ACTA webinar Friday April 3 updates agents on new policies impacting retail travel sector amid COVID-19

TORONTO — Scheduled for tomorrow, April 3 at 1:30 p.m. ET, a new and timely ACTA webinar will give agents an informative overview to address key areas of various government and regulatory policies that affect travel agencies and travel agents.

Hosted by ACTA President Wendy Paradis, the webinar will touch on federal government relief programs and how they will work for travel agencies and travel agents, including independent travel agents.

Earlier this week Paradis noted that the new additional economic measures announced by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on March 27 as part of the federal government’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan are helpful but the needs of the travel industry will surpass those of many other industries.

The federal measures include a 75% wage subsidy for qualifying small to medium-size businesses (SMEs), for up to 3 months, retroactive to March 15, 2020. This will help businesses to keep and return workers to the payroll, says Paradis, adding that ACTA actively lobbied for a 75% wage subsidy, knowing that the previously announced 10% was insufficient.

Other new federal initiatives include allowing businesses, including self-employed individuals, to defer all Goods and Services Tax/Harmonized Sales Tax (GST/HST) payments until June. “It will help businesses so they can continue to pay their employees and their bills, and help ease cash-flow challenges across the country,” says Paradis.

The English version of ACTA’s webinar takes place Friday, April 3 at 1:30 p.m.

Topics covered will include:

  • Top priorities and outcomes from ACTA’s lobbying efforts
  • The latest information on government HR programs available to employers and employees
  • Up to date information on financial assistance programs for business
  • “How you can assist as a Travel Agency Owner, Senior Manager or Travel Agent today– and tomorrow”

Register for the ACTA webinar here.

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