In September of 2019 the Conference Board of Canada presented an economic assessment of angling, hunting, trapping and sport shooting to the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters. This assessment was funded in part by the Manitoba Wildlife Federation and the results are staggering:
- 2.97 million Canadians Fish, 1.27 million hunt, 45,000 trap, and 1.4 million participate in sport shooting
- $18.9 billion has been spent
- $13.2 billion has been contributed to the Gross Domestic Product which translates to 0.6% of Canada’s economy
- these pastimes support nearly 107,000 jobs and a labour income of $6.4 billion
- Money spent by hunters, angers, trappers and sport shooters also contributed $6.1 billion to Federal and Provincial tax revenue in 2018
- In Manitoba alone, a total of $865 million was spent on fishing, hunting, trapping and sport shooting activities in 2018, with close to two-thirds of the spending going toward fishing expenses and almost one-third of the spending on hunting. This total spending left an economic footprint of over $500 million, which is 0.7% of the Province’s GDP as well as supported over 4,200 jobs. 12% of Manitoba residents have fishing licenses, so it is not surprising that fishing left the largest economic footprint among the four activities.
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