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CAMA addresses Minister of Finance

April 3, 2020

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The executive director of the Canadian Automatic Merchandising Association (CAMA) addressed a letter to the Minister of Finance, requesting some flexibility in relief funding as well as more clarity in the Government’s definition of the Canadian Emergency Response Benefit, or CERB.

The letter is as follows:

“Dear Hon. Bill Morneau, I am contacting you on behalf of the Canadian Automatic Merchandising Association (CAMA), a national not-for-profit association representing the national interests of the unattended retailers of food and beverage. We are requesting that the Government support changes to the qualification process of the financial aid programs. We feel that more clarity and flexibility is required to ensure that this is a fair and equitable process. Following are the three main concerns expressed by our membership.

1. Will there be any flexibility when calculating the 30 per cent decline in revenue?


2. Will there be flexibility with the retrospective nature of any reference period?

3. The interaction with the CERB is confusing and may restrict employers’ ability to re-hire.

We thank you for your time and look forward to hearing from your office on this matter. Please do not hesitate to contact the undersigned should you have any questions or wish to arrange a phone meeting. We appreciate your continued support.”

Marie Saint-Ivany,

Executive Director CAMA (Canadian Automatic Merchandising Association)