Members of the National Marine Manufacturers Association Canada from across all sectors of the Canadian recreational boating industry gathered Wednesday on Parliament Hill in Ottawa for the inaugural Recreational Boating Day on the Hill.
The group was there to advocate on behalf of the industry’s more than 100,000 Canadian marine industry workers and Canada’s 10 million recreational boaters, NMMA Canada said in a statement.
The event provided members of the Canadian recreational boating industry with a platform to engage with parliamentarians on policy issues relevant to Canada’s recreational boating sector and detail the industry’s approximately $15.6 billion economic impact on the Canadian economy.
In particular, industry representatives highlighted the importance of federal tourism and economic development measures, which can expand the estimated $5 billion impact that boating has on Canada’s national tourism sector.
“Whether it’s that the Canadian recreational boat manufacturing industry represents approximately $322 million in exports or that, contrary to the belief that boating is a hobby for the rich, just over 50 percent of Canadian boaters’ average household income totals less than $80,000, our industry has an important story to tell,” NMMA Canada executive director Sara Anghel said in a statement. “Sharing our story on Parliament Hill this week represents a critical element of our industry’s advocacy efforts and will go a long way toward building an accurate understanding of the Canadians who make up recreational boating and the positive economic impact which these boating enthusiasts have across the country.”