CAEM Update – January 19, 2022


  • Over the course of the last few weeks  we have been working to provide you with as much information as possible about the supports included in Bill C-2.  Below you will find a graphic provided by the Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC) that succinctly describes the programs included in the Bill.   It is important to note that these programs provide support through wage and rent subsidies and operate in the same manner as the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) and the Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS) did, with some changes and specifications to the eligibility criteria.  CAEM members should note that companies involved in the organizing, planning, promoting, hosting or supporting of conventions, trade shows or festivals are eligible for wage and rent support through the Tourism Recovery and Support Program.Learn more by clicking on the graphic below.



  • CLICK HERE to access the application portal for the wage and hiring support for businesses available through the Tourism Recovery and Support Program.CLICK HERE to access the application portal the rent and property expense support for businesses available through the Tourism Recovery and Support Program.  
  • The Coalition of Hardest Hit Businesses has arranged for a Q & A session with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) to answer questions regarding the Tourism and Hospitality Recovery Program and the Hardest-Hit Business Recovery Program.  This session will be targeted to the tourism and hospitality industry, to answer specific questions on these new support measures. If you were unable to attend the CRA session last week or if you would like to learn more, please register by clicking below.English Session: Thursday January 20, 2022  3PM – 4PM ESTFrench Session:  Friday, January 21, 2022  1PM-2PM EST
  • On January 12th, the Federal Government announced the Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) repayment deadline has been extended from December 31, 2022 to December 31, 2023.  Click here for more details. 



  • On January 18th, Provincial Health Officer Bonnie Henry announced an extension to the public health measures enacted on December 22, 2021.  This means the 50% capacity limit for gatherings and events – including trade shows –  will be in place until at least February 15th. At that time restrictions will be evaluated based on the current rate of transmission and hospitalizations resulting from the Omicron variant.    You can find the current public health order for gatherings and events here.
  • On January 7th, Dr. Henry issued an order requiring businesses to re-activate their COVID-19 Safety Plans.  This replaces the requirement for businesses to have a Communicable Disease Plan in place.  Learn more about the required COVID-19 Safety Plan here.


  • The Ontario Business Costs Rebate Program, aimed at offering relief for business owners through rebates on property taxes and energy costs is now accepting applications. Details can be found here.
  • On January 7th, the government announced a new Ontario Small Business Relief Grant for small businesses that have been subject to closure under the modified Step 2 of the Roadmap to Reopen. Eligible businesses will receive $10,000.  If your business received the Ontario Small Business Support Grant in 2021 you will be pre-screened and can apply for the new program in late January.  New applications will be accepted in February.The technical briefing deck outlining both of these programs can be found here.
  • CAEM is actively discussing the eligibility criteria of the Ontario Small Business Relief Grant with the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries as well as the Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade.  Thank you to those of you who filled out our most recent survey because the data you provided is being shared with the government to illustrate the devastating impact the latest restrictions are having on our industry.  We are working diligently to advocate on your behalf by demonstrating the importance of expanding the eligibility criteria for the Ontario Small Business Relief Grant – which currently includes conference and convention centres – to also include our show producer and show supplier members.

Executive Director – Abbotsford International Airshow 


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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. 

To renew your 2022 membership, login to your CAEM account HERE

NOT A CAEM MEMBER?  There is no time like the present to join!   You will find our membership application here, and please do not hesitate to reach out to CAEM Executive Director Jennifer Allaby with any questions you may have – [email protected] or 416.787.9377.