FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Burlington, Ontario, March 22nd, 2017
Despite having the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance including the recommendation to address the issue in their report to the Finance Minister, The Canadian Camping and RV Council (CCRVC) is extremely disappointed that the 2017 Federal budget did not include measures to protect our private campground members in Canada from potentially economically crippling and retroactive tax increases.
For over a year now, stakeholders of the Canadian Camping and RV Industry across Canada have urged relevant federal ministers to consider the negative impacts this will have on the thousands of families involved in providing camping facilities and the millions of Canadians who visit campgrounds on their vacations. Despite the vast majority of private campgrounds in Canada operating as seasonal, family owned businesses, the Canada Revenue Agency has sought to reclassify them as not being eligible to pay the same rate of corporate income tax as any other Canadian owned small business would, including motels.
“This government has continually reminded us that its focus has been on middle class Canadians” said Shane Devenish, CCRVC’s Executive Director. “But the irony here is that while private campgrounds offers an opportunity for middle-class families to spend time together, create life-long memories and discover Canada’s natural landscape, private campgrounds themselves are generally owned and operated by middle-class Canadians”
We are deeply disappointed by the Government of Canada’s inaction in the budget which now allow CRA to continue to retroactively tax mom and pop Canadian campgrounds to the breaking point. Seeking relief in the Federal Budget represented one opportunity available to our members but we remain committed to the issue and our continued dialogue with the Federal Government and CRA in order to reach a successful resolution.
About the Canadian Camping and RV Council
The Canadian Camping and RV Council is an Association comprised of Provincial Campground Associations, the Canadian Recreational Vehicle Association (RV Manufacturers & Suppliers) and the Recreational Vehicle Dealers Association of Canada.
In an Economic Survey conducted in 2014 by the CCRVC, the Canadian Camping and RV Industry contributed $4.7-billion to the economy with 5,768,650 Canadian adults, or 22% of the total adult population enjoying the RV and Camping experience. The Canadian RV and Camping Industry generated more than $1-billion in total taxes at the Provincial and Federal level while employing 60,420 full-time workers and generating $2.9 billion in total salary and wages.
Media Contact: Shane Devenish, Executive Director of the Canadian Camping and RV Council
Contact information: (905) 315-3156