CAEM Update – January 4, 2022



Just prior to the Holiday season applications opened for the Tourism and Hospitality Recovery Program (THRP).


There are two ways to qualify for the THRP.  The first way is by meeting the following conditions:

The second way to qualify for the THRP is through the Local Lockdown Program, which is available to eligible organizations, regardless of sector.

To qualify for the THRP this way, you must meet following two conditions:

Subsidies you may qualify for under the THRP

Through the THRP, whether you are considered a qualifying tourism or hospitality entity or you were subject to a qualifying public health restriction, you may be able to get a subsidy to help cover wages (formerly the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy) and rent (formerly the Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy).

You may also qualify for the Canada Recovery Hiring Program (CRHP).

Wage and hiring

How and when you can apply for a wage or hiring subsidy, and what happens after you've applied

COVID-19 wage and hiring support for businesses

 Calculate your wage or hiring subsidy

Rent and property

How and when you can apply for a rent subsidy, and what happens after you've applied

COVID-19 rent and property support for businesses

 Calculate your rent subsidy

Contact the Business Enquiries line at 1-800-959-5525 with any questions you may have. 


With the rapid spread of the Omicron variant most provinces have implemented restrictions in an effort to stem the spread of the variant and protect their health care systems.  As always CAEM will endeavour to keep you as up to date as possible while continuing to advocate on your behalf.


  • Indoor facilities participating in the Restrictions Exemption Program must limit capacities to 50% if the facility has a fire occupancy load over 1000.  In Indoor facilities that do not implement the Restrictions Exemption Program the capacity limit restriction remains at 1/3 fire code capacity and attendees may be with household members only or 2 close contacts if they live alone.  Details on the current restrictions in place can be found here.


  • CAEM continues to participate on the BC COVID-19 Industry Engagement Table. You will find a link to the latest information regarding BC's province-wide restrictions here as well as a link to the PHO order on gatherings and events here.  Under the current restrictions indoor events at venues can only have 50% capacity and proof of vaccination is required.


  • On January 3rd, Premier Ford announced the province would temporarily return to a modified Step 2 of the Roadmap to Reopen. You will find the press release here
  • These new restrictions will be in place until January 26th, when they will be reevaluated based on trends in public health and health system indicators.  As a result of these new restrictions, meetings and event spaces, including convention centres, are to be closed to public events.  CAEM attended a technical briefing on the new measures yesterday and the deck with details can be found here.  The regulations are now found in Reg. 263/20: Rules for Areas in Step 2. 
  • The Ontario government has announced the Ontario Business Costs Rebate Program aimed at offering relief for business owners through rebates on property taxes and energy costs.  This program is due to launch in mid-January.  the government has also alluded to other relief packages on the horizon but details are not yet available.  CAEM has already met with the Assistant Deputy Minister at the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries to reiterate the fact our sector has been shut down the longest but many of our show organizer and show supplier members have not be eligible for the previous relief programs offered by the Ontario government.  We have made it clear we want to work with them to rectify this situation and ensure all of our members are eligible for relief.


  • Quebec is now under a curfew that is in effect daily from 10pm until 5am. 
  • Public events, including trade and consumer shows and not allowed.  
  • A copy of the measures in place can be found here: English  French

Links to the details of the restrictions presently in place in the following provinces can be found below: 

Nova Scotia   New Brunswick   Prince Edward Island

Newfoundland Saskatchewan  Manitoba



CAEM's membership is based on the calendar year, 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.