Interior Health region: Indoor personal gatherings may have maximum 5 guests or 1 additional household. Outdoor personal gatherings may have maximum 50 people.

As of September 13, with proof of full vaccination (2 doses), indoor public gatherings can have maximum 50 people or 50% capacity, whichever is greater. Outdoor organized gatherings can have 5,000 people or 50% capacity, whichever is greater.

From September 13 to October 23, with proof of partial vaccination (1 dose), indoor public gatherings can have maximum 50 people and outdoor public gatherings can have maximum 100 people.

Rest of province: All public health measures have been lifted for indoor and outdoor personal gatherings. Indoor organized gatherings can have maximum 50 people or 50% capacity, whichever is greater. Outdoor organized gatherings can have 5,000 people or 50% capacity, whichever is greater.

Entire province: Fairs, festivals and trade shows return to regular operations with a communicable disease plan in place.

Hotels and Accommodation

Central Okanagan: Gatherings at vacation rentals (e.g. houseboats, Airbnbs) are limited to five people plus the occupants.

Rest of province: Accommodations are open with control/safety measures in place.

Restaurants and Dining

Proof of vaccination is required to access all restaurants, cafes, pubs, breweries and nightclubs. As of September 13, anyone aged 12 and older must be partially vaccinated (1 dose). As of October 24, anyone aged 12 and older must be fully vaccinated.

Manitoba

Winnipeg, Churchill
Winnipeg, Churchill
Current Phase/Stage

All regions in Manitoba are in the yellow (caution) response level.

As of August 28, masks are mandatory throughout Manitoba in indoor public spaces and on public transit for anyone aged 5 and older.

Domestic Conferences and Large Gatherings

There are no limits on indoor and outdoor gatherings at private residences.

Public indoor gatherings can have up to 50 people or 50% capacity, whichever is greater.

As of September 7, public outdoor gatherings (e.g. fairs, festivals and community events) can have maximum 500 people unless higher attendance is approved by public health.

Hotels and Accommodation

Accommodations are open with control/safety measures in place.

Restaurants and Dining

As of September 3, people aged 12 and older must show proof of vaccination for indoor and outdoor dining at all restaurants, bars and other licenced establishments.

As of September 7, proof of vaccination is required for dine-in at food courts.

New Brunswick

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

New Brunswick is in Phase 3 of its 3-phase provincial reopening plan, Path to Green.

As of September 22, proof of full vaccination along with government-issued ID is required for people 12 and older to access certain businesses and settings. See the full list here.

Domestic Conferences and Large Gatherings

As of September 22, proof of full vaccination along with government-issued photo ID is required for people aged 12 and older to attend indoor organized gatherings, such as banquet halls and conference/convention centres. See the full list here.

Public health measures are lifted for indoor and outdoor private gatherings and public outdoor gatherings.

Hotels and Accommodation

Accommodations can resume regular operations.

Restaurants and Dining

As of September 22, proof of full vaccination along with government-issued ID is required for people aged 12 and older to access indoor and outdoor dining at restaurants and bars, other food and drink establishments and nightclubs.

All restaurants and licenced establishments can resume regular operations.

Newfoundland and Labrador

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

As of September 22, Baie Verte Peninsula is at Alert Level 3.  The rest of Newfoundland & Labrador is at Alert Level 2.

Newfoundland and Labrador is in Step 2 of its 3-step provincial reopening plan, Together. Again.

As of September 18, masks are mandatory in indoor public spaces and on public transit throughout Newfoundland and Labrador for anyone aged 5 and older.

Domestic Conferences and Large Gatherings

Baie Verte Peninsula: Informal gatherings are limited to a household bubble plus 10 close and consistent contacts (Tight 10).  

All other regions: Informal private indoor gatherings can have the number of people who can fit into the space with physical distancing.

Formal gatherings of maximum 500 people indoors or outdoors are permitted with physical distancing.

Large indoor and outdoor venues with a capacity of 500 people or more, including theatres and performing arts, entertainment and sports venues, can have separated cohorts with physical distancing.

Hotels and Accommodation

Accommodations are open with control/safety measures in place.

Campsites are permitted to open for day use and overnight use subject to the Guidelines for Campgrounds General Restrictions.

Restaurants and Dining

Baie Verte Peninsula: Restaurants can open at 50% capacity as long as physical distancing can be maintained; bars and lounges are closed.

All other regions: All restaurants and licenced establishments can resume regular operations with the exception of self-serve buffets (still prohibited) as long as physical distancing can be maintained.

Northwest Territories

Yellowknife
Yellowknife
Current Phase/Stage

Northwest Territories is in the Indoor Gatherings phase of its reopening plan, Emerging Wisely 2021: Step by Step Together.

As of August 26, masks are mandatory throughout the Northwest Territories in indoor public spaces.

Domestic Conferences and Large Gatherings

As of September 24 in Yellowknife, N’Dilo and Dettah: Gatherings in homes can have a household plus 5 people with no more than 10 people total. Indoor public gatherings can have maximum 10 people with physical distancing. Outdoor public gatherings can have maximum 25 people, with physical distancing. 

As of September 11 in Whati and Behchoko: All indoor and outdoor gatherings are prohibited with persons outside of a household.

Rest of NWT: Most indoor and outdoor gatherings, both private and public, and including business gatherings like tradeshows and conferences, can have up to 200 people.

Hotels and Accommodation

Accommodations are open with control/safety measures in place.

Restaurants and Dining

As of September 24 in Yellowknife, N’Dilo and Dettah: Restaurants, bars and lounges can have maximum 10 people for indoor dining and 25 people for outdoor dining with physical distancing and exposure control plans in place. All previous exemptions for restaurants and bars will no longer apply.

As of September 11 in Whati and Behchoko: Dining establishments are limited to takeout only.

Rest of NWT: Restaurants, bars and lounges can operate at maximum capacity or 200 people.

Nova Scotia

Halifax
Halifax
Current Phase/Stage

Nova Scotia is in Phase 4 of its reopening plan.

As of October 4, proof of full vaccination will be required for people aged 12 and older to access certain businesses and settings. See the full list here. Details of proof of vaccine policy may be subject to change prior to implementation date.

Domestic Conferences and Large Gatherings

Informal social gatherings can have up to 25 people indoors and 50 people outdoors. Formal gatherings (i.e. festivals, events and meetings) when hosted by a recognized business can have maximum 50% capacity up to 150 people indoors and up to 250 people outdoors with physical distancing in place. Approved large venues can have multiple groups of 150 indoors or 250 outdoors.

As of October 4: Proof of full vaccination will be required for people aged 12 and older to participate in most indoor and outdoor public events and activities that bring groups of people together, including festivals, special events, concerts and conferences hosted by a recognized business or organization. See the full list here.

Proof of vaccination will not be required for business meetings/activities where the general public is not present, or for outdoor events held in public spaces with no specific entry point, such as street festivals.

Hotels and Accommodation

Accommodations are open with control/safety measures in place.

Both provincial and private campgrounds may open.

Restaurants and Dining

Restaurants and licenced establishments can open for indoor and outdoor seated service to a maximum 25 people per table.

As of October 4: Proof of full vaccination will be required for people aged 12 and older to access full-service restaurants and licenced establishments, both indoors and outdoors.

Proof of vaccination will not be required for food establishments that primarily offer fast food, takeout and delivery.

Nunavut

Iqaluit
Iqaluit
Current Phase/Stage

Nunavut is guided by Nunavut’s Path: Living with COVID-19, an approach that supports the territory in its long term response to COVID-19.

Domestic Conferences and Large Gatherings

As of September 20 in Kinngait: Gatherings in homes are limited to a household plus 10 people. Outdoor gathering are limited to 50 people. Indoor public gatherings can have maximum 50% capacity or 25 people, whichever is less.

Rest of Nunavut: Gatherings in homes are limited to a household plus 15 people. There are no restrictions on outdoor gatherings. Indoor gatherings outside of homes can have maximum 50% capacity or 50 people, whichever is less. Indoor gatherings in community halls, conference spaces, and within government and Inuit organization facilities can have maximum 75% capacity or 100 people.

Hotels and Accommodation

Accommodations are open with control/safety measures in place.

Restaurants and Dining

As of September 20 in Kinngait: Restaurants and other licenced establishments can have maximum 25% capacity. 

 

Rest of Nunavut: Restaurants and other licenced establishments can have maximum 75% capacity. 

Ontario

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

Ontario is in Step 3 of the Roadmap to Reopen.

As of September 22, proof of full vaccination (2 doses plus 14 days) along with photo ID is required for people aged 12 and older to access certain businesses and settings, with a focus on indoor settings. Find additional details here.

 

Domestic Conferences and Large Gatherings

As of September 22, proof of full vaccination (2 doses plus 14 days) along with photo ID is required for people aged 12 and older to attend indoor meeting and event spaces, such as banquet halls and conference/convention centres.

Indoor social and organized gatherings can have up to 25 people. Outdoor social and organized gatherings can have up to 100 people. Indoor meeting and event spaces are allowed to maximum 50% capacity or 1,000 people, whichever is less, with physical distancing and other measures in place. Outdoor meeting and unseated events are allowed to maximum 75% capacity or 5,000 people, whichever is less. Outdoor events with fixed seating are allowed to maximum 75% capacity or 15,000 people, whichever is less. Other restrictions may apply.

Hotels and Accommodation

Accommodations are open with control/safety measures in place. Indoor recreational facilities that are part of the operations can open with restrictions.

Overnight camping at campgrounds and campsites, including in Ontario Parks, can operate.

Other restrictions may apply.

Restaurants and Dining

As of September 22, proof of full vaccination (2 doses plus 14 days)  along with photo ID is required for people aged 12 and older to access indoor dining at restaurants and bars, other food and drink establishments and nightclubs.

Indoor and outdoor dining is permitted at restaurants, bars and other food or drink establishments with no limits to the number of patrons per table, and with physical distancing measures in place.

Nightclubs can open to 25% capacity or 250 people, whichever is less, and with distancing measures in place.

Other restrictions may apply.

Prince Edward Island

Charlottetown
Charlottetown
Current Phase/Stage

Prince Edward Island is in Step 4 of its 5-step provincial reopening plan, Moving Forward 2021.

Domestic Conferences and Large Gatherings

Personal gatherings can have up to 50 people indoors or outdoors. Organized gatherings can have up to 100 people indoors and up to 200 people outdoors with physical distancing between groups of close contacts. Multiple gatherings are permitted with a pre-approved operational plan, organized in cohorts of 100 people indoors or 200 people outdoors.

Hotels and Accommodation

Accommodations are open with control/safety measures in place.

Restaurants and Dining

Dine-in can open at restaurants and bars with sufficient distancing measures.

Quebec

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

All regions are in Level 1 – Vigilance (green) of Quebec’s regional alert system.

As of September 1, a vaccine passport is required by Quebec residents aged 13 and older to access many events, services and businesses. See the full list here. People who reside outside Quebec must show printed proof of vaccination, combined with identification.

Domestic Conferences and Large Gatherings

As of September 1, Quebec residents aged 13 and older must show their vaccine passport to access meetings, conventions, festivals and other events. See the full list here. People who reside outside Quebec must show printed proof of vaccination, combined with identification.

Private indoor gatherings can have up to 10 people from different households or all occupants of 3 households. Private outdoor gatherings can have up to 20 people from different households or all occupants of 3 households. People who have received two doses of vaccine can gather in private homes without distancing measures or masks.

Organized activities in indoor public settings can have up to 25 people with physical distancing in place. Organized activities in outdoor public settings can have up to 50 people. 

Meetings, conventions, shows and exhibitions can have a maximum of 250 seated participants.

Indoor auditoriums and stadiums with assigned seats can have a maximum audience of 7,500 people. Outdoor auditoriums and stadiums with assigned seats can have a maximum audience of 15,000 people.

Hotels and Accommodation

Accommodations are open with control/safety measures in place.

Restaurants and Dining

As of September 1, Quebec residents aged 13 and older must show their vaccine passport to dine or drink (indoors and outdoors) at all restaurants, bars, breweries and taverns.

People who reside outside Quebec must show printed proof of vaccination, combined with identification.

Restaurant indoor dining can have up to 10 people or 3 private residences per table. Outdoor dining can have up to 20 people per table.

Bars, breweries, taverns and casinos can open to maximum 50% capacity; alcohol sales must cease at 1am and establishments must close by 2am. Indoor dining can have up to 10 people or 3 private residences per table. Outdoor patios can have up to 20 people per table.

All establishments are required to capture the contact information of patrons.   

Saskatchewan

Regina, Saskatoon
Regina, Saskatoon
Current Phase/Stage

Saskatchewan is in Step 3 of the Re-Opening Roadmap.

As of September 17, masks are mandatory throughout Saskatchewan in indoor public spaces.

As of October 1: Proof of full vaccination will be required for people aged 12 and older to access some businesses and event venues. See the list here.

Domestic Conferences and Large Gatherings

All public health measures are lifted for indoor and outdoor gatherings.

As of October 1: Proof of full vaccination will be required for people aged 12 and older to access some event venues that bring groups of people together,  including conference centres.

Hotels and Accommodation

Accommodations can resume regular operations.

Restaurants and Dining

All restaurants and licenced establishments, including nightclubs, can resume regular operations.

As of October 1: Proof of full vaccination will be required for people aged 12 and older to access indoor dining at restaurants, bars, nightclubs and other licenced establishments.

Proof of vaccination will not be required for food establishments that primarily offer fast food, takeout and delivery.

Yukon

Whitehorse
Whitehorse
Current Phase/Stage

As of August 20, Yukon is guided by Forging Ahead, The Yukon’s Continuing Response to COVID-19.

As of August 26, all public health orders are lifted. While masking is not required in public spaces, the Chief Medical Officer of Health recommends wearing a mask in certain situations.

Some facilities and businesses may choose to maintain their own policies on health measures, including mask use.

Domestic Conferences and Large Gatherings

As of August 26, all public health measures are lifted for indoor and outdoor gatherings.

Hotels and Accommodation

Accommodations are open with control/safety measures in place.

Restaurants and Dining

Restaurants and bars can operate at full capacity for dine-in with up to 6 people seated per table and an approved operational plan.

All restaurants and licenced establishments can resume regular operations.

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