Canadian outdoor recreation industry leaders announced the formation of the Canadian Outdoor Recreation Roundtable (CORR). The purpose of the coalition is to unite industry stakeholders to lobby for policies and legislative reforms to grow the outdoor recreation economy, promote and expand outdoor opportunities, public land and waterway conservation and infrastructure enhancement. The aim is to improve outdoor user experience nation-wide.
CORR members represent thousands of businesses that manufacture and sell vehicles, equipment, gear, apparel and services for millions of Canadians who use outdoor recreation. The industry produces a conservative estimate of $24.6 billion in economic activity for Canada.
Included in the coalition are the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) Canada, Canadian Sportfishing Industry Association (CSIA) and Canadian National Sportfishing Foundation (CNSF).
“Protecting, promoting and enhancing recreational experiences on Canada’s public lands and waterways are the core values for those of us who work in the outdoor recreation industry,” said Sara Anghel, president of NMMA Canada.
Other members of the association range from Canada’s RV and other motorized vehicle industries.
“The outdoor recreation industry in Canada is a major economic driver providing billions of dollars per year for the Canadian economy, along with hundreds of thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in total revenues,” said Eleonore Hamm, RVDA of Canada president.
“Outdoor recreation continues to rise in popularity and diversity, and it is important that we continue to support this industry and ensure Canadians can get outdoors and enjoy their favourite pastimes,” noted Dennis Burns, executive director of the Canadian Council of Snowmobile Organizations.
“Building on the solidarity of the outdoor recreation industry, CORR will foster cooperation and help bring partners together in order to grow outdoor opportunities. It will strengthen the coordination of industry partners and formalizes the desire to work together to make outdoor recreation activities an important issue during the next federal election campaign,” said Bob Ramsay, president of the Canadian Off-Highway Vehicle Distributors Council and the Motorcycle & Moped Industry Council.
Canada’s outdoor recreation industry provides numerous Canadian jobs whether it is in manufacturing, retail, tourism and more. An estimated 472,713 jobs, $7.1 billion in taxes and $52.1 billion in total revenue, this industry is critical to the economic success of communities coast-to-coast.
The Canadian Outdoor Recreation Roundtable strives to achieve the following:
- Ensure the primary drivers of the outdoor recreation economy across Canada are recognized;
- Foster federal collaboration that will enable the outdoor recreation economy to reach its full potential;
- Remove barriers that prevent private investment in public lands and waters to improve conservation and access for outdoor enthusiasts;
- Work with all levels of government to ensure that recreational access and high-quality visitor experiences are prioritized; and
- Promote sound conservation practices, since Canada’s outdoor recreation economy is dependent on responsible and sustained use of our public lands and waters
Full list of association members includes (this list is expected to expand as more associations join):
- Canadian Council of Snowmobile Organizations (CCSO)
- Canadian Off-Highway Vehicle Distributors Council (COHV)
- Canadian Camping and RV Council (CCRVC)
- Canadian Recreational Vehicle Association (CRVA)
- Canadian Shooting Sports Association (CSSA)
- Canadian Ski Council
- Canadian Sportfishing Industry Association (CSIA) & Canadian National Sportfishing Foundation (CNSF)
- Fur Institute of Canada
- International Snowmobile Manufacturers Association (ISMA)
- Motorcycle & Moped Industry Council (MMIC)
- National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) Canada
- Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA)
- Safari Club International Safari Club International – First For Hunters