Covid-19 Lobbying Response

Canada

The Canadian Camping Association (CCA) is working with Tactix Government Relations (an Ontario-based lobbying firm) to meet with several Federal Ministers on behalf of Canadian camps. So far, the CCA has arranged meetings with 7 different ministries.

The letter sent to The Honourable Melanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages from the Canadian Camping Association can be found here.

Canadian summer camps, as represented by the CCA, were one of the few industries requesting the extension of the CERB program to seasonal workers, which was announced last week. 

Lobbying for Federal Funding: Camper and Alumni Campaign

The Canadian Camping Association is working to advocate for financial sustainability supports for camps. Your camp can be a huge help in making sure this receives the attention it so deserves!

With overnight camps being closed for 2020 we are asking the Federal Government to provide a $120 million dollar grant to save the summer camp industry and preserve the experience for generations to come.

We ask you to please send the letters below to your campers' parents.

The first letter asks families to support a letter writing campaign and requests them to send a letter directly to the Finance Minister asking for financial assistance to help save the future of summer camps in Canada. Please free to change or augment the wording of the first letter to your parents as you see fit.

The second is the letter we are asking families to email to Minister Morneau. Our goal is to get these out as soon as possible - we are hoping to have 30,000 letters sent to the Finance Minister.

British Columbia

MAY 14, 2020-  A BLUEPRINT FOR OPENING OVERNIGHT SUMMER CAMPS was created to submit to Dr. Bonnie Henry this week. This 2-page summary outlined the Health & Safety considerations of operating overnight summer camps. One of the main intents of this document is to get official word on the possibility of camps running overnight programs.

APRIL 24, 2020- We received a response from Honourable Michelle Mungall, Minister of Jobs, Economic Development and Competitiveness after the initial letters went out from the BCCA. We have sent a follow-up letter which outlines changes to current government relief programs which would better suit the needs of summer camps at this time. 


BCCA Camps will receive information this week (April 27) regarding next steps for lobbying MLAs on behalf of their camps. Non-member camps interested in receiving a copy of the letter should contact info@bccamping.org.

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