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Canadian Recreational Boating Industry gathered on Parliament Hill for Face-to-Face Dialogue with Parliamentarians

Wednesday, 30 May 2012


Members of the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) Canada from across all sectors of the Canadian recreational boating industry gathered on Parliament Hill in Ottawa for the first-ever Recreational Boating Day on the Hill to advocate on behalf of the industry’s more than 100,000 Canadian marine industry workers and Canada’s 10 million recreational boaters.  Industry participants attending the Day on the Hill will include boat, engine and marine accessory manufacturers, boat dealers and marine trade associations, among others. 

With the start to boating season well underway, the Recreational Boating Day on the Hill provides members of the Canadian recreational boating industry with a platform to meet with a range of elected and government officials, engaged on policy issues of importance and relevance to Canada’s recreational boating sector.  The Day on the Hill allows the industry an opportunity to communicate with Parliamentarians on key issues impacting the sector and to detail the industry’s approximate $15.6 billion economic impact on the Canadian economy. 

In particular, industry representatives will highlight for federal officials Canadians’ longstanding appreciation for and involvement in recreational boating activities and, the importance of federal tourism and economic development measures which can serve to expand the $5 billion dollar (est.) impact 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% of Canadian boaters’ average household income totals less than $80,000 – our industry has an important story to tell,” notes Sara Anghel, Executive Director of the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA). “Sharing our story on Parliament Hill this week represents a critical element of our industry’s advocacy efforts and will go a long way towards 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.”

“The overall Canadian boat manufacturing industry’s value totals approximately $1.7 billion, and we want to ensure that number can continue to grow,” said Donald Dubois, Chairman of NMMA Canada and President of Princecraft Boats.  “We want to collaborate with key federal decision-makers to ensure that there are no impairing trade barriers for Canadian recreational boat manufacturers to export our best-in-class product to other countries.”

National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) is the leading association representing the recreational boating industry in North America. NMMA member companies produce more than 80 percent of the boats, engines, trailers, accessories and gear used by boaters and anglers throughout the U.S. and Canada. The association is dedicated to industry growth through programs in public policy advocacy, market statistics and research, product quality assurance and promotion of the boating lifestyle. For more information visit www.nmma.org  or www.nmma.ca.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 30 May 2012 )