Accredited Zoos and Aquariums 2021 Preparations Well Underway: Renewed optimism on the horizon, Canada’s accredited zoos and aquariums prepare for safe return of visitors

OTTAWA (March 17, 2021) –

“As Canadians approach Spring 2021 with renewed optimism under the pandemic reality, Canada’s 29 accredited zoo and aquariums are preparing for increased number of visitors over 2020 levels”, said Jim Facette, CAZA, Executive Director and CEO.

Recent data on consumer confidence, improved vaccination numbers, tourist promotion investment of different provincial governments including the recently announced Ontario tourism tax credit, and the positive travel tone New Brunswick Premier Higgs expressed a recent First Minister Ministers meeting all point to what should be a better 2021 tourist season.

Consumer confidence data released by Nanos Research & Bloomberg point to a Canadian positive economic mood across all regions. Destination Canada released data that states 80% of Canadian plan to travel when restrictions are relaxed. Mr. Facette added, “We need Canadians to travel within their own province and country, to re-discover this great country of ours. If you haven’t been to an accredited zoo in a few years, come back and rediscover the work our members do in conserving species, our biodiversity education efforts and how we connect you with the natural environment.”

Destination Canada’s own research indicates a shift in tourism to domestic travel would accelerate a much need economic recovery for the travel and tourism industry and sustain over 150,000 Canadian jobs. Mr. Facette said, “CAZA members are part of broad tourism sector, like restaurants, aviation and other destinations we depend on a traveling public. Accredited zoos and aquariums will once again provide the safest possible experience in 2021”.

About CAZA:

CAZA is the voice of zoos and aquariums in Canada. We are the leading organization in Canadian animal welfare standards development, our accreditation process includes expert standards set by leading researchers, biologists, and academia who ensure we reflect the latest in animal welfare research, organizational management, and public safety protocols.  Through a science-based approach, CAZA’s accreditation bridges the ethical concerns with conservation and the public interest.



Jim Facette
Executive Director and CEO
Mobile: 613-850-2669


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