Economic Impact

The Canadian Federation of Outfitter Associations (CFOA) is proud to unveil the results of the first-ever study on the economics of Canada’s outfitting industry.

Canada is a nation rich in natural resources, breathtaking scenery and some of the most sought-after game and fish species in the world. As a result, outfitting services for hunting and fishing in Canada are big business as sportsmen from across North America and around the globe flock to the country for the adventure of a lifetime.

At the request of CFOA, Southwick Associates conducted research to examine the overall impact the outfitting industry has on the Canadian economy. The study shows that fishing/hunting outfitters represent an asset for the Canadian Tourism industry and are an important economic force, particularly for rural and remote regions.  Nationally the total annual economic effect of the outfitting industry is higher than $5.5B (GDP of $2.7 B) with over 37,000 jobs supported as guides welcome over 300,000 clients from outside Canada every year.  In BC the outfitting industry contributes a GDP of $192M creating over 2,500 jobs as guides welcome an average of 11,000 clients annually.

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) has recently posted the results of the recreational angling socioeconomic survey conducted by the province and DFO.

This is the first survey of its kind conducted in BC since 2015 and clearly communicates the impact of freshwater recreational fishing to the provincial economy. 

The survey will be conducted annually until 2028.  Invitations to participate in the 23/24 survey will be sent out to anglers in May.

Past survey reports can be accessed at https://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/stats/rec/canada-rec-eng.htm

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