An Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH)-led coalition wants to know how much you’ve been spending on fishing, hunting, trapping, and sport shooting for an evaluation of the economic impact of those activities before the upcoming federal election.
An online survey to determine how much anglers, hunters, trappers and sport shooters spend just launched by the Conference Board of Canada (CBoC) is phase one of a broader study.
Results of the survey — which will be active until June 23 — will be used along with Statistics Canada data to determine the total expenditures of each activity by province and then the overall national economic footprint.
A report, or at least the analysis, is expected to be ready later this summer for use in federal election engagement and beyond, OFAH Fish and Wildlife Services Manager Matt DeMille stated.
The OFAH, which is leading a coalition of national organizations and industry to secure a credible and comprehensive evaluation, has been pooling its resources with the Canadian Sporting Arms and Ammunitions Association.
It solicited proposals from several firms before securing the services of the CBoC.
“We are finally going to have credible and up-to-date values to use both provincially and federally, and this is particularly important for hunting, where we’ve never had solid information,” he stated.
Those who complete the survey will be entered to win an Excalibur Matrix G340 with scope, with a retail value of $649, plus tax.