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Advocacy in Action - March 15th

Advocacy in Action - March 15th
15 Mar 2024 by Andrew Siegwart

Exciting updates and important actions are underway at TIAO!


In response to the recent changes in visa requirements for Mexican citizens, TIAO and 14 member partners have swiftly mobilized. We've penned a letter to The Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, urging for immediate action. Our goal: expedited visa processing for those with pre-booked departures to Canada. By uniting our voices, we amplify our impact, pushing for timely decisions that benefit our communities. Please take a moment to review the letter and share it within your networks. Your feedback on how this affects your business is invaluable; reach out to us via email to share your thoughts:

Read the Letter


In other news, the spotlight shines on festivals and events across Ontario.  Media coverage has soared this week, highlighting both the challenges and the remarkable impact of festivals and events.  TIAO and our partners have been actively engaged in these discussions, emphasizing the vital role festivals and events play in our communities.  We've also championed the investments made by the Province through the Experience Ontario program, eagerly awaiting updates—a key priority from our pre-budget submission.

Finally, today I had the privilege of delivering a deputation to Prince Edward County's Committee of the Whole. I shared insights and best practices on Municipal Accommodation Tax implementations, supporting our members in the County while providing valuable recommendations to local council members.  This opportunity excites me, and I'm eager to extend this support to members across the Province.  Don't hesitate to reach out—I'm here to help!


Let's continue driving positive change together.



Andrew Siegwart

President & CEO

Tourism Industry Association of Ontario