COVID-19 Resources

COVID-19 Resources for Event Planners in Ottawa

This webpage provides our members and industry with factual information and resources related to the event industry’s monitoring and responding to COVID-19 in Canada. The release of information related to the COVID-19 outbreak has been extremely fluid, and this page will be updated as required. If you are aware of other resources, please send to [email protected].

📌 Event Central Guidance: The City of Ottawa has established a centralized Gatherings and Events Task Force to assist organizers who are seeking support in applying the Public Health Agency of Canada’s risk assessment tool, and help people understand the mitigation measures and options available to them. Effective immediately, these enquiries can be directed to [email protected].

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Holly Tarrison-Gaskin and Carole Anne Piccinin speak about the effect of COVID-19 on Ottawa's festival industry.

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May 21, City of Ottawa | With a growing number of local businesses looking to reopen as provincial restrictions are eased, the City of Ottawa has compiled a collection of resources including signage, fact sheets, regulatory guidelines and links to government assistance programs to help companies reopen safely.

» Media coverage (OBJ)
» City of Ottawa Business Reopening Tool kit

May 20 | Tele-Town Hall with Minister Lisa MacLeod
Speakers: Minister Lisa MacLeod: Mentions first release of $9.8M Celebrate Ontario funding for festivals and events.
Listen to the recording (YouTube)

May 20, City of Ottawa | Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and based on Public Health’s recommendation, the City of Ottawa is extending the suspension of large City-permitted special events, festivals and other cultural programs, with an estimated attendance of 500 or more people, that were scheduled to take place on or before August 31, 2020. Please note that any city permits previously issued for these events will be reimbursed to the event organizer. Organizers must still adhere to provincial requirements. The current provincial order limits gatherings to a maximum of five people.

May 20, Government of Canada | Government announces that:

  • Applications for the Large Employer Emergency Financing Facility (LEEFF) are now open. LEEFF is a program for Canada’s larger employers that need access to bridge financing beyond what is available via the Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP).
  • The Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) program will be open for applications starting May 25 via the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation’s website. CECRA will provide forgivable loans to landlords that covers 50% of their tenants rent, with tenants covering 25% and landlords absorbing 25%.

May 19, Government of Canada | Government announces that:

  • Closure of the Canada/USA border will be extended by another 30 days to June 21, 2020
  • the Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) which gives small businesses interest-free loans of up to $40,000, of which 25% (up to $10,000) will be forgiven if the full sum is repaid by December 31, 2022. This announcement confirms that sole owner-operators, businesses relying on contracts, and those that are family owned and pay employees by dividends now qualify for the loan program.

May 14, Abacus Data and Music Canada | Abacus Data has released results from a new poll conducted for Music Canada on how Canadians are feeling about the pandemic as it relates to music and live music.

» News release

May 13, Government of Canada | GoC announces the Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF) which is being delivered by Regional Development Agencies (RDA) across the country to help organizations continue their operations and position themselves for a successful recovery.

» Regional Relief and Recovery Fund: COVID-19

May 8, Government of Canada | Details of $500 Million New Federal Funding for Arts, Culture & Sport announced.

» News release
» Backgrounder
» FAQ

May 8, Government of Canada | Emergency Wage Subsidy Program being extended beyond June.

» Media coverage (CTV News)
» Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) information

April 30, Ontario | Ontario Providing Employers with Workplace Safety Guidelines. Province Takes Critical Steps to Help Businesses Adapt to New Environment.

» News release
» Guidance on Health and Safety for Television, Film and Live Performance Sector during COVID-19

April 27, Ontario | Ontario Unveils Guiding Principles to Reopen the Province. Premier and Ministers Commit to New Phased Approach for a Safe Restart and Recovery.

» News release
» A Framework for Reopening our Province [PDF]

April 24, Ontario | Ontario Provides Urgent Relief for Small Businesses and Landlords Rent Assistance in Addition to Billions in Measures to Support Business During the COVID-19 Outbreak. As part of Ontario's Action Plan: Responding to COVID-19, the government has implemented a series of cash flow supports amounting to $10 billion to help support jobs and the economy, including:

  • Doubling the Employer Health Tax exemption for 2020, cutting taxes by $355 million, benefiting roughly 57,000 employers;
  • Eliminating penalties and interest to businesses who miss filing or remittance deadlines for various provincially administered taxes for five months starting April 1, 2020, providing up to $6 billion in cashflow for about 100,000 Ontario businesses;
  • Postponing the planned property tax reassessment for 2021, providing stability for Ontario's property taxpayers;
  • Deferring the upcoming quarterly (June 30) remittance of education property tax to school boards by 90 days, providing municipalities with the flexibility to, in turn, provide property tax deferrals of over $1.8 billion to local residents and businesses;
  • Implementing the new Regional Opportunities Investment Tax Credit for businesses that make eligible capital investments in designated regions of the province where employment growth has significantly lagged behind below the provincial average.

» News release

April 24, Government of Canada | Government announces partnerships with provinces and territories to deliver the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance for small businesses. This program will lower rent by 75 per cent for small businesses that have been affected by COVID-19.

  • The program will provide forgivable loans to qualifying commercial property owners to cover 50 per cent of three monthly rent payments that are payable by eligible small business tenants who are experiencing financial hardship during April, May, and June.
  • The loans will be forgiven if the mortgaged property owner agrees to reduce the eligible small business tenants’ rent by at least 75 per cent for the three corresponding months under a rent forgiveness agreement, which will include a term not to evict the tenant while the agreement is in place. The small business tenant would cover the remainder, up to 25 per cent of the rent.
  • Impacted small business tenants are businesses paying less than $50,000 per month in rent and who have temporarily ceased operations or have experienced at least a 70 per cent drop in pre-COVID-19 revenues. This support will also be available to non-profit and charitable organizations.

» Government of Canada news release
» Province of Ontario news release

April 23 | TeleTownhall With Minister Lisa MacLeod
Join Lisa MacLeod, Ontario’s Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries for a conference call to discuss the government’s response to COVID-19. Moderated by Tim Hudak, Chief Executive Officer, Ontario Real Estate Association.
Listen to the recording (YouTube)

April 21, Government of Canada | Government announces the launch of a calculator on the CRA website to help businesses determine the amount they can expect to claim through the Canadian Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS).

» CEWS website

April 20, Ontario | Health Experts Say the COVID-19 Outbreak Has Likely Peaked in Ontario. Modelling shows physical distancing still needed to prevent further spread.

» News release

April 17, Government of Canada | Government announces $500 million for Heritage Canada to support people working in the arts, culture and sports sectors. The funding is intended to offer wage support and give struggling organizations access to financing.

» Globe and Mail | Ottawa to give $500-million to cultural and sporting sectors

April 16, Government of Canada |Government announces additional support for small businesses

  • Expanding the Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) to businesses that paid between $20,000 and $1.5 million in total payroll in 2019
  • Announcing its intent to introduce the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) for small businesses.

» Read the news release

April 11, Ontario | Province Extends Emergency Orders until April 23

» Read the news release

April 8, Government of Canada |Government provides further flexibility for employers to access the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy

In order to address the realities faced by the not-for-profit sector, high growth companies and new businesses, the Government proposes the following additional flexibility:

  • To measure their revenue loss, it is proposed that all employers have the flexibility to compare their revenue of March, April and May 2020 to that of the same month of 2019, or to an average of their revenue earned in January and February 2020.
  • For March, the Government proposes to make the CEWS more accessible than originally announced by reducing the 30-per-cent benchmark to 15 per cent.
  • In recognition that the time between when revenue is earned and when it is paid could be highly variable in certain sectors of the economy, it is proposed that employers be allowed to measure revenues either on the basis of accrual accounting (as they are earned) or cash accounting (as they are received).
  • Registered charities and non-profit organizations would also be able to benefit from the additional flexibilities being provided to employers with respect to the revenue loss calculation. In addition, to recognize that different types of organizations are experiencing different types of funding pressures, it is proposed that charities and non-profit organizations be allowed to choose to include or exclude government funding in their revenues for the purpose of applying the revenue reduction test.

» Read the news release

April 6, City of Ottawa | Update from the Events and Gatherings Task Force about the extension of the existing closures of City facilities, services and large public gatherings until June 30, 2020. 
» Read the full City of Ottawa Update: COVID-19 Pandemic and Special Events

April 1 | Destination Canada webinar with the Honourable Mélanie Joly
Speakers: The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages; Destination Canada and Tourism Industry Association of Canada.
Listen to the recording (courtesy of Destination Canada on YouTube)

March 30, Government of Canada | Businesses, non-profits, charities all eligible for 75% wage subsidy if revenues have decreased by at least 30 per cent to avoid layoffs during COVID-19 crisis
» News coverage via Globe and Mail
» Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan

Details were announced:

  • This measure targets businesses whose revenues decreased by at least 30% because of COVID-19
  • Number of employees is not part of eligibility criteria
  • This will apply to Non-profits and charities – as well as companies both big and small
  • The government will cover 75% of your salary on the first $58,700 that you earn. That means up to $847 a week. This will be retroactive to March 15th.
  • For every employee you have, whether you are open or not

March 28, Ontario | Ontario prohibits gatherings of more than five people with strict exceptions
» News release

March 27, Government of Canada | Government boosts wage subsidy to 75% for small, medium businesses to avoid layoffs during COVID-19 crisis
» News coverage via CBC

March 26 | Tele-Town Hall with Minister Lisa MacLeod
Speakers: Minister Lisa MacLeod; Beth Potter, President and CEO, Tourism Industry Association of Ontario; Jim Mirkopoulos, Vice President, Cinespace Film Studios; Josh Basseches, Director and Chief Executive Officer, Royal Ontario Museum; David Shoemaker, CEO and Secretary General, Canadian Olympic Committee; and Moderated by Tim Hudak, Chief Executive Officer, Ontario Real Estate Association.
 Listen to the recording (courtesy of FEO on YouTube)

March 25, Ontario | Premier Ford and Minister Phillips Announce Additional Health Care Resources and Support for People, Jobs and Employers
» Ontario's Action Plan: Responding to COVID-19

March 25, Ottawa| Government of Canada announce boost to emergency COVID-19 aid benefit. The Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) and will provide $2,000 a month for four months, for people who are off work and without an income as a result of the novel coronavirus.
» Government website: Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan
» Media coverage: Feds announce boost to emergency COVID-19 aid benefit

March 25, Ottawa| Mayor Watson declares a State of Emergency for the City of Ottawa
» Information on City of Ottawa website
» Media coverage: Watson declares state of emergency in Ottawa over COVID-19 (CTV, Ottawa)

March 23, Ontario | Ontario Orders the mandatory closure of all non-essential workplaces to fight spread of COVID-19
» News release

March 19, Hydro Ottawa | Recognizing the economic uncertainty associated with the current COVID-19 outbreak, Hydro Ottawa has made the decision to include all small business and commercial customers in the disconnection ban which has been extended by three months to July 30, 2020.

March 19 at 10:30am | Tele-Townhall with Minister MacLeod
A multi-sectoral call for the following: Heritage, Sport, Tourism, & Culture.
 Listen to the recording (courtesy of FEO on YouTube)

March 18, Government of Canada | This morning, the Canada COVID-19 Economic Response Plan was announced. It provides emergency measure funding for self-employed, small business, non-profits and charities.
» Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan: Support for Canadians and Businesses

March 17, Ontario | Ontario declares state of emergency.  Effective immediately, recreation centres, public libraries, bars, restaurants, theatres, concert venues and cinemas will close until March 30, at least. Includes bans on public events of over 50 people, including parades, events and services within places of worship.
» News release from the province
» News conference of announcement (YouTube)

March 16, Government of Canada | Canada closes borders to foreigners, U.S. exempted. New measures come into effect on March 18.
» News coverage, Bloomberg

March 16, Province of Ontario | Ontario Announces Job Protection for Workers during the COVID-19 Situation
» Ontario to Protect Workers who Take Leaves from Work

March 15, Ottawa Public Health | Dr. Etches has urged people to cancel gatherings of all sizes and strengthen their social distancing practices immediately.
» News coverage: Do not go out for 'non-essential reasons': Ottawa's top doctor

March 13, Event Central, City of Ottawa | Event Central shared a statement outlining measures taken by the City of Ottawa to follow recommendations from the Province to limit gatherings of more than 250 people to support social distancing and reduce the potential spread of COVID-19. All City recreation facilities and community centres, including skating rinks, swimming pools, theatres, will be closed effective Monday, March 16 until Monday, April 5. This decision will be reassessed closer to that date. To support organizers throughout this challenging time, the City is establishing a centralized Task Force and Ottawa Public Health is developing new web content to provide guidance on considering risks and mitigations for events and mass gatherings.
» Read the full statement

March 13, City of Ottawa | Mayor Watson announces that the City will be closing all pools, arenas and cultural centres until April 5, and all events in those buildings, including third-party events, will be cancelled during this time Dr. Etches indicated that they are following the province's guidance and suspending all events over 250 people. She indicated that there will be tools and guidance for event organizers that employ a risk-based approach. High risk events would include events that attract vulnerable populations and events that attract people from around the world.
 View the update (Youtube)

March 13, Province of Ontario | Dr. David Williams, Chief Medical Officer of Health, recommended the immediate suspension of all large events and public gatherings of over 250 people due to COVID-19. We are awaiting more detail of this measure and will forward as soon as we receive the official memo from the province.
» News coverage: Ontario health official recommends cancellation of events with over 250 attendees

March 13, Government of Canada | Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada's Chief Public Health Officer, indicated that social distancing is an important contribution and that events or gatherings with a lot of people should be cancelled, postponed or modified.
» News Coverage: Ottawa urges Canadians not to leave the country and suspend large gatherings of people

Government of Canada: Risk-informed decision-making for mass gatherings during COVID-19 global outbreak

The Public Health Agency of Canada has issued a tool to provide guidance in terms of conducting risk assessment when determining the public health actions related to a mass gathering during the COVID-19 outbreak.

The tool suggests that decisions regarding mass gatherings can be considered on a continuum from no changes needed, to enhanced communication to attendees, to risk mitigation strategies being employed without cancelling the event, through to postponement or cancellation of the event.

For event producers, risk mitigation strategies could include:

  • reducing the number of participants or changing the venue to prevent crowding;
  • staggering arrivals and departures;
  • providing packaged refreshments and food instead of a buffet;
  • increasing access to handwashing stations;
  • promoting personal protective practices (hand hygiene, respiratory etiquette, staying home if ill);
  • offering virtual or live-streamed activities; and
  • changing the event program to reduce high risk activities such as those that require physical contact between participants.

» Risk-informed decision-making for mass gatherings during COVID-19 global outbreak

Other Government of Canada resources:

Ontario Ministry of Health: The 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Ministry of Health offers no clear guidance to events at this time, but does provide an information page that includes the current status in Ontario and general information related to individual prevention measures.

» The 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
» Reminder for Special Occasion Permit Holders from the AGCO  [PDF]

Ottawa Public Health: Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Ottawa Public Health is managing a page with daily updated information about Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).

» Business Reopening Toolkit
» Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
» Hosting, postponing or cancelling mass gatherings

WHO: Key planning recommendations for mass gatherings in the context of the current COVID-19 outbreak

WHO is providing guidance through their Key planning recommendations for Mass Gatherings in the context of the current COVID-19 outbreak (2020) which they suggest should be read in conjunction with the Public health for mass gatherings: key considerations (2015), which provides general advice on the public health aspects of mass events.

Also helpful:

Event Safety Alliance 

Event Safety Alliance (ESA) is dedicated to promoting “life safety first” throughout all phases of event production and execution.

» The Event Safety Alliance Reopening Guide
» Event Safety Alliance Canada
» Event Safety Alliance
» Event Safety Guide (temporarily available for free)

Festivals and Events Ontario 

» Can You Rely on the Force Majeure Clause in Your Insurance Based on COVID-19? [PDF]

CAPACOA: Coronavirus Preparedness for the Live Performance Sector

CAPACOA created a resource document to address the many performing arts organizations that have expressed concerns about risks associated with COVID-19.

» Coronavirus Preparedness document [Google Docs]

FYI Music News: A Pandemic Resource Guide For Businesses and Artists

Provides information about financial support from the Canadian government, as well as some other resources related to the music industry.

» A Pandemic Resource Guide For Businesses and Artists

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC — USA): Get Your Mass Gatherings or Large Community Events Ready for Coronavirus Disease 2019

The CDC provides some guidance for organizers and staff responsible for planning mass gatherings or large community events in the United States, but most of the tips are transferable.

» Reopening Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting Public Spaces, Workplaces, Businesses
» Get Your Mass Gatherings or Large Community Events Ready for Coronavirus Disease 2019

City of Ottawa

» Business Reopening Toolkit
» Economic support and recovery information and resources
» Buy local campaign: Support Ottawa’s economy, buy local now!

Government of Canada resources for business 

During this extraordinary time, the Government of Canada is taking strong action to help Canadian businesses as COVID-19 is affecting them, their employees and their families.

» Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan
» Financial and economic support for business:

» Office of Critical Infrastructure Protection and Emergency Preparedness | A Guide to Business Continuity Planning

Canada Council for the Arts 

In response to COVID-19’s impact on the arts milieu, from April to July 31, 2020, the Digital Strategy Fund is inviting eligible applicants to submit proposals for short term activities that will:

  • implement digital solutions as a strategic response to the COVID-19 crisis
  • demonstrate concrete and immediate benefits to the arts community
  • show elements of openness and potential for growth as a long-term strategy

Applicants can apply anytime until July 31, 2020 for requests up to $50,000 for single-phase initiatives. Applications will be evaluated internally through a streamlined assessment process designed for quick turnaround.

During this period, we will take a more flexible approach to certain eligible activities and expenses.

» Digital Strategy Fund

Ottawa Tourism

Ottawa Tourism is sharing information on the member news page as it becomes available.

» COVID-19 update
» OT member news

Invest Ottawa

Invest Ottawa aims to equip companies and community with key information, tools and support.

» Business support
» Actionable Insight

Tourism Industry Association of Ontario (TIAO)

TIAO is curating this dedicated section of the website of to link to rapid updates on COVID-19.

» COVID-19 Resources, Updates and News

Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC)

TIAC is curating tourism-related information.

» 2020/05/27 | Virtual Tourism Town Hall
» Coronavirus | Impact on Tourism – Current situation
» Resources for Canadians and businesses in the tourism sector

Google Small Business Hub

Aimed to help small businesses navigate through uncertainty. It includes resources for: communicating with customers, communicating with employees, working remotely, and modifying advertising (if necessary).

» Google Small Business Hub

Leadership Emergency Arts Network (LEAN)

A national initiative to provide support across a number of areas including strategic decision-making, crisis response, financial analysis, board direction, relationship mediation, HR management, systems change or inspirational leadership.

» I can help
» I need help

Ontario Chamber of Commerce

Ontario Chamber of Commerce and Hicks & Morley have created a #COVID19 Pandemic Preparedness Toolkit to support Ontario businesses.

» COVID-19 Pandemic Preparedness Toolkit [PDF]

The Conference Board of Canada

» COVID-19 Implications for Canada and the economic impact

Ontario Not for Profit Network 

» Resources to help nonprofits adapt and respond to COVID-19

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) 

» A Call for Action to Mitigate the Socio-Economic Impact of COVID-19 and Accelerate Recovery

Government of Canada resources for individuals

During this extraordinary time, the Government of Canada is taking strong action to help Canadian businesses as COVID-19 is affecting them, their employees and their families.

» Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan
» Financial and economic support for individuals:

» Emond Harnden's overview of Federal programs

Resources for artists, contractors and freelancers

» CBC | Here's where Canadian artists and freelancers can find help during COVID-19 shutdowns
» Canadian Musician | COVID-19: How to Help, Where to Get Help, What to Do & More
» I lost My Gig (Canada)
» Recommended practices for paying artists during the COVID-19 crisis (CARFAC)

Ottawa Public Health

Tips to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in workplaces.

» COVID-19 Information for Workplaces
» Business Reopening Toolkit

Workplace Safety & Prevention Services 

» Pandemic Preparedness Checklist [PDF]
» Resources for workplace safety during COVID-19
» Guidance on Health and Safety for Television, Film and Live Performance Sector during COVID-19

OFN is providing information about these webinars and resources for your convenience and does not necessarily reflect an endorsement of the opinions or advise within. We advise you to contact your own legal, insurance and business teams.

Event Safety Alliance |  Guide and Webinar

» The Event Safety Alliance Reopening Guide | The Reopening Guide addresses health and sanitary issues that event and venue professionals need to consider in order to protect both patrons and workers. Since there is still insufficient testing, no contact tracing, and no vaccine against COVID-19, this guidance is particularly detailed. The first edition is tailored to be especially useful for event professionals reopening the smallest events with the fewest resources available to mitigate their risks, since in every municipal reopening plan these will be allowed to reopen first.

  Prepare your organization for the COVID-19 outbreak | Presented by Dr. Stuart Weiss, an internationally known expert in the field of business continuity planning for large gatherings and special events. He is the founder of Intelligent Crowd Solutions, a consulting company specializing in business continuity planning, exercise development, and crisis management for special event and event production clients.  This webinar looks at this public health crisis from two distinct perspectives: Infectious Disease Business Continuity Planning and Crisis Management. Does your organization have the right plans in place to continue operations during an infectious disease outbreak?

Invest Ottawa | Workshops & Events

Invest Ottawa continues to host a number of workshops, and keeps track of webinars hosted by other organizations that help support our local entrepreneurs and businesses.
» View calendar

Tourism HR Canada | FREE Emerit Online Training

Tourism HR Canada has decided to make the entire Emerit online course catalogue free of charge until the end of June, with the potential to extend into the summer based on the needs of the sector.
» Information
» emerit.ca
» Resource hub

WHO | Public Health Preparedness for Mass Gathering Events

The online course will provide an overview of the key steps and considerations that a host country will need to take when planning to host a Mass Gathering (MG). It consists of one introduction and eight independent technical modules. This project aims to support host nations in delivering a safe and successful event, as part of WHO’s ongoing support to countries in strengthening the International Health Regulations capacities for prevention, detection and response to the public health events in the context of hosting MG events, in collaboration with the WHO collaborating centres.
View the course details and modules

Destination Think | Destination Think Virtual Forum

Below, you'll find recordings and slides from all three presentations:

 Session one | Strategic planning for your destination through the COVID-19 crisis
William Bakker, Chief Strategist outlines a strategic approach to managing your destination during these incredibly uncertain times

Session two | Adjusting your destination’s communications through the COVID-19 crisis
What should a DMO do with its earned, owned and paid channels during the COVID-19 crisis?

Session three | Managing your destination and supporting your tourism industry through the COVID-19 crisis
Your DMO can provide meaningful leadership to keep local industry resilient.

Destination Canada | COVID-19 webinars 

May 12 | Speakers: The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages; Destination Canada; and Tourism Industry Association of Canada.
Watch the recording (courtesy of Destination Canada on YouTube)

April 28 | Speakers: Ben Cowan-Dewar, Chair of the Board, Destination Canada; Charlotte Bell, President & CEO, Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC); Beth Potter, President & CEO of the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario (TIAO); plus others.
Watch the recording (courtesy of Destination Canada on YouTube)

April 1 | Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages; Ben Cowan-Dewar, Chair of the Board, Destination Canada; and Charlotte Bell, President & CEO, Tourism Industry Association of Canada.
Watch the recording (courtesy of Destination Canada on YouTube)

March 20 | Destination Canada hosted a Visitor Economy webinar on March 20, 2020, sharing our approach amid the COVID-19 situation and providing information on available federal support initiatives.  Speakers: David Robinson, Interim President & CEO and other members of Destination Canada’s senior team; Business Development Bank of Canada; Parks Canada; Tourism Industry Association of Canada; and Tourism HR Canada.
Watch the recording (courtesy of Destination Canada on YouTube)

BDC | Business Continuity Plan and Templates for Entrepreneurs 

» Business continuity plan and templates for entrepreneurs
 How to cope with the impacts of COVID-19 on your business (on-demand webinar via YouTube)

International Live Events Association | COVID-19 webinars 

May 7 | Proactively Preparing for the Future of Events
Apr 29 |
Crisis Communications in the Time of COVID-19
Apr 21 |
The Grand Reopening presented by Steven A. Adelman, Adelman Law Group, PLLC, VP of Event Safety Alliance
Apr 7 |
Insurance Tips for Event Professionals
Apr 3 |
Post Pandemic: The Future of Marketing
Mar 23 |
Convert Your In-Person Events to Virtual Events Part 2
Mar 18
| COVID-19: Legal Strategies for Meetings
Mar 18 | Persisting and Rebuilding Together

IAAPA Global Association for the Attractions Industry | COVID-19 webinars 

» IAAPA | Reopening Guidance: Considerations for the Global Attractions Industry
» Webinars available to nonmembers (lists and instructions), include:

Coronavirus Precautions and Prevention: Coronavirus Preparedness
Coronavirus Precautions and Prevention: Travel Safely
Coronavirus Preparedness for Employers and Employees
Coronavirus: COVID-19
Crisis Management

OFN is providing these articles and tip sheets for your convenience and does not necessarily reflect an endorsement of the opinions or advise within. We advise you to contact your own legal, insurance and business teams. 

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Insurance 

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Marketing 

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