As COVID Pushes More Agents To Self-Employment, ACTA Webinar Addresses ICs

Wendy Paradis

The COVID-19 crisis is pushing more and more travel agents to become independent contractors, says ACTA. To address this growing sector, ACTA, in collaboration with HR à La Carte, will host a webinar on 19AUG providing members and non-members an HR overview on the Independent Travel Agent model.

“It is important that travel agency owners and independent travel agents understand Employment Standards and CRA implications before embarking on an independent contractor relationship,” says Wendy Paradis, President, ACTA. 

There is a charge for non-members to attend the webinar.  

ACTA has developed a number of resources to assist members in successfully navigating the pandemic. 

“Over the past several weeks, a number of travel agencies owners have requested information regarding independent travel agent — independent contractor — contracts. With this in mind, ACTA has been working with Human Resource specialists, HR à la Carte, to develop and provide generic tools for members as they explore a variety of business model initiatives over the coming months,” said Paradis.

The following tools are available on the ACTA website under Member Resources/Business Tools

  • An Independent Contractor contract template available free of charge to Members and $250 for non members.
  • A link to the 2019 CRA document “Employee or Self-employed?”
  • A webinar titled “A Review of the Independent Contractor/Outside Agent/Home Based Agent Agreement from Both Sides of the Fence.” This ACTA-hosted, previously recorded webinar was presented by the law firm of Heifetz, Crozier, Law who specializes in the travel industry.

Travel Waiver of Rights and Release of Liability 

After receiving multiple requests from its members, ACTA has created a travel waiver template that advisors can use with clients. The document, titled “Legal Notice and Terms of Use”, is available in the member resource section of its website.

Anna Kroupina

Anna Kroupina Journalist

Anna is OJ’s newest member and she joins the team as a writer/reporter. She co-writes the daily news and covers events. Although she’s new to the industry, pursuing a career path in travel/tourism has been a goal since her first family road trip to the Florida Keys sparked a desire to discover the world and this exhilarating, fast-paced industry.

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