Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA):
When the CECRA program was announced, Mountain Park businesses were not eligible for the program. AMPPE was the only organization to call on Canada Mortgage and Housing Housing Commission and the federal government to ensure businesses located within National Parks to be eligible for the program. AMPPE succeeded in this effort.
AMPPE called on the Province to develop sector-specific guidelines and successfully compelled the province to change coach guidelines.
House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance:
AMPPE succeeded in gaining support from all Alberta-based federal MPs to appear before the Standing Committee on Finance. AMPPE did appear making a robust case for tourism in the Mountain Parks. Since then, provincial officials have made repeated calls to AMPPE to ask how they could support our efforts, and the Tourism Industry Association of Canada joined our call for free park entry. Since then, four months have been added to Park Pass annual holders to compensate them for the time parks were closed.
Government of Alberta Liaison Office:
AMPPE substantially strengthened ties with the provincial government in 2020. In addition to participating in a number of roundtable discussions and the Red Tape Reduction Task Force, AMPPE was called on to consult on a proposed Government of Alberta liaison office aimed at highlighting Parks issues in Ottawa. AMPPE's strengthened relationship with the Province means that AMPPE will have the connections to ensure this position is directed towards programs that meet the goals of AMPPE members.
National Parks Management Plan Engagement:
Consultations for the 2020 Park plans were suspended in March. AMPPE has continued to advocate on issues related to visitor experience and access. Specifically, we have met with Mountain Park superintendents to discuss winter access and have submitted a proposal to the Banff Field Unit advocating for the mechanical grooming of fat bike trails. In late November, Parks Canada (Banff/Lake Louise) provided us with an overview of what we can expect to see in this years’ plan. They have assured us that the plan builds on previous years efforts and that there will not be any surprises. Parks has created a draft that they intend to circulate in the New Year.