Online petition launched to save Canadian RV parks

RICHMOND, British Columbia — The RV Dealers Association of Canada has joined a campaign to encourage people to sign an online petition to help save Canadian campgrounds for new burdensome taxes.

“We have been asking people to join our partner, Canadian Camping and RV Council (CCRVC), in their lobbying efforts with the federal government to address and resolve concerns regarding the tax interpretation/policy changes by Canada Revenue Agency last year which may potentially impact campgrounds who employ less than five full time employees year-round,” said Eleonore Hamm, president of RVDA Canada.

“In order to provide the best opportunity for success, we need to exert as much political pressure on all Canadian members of parliament (MPs), the minister of finance and the federal government as possible before the budget is released at the end of February/early March,” she added.

CCRVC has received tremendous support from a number of opposition MPs. The following have been very empathetic and have either met with CCRVC or raised the issue publicly at the House of Commons, Hamm explained.

  • Dan Albas (Kelowna)
  • Blake Richards (Banff-Calgary)
  • Ziad Aboultaif (Edmonton)
  • Cheryl Gallant (Nipissing)
  • Jamie Schmale (Haliburton)

“With this in mind, we asked you last month to contact your MP to discuss the impact of this unfair tax policy, to solicit and obtain your MPs’ support to discuss this directly with the Minister of Finance Bill Morneau,” she explained. “Ask your MP to recommend to the minister that campgrounds should be considered to be an ‘active’ business and included as such in the upcoming budget as recommended by the House of Commons Finance Committee in December. If you have yet to contact your MP, there is still time to do so.”

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To garner further support, the group developed an online petition for individuals across Canada to access and support.

“Completion takes only a few seconds. Since this movement is supported by a MP, the petition must be read in the House of Commons and we are hoping to get several thousand signatures before it is presented in the House of Commons some time in February,” said Hamm.

“We need to cast a very wide net in order to get as many supporters to this petition as possible. Please tell everyone that enjoys camping and RVing by sharing in person, and through social media,” she suggested.

For more information, contact Shane Devenish at 905.336.8969 or by email at info@ccrvc.ca.

SOURCE: RV Dealers Association of Canada press release

Greg Gerber

Greg Gerber

A journalist who has covered the recreation vehicle industry since January 2000, Greg Gerber founded RV Daily Report on April Fool's Day in 2009. He also serves as the editor of the publication and website. As an Eagle Scout, he has enjoyed camping for decades and has visited every state except Hawaii. A DODO -- Dad of Daughters Only -- to three young women, he has two grandchildren as well. He currently splits his time between Wisconsin, Texas and Arizona. Greg can be reached at editor@rvdailyreport.com.

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