Covid 19 - Updates

Daily & Weekly Updates

During this time of uncertainty, it is great to see the Camping community pulling together, and sharing ideas of how to cope and manage through our current situation.  I want everyone to know  that we will continue to update you on any information that comes our way. 

Feel free to email: if you have links that you feel would assist our fellow Camp Members. 

March 23, 2021 

  • We continue to follow-up with Members of Parliament from across party lines who’ve expressed their support for our cause, to ensure our message continues to be pressed with decision-makers in Ottawa. Sincere thanks to all the many members who’ve tapped into their networks, sent letters, and helped make connections through their local MPs. Let’s keep it up!
  • The 2021 federal budget is expected to be released in the next several weeks. We’re aligning to use the budget as a window to push further for the changes to the CEWS and CERS programs. We’ll continue to update you on our progress — stay tuned!
  • CCA president Stéphane Richard, among other leaders in our sector, was quoted in a Globe and Mail article that was published in the paper’s Saturday edition (“Will Overnight Camps Run this Summer?”). We’re leveraging the article to press our message with the federal government in Ottawa on the need to adjust relief programs. If you’d like to read the article, send it to members of your immediate teams, or share it with external supporters, you can find it here.


  • Through our advocacy efforts, we’ve developed solid relationships with ministerial staffers who’ve helped launch and shape federal pandemic relief programs — including like the Highly Affected Sectors Credit Availability Program (HASCAP) which several members have successfully tapped into since it started accepting applications last month. They’re eager to hear feedback from camps across the country about that program, and others. To make sure your voice is heard, please take three minutes to fill out the anonymous survey at this link.

March 9, 2021 

The 2021 federal budget is expected in the next few weeks — and that milestone gives us a timely opportunity to push further for the changes we’ve been seeking to the CEWS and CERS programs.

A very important and FINAL action item for all camps and outdoor education centres - this is the big push to get the changes we need to #savecanadiancamps! 

1. Watch this brief video from the CCA president, Stéphane Richard. 

2. We’ve developed a fresh template letter that you can adapt and send to your local Member of Parliament (click here download a copy) to deliver the message. If you need help finding and reaching your local MP, please let us know — we’ll be happy to lend a hand

Other updates: 

  • Last week, we had a productive meeting with NDP Member of Parliament Lindsay Mathyssen, as part of our effort to build a cross-party coalition of support for our case in Parliament. In the summer, Mathyssen had reached out to a cabinet minister on behalf of our sector, and she kindly took the time to connect with us for an update on the work we’ve been doing to advocate for camps — specifically, the push for changes to the CEWS and CERS programs. She’s offered to help further — stay tuned.
  • We also met with officials at the Department of Canadian Heritage (including Sport Canada) for a forward-looking conversation about outdoor education, and federal programming camps could potentially tap into that aligns with campers and the department’s mandate to boost physical activity. We’re continuing to explore this, and will be happy to share what we find.
  • Our team also had a brief check-in with a contact in the office of Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Chrystia Freeland to discuss CEWS and CERS. It’s clear that staff at Finance Canada and in the Minister’s office have a solid understanding our concerns about the gaps in these two programs, and are regrouping internally. In the meantime, we’ll continue to push for the changes we’re seeking, both directly and indirectly.  

March 3, 2021 

Last week was a busy one. We coordinated schedules to book a follow-up meeting with officials at the Department of Canadian Heritage — including some from within Sport Canada — for an exploratory discussion about federal programming that our sector could potentially tap into.

We also spent time preparing for two key meetings taking place this week. The first with a senior policy staffer in Minister Freeland’s office to discuss the status of potential changes to the CEWS and CERS programs. The second  with Member of Parliament Lindsay Mathyssen(NDP), who represents the Ontario riding of London–Fanshawe, who serves as the party’s Deputy Critic for Small Business, and who reached out to a cabinet minister about camps last summer. These meetings are part of our ongoing effort to build cross-party support for our position on the need to adjust CEWS and CERS.

Lastly, we worked closely with leaders of the provincial associations across the country to coordinate a joint push to reach out to Minister of Finance Chrystia Freeland on removing the barriers that are preventing camps from fully accessing the CEWS and CERS relief programs.

February 23, 2021 

  • We followed up with Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) on questions related to the federal government’s new Highly Affected Sectors Credit Availability Program (HASCAP). If any others have questions or feedback about the program, please don’t hesitate to be in touch — we’ll be sure to look into your questions, and pass along collected feedback from members about the new program.
  • We’ve been busy with outreach to political leaders. We’ve been back in contact with Kody Blois, Liberal MP and Rural Caucus Chair, on his offer to connect us to Minister of Finance Chrystia Freeland and raise the our point on adjusting the CEWS and CERS programs so that camps have better access. We’ve also followed up with our policy contact in Minister Freeland’s office.  We’re keeping in contact with Scott Aitchison, Conservative MP for Parry Sound—Muskoka , who’s been a persistently vocal advocate for our sector in the House of Commons,  we’re prepping for a meeting with Lindsay Mathyssen, NDP MP and Critic for Small Business, and we’re seeking a conversation with Adam van Koeverden, Liberal MP, Parliamentary Secretary and former Olympian. 
  • We connected with officials at the Department of Canadian Heritage for an intake meeting, to explore programs that could be applicable for camps. We’re anticipating a follow-up conversation with some additional staff at Canadian Heritage, and are looking forward to sharing what we hear back from the department once that next meeting takes place.
  • As always, we’re seeking to keep the pressure up with federal decision-makers. If you’re ready to send a letter to your local MP, please let us know and we’ll help you through the process.

Immigration Canada Update

Our CCA Government Advocacy Committee member, Jonathan Nyquist, has continued to volunteer his time to work closely with the Ministry of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship on key issues concerning our industry. Here is an update on three important issues that are currently being worked on:

International Campers:

Minister Marco Mendicino communicated directly to his team on February 15 to consider an exemption to the travel ban for international campers. We have proposed that they consider creating a similar exemption that has been put in place for international students:

Support Workers:

The Ministry has been considering a work permit category specifically for camp support workers (maintenance and kitchen) over the last two years. This is being more closely considered as we anticipate an increased need for support workers at camps in the upcoming summer.

Government Quarantine:

The Ministry is considering our proposal for the government to provide full funding for the initial three day government organized quarantine for international camp staff. We have also connected with the Ministry about providing an exemption for camp staff to the government organized quarantine which they have issued for temporary foreign workers in other industries.

We will be in touch as we continue to make progress in these areas, but please feel free to reach out directly to Jonathan,, if you have any questions. 

We have not yet needed to engage our paid lobbyist to help us work through these matters, but if financial resources are required then we will be in touch with membership.

February 17, 2021 

Small and Medium Enterprise Relaunch Grant

Funding for small- and medium-sized businesses, co-ops and non-profits impacted by COVID-19 to offset a portion of their costs.

For more information click here 


February 17, 2021 


Our National Lobbying Efforts 

The past week was a busy one on the government relations front.

Meetings were held with:

  • Liberal MP Kody Blois, who represents a Nova Scotia riding and serves as the Liberal Chair of Rural Caucus
  • Conservative MP Scott Aitchison, who represents the Ontario riding of Parry Sound-Muskoka, which encompasses a strong concentration of camps.

Both were very helpful and receptive, and agreed to carry our message to government decision-makers about the barriers to accessing CEWS and CERS.

We were also in touch with an official at the Department of Finance who works on CEWS and CERS, and have set up a meeting to take place in the near future with NDP MP Lindsay Mathyssen, who advocated to the government on our behalf last summer.

We’re eager to hear the feedback from those of you who’ve applied to the new Highly Affected Sectors Credit Availability Program (HASCAP). We’re aiming to collect all feedback into a comprehensive overview that we can share with our key contact in Minister Joly’s office who’s requested input — so please don’t be shy about sharing your views about how it’s working or could benefit from adjustments.

As always, we’re eager to help all of those who haven’t yet reached out to their MPs. If we can lend a hand, please let us know — we’d be happy to help you with a message or help you learn how to find your local MP.


February 9, 2021

Our National Lobbying Efforts 

  • If you weren’t able to join the webinar held Monday on the federal government’s Highly Affected Sectors Credit Availability Program (HASCAP), please know that the webinar video can be viewed after the fact at this link. The program is designed to offer low-interest government-backed loans to operations, like ours, that can demonstrate a minimum 50% revenue loss, for at least three months, within the last eight months from your application (e.g. June 2020 to the beginning of February 2021), when compared to the same time period in 2019. Given camps’ forced closures for our 2020 summer season, this program is an excellent fit — we highly encourage all members to read up on the program’s criteria, and to connect with their primary financial institution if you believe it can help your situation.

  • Thanks to all those who’ve helped tap into their local MPs over the last several weeks — that help has led us to meetings where we’ve continued to add pressure on the issue of access to CEWS and CERS. We now have a follow-up request: Please reach out to influential individuals in your networks who could help reinforce our points on CEWS and CERS to government decision-makers in Ottawa. If you have a contact who you think could be both helpful and influential with the federal government, please let us know. Please know that your assistance with broadening our coalition is absolutely essential — it’s helped forge new connections in government, added ongoing pressure thanks to a persistent and consistent message, and led to tangible progress like the announcement of the HASCAP program. If you think you know someone who could be helpful, please let us know.

  • We’re continuing to connect with MPs across party lines on greater access to CEWS and CERS. We’re looking forward to sharing further updates on this soon.

Join the CCA – Advocacy and Government Relations Committee

The Canadian Camping Association is looking for passionate and enthusiastic volunteers with experience in, advocacy, governance in the realm of outdoor education and camping. We are looking to expand the Advocacy and Government Relations Committee by 3 individuals to meet the increased needs in supporting federal advocacy during this unique time and beyond.

If you are interested here is more information about the current work of the committee:

Click here to submit your application and if you have any other question please don’t hesitate to reach out to Mark Diamond, Chair of the CCA Advocacy and Government Relations Committee, at

The deadline to apply is Friday, February 12, 2021.


February 2, 2021 

  • Last week, Prime Minister Trudeau and Minister Mary Ng officially launched HASCAP — the Highly Affected Sector Credit Availability Program, which was outlined in the federal government’s Fall Economic Statement late last year, and has been highly-awaited since. As you know, the CCA has been lobbying the government, specifically calling for extra help for seasonal operations like ours given we’ve been hit more heavily and haven’t had consistent access to government support. Our political contacts have told us those efforts are directly linked to the creation of this program. We were also invited to a stakeholders call last week for a detailed briefing on the program — and we’re reaching out this week to explore the possibility of a tailored briefing call specifically for CCA members across the country. Applications for HASCAP are open as of yesterday, February 1. Please see here for further details on the program from the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC), including a list of frequently asked questions. We strongly encourage all CCA members to look at this program very closely — it’s very likely to help many of those in need. 

  • Our outreach to government contacts on the CEWS and CERS programs continues in earnest: We’re working hard to push for better access to the RRRF, and we’re also coordinating with the Department of Canadian Heritage to learn more about their programming in case it could be of assistance.

  • We’re currently coordinating for meetings with a senior cabinet minister, and several key Members of Parliament. We’ve achieved wins like the creation of the HASCAP program — and landed the related meetings — specifically thanks to your outreach to MPs, so let’s keep it up! If you haven’t reached out to your local MP yet, please do — and don’t be shy about asking for our help if you need it.

Join the CCA – Advocacy and Government Relations Committee

The Canadian Camping Association is looking for passionate and enthusiastic volunteers with experience in, advocacy, governance in the realm of outdoor education and camping. We are looking to expand the Advocacy and Government Relations Committee by 3 individuals to meet the increased needs in supporting federal advocacy during this unique time and beyond.

If you are interested here is more information about the current work of the committee:

Click here to submit your application and if you have any other question please don’t hesitate to reach out to Mark Diamond, Chair of the CCA Advocacy and Government Relations Committee, at

The deadline to apply is Friday, February 12, 2021. 


January 26, 2021 

  • Last week, we spoke with officials at Finance Canada — the specific group of people who are responsible for running the CEWS and CERS programs and for giving advice to the political decision-makers about any adjustments to them. We’ve collected useful intelligence from them about how changes could be made, and we’re using that insight to reach back out to political leaders — from across party lines — to push for changes to the programs. This will take a full court press from everyone — and on that note…
  • Outreach to MPs has continued, pressing them for help in changing the roadblocks we’re facing with the CEWS and CERS programs. Thanks to all of those who’ve stepped up to date and sent messages to local MPs — it’s making a difference. In fact: one of those messages helped us land a meeting with Minister Carolyn Bennett, which took place on Friday. If you haven’t yet sent a message, please do so ASAP!
  • We’re continuing to work to find a time to speak with officials at the Department of Canadian Heritage. We’ll share more on this as soon as the meeting takes place.
  • Join the CCA – Advocacy and Government Relations Committee

    The Canadian Camping Association is looking for passionate and enthusiastic volunteers with experience in, advocacy, governance in the realm of outdoor education and camping. We are looking to expand the Advocacy and Government Relations Committee by 3 individuals to meet the increased needs in supporting federal advocacy during this unique time and beyond.

    If you are interested here is more information about the current work of the committee:

    Click here to submit your application and if you have any other question please don’t hesitate to reach out to Mark Diamond, Chair of the CCA Advocacy and Government Relations Committee, at

January 12, 2021 

  • Two sets of meetings between camps and Regional Development Agency(RDA) officials took place in late December. Those discussions about program access led us to connect directly with the senior leaders at both FedNor and FedDev (the two Ontario RDAs) about RRRF funding. While there are more details to be worked out, we’ve received an encouraging signal about RRRF access that may help certain camps. There will be more to follow on this ASAP. We’re also continuing our dialogue with our RDA contacts.
  • Immediately before the holidays, contact was made with a Senior Policy Advisor in Minister Freeland’s office at the Department of Finance for a discussion on how the CEWS/CERS eligibility criteria are posing barriers preventing camps’ access to the programs. We were told that Minister Freeland’s office is very aware of the issue (takeaway: our outreach to MPs has been working), and that they’ve also received a broad range of feedback on other parts of the programs from stakeholders. We’ve gathered that they’ve been conducting ongoing reviews of all COVID-19 response programs, and that this is one angle amongst several others that’s being looked in to. Our policy contact has offered to connect us with pertinent Department of Finance officials so that we can arrange a conversation with them about the matter — this is being worked on now.
  • Our outreach to MPs has continued, and will keep going this week. If you have yet to contact your local MP to pass along our message, please reach out to us — we’d be happy to lend a hand so that your voice — and our case — is heard in Ottawa.

December 15, 2020 

  • Final preparations were concluded for meetings scheduled between two groups of CCA camps and key officials from the federal Regional Development Agencies. Both are scheduled to take place in the coming days. We’re looking forward to sharing more on this once the meetings are concluded.
  • Outreach to Members of Parliament, encompassing political leaders from all parties, continued in earnest, with fresh waves of emails and phone calls going out to representatives clear across the country. Outreach from the week before also resulted in new developments including an instructive and insightful phone call with Parliamentary Secretary and Liberal Member of Parliament Adam Vaughan, as well as a message on our behalf being sent directly to Minister of Finance Chrystia Freeland via Conservative Member of Parliament Karen Vecchio. In tandem, our own direct outreach continued to the Prime Minister’s Office and the office of the Deputy PM and Minister of Finance.
  • Meetings were held with two like-minded stakeholder groups,  the Tourism Industry Association of Canada and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce,  which have been advocating on behalf of their members and engaging with the federal government on relief efforts and programs. The meetings allowed us to share intelligence, swap best practices on our approaches, and find areas where we could reinforce one another’s pints in order to generate some further progress.

This is the final CCA Update for 2020 - thank you for your support, and have a happy, safe holiday! See you again in 2021. 

Our National Lobbying Efforts 
December 1, 2020 

  • Preparation meetings were held to ensure the CCA team is ready for our next engagement with the office of the Honnourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages, and with supporting public services officials. We also continue to push hard on the eligibility criteria for COVID-19 support programs. We look forward to keeping you in the loop as this develops further.
  • The CCA continues to explore opportunities to build support, interest, and the overall profile for Canada’s camps by telling our sector’s story through the media. This is a delicate balance, since we’re ultimately looking to gain government support. An overly-critical media story that inadvertently creates embarrassment with decision-makers in Ottawa could risk setting back our advocacy work — so we’re approaching these carefully, while also ensuring we take the best possible advantage of the incredible networks we all have to push our cause forward. We’ll be keeping in touch with media so that we don’t miss any opportunities, and may connect with some of you for even more assistance tapping into your own local media relationships.
  • Our sector recently came up on the floor of the House of Commons during Question Period, thanks to a question from Conservative MP Scott Aitchison. Mr. Aitchison also posted about it on social media, which we then amplified through our own channels. You can read Mr. Aitchison’s exchange with Toronto-area Liberal MP/ Parliamentary Secretary Adam Vaughan online here, and watch it here (starting at the 36:45 mark).
  • Last week, the date of the federal government’s 2020 Fall Economic Statement was announced: Monday, November 28. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Chrystia Freeland’s update — which is intended to cover (1) what’s been spent on COVID-19 support to date, (2) what more related support is coming, and (3) what’s planned for the recovery period — will reviewed very closely by both the CCA and our agency team at Proof Strategies to see what impact its contents is expected to have on camps across Canada.

November 24, 2020 

Our National Lobbying Efforts 

  • We’ve been working hard over the last week to arrange a new round of deep, focused discussions with staff in the office of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages, about access to relief support. We’re making progress, and there will be more updates to come.
  • On a parallel track, we continue to push for a follow-up conversation with our key contacts in the Prime Minister’s Office and in the office of Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Chrystia Freeland. While the government’s promise to extend the CEWS and CERS programs has been delivered through fast-tracked legislation, the eligibility criteria continue to pose challenges for our seasonal sector. This is an angle we’ve been pressing on for many weeks now. We’ve identified windows to influence changes, which could include the immediate follow-up legislation that Minister Freeland has already said is coming, and will be exploring all of those options in an effort to get this addressed.
  • We need to continue keeping our sector top of mind with decision-makers in Ottawa. To all our members: if you haven’t yet sent a letter to your MP, please do so - the messages that have been received have helped ensure steady pressure and visibility with federal leaders (we’ve been hearing about it). If you need a copy of the template letter and delivery instructions, please email me at

November 17, 2020 

Our National Lobbying Efforts 

  • There’s been some encouraging follow-up discussion on our file with key contacts in the office of Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages. Over the coming days, we’ll be closely focused on keeping that dialogue going, and will be sure to share further updates on any movement.
  • Larry Maguire, the Conservative MP for the Manitoba riding of Brandon-Souris, raised the issue of saving camps on the floor of the House of Commons recently. The question generated a response from key Liberal cabinet Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry. A high-profile public exchange like this in Parliament is important, since it immediately kicks off additional attention from the ministers responsible for the file, the relevant staffers in their offices and the corresponding public servants who support on it in the department. Big thanks and congratulations to CCA members in Manitoba who played an instrumental role in spurring that respectful exchange into reality. You can watch the clip of the exchange in the House of Commons here.
  • Camps and supporters across the country have continued to share their support with Members of Parliament from all parties — and we’re hearing positive feedback about that outreach from our key contacts. Thanks to all of you who are stepping up, making your voices heard and helping to keep our needs top of mind with representatives in Ottawa. It’s making a difference — please keep it up!


November 5, 2020 

Here is the presentation that was sent and discussed during our last PMO conversation. 

October 6, 2020 


The recent introduction of a new Speech From the Throne — combined with the precarious minority Parliament and shifting polling numbers — has forced the federal Liberal government to focus on an urgent need: securing the support needed to keep the government alive and avoid an election. With the NDP recently indicating they’re prepared to lend their support, the pressure appears be subsiding. The government appears to be shifting out of the political survival time zone where it had been operating, to once again focus on the same priority shared by governments across the country: helping Canadians sustain through COVID-19 and come out the other side.

The priority next step in the CCA outreach plan has been engaging with the office of Minister of Finance, Chrystia Freeland. This has been on hold because her team of staff — and the corresponding responsibility for the CCA file — has not been confirmed since she was shuffled into the post a few weeks ago. For context: Senior political staff in other offices have held off on their own engagement until counterparts are confirmed in Freeland’s office. The staffing situation is being watched closely, and action will be taken as soon as a contact is confirmed in Freeland’s office. In the meantime, discussions with other elected politicians and their staff have continued, in order to help keep the CCA top of mind.

CCA has been conducting research internally to inform the positioning of a potential supplementary letter to Minister Freeland on the wage subsidy. The letter would be intended to outline how changes to the wage subsidy program could support the CCA. Once the research is complete, CCA and Proof Strategies will be reconvening to confirm the way ahead on this tactic.

Today (Friday, October 2nd) Minister of Economic Development Mélanie Joly announced an additional $600 million in funding to support small- and medium sized businesses through the Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF). Work has begun to identify whether some of these funds could be accessed by the CCA.

From conversations our team has been having with key contacts in Government, it’s been suggested that whatever form an economic update may come in (Budget, Economic Snapshot, etc.) we may not see it until November.

Stéphane Richard

August 25, 2020 

Recent message from : 

Stéphane Richard

Pronouns: he/him/his

President, Canadian Camping Association

It has been a few weeks since our last update and we have had quite some movement over the last few weeks and we can’t thank you enough for all of the PCA’s support on all of the work provincially. We are getting closer and closer but we still need your push and support as the next few weeks could be critical times for us:

The Strategy

Since we have been with Proof, they had a direct strategy for us and over the last 6-7 weeks the push was on getting media attention, social media reactions and for local camps, parents and staff to raise the issue with provincial and federal government. This entire move was to help us build a foundation of recognition and public awareness to leverage in our conversation. The below two articles are examples (a few of many) of the coverage that we have been able to use;

Globe and Mail:

CTV National:

The Results:

Since these have come out, we have used these to do a strong push and here are some of the results and initiative;

With the help of Proof we have finally broken through to the PMO (Prime Minister’s Office) and they have reached out to schedule a meeting with us, we do not have a date but we are anticipating late next week. This meeting will be key to assure that they understand our challenges, the current gaps within Gov programs and our ask. We also believe this meeting could lead to the PMO assigning a specific ministry with our portfolio (which has been a challenge to date).

A week ago we sent letters requesting support to key critics from each opposition parties, as we know, if anything is to be moved by Government in the house it has to have by-partisan support. Since this we have gotten a great letter from an NDP critic and have two meetings set up in the upcoming week with the Conservative and NDP critics. (I have attached the NDP letter – for your eyes only)

We have been able to have meetings with key liberal MPs that are caucus chairs for the variety of different caucuses out there, the hope here is that as we inform them on the issue we are asking that they bring this up to their specific caucus for their support and with the intent and purpose for the caucus to bring it up at the next national caucus meeting. We believe that if 2-3 specific caucuses bring this up at the national meeting it will get the attention it needs and that key ministers will have more pressure to deal/hear our concern and ask.

We have also been meeting with folks from the Regional Development Agencies (RDA) that work under Minister Joly and have also met with Director within the Tourism portfolio. All of these meetings have been beneficial in educated and gaining internal bureaucratic support for the issue to be reported back to the ministers. There is still no direct programs we are immediate needs but it does seem that in conversation a lot of camps could benefit from some support from local RDA with the recovery process.

Also as all of you have been aware there has been movement and changes in the federal cabinet level, although we recognize that WE Scandal has caused a significant distraction over the last few weeks but this recent change will allow to reach out to a few new individual to bring up our issues in a different matter and we believe there may be better traction here than in the past

Finally, there have been recent changes to CERB click here and CEWS click here . I have attached resources click here  to help review the changes. 


What do we need next from your PCA:

Sorry for the ongoing homework but in order to continue with this progress we need your continuous help and support!

The biggest item that we will need your help on is we will be launching a national survey through Proof in order to get the specific information that we have been asked in many of our conversation. We know a lot of you have done provincial survey but since these have been requested at different times and with different question it has still been difficult to assess the true need of camps. The other part of the survey is information that has been requested of us in regards to feedback on current available programs. The information we are asking is absolutely critical and we will be taking a heavy-handed approach meaning that if camps are interested in getting any government financial support (if we are successful) they will have needed to fill out this survey as if not we will have to assume they do not require any additional aid. Here are the specific items that we need from all of you;

  • We need you to keep pushing camps, parents and staff to reach out to their MP with the save message about Saving Canadian Camps. We would also like that you now ask them to include a message to their MP a long the line of “We need you to bring up this issue at your next caucus meeting”. This goes for Liberal, Conservative, NDP, Green, BQ representatives.
  • Share media stories as they come out and send them to us or tag us so we can re-tweet, use the #SaveCanadianCamps and #ThanksToCamp. If there is a good local article about our challenges as a PCA take the link and send it to the local MP in that riding to keep demonstrating our point.

July 28, 2020 

Most recent Message from 

Lora Pillipow

Deputy Minister

Culture, Multiculturalism and Status of Women

I am writing to advise nonprofit organizations of the availability of the Small and Medium Enterprise Relaunch Grant. The Enterprise Relaunch Grant will offer financial assistance to Alberta businesses, cooperatives, and nonprofit organizations that faced restrictions or closures from public health orders, and experienced a revenue loss of at least 50 per cent due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Government of Alberta has committed up to $200 million in funding for this program.

This relief for businesses and nonprofits can be used to offset the costs they are facing as they reopen their doors. This includes the costs of implementing measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, such as physical barriers, Personal Protective Equipment and cleaning supplies, as well as rent, employee wages, replacing inventory and more.

To be eligible, small and medium-sized businesses, cooperatives and nonprofits must have 500 or fewer employees. Eligible organizations can apply for 15 per cent of their pre-COVID-19 revenue, up to a maximum of $5,000 in funding through this program. Application intake opened on June 29, 2020, and will remain open until August 31, 2020, or for four weeks following the start of Stage Three of Alberta’s Relaunch Strategy – whichever is later.

Program guidelines and application information, including a step-by-step guide on how to apply, is available online through the program website at In order to reach as many nonprofit organizations as possible that may benefit from this assistance, I would encourage you to share this information through your networks and newsletters.

Lora Pillipow

Deputy Minister

Culture, Multiculturalism and Status of Women


July 13, 2020 

This update from the Minister Culture Multiculturalism and Status of Women 

As a registered organization that owns or operates an overnight camp facility, I wanted to reach out regarding the Community Initiatives Program (CIP) Overnight Camps (for Children and Youth) Facility Overhead Funding announced on June 18, 2020.

The Government of Alberta has developed the Overnight Camps (Children and Youth) Facility Overhead Funding Program to support nonprofit organizations that operate overnight children and youth camps with facility overhead costs by providing one-time funding to help offset the impacts of these facilities not being able to operate this year. Your organization may be eligible to receive this grant. 


If you would like see more information, as well as the application on this available funding, please click here. Please find attached the application for your convenience as well as a fact sheet on the program. When submitting your application please ensure all necessary information is included before submitting to     (note the deadline of August 31, 2020). 


If you have any questions, please contact the Community Grants Office at 1‑800‑642‑3855.


Leela Sharon Aheer


Culture, Multiculturalism and Status of Women


June 9, 2020 

The Province releases updated Guidance for Day Camps Click here for details 

June 2, 2020 

Advocacy update from the CCA 

  • On Sunday we sent out to 14 Ministers and their deputy ministers a letter requesting financial relief help to support the camping sector (attached you find the letter to Morneau, they were all personalize to the Ministers).
  • Over a week ago we have sent a letter to the MP Kody Blois the chair of the liberal rural caucus, identifying the impact that camps, specifically overnight camps, have on the rural economy. I we have requested a meeting with MP Blois and are hoping to be able to speak with the rural caucus directly. As we can get support from this group and they can lend their voice to the national caucus, it will certainly help push our case. (attached is the letter to MP Blois)
  • We have continued meeting with MPs across Canada over the last 2 weeks we have met with MPs from Ontario and Saskatchewan and are getting great recommendations of approach that are helping firm up our strategies. Through this meeting we have been able to build a relationship with Liberal MP William Amos which has a long history with camps and is a great supporter and has identified helping us as much as possible and will share our message when able to with the liberal ministers and caucus members.
  • Also over the last few weeks since some of the announcements have come down we have seen a lot of media coverage by us.

May 27, 2020 

Online Camp Best Practices 

May 22, 2020 

FIRESIDE CHAT - Zoom Meeting CANCELLED for today ( Friday May 22) folks, we will keep you updated about Next Week.

May 19, 2020 

Update from the Canadian Camping Association

Here is more information that was announced last Friday that will have an impact on some of the programs that are being utilized by a lot of our camps so please share to the memberships;

The Prime Minister and his colleagues sent a strong message today that the Canadian economy needs support beyond what has already been put in place. Accordingly, the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) is extended by an additional 12 weeks to August 29, 2020:

Finance Minister Morneau will be consulting with industry and labour groups regarding whether the 30% threshold that triggers the subsidy should be changed. This consultation provides a new avenue for the CCA to deliver its message about the CEWS.

The government also announced extended eligibility to the subsidy to the following groups:

Partnerships that are up to 50-per-cent owned by non-eligible members;Indigenous government-owned corporations that are carrying on a business, as well as partnerships where the partners are Indigenous governments and eligible employers;  Registered Canadian Amateur Athletic Associations;Registered Journalism Organizations; andNon-public colleges and schools, including institutions that offer specialized services, such as arts schools, driving schools, language schools or flight schools. 

The government also intends to propose legislative amendments to ensure that the CEWS continues to meet its objectives. These proposed amendments would:

Provide flexibility for employers of existing employees who were not regularly employed in early 2020, such as seasonal employees;Ensure that the CEWS applies appropriately to corporations formed on the amalgamation of two predecessor corporations andBetter align the treatment of trusts and corporations for the purpose of determining CEWS eligibility.

The government is also extending the payment of benefits (GST/HST Credit and CCB) for those who have not filed their taxes by 3 months, until the end of September 2020:

The hiring period for Canada Summer Jobs also opened today:

 May 11, 2020 

The Provincial Government releases Guidelines to reopen - pertaining to Day Camps 

Click here for details 

May 11, 2020 

Update from the Canadian Camping Association 

Yesterday was a big day for the camping sector as we were mentioned by an MP directly in parliament about the challenges that we are facing, if you have seen it here is the link:

This means that our letter-writing campaign has had traction, I have had about 3-4 specific calls and exchanges with MP since the letter have gone out. I will ask that as I PCA that you once again reiterate the importance that camps send these letters to their MP’s the reality is the more noise we can make with the MP’s directly the more we can increase our chances to be part of bigger conversation. Also strongly encourage camps to reach out to me if they want as I am willing to jump into as many MP conversation that we are invited to.

This week we were also able to have quick conversation with the director of policies from Minister Fortier, Associate Minister of Finance but this was more of conversation about they have acknowledged our request and letters but we will continue to push for being part of more discussions.

In regards to our request with the two standing committee – INDU and HUMA we have heard that they have received our letters of request but we have not heard anything else at this time. This week one of the MP that we were able to connect with is a member of the INDU committee and mentioned that they would do their best to mention to colleagues about having us testify (either by or self or as part of a larger panel).

The next few weeks we will continue to focus on attending as many meetings with MP as we are invited too, we will follow up from the above link to ask Minister Fortier about the direct mention of a meeting with us and we will reach out to more members of each committee with the hope of having more conversation and increasing our chance in testifying in front of these standing committees.

I have also had conversation with the Executive Director of Outward Bound Canada and they have asked their lobbying firm to also add pressure to our conversation and have supported our letters, also the ICF president, Jorgi has sent key letters to MP and Minister supporting our letter and our request as well. We are certainly seeing movements and this seems to be growing let’s all keep pushing.

Here are a few other important updates that has been come to us as of yesterday so the advocacy group will be meeting next week to speak specifically about possible strategies regarding these announcements:

Prime Minister Trudeau sent a strong signal today that the federal government views the pandemic as having economic consequences requiring additional support extending beyond the expiration date of an important program.  Today, he announced that the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) will be extended past its June deadline. Details of the extension remain to be determined; they are expected within the next few days. We will send the details out to you as soon as we can.

As a helpful summary, the federal government has released an updated backgrounder on their supports to businesses. The document highlights that :

  • as of May 6, 2020, 7.72 million Canadians have accessed the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB), and $28.82 billion in benefits have been paid out.
  • since the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) launched last week, employers have applied for subsidies for over 1.7 million workers.
  • as of May 7, 564,000 applicants have been approved for Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) for a total of $21.8 billion in cumulative funds disbursed. 

Industry Minister Navdeep Bains also announced the new Industry Strategy Council, chaired by Monique Leroux. This Council will serve as an advisory board to assess the scope and depth of COVID-19’s impact on industries and inform government’s understanding of specific sectoral pressures.  Members of the Council will be announced in the coming days.

Canadian Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault announced further details regarding the Government of Canada’s April 17 announcement of temporary relief measures to support the culture, heritage and sport sectors. A total of up to $500 million has been set aside to help alleviate the financial pressures of affected organizations.

Yesterday, the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) issued an update on their response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The update summarizes the assistance they are delivering to communities across the country.  Of note, members of the CAF are now serving in long-term care homes in the hardest hit provinces of Quebec and Ontario. Defence Minister Sajjan told the media yesterday that this support can only be temporary, given the normal duties of the CAF; he thought that one month would be realistic.

May 8,, 2020 

An Update Regarding Alberta’s Relaunch and Camps

Following the announcement of the Alberta Government’s ‘Opening Soon’ relaunch strategy on April 30th, 2020, the Alberta Camping Association is moving to align with provincial guidelines. The ACA supports all camp professionals and understands that some organizations will be able to provide safe in person programming during the 2020 summer. Each camp should make the decision best for their individual circumstances.

The Alberta Camping Association (ACA) is closely monitoring all guidelines released by the Alberta Government, Alberta Health Services, and other relevant organizations across Canada. The ACA is advocating for camping professionals and their organizations by meeting with ministers, attending town halls and working with the Canadian Camping Association. The ACA would like to thank members and the wider camping community for their patience and communication during this time. 

Summer Programs
Information on how some camps may operate in stage one was provided during the provincial government town hall on May 4th, 2020. Day camps will be allowed to operate with restrictions, while no specific information has been released regarding the operation of overnight camps. Ministers and health officials spoke specifically of only day camps. The Alberta Camping Association has contacted the provincial government for clarification. 

Best Practice Guidelines

The Alberta Camping Association has formally begun the process of creating best practice guidelines for camps operating in person programs during the 2020 summer season and for those operating virtual programs. In the interim, please visit for general workplace guidelines in stage one.

Thank you for your hard work during this difficult time.
Yours in Camping,

April 29, 2020 

An Announcement Regarding Summer Programs & COVID-19 from the ACA 

Summer Programs

Following the announcement by the Alberta Chief Medical Officer on April 23rd, 2020 stating that gathering and physical distancing restrictions apply to all summer events, it is the view of the Alberta Camping Association that any in-person programming taking place in the summer of 2020 will not provide the safe and positive experiences expected by families and our standards. The Alberta Camping Association (ACA) now recommends that no in-person summer programs take place in 2020. While we understand that the ACA has no control over these decisions at individual camps, we exist to support camp professionals and the promotion of camp as a positive life experience for all. 


Following the formal recommendation from the Alberta Camping Association that no in-person summer programs take place, it has been decided that the Alberta Camping Association will not be conducting accreditation visits in 2020. All accreditation periods will be extended by one year. New members will also receive a one-year extension to their pending status. 


The Alberta Camping Association fully understands the impact that restrictions related to COVID-19 are having on our community. We are committed to supporting camp professionals and organizations during this time. The Fireside Chat series will continue every Friday on Zoom at 11am MST. Topics will include education sessions such as social media and business practice, as well as digital provincial forums to allow camp professionals to discuss topics relevant to their needs. The ACA is constantly releasing updates via our website and social media, for more information and support, please contact

Thank you for your hard work during this difficult time.
Yours in Camping,

Wesley Burns
President, Alberta Camping Association


April 24, 2020 

Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy 

As a Canadian employer whose business has been affected by COVID-19, you may be eligible for a subsidy of 75% of employee wages for up to 12 weeks, retroactive from March 15, 2020, to June 6, 2020.

This wage subsidy will enable you to re-hire workers previously laid off as a result of COVID-19, help prevent further job losses, and better position you to resume normal operations following the crisis.


Changes to Canada Summer Jobs announced this week 

In response to the COVID-19 situation, the following flexibilities have been introduced to respond to the needs of employers and youth.


Canada Is Giving $1,000-$5,000 To Students Who Volunteer In The Fight Against COVID-19


April 23 , 2020 

Back Check 

Q&As for  camps who may be moving forward with a partial summer and in need of their services. Click here 

April 22, 2020 

Canada Summer Jobs - Response 

Service Canada will be informing Employers the status of applications starting in May 2020. Please monitor the email address associated to the submitted CSJ 2020 application as this is where the Notice of Approval will be sent.  Applications are in the Assessment Phase at this time therefore, once funding has been established any changes to CSJ applications will be reorganized at that time.

Thank you for your patience.

April 15, 2020 

Update from our Provincial Funding Partner 

the Senior Recreation Advisor

For Sport, Physical Activity and Recreation Branch

"There has been no indication, there will be any type of blanket statement from the province indicating when things will open up again. The biggest message being delivered is social distancing and staying home. We are providing all of our groups the most relevant information during this crisis.  As for now there are not gathering in any capacity and no time limit has been provided at this time."

Advocacy update from the CCA 

 Quick update on the federal advocacy efforts.

This week we have 3 meetings schedule with different ministries to discuss the letter sent out to the minister. We will also continue to reach out to gain more meetings over the next weeks as well. The key meeting we are trying to gain in is with the Ministry of Finances and I will keep you posted as these develop and if we are able to meet with the Ministry of Finance.

Tactix has informed us that the House of Commons Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities, and the House of Commons Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology, will hold virtual meetings weekly to focus on hearing stakeholders regarding COVID-19. This provides the CCA with a great opportunity to put its case for support in front of the MPs serving on each of these committees. We will be modifying the letters sent and submit our request to the two standing committee in the next days and request time to present our case in front of the committee.

In our conversation with Tactix we also discuss suggested provincial approaches:

At this time they recommend reaching out to your Department of Recreation, Education and other that camps may fall under but they also suggested that we reach out to the provincial Ministry of Tourism. We may not fall under this ministry but since they are also large in the seasonal business we may have similarities that are worth discussing.We also recommend that you reach out about property tax and any other provincial taxes to see about discarded for this year or deferred.

 Tactix has also sent us an email detailing new details about the Canada Summer Job program and we strongly recommend that you share this with your members, as the deadline has been extended and the amount to be distributed has increase. This can help for our industry to continue supporting student employment as well and keep a core team to help with alternative program design. Details below from Tactix, about Canada Summer Jobs update .

Reminder for ALL CAMPS to send out a letter to their MP's, and MLA's in their areas. 

Tools for planning for a different Summer 

Changes to Canada Summer Jobs program to help businesses and young Canadians affected by COVID-19

The Government of Canada is taking unprecedented action to support workers, businesses, and all Canadians impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Right now, young people are facing serious challenges finding work. To build the foundations of strong communities, we need a strong workforce that includes good job opportunities for youth. That is why the government is working to help employers adapt to the realities of COVID-19, and supporting young Canadians as they begin to look for summer employment.  

Today, the Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, announced temporary changes to the Canada Summer Jobs program that will help employers hire summer staff and provide young Canadians access to the jobs they need during this unprecedented time. This program will help create up to 70,000 jobs for youth between 15 and 30 years of age.

Canada’s small businesses increasingly depend on the employment of young Canadians. The changes to the Canada Summer Jobs program will help small businesses hire and keep the workers they need so they can continue to deliver essential services.

The temporary changes to the program for this year include:

  • an increase to the wage subsidy, so that private and public sector employers can also receive up to 100 per cent of the provincial or territorial minimum hourly wage for each employee
  • an extension to the end date for employment to February 28, 2021
  • allowing employers to adapt their projects and job activities to support essential services
  • allowing employers to hire staff on a part-time basis

These changes will help youth stay connected to the labour market, save money for their future, and find quality jobs in safe, inclusive, and healthy work environments.

Today’s announcement builds on the government’s action taken for young Canadians during this crisis. This includes a six-month, interest-free moratorium on Canada Student Loans, and a 75 per cent wage subsidy for businesses that will help more employers keep part-time employees and workers over the coming months. Despite these important steps, there is still more to do for students and young Canadians. The Government of Canada will continue to look for ways to support all Canadians, including students and young people, as we weather this pandemic together.

The Canada Summer Jobs program provides opportunities for youth to develop and improve their skills within the not-for-profit, small business, and public sectors, and supports the delivery of key community services. By adapting the program this year, the Government of Canada is making sure that we have the resources needed to support Canadian workers, businesses, and communities dealing with the social and economic impacts of COVID-19.


“Small businesses and community organizations are the backbone of our economy, and a critical lifeline for communities across this country. They are facing economic hardship and unprecedented service demands during the COVID-19 pandemic, and that is why we are taking action now to get them the financial help they need to keep their doors open and support their communities.”

The Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada

“In these extraordinary times, we realize the impacts small businesses, not-for-profit organizations, and public sector employers have on our economy and our communities. Our role is to support them. This is why the Government of Canada has made changes to the Canada Summer Jobs program, so that we can help employers help their communities through good quality, safe job placements for youth.”

The Hon. Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion

Quick Facts

  • The changes to the Canada Summer Jobs program complement the Government of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan, which committed $107 billion in support to Canadians and businesses facing hardship as a result of COVID-19.
  • The Canada Summer Jobs call for applications for the 2020 season closed on February 28, 2020. In response to the economic impacts created by the COVID-19 situation, we will work with Members of Parliament to identify organizations that provide essential services in the community and could provide youth jobs but did not apply for the Canada Summer Jobs program in 2020.
  • The Government of Canada has earmarked $263 million in funding for the Canada Summer Jobs program in 2020. This funding will help create up to 70,000 jobs for youth between 15 and 30 years of age, and we will be working with employers to explore work options that reflect the latest public health advice.
  • Job placements could begin as early as May 11, 2020, and end as late as February 28, 2021.
  • Youth will be able to search for jobs available in their communities through the Job Bank website and app.
  • In previous years, private and public sector employers were only eligible to receive a wage subsidy of up to 50 per cent of the provincial or territorial minimum wage. The increase to the wage subsidy for private and public sector employers will be for this year only.

Associated Links


April 9

ATB has now launched the enrollment process for our business and not-for-profit customers looking to receive funding from the federal government’s Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA).

What it is

CEBA is designed specifically to help small and medium sized businesses access the money they need to keep their business in business. It will provide interest-free loans of up to $40,000 for businesses and not-for-profits to help cover non-deferrable operating costs such as payroll, rent, utilities, insurance, property tax and regularly scheduled debt service. If you are able to repay your loan in full by December 21, 2022, you will receive a 25 per cent loan forgiveness (up to $10,000).

Click Here for more information 

April 8

COVID‑19 Government Supports & Resources for Charities

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to leave a devastating mark on the Canadian economy, the associated ripple effects continue to significantly impact the charitable sector.

In recent weeks, the Federal and Provincial governments have announced several measures and programs to assist Canadians, businesses, and charities impacted by COVID-19. Your organization and staff may be eligible to receive support and funding from the government through special programs developed in response to the global pandemic.

We have put together a handy guide so you can stay easily informed on what’s available for your charity.

Read on for more information on how to access these supports, as well as additional resources to help you navigate through these uncertain times.

A Charity’s Guide to Canada's COVID‑19 Governmental Supports and Programs



This article outlines the measures undertaken by the Canadian Federal and Provincial governments in response to the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the employment supports available to Canada’s charitable sector.



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April 1

ATB - Supports Business

Update from the CCA 

At this time the CCA is working on; 

A letter has been developed working with our advocacy committee and with Tactix that will go out to the majority of key ministers. We expected this to go out today or tomorrow at the latest and will share the final version.

From the above-mentioned letter, we are tweaking it for a similar version geared to go out to all of you and the camps to be sent to our local MP. Details of this will be shared and available shortly (at our next meeting).

We are meeting with Tactix on a weekly and bi-weekly basis to keep monitoring and to strategize next steps as the landscape changes.Jane McCutcheon, Travis Allison, Gabrielle Raill and myself are developing a small guide for camps in regard to the business and financial questions (suggestions) they should be asking themselves and speaking with their boards about with supporting business tools.

We hope to have this out in the next week to ten days.

March 31

COVID-19 Resource Kit for Employers

Resource Kit for Employers

March 30 

Update from 

Answers from AGLC and Government of Alberta, human resource supports, board meetings guide, and more.

Latest COVID-19 updates for the sector

Provincial & Federal Government Information

Alberta Health Services COVIC-19 Information and Resources

Alberta Government COVID-19 Updates

Alberta Government News Updates

Government of Canada, Public Health Agency

Government of Canada, Awareness Resources

Government of Canada updates 


Business Resources

1. Supporting Employers & Employees

Alberta Government Resources

Respiratory viruses and the workplace: OHS information for employers, supervisors and workers

Employment standards rules

Pandemic Business continuity planning (PDF, 319 KB)

WCB COVID-19 worker fact sheet (PDF, 57 KB)

WCB COVID-19 employer fact sheet (PDF, 70 KB)

POSTERS: Help Prevent the Spread

Federal Government Resources

Employment and Social Development Canada

Work-Sharing program - Employment and Social Development Canada: adjustment program designed to help employers and employees avoid layoffs when there is a temporary reduction in the normal level of business activity that is beyond the control of the employer. 

Under the federal government’s new Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP), Export Development Canada (EDC) and the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) can now provide more than $10 billion of additional financing to customers facing economic challenges caused by COVID-19.

The program, announced March 13, helps Canadian businesses in all sectors and regions gain access to credit through EDC, BDC and private sector lenders.

The Business Link - Resources for small businesses affected by COVID-19

Temporary Wage Subsidy for Employers – Revenue Canada FAQ for Small Business and MNP Tax Guidance

Federal business supports and programs filter and list webpage - Innovation, Science and Economic Development

CFIB Small Business Resources

Helpline to all business owners including non-CFIB members for advice on managing COVID-19 situations in the workplace. Call at 1-888-234-2232.

Keeping your employees safe - (Canadian Federation of Independent Business)

2. Business Preparedness

General Small Business Resources

Alberta Pandemic Preparedness checklist for business

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce Pandemic Preparedness website

Continuity Plan Toolkit for Entrepreneurs - Business Development Canada (BDC)

3. Business Travel and Events

Government of Canada, Travel Notices

Risk informed decision-making for mass gatherings - (Government of Canada)

4. Doing Business Internationally

COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions - (Export Development Canada)

COVID-19: Managing the impact on global supply chains - (Watch Webinar On demand)

Export Development Canada. For all customer inquiries:1-800-229-0575 or 

Employment Insurance (EI) sickness benefits provide up to 15 weeks of income replacement and is available to eligible claimants who are unable to work because of illness, injury or quarantine, to allow them time to restore their health and return to work. Canadians quarantined can apply for Employment Insurance (EI) sickness benefits.

If you are eligible, visit the EI sickness benefits page to apply.

Contact the new dedicated toll-free phone number if you are in quarantine and seeking to waive the one-week EI sickness benefits waiting period so you can be paid for the first week of your claim:
• Telephone: 1-833-381-2725 (toll-free)
• Teletypewriter (TTY): 1-800-529-3742

If you are experiencing symptoms such as cough, fever, difficulty breathing or you are in self-isolation or quarantine, do not visit or enter any Service Canada office. As an alternative, you may access our services online or by calling 1 800 O-Canada.

Mental Health and Coping

• 6 tips to respond to employee anxiety about COVID-19 (CMHA)
• Text4Hope: A tool supporting mental health and wellness in a time of stress and isolation.
HOW TO CONNECT: Text4Hope works with any cellphone. Text COVID19HOPE to 393939 to subscribe.

Social Services Support for COVID-19  - Funding Criteria