Some people were paying camp costs of close to $25 per day back in the early 1990's. Just as the impact of inflation has slowly eroded earnings, inflation has also made the negative impact of camp costs less severe for planters every year (thanks to BC's $25.00/day cap). If inflation continues and tree prices double over the next two decades, but camp costs remain capped at $25.00, their impact will be even less severe. By the way, if I'm still planting in twenty years, somebody please shoot me and put me out of my misery.
What would happen if one company decided to eliminate camp costs, but the rest of the industry didn't follow suit? Would that company have an advantage in recruiting planters? Or would it suffer cost disadvantages that would be reflected in tree prices, and those "lower" tree prices would offset any goodwill generated by lack of camp costs? I believe that one company in Ontario tried to operate without camp costs a few years ago. I'm not sure what happened in that experiment. I do know that at least one other large company in Alberta tried to remove camp costs a few years ago, but subsequently changed reinstated camp costs a few years later.