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: info@albertacamping.com if you have links that you feel would assist our fellow Camp Members. 

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:   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 

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: www.facebook.com/scotttheMP/videos/600078787263889

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 https://www.alberta.ca/assets/documents/covid-19-workplace-guidance-for-business-owners.pdf 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. 

Accreditation

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. 

Support

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 info@albertacamping.com.

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.

Details 

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.

Details 

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

Article 

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.

Quotes

“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

 

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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.

READ NOW

 

 
Webinar Recording:
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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 tradeadvisor-conseiller@edc.ca 

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

-          https://www.alberta.ca/family-and-community-support-services-fcss-program.aspx#toc-3

-          https://www.alberta.ca/assets/documents/css-social-services-support-covid-19-funding.pdf