The Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) of Canada is supporting conservative government on key measures outlined in the recent Federal Budget, addressing needs for the RV industry.

According to a press release, Federal Minister of Finance Jim Flaherty presented in the House of Commons the 2014 budget proposals to create the Canada Apprentice Loan by expanding the Canada Student Loans Program to provide apprentices registered in Red Seal trades with access to over $100 million in interest-free loans each year.

“The RVDA of Canada has long-advocated for new initiatives to forgive a portion of Canada Student Loans for trade apprentices,” said Kyle Redmond, RVDA of Canada chairman. “Canada-wide, there are currently not enough new college apprentice program graduates to replace those who will leave the work force. In order to promote job creation in Canada, we therefore recommended that the federal government play a lead role to support RV service technician apprentice programs across the country.”

Additionally, Economic Action Plan 2014 proposes to provide $391.5 million over five years on a cash basis to the Parks Canada Agency to make improvements to highways, bridges and dams located in Canada’s national parks and along historic canals, facilitating better access to these national treasures.

“RVing and camping play vital roles in Canada’s tourism sector,” added Redmond. “A key component of our ongoing advocacy strategy, we have recommended that the federal government provide targeted investment in camping and RV infrastructure in Canada’s National Parks, in order to maintain the treasured parts of Canadian history. Investing in this infrastructure will play a critical role in the overall contributions of the tourism industry to future economic development and prosperity.”

Contributing $14.5 billion to the Canadian economy in a given year, the Canadian RV industry makes vital contributions to ongoing tourism and recreation spending across Canada. Some 14% of Canadian households currently own an RV and there are more than 1 million RVs on Canada’s roads today.

“We are pleased to see these measures outlined in the 2014 Federal Budget,” concluded Redmond. “We look forward to continuing to work with government on these and other key initiatives, to ensure thatproactive roles are being taken to develop policies that support all travel and tourism, and recognize RVing as a prosperous tourism activity.”