In Canada, we have many beautiful wilderness areas, lots of forestry and national parks that are located across our nation which include Banff National Park in Alberta, Whistler in British Columbia, and the largest park in Canada, Wood Buffalo National Park in the Northwest Territories. Canada is a diverse land made up of natural and environmental areas. Alberta is known to have the most wildlife and natural areas in our country. They have thousands of parks and natural conserved areas throughout the province. In 2016, studies show that Alberta was the richest province in Canada. They are a wealthy province because they are rich in natural resources from their oil sands which is the third biggest supplier among the world, being topped by Russia and Saudi Arabia. Canada, however is America's biggest trade partner when it comes to oil. TheRichest.com has found that Alberta's GDP per capita is over $75,000 based on sales from the oil industry, their transportation industry as well as the tourism for hunting and fishing in the province.
In Canada, our sport fishing and game hunting could get much bigger and increase business due to the U.S market wanting to come across the border and do hunting on Canada's vast lands. In a study done in 2005, they found that over 9 million Americans during 2004 and 2005 went hunting in Canada and 32 Million went fishing, which caused a boom in the hunting and fishing market. Based on these statistics, they found that tourism and outdoor activities and events like this could change and create much more profit for Canada. Sporting events in America have a market of 40 million people that fund and generate money whether they are old or young or rich or poor. In 2007, they found that $58.6 billion was spent on fishing and hunting which created over 500,000 jobs and $7.6 billion in federal and general taxes in the US.
Many people say hunting is a cruel and domestic act of violence towards animals and nature. Hunting is a big industry and without it, it could affect jobs, money and wildlife. As there may be negatives, there are actually many positives and great things this industry helps us with.
In Canada, the revenue we generate each year is over $6.6 billion dollars yet more than half of the revenue is from Ontario and Quebec with a total of $3.9 billion combined. In Canada, we spend about $1.2 billion on hunting trips and over $70 million on hunting licenses per year. In Ontario, our hunting industry makes more than the Television & Film industry. In British Columbia, they average over 5,000 non BC residents hunting in their parks each year. About 9% of non-resident game hunters harvest what they hunt and collect what they hunted in BC.
GDP of Resident & Non - Resident Hunters
In Nunavut, hunting and collecting resources is a big deal for residents of their Territory. In Nunavut, one third of their population fish or hunt once a week for their daily diet. The Inuit diet consists of red meat, berries, and 60% of their diet consists of fish or seafood.
Mountains of Nunavut & Inukshuk
Many businesses support and help extract these hunting resources and are able to create different products like food for grocery stores, taxidermy art for consumers or even clothing/furniture like jackets, rugs, mats, and many more. The hunting industry has a lot to offer and has lots of uses for the people of Canada. This industry has created thousands of jobs for many people and because of it a lot of money is generated and without it, parts of our nation would go through tough economic times because the benefits from hunting is making our country great again!