The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) Canada, along with members of the Canadian recreational boating industry are gathering on Parliament Hill in Ottawa today for its third annual Recreational Boating Day on the Hill.
The purpose of the event is to advocate on behalf of the industry's 67,000 Canadian marine industry workers and 4,400 companies that provide goods and services to Canadian and international boaters. Industry participants attending the Day on the Hill include representatives from Boating Ontario, Boating BC, Honda Canada, Princecraft Boats, Mustang Survival, Connor Industries/Stanley Boats, Power Boating Canada, Scepter Corporation, BRP, Brunswick Corporation, BoatSmart! Canada, Mercury Marine Limited, Yamaha Motor Canada, HD Brown/Sidewind Marine, Suzuki Canada, and Starcraft and Smokercraft Canada.
"The recreational boating industry generates approximately $8.9 billion in revenues and $5 billion in GDP, and we want to ensure that number continues to grow,' said Sara Anghel, executive director/vice-president government relations, NMMA Canada. "We're on Parliament Hill this week to educate our policy makers on the significant impact of recreational boating on Canada's economy and to find ways to work together with the federal government to expand this positive economic impact.'
With the start to boating season kicking off at the end of May, the Recreational Boating Day on the Hill provides members of the Canadian recreational boating industry with a platform to meet with a range of Parliamentarians and government officials to engage on policy issues of importance and relevance to Canada's recreational boating sector.
While meeting with policy makers, Recreational Boating Day on the Hill attendees will also address issues including Parks Canada waterways hours of operation, cross-border pricing issues and international trade barriers.