CCRVA Encourages Owners to Support Tax Amendments – RVBusiness – Breaking RV Industry News

EDITOR’S NOTE: This letter was recently distributed by the Canadian Camping and RV Association and highlights a key tax issue that impacts park owners. 

I hope this message finds you well as we enter a crucial period for our industry. We stand at a pivotal juncture that calls for our collective advocacy to secure a legislative amendment that directly benefits our campgrounds and the communities we serve.

Background and Importance of the Bill 

As you may be aware, the tax classification issues facing private campgrounds in Canada have long hindered our industry’s growth and competitiveness. The unfair tax burden placed on campgrounds, treating them as passive investment businesses rather than active businesses, has severely impacted many of our members across the country. In response, MP Lianne Rood of Lambton-Kent-Middlesex, recognizing the disparity in tax treatment, has introduced a Private Members’ Bill (C-410) aimed at amending the Income Tax Act to recognize campgrounds as active businesses, eligible for the small business tax rate.

View the first reading in the House of Commons here.
View more information on Bill C-410 – An act to amend the Income Tax Act (campgrounds) here.

Our Advocacy Efforts and Collaborations 

The Canadian Camping and RV Association, alongside the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association of Canada, the Canadian Recreational Vehicle Association, and all of the provincial campground associations, have been steadfast in our efforts to address these challenges for nearly a decade. Our collaboration and the groundwork laid through numerous campaigns have culminated in this legislative proposal. Our shared dedication has been instrumental in bringing this issue to the forefront of parliamentary business. We are sincerely grateful to MP Lianne Rood, for her support on this critical challenge for our industry.

The Vital Role of Your Involvement 

As the House has adjourned for the summer break, we are presented with a unique opportunity to engage with MPs during this important season. The summer months are crucial for us, not only for business but also for advocating our cause. We urge each of you to lend your voice to this issue. Detailed information on how you can connect with your local MPs and advocate for their support will be shared with you in the coming weeks. Please stay tuned to your inbox for these vital resources. I also invite you to connect with me directly at [email protected], should you have questions or need any support.

Next Steps and How You Can Help 

In the interim, please visit our dedicated campaign page at Fair Camp Tax for more background on the tax issue and its implications. Also, consider expressing your support directly through this petition, led by the Conservative Party, at Campground Tax Break. We encourage you to share this petition with your staff, guests, and any other individuals concerned about the accessibility and longevity of the camping industry in Canada.

Looking Ahead We are gearing up for an extensive engagement strategy to ensure that when Parliament resumes, our voices are heard loud and clear, pushing Bill C-410 through to the next stages and ultimately to royal assent. Your active participation and the stories you share about the impact of current tax policies on your businesses are our most powerful tool in this endeavor.

We appreciate your continued commitment to our cause. Together, we can make a significant impact and secure a more favorable and fair tax environment for our industry.

Thank you for your attention to this urgent matter and for your ongoing support.

Warm regards,

Cara Csizmadia