Advocates for Canadian Independent Travel Advisors
The Association of Canadian Independent Travel Advisors was established for Independent Agents, to provide a forum where
we can discuss issues that are unique to our position, no matter what Host Agency we belong to.
A Meeting in Mid June of 2020, in response to COVID-19 and the need for Government assistance with MP Bruce Stanton started it the ball rolling. Judith Coates put out a call to advisors for support, Brenda Slater answered the call, and the next day the Association was born! Nancy Wilson joined us a couple of days later to round out the trio of grass roots advocates for our industry.
This is a question we are asked often.
Why bother doing this?
Our answer is a simple,
the more, the merrier.
We do appreciate the support that ACTA is providing Independent Advisors, but
we feel that the only way to ensure we are being heard is to go a few of steps further. We are hoping that we will complement what ACTA, as well as our Owners and Hosts, are already doing to lobby on our behalf.
But, at the same time, we all need a safe place to talk about issues unique to us, peer to peer,
without the influence of hosts/owners/banners.
Although our facebook page is specifically for Independent Advisors, who work on 100% commission, we are happy to assist anyone who would like to reach out to their MP. Once you get a 30 minute time slot booked with your MP, we supply the Zoom Link, moderate and present on your behalf.
Twitter Post from MP David Sweet after our meeting.
SO-31 in the House of Commons on our behalf, by MP Marty Morantz.
Travel Industry news article in PAXnews, quoting Judith Coates
MP James Cummings speech on our behalf in the House of Commons. (11:08:07)
Industry Writer Michael Pihach Reports on attending one of our MP presentations.
Federal fiscal update Article in PAX news with our response - Brenda Slater Quoted.
TTAND (The Travel Agent Next Door) article, The Host agency for Judith Coates, celebrates their Achievements and mentions ACITA and our work.
MP Tamara Jensen speaks to the House of Commons on our Behalf.
MP Candace Bergen speaks for Independent Advisors in the House Of Commons
Please remind to 14:16:23 for the full comment.
MP Gerald Soroka speaks to the Transport Committee on our behalf.
Link to come
PAX news article about comments made by MP Candace Bergen on the floor of the HOC.