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Updated as of May 17, 2022

$2.1 BILLION

2019 Tourism Spend (excluding Albertans travelling inside the province)

3.6 MILLION

2019 Person-Visits (excluding Albertans travelling inside the province)

COVID-19 SITUATION

CASELOAD

Canada recorded 253,344 COVID-19 cases in April

Source: Our World in Data on May 9, 2022

VACCINATION

As of April 28, approximately 83.94 million cumulative COVID-19 vaccine doses were administered in Canada, for a rate of 220.49 doses per 100 of the population. This is above the U.S., Germany, U.K., and France rates of 173.7, 212.69, 208.45, and 212.7 doses administered per 100 people, respectively. 

Source: Our World in Data

TRAVEL UPDATE

Pre-entry tests are not required for fully vaccinated travellers entering Canada by land, air, or water.

As of April 25, 2022, unvaccinated and partially vaccinated children under the age of 12 are no longer required to provide a valid pre-entry test result, if they are accompanying a fully vaccinated adult. 

Source: Government of Canada; US Department of State - Bureau of Consular Affairs

ECONOMIC LANDSCAPE

GDP Growth Forecast 4.6% in 2021 4.1% in 2022 Despite strong performance through the Omicron wave in Q1, the Canadian economy is likely to experience slower growth in the coming months as the Russia-Ukraine conflict worsens supply chains further, driving inflation to a record territory.
Unemployment Rate 5.2% in April The labour market is tight, illustrated by the unemployment rate edging down to an all-time low.
Inflation 6.7% in March The highest since January 1991
Consumer confidence 49.98 points in April A slight decrease from March (49.09)
Key Indicators Performance Comments

Source: Oxford Economics: Trading Economics

RESIDENT SENTIMENT

Destination Canada’s weekly COVID-19 resident sentiment survey results for May 5 provided the following observations regarding feelings of safety towards travelling to specific destinations (this question is asked every week):

Canada - Comparison by Region: "I feel safe to travel…"

% SOMEWHAT / STRONGLY AGREE BC AB SK/MB ON QC ATL
(n=246) (n=201) (n=200) (n=600) (n=402) (n=331)
Communities near me 89% 88% 87% 87% 87% 93%*
Communities in my province 83% 82% 81% 83% 85% 89%*
Other provinces in Canada 74% 77% 75% 72% 78% 70%
The United States 48% 57%* 48% 42%** 58%* 35%**
Internationally 47% 49% 44% 40%** 52%* 34%**

* indicates significantly higher than at least one other region @ 95% confidence. ** indicates significantly lower than at least one other region @ 95% confidence.
To what extent do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements? “I feel safe to travel to…”
n=the total number of responses

Respondents were also asked about their level of welcome towards visitors (this question is asked bi-weekly, and was asked during the week of May 5): 

Canada – Comparison by Region: “I would welcome visitors travelling to my community…”

% SOMEWHAT / STRONGLY AGREE BC AB SK/MB ON QC ATL
(n=246) (n=201) (n=200) (n=600) (n=402) (n=331)
Communities near me 86% 81% 80% 79%** 86% 91%*
Communities in my province 85% 80% 78% 75%** 85%* 88%*
Other provinces in Canada 76% 76% 68% 72%** 82%* 75%
The United States 55% 65% 53% 52%** 74%* 52%**
Internationally 62% 62% 49% 48%** 68%* 53%

* indicates significantly higher than at least one other region @ 95% confidence. ** indicates significantly lower than at least one other region @ 95% confidence.
To what extent do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements? “I feel safe to travel to…”
n=the total number of responses

AIR ACCESS

Direct seat capacity is still lower than pre-pandemic levels. Seat capacity is expected to be down from 2019 in May (-5%) but expected to increase in June (2%) and July (9%) 

On March 14, WestJet announced additional flights between Alberta and Europe immediately and set plans to return to pre-pandemic levels. More details can be found here.