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Tourism Prince Rupert 

February 2021 Newsletter


Every month, we wrap up the latest information on tourism in British Columbia to help Prince Rupert business owners stay better informed. Learn more about the work of Tourism Prince Rupert by visiting our website at the link below. 
TPR Corporate Information Page
TPR COVID-19 Resource Page

Government of Canada Announces One-Year Ban For Pleasure Craft and Cruise Vessels

The Government of Canada released on February 4, 2021 that the Minister of Transport, the Honourable Omar Alghabra, announced two new Interim Orders, which prohibit pleasure craft in Canadian Arctic waters and cruise vessels in all Canadian waters until February 28, 2022. This means:
  • Adventure-seeking pleasure craft are still prohibited from entering Arctic waters.
  • Passenger vessels carrying more than 12 people are still prohibited from entering Arctic coastal waters, including Nunatsiavut, Nunavik, and the Labrador Coast.
  • Cruise vessels carrying more than 100 people are still prohibited from operating in Canadian waters.

Pleasure craft used by local Arctic residents will not be affected by these measures.

With these prohibitions in place, public health authorities will be able to continue focusing on the most pressing issues, including the vaccine rollout and new COVID-19 variants.

To learn more, read about it here:

Applications Wanted for Small and Medium Business Recovery Gramt

The Small and Medium Sized Business Recovery Grant program provides fully funded grants to businesses to ensure they have the support they need during and beyond COVID-19.

To learn more on how to apply, check out this link here:

New Tourism Industry Performance Dashboard Launched

Destination BC is pleased to announce the transition of the Tourism Indicators quarterly publication to an interactive dashboard, enabling users to retrieve the information they need, when they need it.  The dashboard features provincial and community level industry data including: international arrivals, restaurant receipts, convention centre data, hotel occupancy and average daily room rates, international and regional airport passenger volume, BC Ferries passenger volume, highway traffic volume, and more to come as the dashboard evolves.

To learn more, visit the dashboard here:

Free Online Program
to Help People Working in Tourism and Hospitality 
Revitalize Your Tourism or Hospitality Business in a COVID World

The Tourism Business Enhancement Program, designed by Capilano University’s School of Tourism Management, is a free online program created specifically for people working in the tourism, recreation and hospitality sector that have been negatively impacted by COVID-19. 

The program is an opportunity to review an aspect of their business to create a pivot strategy that can be implemented soon after completion. It is primarily aimed at managers and supervisors, but applications from frontline staff will be considered if they meet certain conditions.

The program runs for five weeks, includes one-on-coaching, a $1,000 reimbursement for childcare and is delivered entirely online. 

Program begins March 8. Apply today! Learn more here:

Federal Government Launches Budget Consultations to Hear From Canadians

The federal government has launched pre-budget consultations with Canadians. Through the end of January and into February, the Government of Canada will hold virtual roundtables with diverse groups of people from a range of regions, sectors and industries, including those hardest hit by the pandemic. These roundtables are an opportunity to discuss the very real challenges Canadians are facing and listen to ways that the government can ensure a robust recovery that leaves no one behind. Most importantly, all Canadians are invited to share their ideas through an online questionnaire at, which will be available until February 19, 2021.

Learn more here:

Messaging Guidance for BC's Tourism Industry

BC tourism businesses can refer to the Messaging Guidance for Feb 5 until further notice related to the announcement on provincial restrictions. The document includes messaging and a FAQ.

Download the Messaging Guide here or visit:

State of Emergency Extended
to Continue BC’s COVID-19 Response

The Province has formally extended the provincial State of Emergency, allowing health and emergency management officials to continue to use extraordinary powers under the Emergency Program Act (EPA) to support the Province's COVID-19 pandemic response.

The State of Emergency is extended through the end of the day on February 16th, to allow staff to take the necessary actions to keep British Columbians safe and manage immediate concerns and COVID-19 outbreaks.
For up to date information on the effects of COVID-19 on the tourism sector in British Columbia, please visit
Tourism Prince Rupert will be working hard to provide you with email updates regarding any new advisories or support programs as they are announced.

Please note we are only providing new information each week. For access to our past newsletters, please visit our Newsletter Archive page.

If you have any questions, please contact:

Indira Smith
Marketing Manager, Tourism Prince Rupert
Phone: 778-878-1960
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