OTTAWA (May 29, 2020) –

Our third monthly survey has revealed two very interesting facts about Canada’s 30 accredited zoos and aquariums, first is the importance Canada’s COVID-19 Response Plan. CAZA has provided details on all aspects of the available federal assistance throughout the pandemic. Most recently we relayed information on accredited zoo and aquarium qualify under the Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF).

In order of preference Canada’s 30 accredited zoos and aquariums:

  • 92% of our accredited members have made use of the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS)
  • 39% have accessed the Temporary 10% Wage Subsidy
  • 31% have made use of the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA)
  • 23% have applied for More Time to pay income taxes
  • 16% Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA)
  • 15% are deferring payments on commercial leases and licenses of occupation
  • 8% Business Credit Availability Program (BCCAP)

The second interesting fact is 90 percent have begun or completed a re-opening plan.  CAZA formed an internal committee, its first meeting was on May 1st, Canada’s 30 accredited zoos and aquariums have been collaborating and share best practices through the exchange of ideas and draft plans. In Quebec CAZA institutional members made up the working committee sectoral approach development of guidelines.  The last meeting of the committee on May 22nd was also attended by two officials from Australia, one with the tourism sector in Queensland and our sister organization Zoo Aquarium Association Australia.

Re-opening, each has an extensive COVID-19 procedures in place, are underway;

  • May 13th Assiniboine opened
  • May23rd Calgary Zoo opened
  • June 1st Greater Vancouver Zoo
  • June 15th Edmonton Zoo
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