On Friday afternoon, February 22, 2013, the Interdepartmental Committee (IDC) invited CAM to make a presentation. Our appointment is scheduled for Thursday, March 7, in Ottawa. There will be representatives of the IDC, Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) and Treasury Board in attendance. Ted LeLacheur, CAM’s Chairman, and John Levi, CAM’s President, will represent you, CAM’s members, at the meeting. Representatives from the bidders will meet with government from March 7–12.
We intend to keep our presentation positive and provide the government with specific, useful suggestions for improving their proposed contract. There are specific things that an industry association can address with government that individual companies cannot.
WE NEED YOUR INPUT! Please reply to this e-mail IN POINT FORM by Wednesday, February 27. This will allow us some time to prepare CAM’s presentation. Please send your input to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Below is what we wrote in our February 2 newsletter. It is provided as background information.
The Interdepartmental Committee (IDC) met with members of the Canadian moving industry in Ottawa on Tuesday, January 29, 2013. In attendance were representatives from Atlas Van Lines, SIRVA Canada and United Van Lines, the IDC, Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) and movers from across Canada. Ted LeLacheur and John Levi represented the Canadian Association of Movers.
The meeting was hosted by PWGSC who advised that:
In response, members of the moving industry indicated the RFP in the Letter of Interest was flawed and told members of the committee that:
On Friday, February 1, 2013, CAM wrote to the host of the meeting reiterating the above and indicating that movers have made significant investments in people, buildings, equipment and vehicles to service this contract and the model used puts them at significant business risk.
We also advised that the moving industry has offered the services of several highly-experienced moving-industry professionals to assist in developing an RFP that would fairly represent the interests of both the Government of Canada and members of the moving industry.
Right now we are waiting for a reply from the government.
As you know, CAM’s 2013 Annual Conference will be held in Vancouver on October 4–6, 2013. The host hotel is the River Rock Casino Hotel & Convention Centre. Check them out at www.riverrock.com. The hotel is located 5 minutes from the airport on the rapid transit line to downtown. Two classes of rooms are available – a standard room at $139 per night and a suite at $159 per night.
You can now make reservations for your stay by contacting the hotel at 604-247-8900 or toll-free at 1-866-748-3718. Advise the operator that you will be attending the Canadian Association of Movers’ conference. Please note that because of the International Association of Movers’ conference, which follows, and the desirability of Vancouver as a vacation spot, the special rates are available for five days before and five days after our conference.
Cliff Hoyt passed away on February 5, 2013. Cliff spent his life in the moving industry – he was the owner of Hoyt’s Moving & Storage, a long-time member of United Van Lines, a founding member of the Canadian Association of Movers, and father of several leaders in Canada’s moving and storage industry. Cliff was a proud family man and was able to spend many of his last days with them. He is survived by his wife, sons and daughter, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He will be missed by his many friends in the industry.
As you are no doubt aware, British Columbia and Prince Edward Island have changed their tax structure, effective April 1, 2013.
We extracted the following information from CAM’s April 26, 2010, newsletter. The principles still apply.
For moves, GST or HST is applicable based on the rate in the province of delivery. Over the transition date (April 1, 2013), the new rates are applicable on moves that load on April 1 or later.
For storage, GST or HST is based on the rate for the province where the goods are stored. During this transition, storage should be invoiced separately from the invoice for the move. This differs from the normal procedure for SIT as it’s usually charged as part of the bill of lading.
GST and HST rates for all provinces are as follows.
|BC||GST||5% (effective April 1, 2013)|
|AB, SK & MB||GST||5%|
|PE||HST||14% (effective April 1, 2013)|
|YU, NW & NU||GST||5%|
On January 10, 2013, CAM’s board of directors decided that prospective members need to be more closely vetted before their application is accepted. In addition to the existing documentation required for certification as a Certified Canadian Mover, mover–applicants are now asked to also provide:
A mover must have been in business for at least two years and have a favourable BBB record or reference letter from the BBB. Once they become a member, CAM will monitor their performance. There are ramifications for poor business practices and CAM may terminate a membership for ongoing complaints or service problems.
On January 15, 2013, CAM placed a 30-day ad on Kijiji, in the Greater Vancouver Area as a test site, about the benefits of checking with CAM for a reputable mover and the possible pitfalls of using a non-member. In the one month that the ad ran, there were 221 hits on it by visitors. CAM plans to run the ad in several other large city centres for a three-month period.
CAM’s marketing committee is continuing the press release program that was instituted a couple of years ago. We have recently issued the following press releases:
The purpose of CAM’s press-release program is to provide consumers with information about the benefits and services of hiring a professional mover. Our press releases can be viewed on the Consumers web page on our website.
Several opportunities have been posted to the job postings area in the employment section. This is where you can look for employees or employment.
IF YOU HAVE NEWS THAT CANADA’S MOVING INDUSTRY SHOULD KNOW ABOUT, please let CAM know and we will include it in upcoming issues of this newsletter.