Archive for January, 2015

The CCA Insurance Program for Accredited Camps

Posted on January 26, 2015 by Larry Bell

Canadian Summer Camp InsuranceMany years ago the CCA recognized that many of our camps had a variety of insurance policies which mostly did not properly or adequately cover camp situations and only a very few camps had a policy specifically providing camp coverages. To provide a service to our members and correct what could be a disastrous situation, the CCA established the Insurance Committee made up of experienced camp owners with an interest in proper camp insurance coverage.

The committee was tasked with creating a policy written to be specific to the needs of our camps, would ensure that all accredited Canadian camps could participate and that unless there were extenuating circumstances, no accredited camp would lose coverage because of its claims history. The Insurance Committee responded to this task and since the inception of the Program has monitored and worked closely with our brokers to determine the placement of the policy with quality underwriters and at the best rates.

The Insurance Committee would like Canadian camps to be aware of the many benefits that this program has to offer.

Benefits to CCA/ACC Camps currently:

1.  Our Broker, Nancy Brown, in association with Firstbrook Cassie and Anderson:

  • Understands the concept of the Program and works tirelessly to maintain it
  • Her knowledge of Camping and the Insurance Business is extensive
  • Has and continues to offer sessions at our conferences
  • Is recognized by the Federal Government as the Professional in the field when it comes to issues relating to the camping community
  • Offers advice to Provincial Standards Committees on the issues that need to be addressed to keep our campers safe
  • Is readily there to help any camp deal with accidents, incidents and claims
  • Has allowed our Program to be accessed by sub-brokers so proper camp coverages are available without changing existing broker relationships.

2.  David McKeon is the primary adjuster to the CCA program. Dave has been the adjuster who has dealt with almost every claim in the past 15 years or so made by the camps in this program. He is fully knowledgeable about the business of camps and has made the resolution of claims fast, efficient and fair.

3.  All claims made under this program have been settled or are currently in the process of being settled.

4.  Not one accredited camp has been refused coverage in the program. However some activities not normally accredited can be subject to more aggressive underwriting.

5.  This program has allowed us to have a history that gives insurance companies comfort in dealing with us.

6.  We have the broadest coverage available to camps and because of our excellent history we have realistic and acceptable rates.

7.  We provide coverage for camp properties for periods of the year when they are unoccupied (including snow load) not normally provided under business policies.

8.  Our Policies are truly camp specific. They also help owners and operators of camps to review their risk management procedures and limit their exposures.

9.  The Insurance Committee has on several occasions employed on behalf of CCA an independent insurance consultant to vet both our liability and property coverages and to offer suggestions or improvements to the policies. The Committee is then a major part of the discussion on how to keep our policies current.

For further information about the CCA Insurance Program please click here or contact Broker Nancy Brown at nbrown@pathcom.com

Discover Your Adventure at Canada’s Top Summer Camps

Posted on January 16, 2015 by Erin McLaughlin

http---www.ourkids.net-campexpo-media-ourkids-campexpo-300x250What does camp mean to you? Maybe it’s a week of fun in the sun, arts and crafts, and canoeing. Perhaps it’s a couple weeks of dipping toes in the water, finding a place at the chow table, feeling confident about mastering a new activity, and endless campfire stories and giggles.

To your child, a camp experience is all of that and more. At camp, your child is able to play and learn, take chances and try something new, and build friendships that last a lifetime. It’s an opportunity to foster important life skills such as problem solving, leadership and self-confidence. Most importantly, camp is where your children can feel free to be themselves.

Every child deserves to go to camp and the Our Kids Camp Expo can help you find an amazing summer camp by introducing you to directors and staff from many different types of camps across Ontario and Quebec all in one day. Explore day and overnight camps that specialize in a range of programs including arts, sports, technology, special needs or an overall traditional experience.

The Camp Expo is the perfect place to discover your adventure and get your questions answered. Learn all about the benefits of camp, how to pay, how to prepare, what to pack, how camps deal with safety and homesickness, and more.

Be sure to bring the whole family to see live animal shows and participate in camp activities, games and crafts. There will be lots of prizes to be won, plus $2,500 in camp scholarships, and each attending family will receive a free 2015 OUR KIDS Camp Guide featuring 230+ programs to choose from.

In support of the Kids in Camp charity, which seeks to send underprivileged kids to camp, Our Kids will donate $1.00 on behalf of each attending person.

Date and Location

Sunday, February 22, 2015 from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Roy Thomson Hall: 60 Simcoe Street, Toronto, ON
Pre-register for FREE admission valid for a family of four at http://www.ourkids.net/campexpo/register.php
For additional information, please contact 1-877-272-1845 or info@ourkids.net.

CCA leaders determine three priorities at November 2014 National Leadership Forum

Posted on January 11, 2015 by Catherine Ross

On November 17 and 18, 2014, twenty-nine Canadian camping leaders met for the National Leadership Forum at the Toronto Airport Holiday Inn. The participants included the CCA Board, Provincial Presidents, Executive Directors and National Committee and Task Force Chairs.

On the second day, after hearing reports from every province and committee the participants focused on three priorities: marketing, education and lobbying.

Marketing

Chair, Liz Kovach (Executive Director for Manitoba) with assistance from Gabrielle Raille (ICF Representative) of Quebec will form a task force of provincial representatives to develop a National Marketing Campaign. Before seeking professional input, they will begin by answering two questions:

  1. What is the message?
  2. Who is our target group?

Education

John Savage (CCA Board Representative for New Brunswick) with assistance from Sean Day (CCA Board Representative from Quebec) is committed to hosting a Canadian Camp Directors Course in New Brunswick in the Fall of 2015 with leadership from Jane McCutcheon (former CCA Treasurer) and Jeff Bradshaw (Camp Wenonah).

Lobbying

Currently, Mark Diamond (Director of Camp Manitou, Ontario) is the Chair of the CCA Lobbying Committee, which was established in the Spring of 2014 to address pending federal legislation affecting camps. Jill Dundas (CCA President) and Jonathan Nyquist (CCA Board Representative for Ontario) are members. The intention is to expand the committee to include a representative from every province to act as a watch dog for pending legislation affecting their camps and disseminate relevant information to their camps.

Earlier efforts, which were focused on Transport Canada legislation, were successful in negotiating a camp-specific course for camp boat drivers that is less onerous than the Small Vessel Operator Proficiency. Decisions are being made on how and by whom this course will be delivered to camps for summer 2015. Work is ongoing on insurance requirements for camp boats.

Attention then focused on Foreign Workers Legislation. The hope is for current exemptions for charitable and religious camps to continue while gaining an exemption for all camps. CCA is budgeting to cover all costs of lobbying on national legislation pertaining to camps.

Update on CCA Lobbying re Temporary Foreign Worker Program

Posted on January 5, 2015 by CCA Communications Committee

Dear CCA Members,

We trust that you are all doing well. We’re excited to warm you up with some holiday cheer by providing an update on our lobbying efforts regarding the Temporary Foreign Worker Program. We know that the changes made at the end of June affect many camps in our association and please know that we have been working hard to resolve the difficulties with both the Federal and Provincial Governments. At this point, we do not have any solutions to report, but we definitely have the ear of the government and they seem motivated to develop a plan to solve our challenges.

As well, we are happy to let you know that there are no changes to the current exemption for international staff working at charitable or religious camps. This fee exempt permit can be secured for staff at a Canadian Port of Entry (Canadian border) or through a new pre-application process offered by Service Canada. Please feel free to contact Jonathan Nyquist if you would like to learn more about this permit, the process to pre-apply or if have questions about whether your camp qualifies: jonathan@go-nyquest.com. In addition, the Working Holiday Permit which many international staff acquire is still valid for working in any position at camp. To find a list of countries that offer Working Holiday Permit programs, please refer to the following link and scroll through the list of countries in the pick list under “Where you would like to go”: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/residents/iec/index.asp

In regards to potential solutions for all for-profit camps that do not have a religious focus, we are working closely with variety of departments in the federal government. We are urging the government to lower our fees on LMIA applications for camps (current fee is $1,000 per international staff. Up from $275 last year and $0 the year before) as well as relief from lengthy application processing times. We are also working with the government to hopefully create a reciprocal work permit program between the US and Canada, which will allow the same number of Americans to work at Canadian camps as there are Canadians that work at camps in the US. Lastly, we are in discussions with the head of the Working Holiday Permit program to try to secure additional Working Holiday Permits for camps.

During our two trips to Ottawa, we have met with several government departments and political staff including Minister Jason Kenney’s office (Employment and Social Development) and MInister Chris Alexander’s office (Citizenship and Immigration). These two Ministers are currently in-charge of overseeing the changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program and approving exemptions for specific industries, where deemed appropriate. Minister Tony Clement is also influential in these discussions and he has spoken with Minister Kenney to help support our case. As well, we specifically want to extend a big Thank You to the following camps who wrote a letter to Minister Clement to persuade him to take a stand on this issue: Camp Walden, Camp Manitou, Glen Bernard Camp, Camp Tawingo, Camp Tamarack, Canadian Adventure Camp, Camp Arowhon, Camp New Moon, The Taylor Statten Camps, Camp Wabun, YMCA Wanakita, Camp Bil-O-Wood, Centauri Summer Arts Camp, Camp Pathfinder, Camp Winnebagoe, Hockey Opportunity Camp and Camp Tanamakoon.

In addition, the federal government is aware that we are working on a tight time line and they are trying to find a resolution to our situation by February or March. As you have likely seen in media coverage over the last several months, the Temporary Foreign Worker issue is a very politically-sensitive one, with many sectors and industries engaged on the issue in different ways. We are focused on continuing the productive dialogue that has already started with the federal government, towards developing a solutions package that will work for you as camp operators.

As camps look to prepare for their work permit applications for the upcoming camping season, we have two important updates:

  1. Training: The government will host camp industry specific trainings in the form of in-person sessions and/or webinars to answer questions and support camps with their work permit applications. We will secure the times for these trainings by February.
  2. Advertising: We recommend that all private camps that might utilize the LMIA work permit application process begin posting three job advertisements by the end of February. Camps need to advertise their staffing positions in three places, one of which can be a provincial camping job board and one of which MUST be the Canadian Job Bank: http://www.jobbank.gc.ca/home-eng.do?lang=eng. Camps counsellors have an advertising variation in Ontario, so for these staff, camps can apply for LMIA’s even before their advertisements have been posted for four weeks:http://www.esdc.gc.ca/eng/jobs/foreign_workers/variations.shtml.

We are organizing our next round of meetings in Ottawa in January and although we are excited about the positive reaction from the government, we know that we still have a long way to go and may need your support. We will be sure to report any significant developments in the upcoming months and let you know if we require any additional support regarding our efforts

If you have any further questions regarding anything presented in this communication then please feel free to follow up directly with Jonathan Nyquist (jonathan@go-nyquest.com) or Mark Diamond (mark@manitoucamp.com).

Sincerely,

Mark Diamond, Jonathan Nyquist
Team Leaders for Temporary Foreign Worker File – CCA Government Relations Committee