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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.

Explore more by province and territory

All Destinations
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 July 1, Alberta is in Stage 3 of Alberta's Open for Summer Plan roadmap.

All public health restrictions have been lifted, with masking still required in health-care settings and on public transit.

Domestic Conferences and Large Gatherings

As of July 1, all public health measures have been lifted for private and public gatherings.

Hotels and Accommodation

As of July 1, hotels, motels, hunting and fishing lodges can resume regular operations.

Restaurants and Dining

As of July 1, all restaurants and other licenced establishments can resume regular operations.

British Columbia

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

As of July 1, BC is in Step 3 of its 4-step Restart Plan.

Domestic Conferences and Large Gatherings

As of July 1, all public health measures have been lifted for indoor and outdoor personal gatherings.

Indoor organized gatherings can have 50 people or 50% capacity, whichever is greater. Outdoor organized gatherings can have 5,000 people or 50% capacity, whichever is greater.

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

Hotels and Accommodation

Accommodations are open with control/safety measures in place.

Restaurants and Dining

As of July 1, all restaurants, cafes, pubs, breweries and nightclubs can resume regular operations with the exceptions of no socializing between tables and no dancing.

Manitoba

Winnipeg, Churchill
Winnipeg, Churchill
Current Phase/Stage

All regions in Manitoba are in the orange (restricted) response level.

As of July 17, Manitoba is in Milestone 2 of the 4-3-2-One Great Summer Reopening Path.

Domestic Conferences and Large Gatherings

As of July 17, indoor private gatherings can have a household plus 5 people and outdoor gatherings on private property can have up to 25 people. Public indoor gatherings can have up to 25 people and public outdoor gatherings can have up to 150 people.

Large scale outdoor professional sports or performing arts events can operate at full capacity for fully vaccinated people only

Hotels and Accommodation

Accommodations are open with control/safety measures in place.

Restaurants and Dining

As of July 17, restaurants and bars can open for indoor and outdoor dining at maximum 50% capacity. For indoor dining, patrons seated together must be from the same household unless everyone aged 12+ at the table is fully immunized, in which case people from different households may dine together. For outdoor dining, a maximum of 8 people from different households can be seated at one table regardless of immunization status.

New Brunswick

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

New Brunswick is in Phase 2 of its 3-phase provincial reopening plan, Path to Green.

Domestic Conferences and Large Gatherings

Informal indoor gatherings can have up to 20 people. Informal outdoor gatherings (no maximum capacity) are permitted with social distancing in place.

Formal indoor gatherings can have maximum 50% capacity with an operation plan in place. Formal outdoor gatherings are permitted to maximum capacity with social distancing and an operational plan in place.

Hotels and Accommodation

Accommodations are open with control/safety measures in place.

Restaurants and Dining

Restaurants, brewpubs and taprooms can operate at full capacity with sufficient distancing measures; venues are required to capture the contact info of patrons and masks must be worn when distance is not two meters and when not eating/drinking.

Newfoundland and Labrador

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

Newfoundland & Labrador is in Alert Level 2.

As of July 1, Newfoundland and Labrador is in Step 1 of its 3-step provincial reopening plan, Together. Again.

Domestic Conferences and Large Gatherings

As of July 1, informal private indoor gatherings are limited to a household’s Steady 20. Private outdoor gatherings can have up to 50 people.

Formal gatherings of maximum 75% capacity or 200 people indoors (whichever is less), and 250 people outdoors are permitted with physical distancing in place and provided the gathering is operated by a recognized business or organization.

Large venues with a capacity of 500 people or more, including theatres and performing arts , entertainment and sports venues, may operate at a capacity higher than 200 where an operating plan has been approved by an Environmental Health Officer with Digital Government and Service NL.

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

As of July 1, restaurants can open for in-person dining to maximum 75% capacity with physical distancing between patrons seated at adjacent tables. Bars and lounges can open to maximum 75% capacity with physical distancing in place.

Self-serve buffets in all licenced establishments are  prohibited.

Northwest Territories

Yellowknife
Yellowknife
Current Phase/Stage

As of June 29, Northwest Territories is in the Indoor Gatherings phase of its reopening plan, Emerging Wisely 2021: Step by Step Together.

Domestic Conferences and Large Gatherings

As of June 29, 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 June 29, restaurants, bars and lounges can operate at maximum capacity or 200 people, whichever is less.

Nova Scotia

Halifax
Halifax
Current Phase/Stage

As of July 14, Nova Scotia is in Phase 4 of its reopening plan.

Domestic Conferences and Large Gatherings

As of July 14, 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.

Hotels and Accommodation

Accommodations are open with control/safety measures in place.

Both provincial and private campgrounds may open.

Restaurants and Dining

As of July 14, restaurants and licenced establishments can open for indoor and outdoor seated service to a maximum 25 people per table.

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: As of July 16, gatherings in homes are limited to a household plus 15 people. Outdoor gatherings can have up to 100 people. 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 50% capacity or 25 people.

All other communities: Outdoor gatherings are restricted to a household plus 15 people. Outdoor gatherings can have up to 100 people. Indoor gatherings outside of homes can have maximum 15 people. Indoor gatherings in community halls, conference spaces, and within government and Inuit organization facilities can have up maximum 75% capacity or 100 people.  

Hotels and Accommodation

Accommodations are open with control/safety measures in place.

Restaurants and Dining

Iqaluit: As of July 16, food service and licenced establishments may open to maximum 50% capacity. 

All other communities: Food service and licenced establishments may open for regular business to maximum 50% capacity and up to 6 patrons seated per table.

Ontario

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

As of July 16, Ontario is in Step 3 of the Roadmap to Reopen.

Domestic Conferences and Large Gatherings

Iqaluit: As of July 16, gatherings in homes are limited to a household plus 15 people. Outdoor gatherings can have up to 100 people. 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 up maximum 50% capacity or 25 people.

All other communities: As of June 25, outdoor gatherings are restricted to a household plus 15 people. Outdoor gatherings can have up to 100 people. Indoor gatherings outside of homes can have maximum 15 people. Indoor gatherings in community halls, conference spaces, and within government and Inuit organization facilities can have up maximum 75% capacity or 100 people.  

Hotels and Accommodation

As of July 16: 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

Iqaluit: As of July 16, food service and licenced establishments may open to maximum 50% capacity. 

All other communities: As of June 25, food service and licenced establishments may open for regular business to maximum 50% capacity and up to 6 patrons seated per table.

Prince Edward Island

Charlottetown
Charlottetown
Current Phase/Stage

As of July 18, Prince Edward Island is in Step 4 of its 5-step provincial reopening plan, Moving Forward 2021.

Domestic Conferences and Large Gatherings

As of July 18, 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

Quebec’s reopening plan is in effect.

As of June 28, all regions are in Level 1 – Vigilance (green) of Quebec’s regional alert system.

Domestic Conferences and Large Gatherings

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.  

Indoor auditoriums and stadiums with assigned seats can have a maximum audience of 3,500 people. Outdoor auditoriums and stadiums with assigned seats can have a maximum audience of 5,000 people. Festivals and major outdoor events without assigned seats but where the audience has reservations can be held with distancing measures in place.

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

Hotels and Accommodation

Accommodations are open with control/safety measures in place.

Restaurants and Dining

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 12am and establishments must close by 2am. 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

As of July 11, Saskatchewan is in Step 3 of the Re-Opening Roadmap.

All public health orders are lifted, including the removal of the province-wide mandatory masking order.

Domestic Conferences and Large Gatherings

As of July 11, all public health measures are lifted for indoor and outdoor gatherings.

Hotels and Accommodation

As of July 11, accommodations can resume regular operations.

Restaurants and Dining

As of July 11, all restaurants and licenced establishments, including nightclubs, can resume regular operations.

Yukon

Whitehorse
Whitehorse
Current Phase/Stage

Yukon is in the “Next phase” of A Path Forward: Next Steps, the territory’s reopening plan.

Domestic Conferences and Large Gatherings

As of July 14, social gatherings with fully vaccinated individuals can have up to 20 people indoors and 50 people outdoors. Social gatherings with individuals not fully vaccinated should be limited to 6 people, both indoors and outdoors. Organized gatherings can have up to 200 people with mask use and physical distancing.

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.

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