ACTA Urges Agents To Complete Survey Needed To Lobby For Financial Aid
Anna Kroupina, Open Jaw
ACTA says it continues to lobby for enhanced financial aid for travel agencies. To further its efforts, it urges agency managers and owners to complete a survey so it can impress upon government officials with facts and figures.
ACTA says it has had calls with senior officials from the Ministries of Transport and Small Business, and MPs working on special Committees connected to the Transport and Tourism departments.
"During these calls, ACTA has pointed out that some members have not been successful in accessing the current government financial aid programs. This is of interest to the government, however, they have asked ACTA for data," ACTA says.
To gather this data, ACTA sent a survey on 07MAY to travel agency owners and managers asking what federal government financial relief programs they have applied for and whether they were approved.
The deadline to complete the survey is 13MAY at 8 p.m. EST.
"ACTA needs this information to persuade the government that more help is needed," says the association.
ACTA has been lobbying the Prime Minister's office to extend the date of the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) program past its original end date of 06JUN, 2020. On 08MAY, its efforts were rewarded when the federal government announced it is extending CEWS to 30SEP, 2020.
However, as ACTA points out in its “ask” to government, the travel industry will experience a much longer lag in recovery. As such, ACTA says the travel sector will require the wage subsidy to be extended to the end of 2020.
More details on the extension will be announced this week.
The CECRA is expected to open this week. This program provides loans to commercial property owners who in turn will lower or forgo the rent of small businesses for the months of APR, MAY and JUN.
ACTA says it has identified "many" cases where landlords are not interested in participating in the program, even with provincial eviction bans in place.
ACTA says it is recommending that the federal government make the program available directly to the tenant, rather than rely on the willingness of the landlord.
"In daily calls with the federal government, this issue ranks of critical concern. ACTA will continue to lobby government on this point, as well as the fact that the travel industry will lag behind other industries in recovery and an extension of the program will be required," says ACTA in a news release.
Anna Kroupina Journalist
Anna is OJ's newest member and she joins the team as a writer/reporter. She co-writes the daily news and covers events. Although she's new to the industry, pursuing a career path in travel/tourism has been a goal since her first family road trip to the Florida Keys sparked a desire to discover the world and this exhilarating, fast-paced industry.
Cinnie Segsworth- May 12, 2020 @ 19:12
It would be much appreciated if ACTA could fight for IC's and relief other than CERB . Very difficult to find relief whereas owners of agencies are able to receive 75 percent relief for and take care of their salaried employees but not IC's that are commission based. Does not seem right
Audrey Chan- May 12, 2020 @ 17:25
Hi Would love to see if ACTA is doing anything for IC agents. CERB is running out soon and business is far from picking up.
Judith Coates- May 12, 2020 @ 16:49
Can you please be more clear in your headlines - this survey is for Agency Owners, not for Agents! I got halfway through the survey before I realized there were no questions directed to Agents.