Outdoor sports and leisure activities

Campground reopenings

All types of camper vehicles may be used in campgrounds, whether for a day or the whole season.

Yes, but only tent campers are allowed to use those washroom facilities still open.

The rules for washrooms will be adjusted over time.

Before washrooms may open, they must comply with the following measures:

  • All campers must wash their hands before entering
  • If possible, devices must be installed so that people can open doors with their feet
  • Capacities must be determined and displayed for each room in each washroom facility based on 2-metre social distancing
  • Washrooms must be cleaned and sanitized more frequently and adapted to meet all public health recommendations and requirements

Campers in accommodation units, trailers, or RVs that have their own washrooms must use those facilities exclusively.

The standards in effect are the same as for Sépaq facilities, i.e.,

  • Updated housekeeping standards for facilities and accommodation
  • More frequent cleaning and sanitizing of common areas, washrooms, and high-contact surfaces

No, these facilities are not yet allowed to open. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide a date when they will be authorized to offer short-term stays. It is up to public health authorities to decide on appropriate measures for reopening tourism.

SÉPAQ

Sépaq is pleased to be able to begin gradually restoring access to its territories. This way, you’ll be able to enjoy the great outdoors to the benefit of your physical and mental health. Sépaq has implemented exceptional measures to help you get back to nature in complete safety

For full details on the resumption of activities, visit Sépaq website This hyperlink will open in a new window..

Tourist accommodations

The Corporation de l’industrie touristique du Québec (CITQ) This hyperlink will open in a new window. has suspended its annual certification fees up to an indeterminate date. In addition, since the announcement of the government measures, no notice of payment of annual fees is being sent to the operators. Consequently, no penalty will be imposed and no certificate will be cancelled.  For the operators who have already paid the annual fees for 2020, the validity period of the certificate will be extended to account for the closing period requested by the Government.

Operators of tourist accommodation establishments can verify if they are eligible for one of the various measures the Government of Québec has taken to support businesses and workers.

Lastly, operators affected by the current crisis can check with their financial institution, municipality or service providers (e.g., Hydro-Québec) to see if they are eligible for some relief.

The Public Health Act (CQLR, chapter  S-2.2) provides for penal provisions for any person who refuses to obey an order of the Minister of Health and Social Services, the national public health director, a public health director or a person authorized to act on their behalf. Police officers have the authority to issue statements of offence under this Act.

The public authorities are working to establish specific criteria for choosing establishments. First, the public health authorities will directly contact the hoteliers called on to cooperate. This measure will evolve as the situation changes. Once the agreements are confirmed with the hoteliers concerned, the public health authorities will take charge of the protocols. For more information you can contact the Association Hôtellerie Québec, which is responsible for managing the list of hotel establishments.

You may communicate your offer of accommodations to admin@hotelleriequebec.com.

Depending on the date, you may keep your reservation for now. However, remember that you may have to cancel later if the situation does not allow authorities to reopen certain types of accommodation.

Consult the policy of the collaborative accommodation platform in question. Most have agreed on support measures in relation to the current health crisis or provided for force majeure clauses.

On April 26, 2020, the Gouvernement du Québec adopted an order authorizing bio-food producers and processors to rent units to house their employees in accommodation establishments regulated by the Act respecting tourist accommodation establishments(CQLR, chapter E-14.2). Under the order, even workers coming from other regions can be provided accommodations. The goal is to meet the needs of agricultural producers and bio-food processors whose activities include the operation of agricultural businesses, including the construction and renovation of farm buildings, as well as food processing, beverage production, slaughtering, market garden and horticultural production, fishing, and commercial aquaculture.

Owners of tourist accommodations that have not yet received authorization to reopen may enter into exclusive agreements with agricultural producers and bio-food processors. However, owners of these establishments are still prohibited from providing tourist accommodations (stays of 31 days or less) to any other guests.

If the rental is for 31 days or more, the establishment is not considered a tourist accommodation establishment subject to the regulation. Any contract concluded must therefore specify a rental start and end date and indicate that it cannot be renewed under any circumstances. The lease entered into must specify the purpose of the rental (e.g., by an agricultural producer or bio-food processor as temporary accommodations for their seasonal or temporary workers) and the particular context in which it is being entered into, i.e., the health crisis. Both parties must clearly state their intention not to be bound by a residential lease agreement. The contract must also comply with the municipal planning by-laws relating to uses passed under the Act respecting land use planning and development (CQLR, chapter A-19.1) and be sent to the municipality, borough, or regional county municipality for municipal tax purposes.

Of course owners can go back to offering short-term tourist accommodations once public health officials lift these restrictions. Owners will, however, have to ensure that are adhering to the terms of the contract signed.

We urge you to contact Régie du logement for advice on your rights and responsibilities for long-term residential leases (1-800-683-2245 or rdl.gouv.qc.ca This hyperlink will open in a new window.).

You are permitted to rent your establishment for stays of 31 days or more on a temporary basis. You may also rent your establishment as a long-term residential dwelling.

If the rental is for 31 days or more, the establishment is not considered a tourist accommodation establishment subject to the regulation. To rent your establishment as temporary accommodations, any contract concluded must therefore clearly specify a rental start and end date and indicate that it cannot be renewed under any circumstances. The lease entered into must specify the purpose of the rental (e.g., waiting for new construction) and the particular context in which it is being entered into, i.e., the health crisis. Both parties must clearly state their intention not to be bound by a residential lease agreement. The contract must also comply with the municipal planning by-laws relating to uses passed under the Act respecting land use planning and development (CQLR, chapter A-19.1) and be sent to the municipality, borough, or regional county municipality for municipal tax purposes.

This option should allow you to go back to offering short-term tourist accommodations once permitted by public health officials if your establishment is not one of those that have been authorized to open. Owners will, however, have to ensure that are adhering to the terms of the contract signed.

To take advantage of the option to offer your establishment as a long-term residential dwelling, i.e., as a main residence for a tenant, you will have to fill out the lease form from Régie du logement. We urge you to contact Régie du logement for advice on your rights and responsibilities for long-term residential leases (1-800-683-2245 or rdl.gouv.qc.ca This hyperlink will open in a new window.).

This form is not recommended if you wish to go back to operating a tourist accommodation establishment in the short or medium term. As mentioned above, the contract between the parties must specify the purpose of the agreement and the context in which it is being entered into. It must also clearly state that the parties do not intend to be bound by a residential lease agreement.

However, if you wish to rent your establishment to a tenant for long-term (residential) housing purposes, you must use the Régie du logement lease form. For more information, please contact Régie du logement directly (1-800-683-2245 or rdl.gouv.qc.ca This hyperlink will open in a new window.).

There is no such model lease or contract. You or a professional you hire must draw up the document. The lease or contract must clearly indicate a start and end date and the fact that it cannot be renewed under any circumstances. It must also state the purpose of the rental (e.g., offering temporary accommodations to essential workers outside their region of primary residence, agricultural producers, waiting for new construction) and the particular context in which it is being entered into, i.e., the health crisis. Both parties must also clearly state their intention not to be bound by a residential lease agreement.

The Consumer Protection Act is still in effect (CQLR, chapter P-40.1). However, the Gouvernement du Québec is asking business owners to be understanding, given the current situation. We suggest looking at your lease contract and going to the Office de la protection du consommateur website at www.opc.gouv.qc.ca This hyperlink will open in a new window..

Since June 1, 2020, vacation homes and principal residence establishments outside Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal (CCM) and Municipalité régionale de compté (MRC) de Joliette can welcome visitors. Note that all such apartments, cottages, and houses must be rented in their entirety to individuals from a single household.

All campgrounds and outfitters may also reopen.

When accommodations are vacated, they must be left unoccupied for 24 hours after they are cleaned and sanitized, except for units with hard surface floors (no rugs or other similar coverings) for rental to groups of 4 or fewer. The 24-hour wait time applies without exception to all units for 5 people or more.

Guidelines have been drawn up by CNESST (Commission des normes, de l’équité, de la santé et de la sécurité du travail) and INSP (Institut national de santé publique). You may consult them at cnesst.gouv.qc.ca This hyperlink will open in a new window.. In addition, special guidelines for each sector will be sent to all tourist operators to assist them in adapting their facilities and procedures and ensuring a safe and secure environment for workers and visitors.

For example, there is a requirement to wait 24 hours after sanitizing a unit before renting it out again, except for units with hard surface floors (no rugs or other similar coverings) for rental to groups of 4 or fewer. That means that if a cottage can accommodate 5 or more, it is subject to the 24-hour requirement.

In addition, owners are advised not to provide housekeeping services while the premises are occupied, but to provide the necessary equipment and most popular sanitizers for visitors to do their own cleaning during their stay.

CNESST has also prepared guidelines for industry employers to help them ensure the safety of workers and visitors.

For now, people are being asked to limit their travel between regions. However, if they must travel to another region, they are advised to go directly to their destination and limit contact with local residents.

What’s more, only vacation homes are allowed to be rented.

Yes, if you travel directly to your destination. Stops for essential needs (gas, medication, emergency repairs, restrooms, etc.) are also allowed.

Yes. However, people 70 and over are at greater risk of complications due to COVID19. It is recommended that vulnerable individuals, including those 70 and over, take special care to avoid being contaminated. That includes keeping their interregional travel and contact with people who are not part of their households to a minimum.

Owners must comply with the 24-hour wait period after they clean their units, except for units with hard surface floors (no rugs or other similar coverings) that are rented out to groups of 4 or fewer. That means that units that can accommodate groups of 5 or more must respect the 24-hour requirement.

This transition measure will be adjusted as the pandemic evolves.

No. Members of a single household (i.e., people living under the same roof and sharing the same place of residence) are allowed to do so. So members of two households residing in two different places cannot stay together in a cottage, even if they are members of the same family. Indoor gatherings are still prohibited, whether they are in a cottage or elsewhere.

For the time being, the Direction générale de la santé publique does not authorize such a couple to do so. An accommodation unit can only be rented to one household at a time, that is, to individuals living in the same place. Public health authorities are monitoring the epidemiological situation of COVID-19 and will determine at the proper time whether the rule can be relaxed.

People who don’t live at the same address are allowed to take part in tourism activities together provided they comply with social distancing requirements at all times as well as the rules for public gatherings, and provided the activity is on the Gouvernement du Québec’s list of authorized activities.

No. The entire apartment or house must be rented out, and only to a single household at a time.

These facilities usually have common areas like washrooms and dining rooms and, in youth hostels, dormitories. For the moment, Direction de la santé publique has concluded that such facilities cannot operate under approved health rules.

In these particular cases, there are penal provisions under the Public Health Act (CQLR, chapter S-2.2). If public health rules are not upheld, the police may issue statements of offence based on the offenses reported.

Festivals and tourism events

All organizations benefiting from the Festivals and Tourism Events Financial Assistance Program during the summer/fall 2020–2021 period will receive their first instalment (80% of the total grant amount) whether their activities have continued or not.

If applicable, the second instalment of up to 20% of the financial assistance will be disbursed based on the expenses incurred at the time the event is cancelled, upon receipt of supporting documents. Any amount paid in excess of the total costs incurred (including event-related expenses incurred after the cancellation date) will be recovered as required. Note that the total amount of government assistance will also be taken into account. 

As in previous years, the first payment, amounting to 80% of the financial assistance, will be disbursed after the agreement has been signed.

To take advantage of these relief measures, the promoter must have obtained financial assistance through the Festivals and Tourism Events Financial Assistance Program for a festival or an event to be held between May 1 and October 31, 2020. These ad hoc measures have been adopted due to the exceptional circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Events that were scheduled to take place in March and April 2020, but were cancelled due to COVID-19 will also benefit from these measures.

The second instalment of up to 20% of the financial assistance will be disbursed based on the expenses incurred at the time the event is cancelled, upon receipt of supporting documents. Any amount paid in excess of the total costs incurred (including event-related expenses incurred after the cancellation date) will be recovered as required. Note that the total amount of government assistance will also be taken into account.

Financial assistance applications are still being reviewed in spite of the pandemic. You should get a response within the next few weeks.

In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, the Communications Department of Ministère du Tourisme is not calling for the negotiation of a new visibility agreement. If the festival or event is held, last year’s visibility agreement will apply. If financial assistance is being provided for the first time, the Communications Department will contact the festival or event promoter to reach a verbal visibility agreement.

The financial assistance granted applies only to costs incurred for the 2020 edition, whether the event is cancelled or not. 

Promoters will be able to submit new financial assistance applications for 2021 events this fall.

All organizations benefiting from Ministère du Tourisme’s Festivals and Tourism Events Financial Assistance Program during the 2020–2021 summer/fall period will receive their first instalment (80% of the total grant amount) whether their activities have continued or not, up to the actual costs incurred.

If applicable, the second instalment of up to 20% of the financial assistance will be disbursed based on the expenses incurred at the time the event is cancelled, upon receipt of supporting documents. Any amount paid in excess of the total costs incurred (including event-related expenses incurred after the cancellation date) will be recovered as required. Note that the total amount of government assistance will also be taken into account.

If you purchased tickets for an event that was cancelled as a result of a government order related to COVID-19, the merchant is normally required to reimburse you. The merchant may also offer a new date for the event. You are free to accept or decline this offer.

Also, you have the right to cancel ticket purchases made online, by phone or by mail, including through a reseller, if the event is no longer taking place.

For more information, visit the Office de la protection du consommateur This hyperlink will open in a new window. website.