CAEM Update – Ontario Announces Province is Moving to Step 2 of its Reopening Plan on June 30th


  • CAEM is encouraged by the announcement today that Ontario will be entering Step 2 of it's Roadmap to Reopen  on June 30th, which is a few days earlier than anticipated.  While indoor trade shows and consumer shows are not mentioned in Step 2 (they are named in Step 3), the guidance for Step 2 does state that outdoor trade shows can now take place as long as they comply with the conditions for outdoor meeting and event spaces. These conditions include: open at a 25% capacity with maximum capacity posted; businesses must record the name and contact information of every member of the public; physical distancing of 2m must be maintained;  and indoor activity is not permitted with limited exceptions such as access to washrooms.  The complete regulations for Step 2, including the formula for calculating maximum capacity, can be found here.

    We know there is more work to be done and rest assured we are continuing to actively press the government for answers and clarity regarding Step 3.  There is light at the end of the tunnel and the fact that trade shows were mentioned independently of other events in Step 2 and Step 3 of the Roadmap to Reopen is a major milestone in our advocacy work.

  • Yesterday, the Tourism Economic Recovery Ministerial Task Force Report was released by the Ministry of Heritage, Sport Tourism and Culture Industries.  As we reported a few months ago, CAEM President Bianca Kennedy, sat on the Gateway Cities Sub-Committee of the Task Force, giving our industry a voice at the table.  One of the 10 recommendations now under consideration by the Ontario government is the creation of a multi-year Conventions and Business Events Support Fund. Moreover, trade shows and consumer shows are specifically mentioned in the report as important economic drivers.

The road to reopening has been a long one and CAEM continues to work diligently on behalf of our members, and the industry as a whole, to make sure our voice is heard by government.  As always, we will continue to keep you up to date on any and all developments.