Hey employers, we want to hear from you! We recognize that we are all part of a better future for the outdoor industry.

We have been hard at work advocating for guides and outdoor professionals and are trying to reduce barriers to create a more diverse outdoor community.  We want to hear your perspective and gain ideas on how we can support you with education and resources that pertain to Employment Standards, Justice, Equity, Inclusion, Diversity, and more! 

Please fill out our survey to help us gain understanding on how we can all work together to make change in the outdoor industry.  This information will also help our advocacy work, where we are pursuing ways to increase funding to Canadian outdoor companies.

If you haven't heard about CANOPA before, we are the Canadian Outdoor Professionals' Association. 
We are a young organization with the following goals:

Our Aim
We are seeking to make the outdoor profession more inclusive of diversity, and sustainable for outdoor professionals

Our goals
Educate Outdoor Professionals on their rights as employees and the employment standards that govern our work
Include and amplify diversity within the community - amplify and include marginalized voices that have been routinely silenced or excluded
Advocate for a more sustainable industry (advocate for improved employment standards, a livable wage, an industry-wide pay ladder, push to be covered under the WSIB)
Support Outdoor Professionals - health benefits, insurance, mentorship, continuing education, a yearly symposium, and access to legal support in issues surrounding employment standards and workplace safety

We are collecting information in order to guide us as an organization as well as conducting research with the hopes of bettering the outdoor industry for everyone.  Your responses will be anonymous unless you would like to add your contact information at the end of the survey. 

Towards the end of the survey, there are questions regarding government support.  We will use answers from these questions to provide information and topics for our ongoing discussions with both the provincial and federal governments. 

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* 1. What type of business do you own and/or operate? (Choose all that apply)

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* 2. What best describes your role in the organization?  (If you own a company, choose owner, as we can assume that may also include managing and directing in some cases) 

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* 5. What do you consider your peak season?

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* 6. What do you consider your off season?

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* 7. Do you hire mostly employees or mostly subcontractors?

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* 8. What certifications do you require employees/contractors/staff to have?

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* 9. What certifications do you consider to be important assets for employees/contractors/staff you hire?

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* 10. What certifications do you pay for, provide or partially subsidize for your employees/contractors/staff?

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* 11. Feel free to elaborate on any certification related answers here. 

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* 12. Do you require new employees to have experience in the field?

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* 13. What types of positions do you offer? (Select all that apply)

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* 14. Do you offer internship opportunities?

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* 16. Do you require staff to provide their own gear?

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* 17. Do you have written policies and guidelines for you company and staff? (eg. staff manual, etc.)

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* 18. Feel free to elaborate on your policies. (Do staff get a copy, where are they kept, how do you enforce them?)

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* 19. Do you have a workplace violence and harassment policy and a process for staff to file complaints? 

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* 20. Please elaborate on your answer regarding workplace violence and harassment policies. (What is your policy, is it in a place where all staff can easily find and read it, what is your complaints process, are staff aware of the process?)

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* 21. As an employer, how has COVID 19 affected your business and what supports (provincial/federal) have you received from the government?

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* 22. As we enter into discussions with various levels of government, what actions do you want the Federal government, or your provincial government, to take to support your business?

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* 23. Would you like more information from CANOPA in any of the following areas? (Please select all that apply, and add anything not listed in the other section)

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* 24. Would you be interested in joining a virtual Q&A with CANOPA to find out more about what we are doing and share your thoughts with us?

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* 25. Are there other topics you would like to see researched, talked about, or shared by CANOPA?

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* 26. If you answered yes to a virtual Q&A, or would like more info, please leave your email.  If you have other comments or concerns please share them here.  
If you would prefer not to leave your email here, but want to contact us, you can reach out to canadian.outdoor.instructors@gmail.com

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