Press Release: Golf’s GDP Contribution up 14.5% Nationally to $18.2 Billion and 82.3% in BC to $3.7 Billion

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 5, 2020

Report data highlights the importance of the golf industry to both the Canadian and Provincial economies; golf contributes 248,878 jobs nationally and 51,183 jobs in British Columbia

British Columbia is the second largest contributor to the national GDP total

Golf industry contributed approximately $3.9B in government tax revenue in 2019 ($1.8B federal and $2.1B provincial); British Columbia’s golf industry contributed $858.0M to government tax revenues (up 259.1% from $331.2M in 2013)

Delta, BC – The recently released Economic Impact of Golf in Canada report released by the National Allied Golf Association (We are Golf) underscores the importance of the Golf Industry in Canada and British Columbia. The headline statistic in the report details that the Canadian golf industry contributed $18.2 billion to national GDP in 2019, which is up 14.5% from the previous report, released in 2014 which was based on data from 2013. 

Focusing on the figures for British Columbia, the report identified a contribution of $3.7 billion British Columbia’s GDP, an increase of 82.3% from the 2013 data. The Allied Golf Association of BC (AGA-BC) sees the report as an indication of the golf industry’s strength in B.C. and a reinforcement of the importance of golf to British Columbia’s economy.

To me, what stands out is that there are numerous indicators pointing to strength across the Canadian and British Columbia golf industries. The NAGA report and the recent data highlighting the increase in rounds played during summer 2020 to yOy national growth of 11.5% and provincial growth of 16.8%, both speak to the work the Canadian golf industry, as a collective, has done to grow the game, create stability and lay the groundwork for continued success,” said Trevor Smith, president of the Allied Golf Association of British Columbia.

Highlights for the Canadian Golf Industry:

  • $18.2 Billion to Canada’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), up 14.5% from $15.9 Billion (2109$) reported in the 2014 report (2013 data)
  • 248,878 direct and indirect jobs with as many as 48% of those identified as students.
  • $10.6 Billion in Household Income (direct, indirect & induced, up 27.7% from $8.3 Billion in 2013)
  • $19.3 Billion in Spending from green fees to equipment, including $8.6 Billion in golf-related travel.
  • $3.9 Billion in Government Tax Revenue ($1.8B federal and $2.1B provincial)
  • $727 Million industry-wide on capital expenditures.

Highlights for the British Columbia Golf Industry:

  • $3.7 Billion toward British Columbia’s GDP (up 82.3% from 2.03 Billion in 2013)
  • 52,183 Jobs (up 18.6% from 44,000 in 2013)
  • $2.3 Billion in Household Income (up 81.1% from 1.27 Billion in 2013)
  • $858.0 Million in Taxes (331.2 Million in 2013)
  • 2nd largest contributor nationally to Ontario

As the unifying voice of five major golf industry associations in British Columbia, the AGA-BC also looks closely at how the industry coordinates amongst varied associations to achieve positive results. In this vein, Smith also highlighted collaboration as a key contributor to recent successes and as a core pillar of continued growth. 

“One highlight in the report that could be missed is that the growth encompassed gains in both primary and supporting categories,” said Smith. “This goes to show that strong Canadian and British Columbian golf industries require all partners to be invested, involved, and collaborative. We all play a role in the success of golf – the more we can work together, the more we will be able to support the growth of the game, the economy of British Columbia, and the economic outlook for Canada, as a whole.” 

Links to the full report and more information about the economic impacts of the golf industry in British Columbia can be found on the AGA of BC’s Website:

Golf in Canada Contributed $18.2B to GDP in 2019 – $3.7B from British Columbia
BC Golf Rounds up 16.8% – Increase Outpaces the National Average
Economic Impact Studies & Reports
Report Link: Economic Impact of Golf In Canada (2019)

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ABOUT THE ALLIED GOLF ASSOCIATION OF BRITISH COLUMBIA

The Allied Golf Association of British Columbia (AGA-BC) is a member of the National Allied Golf Association and unifies five provincial golf industry sector organizations (British Columbia Golf, British Columbia Golf Marketing Alliance, British Columbia Golf Superintendents Association, Canadian Society of Club Managers – BC, Western Canada Turf Grass Association) to provide one cohesive voice for the golf industry of British Columbia.

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Trevor Smith
President
Allied Golf Association of BC
(250) 320-6411
president@aga-bc.org 

Trisha Larsen
Principal      
The Web Advisors
(778) 475-3392
trisha@thewebadvisors.ca    

Golf in Canada Contributed $18.2B to GDP in 2019 – $3.7B from British Columbia

The National Allied Golf Association (NAGA) recently released the 2019 Economic Impact Study of Golf in Canada.

Canadian Golf Industry Highlights Include:

  • $18.2 Billion to Canada’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), up 14.5% from $15.9 Billion (2109$) reported in the 2014 report (2013 data)
  • 248,878 direct and indirect jobs with as many as 48% of those identified as students.
  • $10.6 Billion in Household Income (direct, indirect & induced, up 27.7% from $8.3 Billion in 2013)
  • $19.3 Billion in Spending from green fees to equipment, including $8.6 Billion in golf-related travel.
  • $3.9 Billion in Government Tax Revenue ($1.8B federal and $2.1B provincial)
  • $727 Million industry-wide on capital expenditures.

Golf’s economic impact in Canada continues to outpace all other participation sports combined. Furthermore, the contribution of the golf industry is larger than all performing arts and spectator sports combined, including the NHL.

The report highlights the important role golf plays in all regions across the country. For British Columbia, the influence of the golf industry is underscored by the fact that approximately 2.5% of the total workforce is either directly or indirectly engaged in golf-related employment. (2018 data from Work BC and the NAGA report).

Highlights for the British Columbia Golf Industry include:

  • $3.7 Billion toward British Columbia’s GDP (up 82.3% from 2.03 Billion in 2013)
  • 52,183 Jobs (up 18.6% from 44,000 in 2013)
  • $2.3 Billion in Household Income (up 81.1% from 1.27 Billion in 2013)
  • $858.0 Million in Taxes (331.2 Million in 2013)
  • 2nd largest contributor nationally to Ontario

Trevor Smith, president of the AGA-BC, sees the report as a further highlight of the role all golf industry stakeholders play in supporting a strong economy in British Columbia:

To me, what stands out is that there are numerous indicators pointing to strength across the Canadian and British Columbia golf industries. The NAGA report and the recent data highlighting the increase in rounds played during summer 2020 to yOy national growth of 11.5% and provincial growth of 16.8%, both speak to the work the Canadian golf industry, as a collective, has done to grow the game, create stability and lay the groundwork for continued success.

One highlight in the report that could be missed is that the growth encompassed gains in both primary and supporting categories. This goes to show that strong Canadian and British Columbian golf industries require all partners to be invested, involved, and collaborative. We all play a role in the success of golf – the more we can work together, the more we will be able to support the growth of the game, the economy of British Columbia, and the economic outlook for Canada, as a whole.

Trevor Smith, President – Allied Golf Association of BC

Amidst the current economic uncertainty and COVID-19, historical comparisons may be harder to apply to 2021 projections. However, as Smith pointed out, the report provides yet another indication of the strength of the golf industry in British Columbia and Canada as a whole. Combining these figures with the recently released 2020 golf round statistics helps to provide context for planning and forecasting into 2021.

As more information and statistics are released, the AGA-BC will continue to update members and provide resources to help ensure we are all in a position to confidently plan for next season.