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CAM News & Updates
President's Message


This would be the President’s message that would be extoling all the fabulous things that happened at our conference last week. But alas, that is not to be this year. In fact, at the time of writing, we just had a board meeting where we talked about the skyrocketing rates of COVID across the country and whether or not we are even going to be able to have an in-person conference next November. I hope so! We need to see each other.

We did hear from quite a few of you over the past two weeks though. Thank you to those who took the time to fill out our COVID: 6 Months Later member survey that we put out at the beginning of the month. We have published the survey’s entire raw data so you would be able to see the comments as well as the statistics. You will find that link below.

Suffice to say that CAM members took the pandemic seriously and really shone a light on your leadership and quick action to put into place life-saving procedures and protocols. Our industry has changed forever as a result of this pandemic and it is no stretch to think that masks and excessive cleaning will be part of our new future. I can’t wait to hear how you make out over these next few months when we will be challenged more than ever with conditions.

Be prepared for lockdowns and challenges servicing your customers. Make sure you continue to keep the Transport Canada/CAM essential services letter in your driver’s possession in case Canadian provincial border restrictions are re-enacted. If you don’t have the letter anymore, contact to get a copy. I’m not saying you are going to need it, but it doesn’t hurt to have it safe in your possession.

As always, now more than ever, as COVID cases continue to rise throughout the country and to our neighbours to the south, please adhere to safety and health protocols and be safe. Now is not the time to get sloppy.

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CAM Supplier: Livingston Freight 



Livingston Transportation has been a long-standing partner of the moving industry since 1982.  Our vehicle transportation service is offered from coast to coast in Canada.  Our partner CN Rail has the capabilities to move one or 100 vehicles at a time from Vancouver to Halifax, and all major points in between.  We do service Newfoundland by a truck as well.  Other specialized and oversized equipments we can move for your customers are recreational vehicles, boats, and enclosed trailers.  U.S. cross-border moves are also a part of our service menu, so we can help with your corporate relocations too.  Call us today for a quote at 1-800-282-9892, or get an online quote at

Meet our newest Independent Mover Members!


MTLI is a Canadian installation and moving company that’s been in the industry since 1982. Throughout their 40 years, they’ve been offering moving and installation services to the commercial sector including reconfiguration of office furniture and warehouse equipment, racking, shelving, caging and mezzanine installation and relocation, computer and high-value asset relocation, office furniture sales and supply and CAD design warehousing.

MTLI (Metro Toronto's Largest Installation Company)

Tony Learning, President/Owner
3251 Kennedy Rd, Unit 20, Toronto (Scarborough), ON M1V 2J9
Tel: 416-990-7692


Sueland Moving & Storage brings more than 20 years of all-inclusive moving experience to our Association. They customize each move, offering professional services ranging from a local piano delivery to small-scale delivery to relocating home or office. They serve the Greater Toronto Area and all of Southern Ontario.

Sueland Moving & Storage Inc.

Leyland Permaul, President
47 Racine Rd, Unit 7, Toronto (Etobicoke), ON M9W 6B2
Tel: 416-747-9889

COVID-19 Update  


New, targeted support to help businesses through pandemic

On November 19th, Bill C-9, An Act to Amend the Income Tax Act (Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy and Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy) received Royal Assent, implementing new, targeted support to help hard-hit businesses. These measures will help businesses get through the second wave of the virus so they can protect jobs, continue to serve their communities, and be positioned for a strong recovery.

The measures adopted as part of Bill C-9 are:

  • The new Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy, which will provide direct and easy-to-access rent and mortgage interest support to tenants and property owners until June 2021 for qualifying organizations affected by COVID-19. The new rent subsidy will support businesses, charities, and non-profits that have suffered a revenue drop by providing support up to a maximum of 65 percent of eligible expenses until December 19, 2020. Claims can be made retroactively to September 27, 2020.
  • The new Lockdown Support, which will provide an additional 25 percent through the Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy for qualifying organizations that are subject to a lockdown and must shut their doors or significantly restrict their activities under a public health order issued under the laws of Canada, a province or territory (including orders made by a municipality or regional health authority under one of those laws). Combined, this will mean that hard-hit businesses subject to a lockdown could receive rent support of up to 90 percent.
  • The extension of the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy until June 2021, which will continue to protect jobs by helping employers keep employees on the payroll and re-hire workers. The wage subsidy will remain at the current rate of up to 65 percent of eligible wages until December 19, 2020.

There is still no word on the Canada Emergency Business Account expansion from $40K to $60K, with the successful CEBA businesses getting to keep $20K of that loan. As soon as that is confirmed, we will post the information in the newsletter and on our COVID news page.

CAM COVID Survey results are in!

A repeat of CAM’s May 2020 COVID survey, with a dozen questions added, was sent out to members on November 2nd.  CAM was interested in hearing how your business was doing after eight months of COVID under our belts.  We send a big thanks to all of our members who responded!  Here’s what you had to tell us – our survey results can be viewed here or on our COVID news page.


US-Canada border to remain closed until at least December 21, 2020

As expected, the US-Canada border will remain closed until at least December 21, 2020.  Non-essential travel has been banned between the two countries since March 21, 2020.

Edmonton's mandatory mask rule extended to Dec. 31, 2021

Edmonton's mandatory mask bylaw has been extended until the end of 2021 in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19.  That will affect our planned conference in Edmonton from November 14 – 16, 2021.  More to come on that later!

The City council voted 12-1 Friday to keep the bylaw in place for another year after it was set to expire at the end of 2020. Interim city manager Adam Laughlin recommended an extension until next June, but the council decided to amend the end date to Dec. 31, 2021.


Not too late to apply for CEBA!

A reminder that the Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) application deadline has been extended to December 31, 2020.  CAM applied recently and we had our loan in a line of credit within days.  To get more information about the program, click here.

Provincial Restrictions and updated information

Do you find yourself trying to figure out what’s happening in a province that you have to make a delivery in?  With COVID on the rise, things are changing rapidly once again.  In order to help, we now have all of the provinces and territories listed with the links to that information on the main page of our COVID-19 news section.

Stay up to Date!

We encourage you to check our COVID-19 section regularly on our website, as Nancy is still monitoring the various government briefings every day and that’s where we’re posting breaking news.

Be smart. Be vigilant. Be safe.

Diversification – Have You Considered It? 


The moving industry has changed as a result of the pandemic and moving companies have had to change the way they do business just to stay alive. IAM invited their DAB (Domestic Asset Based) members to submit their thoughts on diversification as a business strategy. Here are some must-read articles that will get you thinking about it, if you haven’t already.

Business Expansion to Fill the Gap
By John O'Connor

When looking to expand your business you have two distinct avenues of growth. Those two avenues are expansion and diversification. The expansion would be to go out and get new customers. Although this will grow your business, it will not resolve one of the major issues of owning a moving business which is its cyclical nature. If you are bound to only household goods moving, you will always be fighting busy summers and slow winters.


Diversifying in Today’s World
By Caleb McCartney

The one thing we can count on in any industry is change, this is especially true in our industry. As the moving and storage industry continues to consolidate and the external pressures of the world change the environment we work in we must adapt to stay alive. The two articles below discuss important different diversification strategies.


Diversification: Definition, Levels, Strategy, Risks, Examples

Generally, diversification means expansion of business either through operating in multiple industries simultaneously (product diversification) or entering into multiple geographic markets (geographic market diversification) or starting a new business in the same industry.


Diversification Strategies: Related and Unrelated Diversification

Diversification is the art of entering product markets different from those in which the firm is currently engaged in. It is helpful to divide diversification into ‘related’ diversification and ‘unrelated’ diversification. A related diversification is one in which the two involved businesses have meaningful commonalities, which provide the potential to generate economies of scale or synergies based upon the exchange of skills or resources.


CAM - TIPS for the road


Winter truck and trailer maintenance

Proper truck and trailer maintenance isn’t seasonal, but as temperatures begin to swing from hot to cool – and then to cold in the months ahead – the demands and stresses on a given system can change.  Check out these tips from maintenance experts who offer recommendations for getting your trucks and trailers ready for the snow.  (And, sorry, we’re a little late for the folks in the Prairies.)

Tips for winterizing your truck before the cold sets in

Winter weather changes stresses on truck systems

Product Spotlight



Snowbirds Auto Connection Ltd.

Snowbirds Auto Connection is a family-owned and operated vehicle transport company providing reliable, door-to-door, damage-free transportation across Canada and the U.S. SAC offers a variety of services including coast-to-coast transportation, cross-border relocation and vehicle storage.

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2021 – November 14 – 16: CAM Conference, Edmonton AB 

We are very much looking forward to our first conference in Alberta!  Although it’s been postponed a year, all of our speakers have signed on for next year and it promises to be an important event as we are all missing our CAM connections!  So mark your calendars now, so you won’t forget!



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