OTTAWA (May 27, 2020) –
“Canada’s 30 accredited zoos and aquariums are making good use of the federal programs contained within the Canada COVID-19 Economic Response Plan,” said Jim Facette, Executive Director of CAZA.
As part of the CAZA’s regular monthly accredited member survey, 99 percent of our membership have accessed the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy. The Temporary 10% Wage Subsidy, Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance are being access by over one-third of Canada’s 30 accredited zoos and aquarium.
As the program was only recently announced by Minister Joly, we expected accredited zoos to be able to access the Regional Relief and Recovery Fund.
Mr. Facette added, “our accredited zoos and aquariums are destination facilities welcoming over 12M visitors each year, they are important economic drivers in the tourism sector. Its clear we needed the help and it is much appreciated, we will need ongoing assistance.”
In a recent letter to the Hon. Catherine McKenna CAZA provided Infrastructure Canada with shovel ready projects, projects that were stopped or never started because of COVID-19. “We look forward to ongoing dialogue with the provinces and federal government as they develop regional priorities under any Infrastructure Canada projects”, said Mr. Facette.
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.
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