CRDA is an industry-based association that is dedicated to furthering the ownership-based resort and leisure industry, both at home and abroad. It was founded over 20 years ago as “the Resort Timesharing Council of Canada” in response to the public’s insatiable demand for more information about typical “fee simple” (or “deeded”) timeshare products.
With the advent of flexible, leisure creative products (such as “points” based programs, “floating time, floating space” systems, multi-destination vacation clubs, fractional ownership resorts, equity participation projects and condo hotels), CRDA has evolved to become the pre-eminent industry association responsible for overseeing all forms of Vacation Ownership in Canada.
The goals of the Association are to encourage and maintain a high standard of ethical conduct throughout the industry, and to assist in the education of Canadian industry members toward an enhanced standard of professionalism. It is also our goal to assist in adjudicating consumer complaints that indicate failure by members or non-members to respect CRDA’s “Code of Standards and Ethics” and its objectives. We feel that we have made considerable progress in the past few years but in provinces where no legislation exists, we must continue to persevere.
In Canada, we have successfully consulted to Governments at all levels (Federal, Provincial and Municipal), and we have been extremely instrumental in working with them to ensure the drafting of fair and equitable operational, taxation and protection policies that govern both our Members and their consumers. CRDA is also one of the original signatories to “GATE” (The Global Alliance for Timeshare Excellence), a multinational organization dedicated to furthering our industry and establishing reasonable legislation in territories throughout the world, and we are active contributors to (and Members of) the American Resort Development Association (ARDA).
The Association is governed by an elected Board of Directors and a bi-annually elected Chairman. We also regularly host stimulating conferences, symposiums and committee meetings that encourage highly effective networking, education and problem solving among all members of the organization.