Since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, CAEM’s priority has been to help the industry understand and navigate the current landscape. The advocacy work undertaken undertaken on behalf of the industry in the past year is detailed in the 2020 In Review – A Recap of CAEM’s Advocacy Work and Member Initiatives.
While much has been accomplished, there is still significant work to be done. During these trying times, CAEM is more committed than ever to advocate on our members' behalf, for the survival and future of the exhibition industry. As always, we will keep you updated on our progress through our newsletters and through the relevant pages of this website.
CAEM's Federal Government Funding Ask: This is a key document that has been sent to Members of Parliament and Government Departments.
Fact Sheet: Illustrates the devastation the pandemic has wrought on the Canadian exhibition industry.
2020 Advocacy and Position Letters
On March 18th, CAEM sent a letter urging the government to include companies involved in the production and execution of trade and consumer shows, in their funding support. Click here to see a copy of this letter.
On May 21st, the CAEM Taskforce sent an Exhibition-specific position letter to elected leaders, on a province-by-province basis to the respective minsters of health, tourism, finance, economic development and the premiers, as well as on a federal level. In it, we will define the Exhibition Industry and differentiate it from festivals, concerts and mass gatherings. These position letters laid the groundwork with the government, explaining that a Guidelines document would be coming in June which would outline a collaborative set of best practices, vetted by a Public Health expert. The position letter was specifically asking Government to allow our industry to be part of the next phase of provincial openings. See the letters below:
On June 16th, CAEM sent out the follow-up letters below to each of the Provincial governments, presenting them with our Safe Reopening Guidelines for the exhibition industry.
Our ask to government was to make a clear distinction between exhibitions and mass gatherings, to review our industry’s Safe Reopening Guidelines, and to together with CAEM toward a fall reopening plan for our sector.
Please click on the links below to read the full letter.
CAEM Exposition Recovery Taskforce
On May 6th, 2020 The Canadian Association of Exposition Management announced the formation of the Exposition Recovery Taskforce, with the goal and purpose of laying the groundwork for the safe, responsible and effective reopening of the Canadian exhibition industry. Click here to view the full press release of CAEM’s Exposition Recovery Taskforce.
CAEM’s Exposition Recovery Taskforce has been meeting on a weekly basis since early May. The taskforce has now finalized “The Canadian Exhibition Industry – Safe Reopening Guidelines” – a set of recommended practices that have now been sent to each of the Provincial governments, along with our ask to make a clear distinction between exhibitions and mass gatherings, and to collaborate with CAEM on a reopening plan and timeline for our sector.
The Canadian Exhibition Industry – Safe Reopening Guidelines can be reviewed HERE.
See below for updates from past CAEM Exposition Recovery Taskforce meetings: