The National Allied Golf Associations (NAGA) is launching a Canada-wide government relations campaign aimed at increasing the awareness of golf’s positive impact on the Canadian economy and lifestyles.
A series of Golf Lobby Days will be held at various legislatures and in Parliament in early spring and will focus on golf’s economic impact, environmental stewardship and health and wellness benefits.
With close to 30 legislative issues facing the Canadian golf industry, there has never been a better time for the industry to join forces and tell its story, according to Jeff Calderwood, executive director of the National Golf Course Owners Association and government relations director for NAGA.
“Most people don’t realize it, but more than six million Canadians play golf. That makes golf the No. 1 sport in Canada in terms of appeal and participation. Yes, it’s true – there are more golfers in this country than there are hockey players,” said Calderwood.
According to a NAGA economic impact study introduced in 2009, Canada’s golf industry represents more than $11-billion dollars in economic activity across Canada every year and employs more than 155,000 Canadians.
Charitable donations from the industry approach a half billion dollars per year and the golf industry contributes more than $3-billion dollars per year in various tax revenues to governments across Canada.
“The size and scope of the industry is truly incredible and surprises even industry veterans when they hear the numbers,” said Richard Janes, chairman of NAGA and commissioner of the Canadian Tour.