Welcome, current & former Wilderness Professionals!

Who are we & what are we doing?
Stemming from a collective need for better employment standards, sustainable wages & a unified voice, we created CANOPA, a Nonprofit, community-driven association for Outdoor Professionals. We are a small grassroots volunteer board made up of current and past Outdoor Professionals: business owners, professors, researchers, students, teachers, and guides, all passionate about the outdoor industry are looking to better understand the barriers instructors face in the industry.
Aim
Stemming from systemic barriers to entry and industry-wide challenges Outdoor Professionals face in the field, we are looking to make the industry more equitable, diverse, and sustainable for employees.
Survey objectives
We are collecting data in four categories: wages & costs incurred by outdoor professionals; education gaps within the field, specifically around employment standards; and suggestions for what we can collectively do to improve the industry for employees.

What are we going to do with the data?
1) Share it with the community over social media
2) Work with the community to improve wage transparency, create educational resources to help outdoor professionals navigate the industry, and grounded in your responses, generate some next steps to make this industry more sustainable for everyone.
3) Create a localized space (website) for outdoor professionals to congregate, educate, communicate, share, and support one another. 

Disclaimer

This is not part of a thesis or company assessment - we are all retired from the industry. It is 100% confidential. We really just want to make things more sustainable for the next generation!

Want to help?
We are also looking for folks to help with:

- Creating educational resources for new and weathered staff alike 
- Advocacy work at all levels to create a more sustainable industry for instructor/guides 

If you are keen, please reach out:
canadian.outdoor.instructors@gmail.com

Thank you so much for filling out our survey!

Question Title

* 1. IDENTITY
How do you identify in the Outdoors Industry?

Question Title

* 2. Which of the following do you believe has the greatest impact on your wages and overall experience in the industry?

Question Title

* 3. Current age

Question Title

* 4. Where do you live?

Question Title

* 5. Do you identify as a minority or marginalized person?

Question Title

* 6. Do you identify as:

Question Title

* 7. EDUCATION
Are you currently a student?

Question Title

* 8. What is your highest level of education?

Question Title

* 10. Entering the industry, were you well equipped with information regarding wage standards and labour laws (minimum wage, overtime exemptions, room & board deductions, etc)?

Question Title

* 11. Entering the industry, were you equipped with information regarding industry work safety and/or insurance? (loss of work in the case of illness or personal injury, cost of evacuation, etc.)

Question Title

* 12. Entering the industry, were you equipped with tools to secure stable work in the outdoor sector following graduation?

Question Title

* 13. Did you graduate with student debt?

Question Title

* 14. CERTIFICATION
What certifications and/ or training have been most valuable to you?

Question Title

* 15. Which certification have been the least?

Question Title

* 16. Are you a member of any of the following Associations/ Organizations? (choose all that apply)

Question Title

* 17. What benefits, that you are aware of, do they provide? (choose all that apply)

Question Title

* 18. Would you want your national certifying body to become more involved with wage standardization?

Question Title

* 19. What is your average cost of certifications/ year?

Question Title

* 20. Are your certifications &/or training paid for by:

Question Title

* 21. SUSTAINABILITY OF INDUSTRY
How many years/seasons have you worked in this industry?

Question Title

* 22. Are you still employed in the outdoor sector?

Question Title

* 23. If no, what was your reason for leaving? (Choose all that apply)

Question Title

* 24. What is/ was your starting per diem in this industry? (ballpark)

Question Title

* 25. What do you currently make?

Question Title

* 26. What was your gross income from your most recent (pre covid) season of work? (without deducting gear, taxes, travel, certifications, etc.)

Question Title

* 27. What is your average yearly cost of industry necessities (gear, insurance, transportation, certification)?

Question Title

* 28. TAXATION
During your time in the industry did you:
File Income Tax and Claim all earnings?

Question Title

* 29. Include a T777 or T2200?

Question Title

* 30. Collect EI?

Question Title

* 31. Pay for private insurance?

Question Title

* 32. Have health benefits?

Question Title

* 33. Have personal injury/illness coverage (in the case of your own injury or illness)?

Question Title

* 34. Are you charged/ deducted for room and board by your employer?

Question Title

* 35. SUSTAINABILITY
What changes would you most like to see in the Outdoor Industry for employees?

Question Title

* 36. What information would you have wanted to know more about at the beginning of your career?

Question Title

* 37. what would make the industry more sustainable for you?

Question Title

* 38. Do you know someone else who is already collecting this data? Are you interested in volunteering to help improve transparency and wage fairness in the Outdoor industry? Please Reach out! 

Did you hate the survey or think we should pack our bags for the Mission to Mars? Let us know!  

Contact us directly at canadian.outdoor.instructors@gmail.com.

0 of 38 answered
 

T