The information below will be regularly updated as the situation evolves. However, the most complete source of information for entrepreneurs remains the site of the Alliance de l’industrie touristique du Québec (AITQ). This site was specifically created for entrepreneurs and managers in the tourism industry and contains, in one spot, the most relevant information about the pandemic and the measures announced. The AITQ team updates the information on a daily basis. Access the Alliance’s website.

Since the beginning of the crisis, the QOF has regularly informed its members through a dedicated newsletter, to consult the most recent publications that have been sent by email:

Newsletter of April 3
Newsletter of April 2
Newsletter of March 30

Newsletter of March 25
Newsletter of March 20
Newsletter of March 19
Newsletter of March 18
Newsletter of March 17

You will also find below some links to the main announcements that have been made in the last few days regarding COVID-19.

Business Support

Gouvernement du Québec

Tourism Development Strategy Support Program (PSSDT)
Businesses that have received confirmation of financial assistance under the Support for Tourism Development Strategies Program (PSSDT) will benefit from a delay in the beginning or completion date of the project.

Emergency Assistance for Small and Medium Enterprises (COVID-19)
The assistance is intended for SMEs that are in financial difficulty due to COVID-19 and need liquidity of less than $50,000. This program is administered by the MRCs and their equivalents.

Concerted temporary action programs for businesses
Access to emergency financing administered by Investissement Québec

Deferral of GST, HST and QST payments
Payments of taxes collected (GST, HST and QST) and customs duties, which were to be remitted to Revenu Québec, are now deferred until June 30, 2020

Government of Canada


Salary Subvention
Up to 75 per cent wage subsidy for qualifying businesses. The program would run for 12 weeks, from March 15 to June 6. 

Work-Sharing Program
Allows eligible employers to retain employees during the downturn

Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP)
Credit solutions for individual businesses, this program includes:

Flexibility for Taxpayers
Delay in payment of income taxes until August 31, 2020

Deferral of GST, HST and QST payments
Payments of taxes collected (GST, HST and QST) and customs duties, which were to be remitted to Canada Revenue Agency, are now deferred until June 30, 2020

Support to worker

Gouvernement du Québec


Temporary Aid for Workers Program
573$ per week, for a period of 14 days of confinement

Government of Canada


Canada Emergency Response Benefit
This taxable benefit would provide $2,000 a month for up to four months for workers who lose their income as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Workers will be able to apply as of April 6.  It will be possible to apply online or by phone to the CRA.  For management convenience, the CRA has designated specific days for applications. Visit the site for more information.

Flexibility towards taxpayers
Tax filing deadline extended to June 1, 2020 and the Canada Revenue Agency will allow all taxpayers to defer payment of income tax amounts to August 31, 2020.

Useful resources

A number of additionnal useful resources are also available from many different organizations on the Internet. Some of the most relevant are listed below:


Article from Dominic Dugré, lawyer on the cancellation of stays in outfitters

Article from Bruno Dumont about fish stocking

Government of Canada Order Prohibiting Access to Travellers from the United States until April 21, 2020

Government of Canada Order Prohibiting Access to Travellers from foreign countries until June 30, 2020

Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) Website
SME Support Centre

Destination Canada Website
Official and relevant information on support measures for the tourism industry

Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) Website
Business Continuity Guide and Templates for Businesses

Canadian Chamber of Commerce Website
Toolkit for SMEs

Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) Website
SME Support Centre

Google for Small Business
Resources to help small businesses during these uncertain times

Business continuity plan for entrepreneurs
Templates to plan your business continuity exercise and mitigate the potential effects of an emergency

Cash budget during a crisis
How to prepare a cash budget in four steps

Points of control on the main roads
List of territories and areas controlled by public safety to prevent travel between regions as of April 1:

> Bas Saint-Laurent
> Abitibi-Témiscamingue : Rouyn-Noranda
> Côte-Nord
> Nord-du-Québec
> Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean
> Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine
> Nunavik
> Terres-Cries-de-la-Baie-James
> Outaouais
> Laurentides: Antoine-Labelle and Argenteuil MRCs
> Lanaudière: the territories of Autray, Joliette, Matawinie and Montcalm
> Mauricie: La Tuque area
> Charlevoix


Although the office of the Quebec Outfitters Federation (QOF) located at 3137 Laberge Street has been officially closed since March 24, the QOF team remains available to answer your questions.

Do not hesitate to contact us:
By e-mail: [email protected]
By phone: 418.877.5191 or 1 800 567.9009

Last update : 2020-04-06