NAGA Releases 2014 ‘Economic Impact of Golf in Canada’

The total direct economic activity (total direct sales, golf related travel, capital spending) resulting from the Canadian Golf Industry is estimated at $19.7 billion.

Based on direct, indirect and induced impacts, Canada’s 2013 golf cluster economic impact accounts for about $14.3 billion of Canada’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), up from $12.2 billion in 2008.

Other economic contributions of golf in Canada include:

  • 300,100  jobs;
  • $8.3 billion in household income;
  • $1.4 billion in property and other indirect taxes; and,
  • $2.2 billion in federal and provincial income taxes.

For more information on our recent economic impact study, please click on the links below.

Economic impact study of golf for Canada (PDF)

Economic impact study of golf for Canada – Key Findings Report (PDF)

Impact économique du golf au Canada (PDF)

Impact économique du golf au Canada – Rapport des principales conclusions (PDF)

Additional key benefits and impact of golf in Canada include:

  • Environmental BenefitsOver 175,000 hectares of green space managed by approximately 2,308 golf course operators, including 30,000 hectares of unmanaged wildlife habitat under golf course stewardship.
  • Golf Participation SNG estimates, based on starts reported by operators and rounds played reported by Canadian golfers, that approximately 60 million rounds of golf were played in 2013.
  • According to a recent NAVICOM study – there are close to 5.7 million golfers in Canada.
  • Employment Opportunities The Canadian Golf Industry provides an excellent employment opportunity, with as many as 37% of those working at Canadian golf courses being students.
  • Charitable Activity In 2013 there were nearly 37,000 charitable events hosted at Canadian courses (25,000 in 2008). Using conservative estimates, these events raise more than $533 million for charitable causes across Canada.
  • Golf Tourism Canadian travelers make more than 1 million trips involving golf, spending $2.5 billion annually on golf-related travel within Canada (including on-course spending at courses visited). Foreign visiting golfers spent $1.6 billion on golf related travel and on-course spending.

2009 Economic Impact Study of Golf for Canada

Economic impact study of golf for Canada (PDF)

Economic impact study of golf for Canada – Key Findings Report (PDF)