Overall, government has been responsive to AMPPE's concerns, however, gains remain to be made. The federal and provincial governments have announced several new programs and funding programs. We have been looking into how to access funding that will serve to stimulate the local economy.
MARCH 27 - AMPPE URGES RENEWAL EXTENSIONS, INVESTMENT AND RENEWED FOCUS ON EMISSION REDUCTIONS
In a letter to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change Canada, Jonathon Wilkinson, AMPPE co-chair, Yannis Karlos, set out five actions for the federal government to consider to help the Mountain Parks recover. The recommendations focused on leveraging stimulus programs, new and re-investment in the Parks and a push to accelerate plans to reduce the carbon intensity of the tourism sector. AMPPE also suggested that government establish a joint working group to begin planning for the recovery of the tourism sector as the Province of Alberta has since done. We are continuing to actively advocate our plan to the Minister's office.
MAY 13 - AMPPE ASKS PROVINCE TO CLARIFY ASPECTS OF RELAUNCH STRATEGY
AMPPE called on the Province to clarify the definition of essential travel, provide clarity and guidelines specific to each sector, plan for potential subsequent outbreaks and to consider regional strategies.
MAY 24 - AMPPE URGES TRANSPORT CANADA TO CONSIDER MORE REGIONAL DECISION-MAKING
In a letter to Transport Minister Marc Garneau we addressed an April 5th announcement regarding the prohibition of commercial vessels engaged in non-essential activities (such as tourism and recreation) urging a more regional approach to decision-making. We expressed that a local perspective can be incorporated into Transport Canada's decision-making as it relates to the ability of the tourism and recreation sectors to return to business as quickly (and responsibly) as possible.
MAY 25 - AMPPE REQUESTS APPEARANCE BEFORE FEDERAL FINANCE AND INDUSTRY COMMITTEES
As government gets back to business, committees will soon begin to meet. AMPPE has requested opportunities to appear before these committees to ensure the importance of the Mountain Parks and their contribution to Canada are considered.
2020 PARK MANAGEMENT PLANS
On May 27, Parks Canada announced the indefinite suspension of all consultations and formal engagements due to the need to focus on critical operations and reopening. This includes activities related to the Banff National Park Management Plan . We will continue to monitor and will be prepared to engage when the process reopens.