(OTTAWA) October 9, 2020 – “Canada’s 29 accredited zoos and aquariums have continuously advocated the importance of maintaining federal financial assistance, our members have told us these programs are needed, today’s federal announcement is welcome news,” said CAZA executive director Mr. Jim Facette.
The new Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy, the extension of the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy and the Canada Emergency Business Account are needed relief as accredited zoos enter, for many, the off season. Each month Canada’s 29 accredited zoos and aquariums are survey and the results are clear, federal help matters.
In a letter to the Prime Minister this past June CAZA thank the government for their actions and stressed the need for a long-term commitment to the tourist sector. Mr. Facette added, “accredited zoos and aquariums have been amongst the hardest hit, the Vancouver Aquarium has had to close its doors to the public for a second time, Cherry Brook zoo in Saint John has close and today we learned that the Manitoba Liquor and Gaming Commission has decided to close the aquarium in the Regent Casino located in Winnipeg, MB”.
These financial measures are critical to help bridge to 2021, Mr. Facette added, “as we move into 2021, governments need to provide continued leadership as COVID-19 rapid testing evolves and how it might play into business strategy for the 2021 season, at some point we need to plan as best we can for next year”.
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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