this year we invited additional representatives from the Canadian Camping and RV Council (CCRVC) to participate with us for a truly Canadian RV and Camping Industry Awareness Day. With over 40 meetings with Members of Parliament, government officials and senior staff, the RVDA and CCRVC showcased the considerable impact that RVing and Camping have on the Canadian economy, and look forward to our continued work with government and stakeholders to ensure that future policies support travel and tourism, including the RV and Camping industry.
The RVDA of Canada and ORVDA just participated in the 2014 Skills Canada competition in Mississauga, ON. What a great event and the perfect opportunity for us to showcase our RV Service Technician Trade to over 10,000 participants and spectators. This year, we featured the following trades in our Try-A-Trade® booth: Carpentry, Axle / Brake simulator, Hydraulic trainer and Paint booth. Across from this, we had an RV Industry photo booth for participants to take and share pictures of themselves in front of an RV. Check out the RVDA of Canada Facebook Page for pictures. I would like to thank our generous sponsors of this event: NTP Distribution, CRVA, and Ontario RVDA; and supporters: Conestoga College, Campkin’s RV Centre, JR’s Mobile Service.
Do you know that on July 1st a new Anti Spam legislation comes into force? The law applies to essentially everyone and you cannot send a Commercial Electronic Message (CEM) without receiving consent from the recipient. Of course, you cannot send an electronic message asking for this permission after July 1; so make sure all of your correspondence goes out this month. On Page 8, we have a few disclaimers for you to use as well as the link to our Compliance Toolkit. Make sure your staff are all trained on the new measures necessary and keep current records.
The Trouble Shooter Clinic is coming back to Canada! The week of November 17 in Montreal, RVIA will be hosting the following 3 tracks:
- Gear, Hydraulics, Slide-outs & Towing (2 days) - US$320/per person
- Appliance (4 days) - US$640/per person
- Power Sources Track (3 days) - US$480/per person
The RVDA of Canada will once again be offering a rebate program to dealer members for up to 5 technicians per dealership location. The courses will be taught in English with simultaneous French translation. Mark your calendars now.
I recently had the privilege of attending the CRVA’s Annual General Meeting. One of the topics of discussion was the use of bunk beds in RVs. Health Canada, which oversees regulations for bunk beds of all kinds, has been investigating the industry following an accident. Please note that there are standards in place and dealer members should ensure that the railings are affixed properly in their units. CRVA will be sending a letter to their membership advising them of the requirements. We will forward this to you as well once we have received the communication.
I hope you all have a great, warm and sunny summer!
Kyle Redmond, Chairman of the Board
RVDA of Canada