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Updated as of May 10, 2022

$32.7 MILLION

2019 Expenditures

39 THOUSAND

2019 Person Visits

France was Alberta’s 10th largest international market in terms of expenditures before the pandemic.

COVID-19 SITUATION

CASELOAD

France reported just over 9 million new cases through February, March and April, ranking fourth in volume of total COVID-19 cases in the world, with nearly 29 million cases recorded since the pandemic began (Source: CNN).

Source: Our World in Data on May 03, 2022

VACCINATION

As of April 28, 143.39 million vaccine doses have been administered in France for a rate of 212.67 per 100 people. This is above the U.S., and the U.K. rates 173.64 and 208.44, respectively, but below the Canadian rate of 220.39.

Source: Our World in Data

TRAVEL UPDATES

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: COVID-19 Travel Requirements; Welcome to France | Gouvernement.fr 

ECONOMIC LANDSCAPE

KEY INDICATORS PERFORMANCE COMMENTS
GDP (-8%) in 2020
7% in 2021
3% in 2022
The invasion of Ukraine by Russia continues to dominate France's outlook with real pain felt through the sharply higher energy prices. 
Unemployment 7.4% in December of 2021  It was the lowest jobless rate since the second quarter of 2020
Inflation 4.8% in April  The highest since October of 1985 
Consumer confidence 88 in April  The lowest reading since December of 2018

Source: Trading Economics; Oxford Economics

AIR ACCESS

Scheduled direct seat capacity from France to Alberta appears low; seat capacity currently stands at 200 per cent higher than 2019 levels in May, 12 per cent in June, and 22 per cent in July.

Airlines have been securing future seat capacity to ensure they have supply when restrictions are eased, then cancel last-minute if they are not lifted or demand is low.