Canada’s Zoos and Aquariums will need support as the industry copes with COVID-19 pandemic.
Ottawa (March 19, 2020) – “Canada’s Accredited Zoos and Aquariums welcome the $27B package announced yesterday by the Prime Minister and Minister Morneau, this can help Canada’s zoos and aquariums during this time of need. Canada’s zoos and aquariums are an important part of the business community and the Canadian cultural fabric,” said Jim Facette, Executive Director.
From the temporary income support for workers to longer-term income support to businesses, the government funds could help them keep their workers and each initiative will aid in the long-term viability of CAZA members.
CAZA’s members host 12M visitors each year, both domestic and international. Economic and social impact inspire people of all ages. With 1.5M visitors annually the Calgary Zoo estimates for every $1 spent the zoo generated a $2.16 return resulting in an estimated economic impact of $118M. A 2016 study showed the Ecomuseum Zoo on Montreal’s West Island has an estimated 115,000 visitors and has a $1.9M direct economic benefit is a single summer season.
In Toronto, Canada’s largest zoo covering 700 acres, in 2009 (the latest data available) had a $47M economic impact in the Province Ontario, $39M alone in the Greater Toronto Area.
The COVID-19 epidemic has placed CAZA member zoo and aquarium institutions are in a unique position as they struggle to remain economically viability like any other business. They also have the additional responsibility to maintain the highest standards of animal conservation and welfare. CAZA is working with its member institutions to ensure accreditation standards are maintained while we all deal with the reality of COVID-19.
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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