The Association of Canadian Travel Agents (ACTA) on Tuesday called on its agency and agent members to help support its push for governmental support in its third advocacy campaign.
ACTA’s third campaign is pushing the Canadian Government to continue to support agencies and agents through specific business support initiatives lasting through the end of March 2021 including:
• CEWS - Continuation of the critical wage subsidy program at the 75% level
• CECRA – Continuation of the rent subsidy program and with 70% of Travel Agency property owners not willing to participate in the program, ACTA is strongly urging the federal government to amend the rent program and make it available to the tenant directly.
• CERB Transition to Adapted EI Program and New Canada Recovery Benefit – With travel agency revenues at less than 5%, and the number of travel agents on CERB at 80-90%, it is critical that these lifelines be continued.
• Sector Specific Loan / Grant Resources – the travel industry is in urgent need of Travel and Tourism Sector Specific loans/forgivable loans/grants that are interest free until 90 days after border restrictions are eased due to the industry’s booking/revenue collection patterns and that have a long-term amortization period for repayment (30 years).
• Tax Relief: Waive GST/HST payments.
ACTA is asking advisors to not only write to MPs but to follow-up and ask for a meeting and is providing a telephone script for its members to do so. That can be accessed here.
“ACTA really appreciates the help we have received from the industry over the past 6 months supporting our letter writing campaigns. However, we cannot let up, we need to keep the pressure on the government because our industry urgently needs continued assistance,” said Wendy Paradis, ACTA President.