ACTA says that it’s pleased to see that many of the ministers that it built strong relationships with over the past 18 months remaining in key federal Cabinet roles including:
- The Ministry of Finance led by Deputy Prime Minister, the Hon. Chrystia Freeland
- The Ministry of Economic Development is now merged, with the Hon. Mary Ng as Minister of International Trade, Export Promotion, Small Business and Economic Development
- The Hon. Mélanie Joly takes over as Minister of Foreign Affairs
- The Hon. Omar Alghabra remains in his position as Minister of Transport
The industry association says that it’s eager to continue working with returning ministers and develop relationships with new ministers, advocating for support to travel agencies and independent travel agents.
Wendy Paradis, president, ACTA, said: “We will begin our advocacy immediately with personal letters going out today to each minister, explaining key points and priorities for our sector,” “While we were pleased to see several measures take place last week that will ease the way for travel to resume, there is still work to be done on several fronts.”
ACTA’s current federal advocacy priorities include:
- the extension of financial support to independent travel agents and furloughed travel agency employees
- the immediate roll-out of the new Tourism and Hospitality Recovery Program
- the easing of the “avoid all cruise” travel advisory for fully vaccinated travellers
- the removal of the pre-departure molecular COVID-19 test for fully vaccinated travellers returning to Canada
Go to www.acta.ca .