CAEM Update – February 17, 2022


  • On February 15, the Federal Government announced that fully vaccinated travellers will no longer be required to take a PCR (or molecular) COVID-19 test within 72 hours prior to entering Canada as of February 28, 2022.  Travellers will still be required to take a pre-arrival test, but can opt for a rapid antigen test, which is typically less expensive with faster results. The rapid test must be approved by their country of origin and must be administered by a laboratory, healthcare entity or telehealth service. Travellers who choose to take a rapid antigen test must do so, no more than 24 hours before their scheduled flight or entering Canada. Travellers can still choose to take a pre-arrival PCR test; the test must be taken up to 72 hours before entering Canada.

    Other changes regarding pandemic border restrictions announced February 15th include:

    • Children (less than 12 years of age) who are not fully vaccinated and are travelling with fully vaccinated adults will no longer be required to isolate from schools, camps, day-cares, or other crowded areas upon arrival
    • Randomized PCR COVID-19 testing will still be in place, but individuals who are randomly selected will no longer be required to quarantine while waiting for their results
    • The non-essential travel advisory put in place in December in response to the Omicron variant has been lifted
    • International flights carrying passengers will be permitted to land at all remaining Canadian airports that are designated by the Canada Border Services Agency to receive international passenger flights

    Unvaccinated individuals will still be required to, upon arrival, take a molecular COVID-19 test and quarantine for 14 days. Click here for more information.



  • Premier John Horgan announced earlier this week that effective February 16 at 11:59PM capacity limits would be lifted for personal gatherings, organized gatherings and events, nightclubs, bars and restaurants, exercise and fitness, and adult sports tournaments.  This means that trade and consumer shows can operate at 100% capacity.

  • The restrictions in place under the new public health order are:

    • Proof of vaccination is required
    • Masks required in all indoor spaces
    • COVID-19 Safety Plans must be in place

The remaining protective measures will be reviewed by the Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, on March 15 and again on April 12.

The official press release can be found here.  The updated PHO order can be found here.


  • Effective February 17capacity limits were lifted in indoor public settings where proof of vaccination is required.  This means meeting and event spaces, as well as conference centres and convention centres can operate at 100% capacity.

  • Currently the following regulations remain in place:

    • Proof of vaccination is required
    • Active screening is required
    • Mask mandate remains in place

      The regulations can be found here.

  • On March 1 the government intends to take additional steps to ease public health measures if public health and health system indicators continue to improve. This includes:

    -Lifting proof of vaccination requirements for all settings:

    • This means it will no longer be a legislated requirement to require proof of identification and of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to enter certain settings
    • Businesses and other settings may choose to continue to require proof of vaccination voluntarily.
-Masking requirements will remain in place with a specific timeline to lift this measure to be communicated at a later date.

-The intention is to change the active screening requirement to passive screening (i.e., posting signs at all entrances in a conspicuous location that informs individuals on how to screen themselves for COVID-19 prior to entry).

  • CAEM attended a technical briefing regarding the new measures, the presentation can be found here.


  • Quebec’s Minister of Health, Christian Dubé, announced on February 15th that there would be a gradual lifting of the vaccine passport requirement in certain settings.

    Beginning on February 16th, the vaccine passport requirement has been lifted in retail businesses over 1500m2.  On February 21st it will be lifted in places of worship and on March 14th, the intention is that the vaccine passport will be lifted for all places and activities in the province.   More details available here.

  • The mask mandate remains in place.

    An overview of the measures currently in place in Quebec and the timeline for lifting them can be found here

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CAEM's membership is based on the calendar year (January  – December)  so now is the time to renew your membership if you have not already done so.

As the only industry Association working entirely on your behalf, we are counting on your continued engagement and support by renewing your membership for 2022.  Paid memberships fuel CAEM's initiatives and advocacy efforts, and we need your support now, more than ever.

As we set our sights on 2022, CAEM’s strategic priorities are clear and well-defined.

  • Strengthening the industry through government relations, partnership building, public relations and communications
  • Ensuring trade shows and consumer shows remain a viable part of our economy through industry advocacy
  • Growing and engaging our membership in order to strengthen our national footprint and expand our influence
  • Equipping and empowering our members for recovery through targeted education and peer-to-peer networking
  • Managing the association’s financial stability and diversifying our revenue streams

The importance and impact of a strong industry association cannot be understated.  As a not-for-profit association, we cannot do this critical work without you. 

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