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Canada’s golf industry to conduct economic impact study

The National Allied Golf Associations (NAGA) is conducting a study to measure the economic impact of golf in the Canadian economy.

The study, which is a follow-up to the Canadian Golf Economic Impact Study conducted in 2009, will help NAGA measure the significant economic impact of golf in communities across the country.

Golfers interested in participating in the Canadian Golf Economic Impact Study can do so by clicking here.

In addition to the golfer portion of the Economic Impact Study, a separate survey is being targeted directly to Canadian golf course operators and facilities.

The Canadian Golf Economic Impact Study is the second iteration of the landmark study originally launched by NAGA in 2009 assessing the direct and indirect economic impact of our sport. Among the highlights from that 2009 study, NAGA learned:

  • the game of golf accounts for an estimated $11.3 billion of Canada’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), which includes 341,794 jobs (43% of which are students), $7.6 billion in household income, $1.2 billion in property and other indirect taxes, $1.9 billion in income taxes;
  • approximately 70 million rounds of golf are played annually;
  • more than 200,000 hectares of green space (including 41,000 hectares of unmanaged wildlife habitat) are managed by golf course operators;
  • each year at least 25,000 charity golf events help raise more than $439 million for charitable causes across Canada;
  • Canadian travelers make more than 1 million golf related trips spending an estimated $1.9 billion on golf related travel within Canada.

Similar to 2009, Strategic Networks Group (SNG) on behalf of NAGA is carrying out the Canadian Golf Economic Impact study. SNG’s approach to analyzing the economic impacts of golf in Canada will involve collecting impact data directly from stakeholders in the golf industry (golf facility operators, individual golfers, etc.) through an online survey to quantify golf’s direct impacts to the Canadian economy.

The study outcomes, to be delivered to NAGA in early 2014, will be an independent assessment of the impacts of the Canadian Golf industry on employment, taxes, GDP, household income, and consumer spending, across Canada and within each province. In addition, the study will provide a more complete understanding of the economic dimension of golf to supporting industries, consumers and the public, and government at local, provincial and national levels.