Since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, CAEM’s priority has been to help the industry understand and navigate the current landscape.
CAEM’s Exposition Recovery Taskforce has been meeting on a weekly basis since early May to lay the groundwork for the safe and responsible reopening of the exhibition sector. 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 and the follow-up Position Letters can be reviewed HERE. CAEM has also developed an Advocacy Narrative which can be reviewed HERE. This document can serve as a “cheat sheet” for industry professionals who are engaging in advocacy conversations with policymakers and/or influencers.
As the Provinces continue working through their reopening plans, you can find each Province’s timeline and actions here: Alberta, British Columbia, New Brunswick, Manitoba, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Saskatchewan
|In response to how COVID-19 has affected the exposition industry, The Canadian Association of Exposition Management (CAEM) officially announced the formation of the Exposition Recovery Taskforce on May 6, 2020. The purpose of this taskforce is to put a plan and proposal together for the responsible, safe and effective reopening of our industry.|
|In an effort to respond and create an easier way to communicate with other members, a discussion forum is available on the CAEM website. In order to participate in the discussion with fellow CAEM members, you will be required to login to your membership profile. We hope this space is of value to you and look forward to hearing your thoughts.|
|In this time of uncertainty and change, CAEM collaborated with Meetings Mean Business Canada (MMBC), Conventions Centres of Canada (CCC) and Informa Canada to bring you an update on the landscape of the industry. This includes how we are working together to aggregate data that reflects the economic importance and devastation of the exhibition industry, specifically where exhibitions are concerned. See here for the webinar recording.|
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. At the same time, we want to take this opportunity to encourage you, our members, to advocate individually as well, on behalf of your own company. A letter template is available here. Once you have updated this template to reflect your company’s position, you can send it to the following.
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 will lay the groundwork with the government, explaining that a Guidelines document will be coming in June and it will outline a collaborative set of best practices, vetted by a Public Health expert. The position letter will be 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.
Covid-19 Tourism Workforce Impact Survey
Tourism HR Canada would appreciate your support in completing this Workforce Impact Survey. The research will assist Tourism HR Canada in making policy and program recommendations specific to addressing workforce needs during and post COVID-19. The research will also help to assess the effect of government programs like the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) and Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RFFF) in mitigating the effects of COVID-19.