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COVID-19 Tourism Modification Pilot Project

for Resource-Based Tourism Operators

September 2021

INTRODUCTION

On March 17, 2020, the Ontario Government declared a state of emergency under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act to cope with the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak and at that time, encouraged people to stay home. On March 18, 2020, Canada and the U.S. agreed to temporarily restrict all non-essential travel across the Canada-U.S. land border. The initial announcement stated that the border would open on April 21, 20201. Canada opened the border to fully vaccinated U.S. citizens on August 9th, 2021, 15 months from the date of closure.

The area of northwestern Ontario, midway between Thunder Bay and Winnipeg and incorporating the area in and around the communities of the City of Dryden, Township of Ignace, Municipality of Machin, Township of Pickle Lake, and the Town of Sioux Lookout, has been greatly affected due to the shutdown of the Canada-U.S. border. In particular, the Resource-Based Tourism (RBT) operators have been most drastically hit. The RBT operators run fishing & hunting lodges that are relatively isolated and can only be reached by driving, air, boat, or other access, and/or they run remote outposts that are typically accessible by fly-in only.

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