OTTAWA (May 25, 2021) –

Dear Premier Ford,

As per the Ontario government’s Roadmap to Re-Open, 60% of Ontario residents must be vaccinated to trigger phase one, initially targeted for June 14, 2021. At the current rate of vaccination, this date theoretically can be pushed up to sometime during the week of June 1st.

We hope your government is considering the possibility of an earlier Phase One date.

In addition, we also would like the government to consider moving all of Ontario’s zoos and aquariums reopening time to be in Phase One. We understand there would be capacity limits.

Last summer we implemented well-planned and executed safety protocols at each facility, CAZA members are ready to do it again. In May of last year, we shared these plans with Minister MacLeod. Phase One allows for limited indoor retail shopping, we think our members with indoor facilities, such as Ripley’s and Reptilia, across Ontario should be treated equally.

These are trying times for us all; our members just want to open as soon as it is safe. We believe an earlier than anticipated Phase One date and allowing all our zoos and aquariums to safely open to the public in Phase One makes sense.


Jim Facette
Executive Director

cc:              The Hon. Peter Bethlenfalvy, MPP – President of the Treasury Board & Minister of Finance

The Hon. Paul Calandra, MPP – Government House Leader

The Hon. Raymond Cho, MPP – Minister for Seniors and Accessibility

The Hon. Steve Clark, MPP – Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing

The Hon. Doug Downey, MPP – Attorney General

The Hon. Christine Elliott, MPP – Deputy Premier and Minister of Health

The Hon. Vic Fedeli, MPP – Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade

The Hon. Merrilee Fullerton, MPP – Minister of Long-Term Care

The Hon. Ernie Hardeman, MPP – Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

The Hon. Sylvia Jones, MPP – Solicitor General

The Hon. Stephen Lecce, MPP – Minister of Education

The Hon. Lisa MacLeod, MPP – Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries

The Hon. Monte McNaughton, MPP – Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development

The Hon. Caroline Mulroney, MPP – Minister of Transportation and Minister of Francophone Affairs

The Hon. Greg Rickford, MPP –   Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines &

Minister of Indigenous Affairs

The Hon. Ross Romano, MPP – Minister Colleges and Universities

The Hon. Laurie Scott, MPP – Minister of Infrastructure

The Hon. Todd Smith, MPP – Minister of Children, Community and Social Services

The Hon. Lisa Thompson, MPP – Minister of Government and Consumer Services

The Hon. John Yakabuski, MPP – Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry

The Hon. Jeff Yurek, MPP – Minister of Environment, Conservation and Parks

Members of the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada

Mr. Dolf Dejong, CEO – Toronto Zoo

Mr. Peter Doyle, General Manager – Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada

Mr. Mike Takacs, President – African Lion Safari

Mr. Paul Goulet, Founder & CEO, Little Ray’s Nature Centres

Mr. Kevin Dungey, Zoo Director – Little Ray’s Hamilton

Mr. Paul Buhay, Acting Manager –  Polar Bear Habitat

Mr. Jim Moloney, Manager and Curator – Riverview Park and Zoo

Mr. Travis Small, COO – Reptilia

Mr. Tim Tykolis, Owner – Safari Niagara

Ms. Marilyn Vann, Owner, Manager – Bird Kingdom

Ms. Meghan Mitchell, Staff Scientist – Science North








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