Dear CCA Camps,
I am contacting you on behalf of the Canadian Camping Association (CCA) Lobbying Committee.
We need your help. Recent changes to the federal Temporary Foreign Workers Program are making it extremely challenging for camps to hire American and International staff. Canadian camps have always taken pride in hiring mature, skilled individuals with a wide range of backgrounds and experiences. These staff help create a diverse, safe and caring culture within our camps ensuring that the highest of standards can be met. They often are campers who grew up in our camps as well. While camps prioritize hiring Canadians, our international staff fill gaps in our staffing that we are unable to fill with qualified Canadian applicants.
The recent elevated changes to the costs and logistics associated with bringing foreign workers into Canada will make it virtually impossible for some camps to hire them for this coming summer and in the future. The government originally was very supportive of our cause, but now has postponed scheduled meetings and is very slow to communicate with us and literally is not responding.
We are asking all CCA camps (regardless of whether or not your hire international staff) to help us by contacting any Conservative MP that you may know- either by sending a letter indicating your concern or by a phone call. If you do have any very close contacts or a personal relationship with Minister Alexander or any Conservative MP please contact Mark Diamond (firstname.lastname@example.org) so that he can determine the best way to communicate with such a person to help present our position.
Mark Diamond, Owner/Director | Camp Manitou
Hi CCA Membership,
We wanted to get in touch with a short-term, significant change to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program.
The government has recently announced a new ’employer compliance fee’ of $230 and a new required pre-application process for any organization that hires staff through an LMIA exemption. This includes camps who hire foreign workers through the Religious or Charitable LMIA Exempt work permit. Please refer to the following notice for further details: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/department/media/notices/2015-02-09.asp.
Despite our best efforts to connect with the government on this, we do not know if this fee will be per individual worker or just per employer. The fee does not come into effect until February 21st, 2015 and so your camp may want to submit your foreign worker applications before that time. The actual LMIA exempt work permit itself, that a foreign worker will pick up at the border/airport, is still fee-exempt.
By contacting the email addresses below (depending on where you are located), you will be able to receive the application information required to submit an assessment of your eligibility for the LMIA exemption.
Toronto (serving Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut)
Toronto Temporary Foreign Worker Unit
Montreal (serving Quebec, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, and Newfoundland and Labrador)
Montreal Temporary Foreign Worker Unit
The CCA government lobbying team will be back in Ottawa on February 20th to address this issue as well as continue to develop short and long term solutions for our industry. In the mean time, if we hear any definitive news on the $230 fee that does not make this action so pressing, we will be sure to let you know!
We may need your support in contacting the government regarding this matter, but we recommend waiting until further information is provided following next week’s meeting.