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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.

 

Guide for Outfitting Operation in Pandemic Context

This document contains recommendations on sanitary measures to be adopted for all aspects related to outfitter operations.

Each of the services offered by outfitters, from customer reception to worker accommodation, was scrupulously examined, and each operation was analyzed at the lowest level to ensure that all actions comply with public health directives and CNESST recommendations. Access the Guide.

To listen to a review of the recommendations in the Guide for Outfitting Operation in Pandemic Context in the form of a webinar led by Me Dominic Dugré, General Secretary, and Marc Plourde, President and CEO of the QOF. Access the video in French.

Access the video.

 


 

Q & A

The QOF has compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions. We invite you to consult this document for answers to your questions about access, fishing season, cancellations and more.

To access the Questions and Answers document in French

 


Notoriety Campaign

The new promotional campaign highlights the Quebec Outfitters’ history, which is written to the rhythm of unforgettable journeys and shared passions. It clearly illustrates the unifying and authentic aspect of a nature getaway at an outfitter.

The messages focus on the unforgivable moments of the outfitter experience and the contrasts of the adventure in the wilderness, including excitement and relaxation, then wildlife and accessibility.

The video capsules feature collaborators from the Hooké team, with whom we worked to create the video clips.

To access the promotional kit, which includes the video clips, two formats of web banners and a few suggestions for Facebook publications. Click here.

 


Lodging of workers in outfitting operations

 

May 15, 2020, the Ministère des Forêts, de la Faune et des Parcs has confirmed that essential businesses such as forestry, mining and electrical companies can now rent accommodation units in outfitters for their workers.

You must have a written agreement with employers in the industrial sector in order to accommodate workers while respecting the protection measures in effect. To find out the recommended public health measures for accommodating these workers, we recommend that you consult: https://www.inspq.qc.ca/publications/2995-industrie-bois-sylvicoles-covid19 (French only) and ask the contractor for a copy of these protocols.

You must also contact your regional Public Health Branch after entering into the agreement to notify them. To obtain the contact information for your regional directorate, we invite you to consult https://www.msss.gouv.qc.ca/professionnels/documents/liste-directeurs-santepub.pdf.
 
REMINDER: Tourist stays (31 days or less) are still prohibited until further notice.

 


 

Outfitters’ Survey

The information gathered through the Outfitters’ survey will allow us to understand your situation and better represent your interests in order to obtain support measures adapted to your reality. 

To access the presention of the results

 


 

Access to Outfitters 

 

The QOF has begun issuing letters of authorization for outfitters who need to travel from one region to another to secure their property or carry out maintenance work to their installations. 

For the time being, only operators (the outfitter himself or the general manager) or other essential ressource can benefit from this authorization.  

The letter must be presented at regional control points to facilitate the control by police officers.  

However, it is in not a guarantee that you will be able to pass the controls; the police have the power to consider that the authorization does not comply with the measures decreed by the Government of Québec and issued by the Minister of Health and Social Services. 

To obtain your letter, please contact us by e-mail at: [email protected], mentioning the name of the person who must access the outfitter, his or her title and the name of your business.  

Your request will be processed by a member of our team during regular business hours, Monday to Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. A processing time of a few hours is to be expected, so we invite you to plan your trips and send us your requests in advance. 

In addition, we recommend that you respect social distancing and the sanitary measures in place and that you buy what you need in your home area.   

 


 

QOF Newsletter

 

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 June 29
Newsletter of June 23
Newsletter of June 16
Newsletter of June 15
Newsletter of June 11
Newsletter of June 8
Newsletter of June 5
Newsletter of June 4
Newsletter of June 2
Newsletter of May 29
Newsletter of May 28
Newsletter of May 27
Newsletter of May 25

Newsletter of May 21
Newsletter of May 19
Newsletter of May 15
Newsletter of May 14
Newsletter of May 13
Newsletter of May 8
Newsletter of May 6
Newsletter of May 5
Newsletter of May 4
Newsletter of May 1
Newsletter of April 30
Newsletter of April 29
Newsletter of April 28
Newsletter of April 27
Newsletter of April 23
Newsletter of April 21

Newsletter of April 20

Newsletter of April 17

Newsletter of April 16

Newletter of April 15

Newsletter of April 14

Newsletter of April 11

Newsletter of April 10

Newsletter of April 9

Newsletter of April 6

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

 


 

Business Support

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

 

Gouvernement du Québec

 

Programme Actions Concertées pour le Maintien en Emploi (PACME) (Concerted Action Program for Maintaining Employment)
This program aims to enable businesses to receive subsidies to help them covering the costs of training activities and work organization. Eligible training may, among other areas, target digital skills related to telework, good practices related to health issues, organizational communication and improvement of know-how. Companies are invited to promote online or distance learning and must respect the health rules in force in the context of such training.

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, QST and TSH 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

Payments of taxes collected (TSH) for the first quarter of 2020 are deferred to July 31, 2020

 

Government of Canada

 

Regional Assistance and Recovery Fund (RRRF)
A $211-million fund to help Québec companies that are not eligible for other federal programs

Salary Subvention
Up to 75 per cent wage subsidy for qualifying businesses. The program will 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

Funding: Canada Summer Jobs

Aboriginal Business Support
This financial assistance, made available through aboriginal financial institutions, will enable these businesses to obtain interest-free short-term loans and non-refundable contributions from aboriginal financial institutions.

 


 

Other ressource

 

GoodSpark Fund and Momentum Fund
Strategy to Help Get the Economy Back on Track and Support Regional Development from Desjardins.

 


 

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.

Access the Emergency Wage Subsidy Calculator
To apply to Canada Emergency Response Benefit

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:

 

Plan de sécurité sanitaire (COVID-19) de l’industrie touristique

Exceptional initiative for the reduction of spring stocks of aquaculture businesses (French only)

Communication tools for FIEREMENT QUEBECOIS (French only)

Letter of authorization that can be personalized for employees access to outfitters

Online Measures for Game Registration

Closure of establishments until May 4, 2020

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 May 21, 2020

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

Finance Canada search tool 

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

Webinar about the governmental measures from RCGT

Points of control on the main roads
List of territories and areas controlled by public safety to prevent travel between regions as of May 19, 2020 :

  •  Nord-du-Québec
  •  Nunavik
  •  Terres-Cries-de-la-Baie-James
  •  City of Gatineau

 

QOF

 

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 : 2020-06-29