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.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
CANADIAN CAMPING ASSOCIATION | ACTIVITY UPDATE
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.
August 25, 2020
Recent message from :
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:
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;
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
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
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 www.alberta.ca/sme-relaunch-grant.aspx. 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.
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 LFP.email@example.com (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
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: https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/news/2020/05/government-extends-the-canada-emergency-wage-subsidy.html
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: https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/news/2020/05/benefits-payments-for-eligible-canadians-to-continue-until-fall-2020.html
The hiring period for Canada Summer Jobs also opened today: https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/news/2020/05/canada-summer-jobs-start-rolling-out-to-keep-young-people-working-during-covid-19.html
May 11, 2020
The Provincial Government releases Guidelines to reopen - pertaining to Day Camps
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: www.facebook.com/scotttheMP/
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.
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 https://www.alberta.ca/assets/
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your hard work during this difficult time.
Yours in Camping,
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
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.
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
- 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.
- Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
- Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan
- Prime Minister announces support for small businesses facing impacts of COVID‑19
- Canada Summer Jobs
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).
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.
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.
Leadership in Uncertain Times
In this panel discussion featuring sector experts, learn leadership tips, organizational health considerations, and HR best practices you need to know to lead successfully through these uncertain times.
Join the conversation with hundreds of your industry peers on the Canadian Charities Connect Facebook Group. Here you can discuss ideas and strategies for navigating the new challenges and opportunities created by the rapid digital transformation in the sector.
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.
COVID-19 Resource Kit for Employers
Answers from AGLC and Government of Alberta, human resource supports, board meetings guide, and more.
Provincial & Federal Government Information
1. Supporting Employers & Employees
Alberta Government Resources
Federal Government Resources
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
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
3. Business Travel and Events
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 email@example.com
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.