The Motorcyclists Confederation of Canada (MCC) released a major study into the impact of recreational motorcycling on the Canadian economy today. “This is the most comprehensive look at motorcycling in Canada that has ever been undertaken,” said MCC Chair, Kellee Irwin. “It confirms what those of us in the business have known for a very long time – motorcycling is not only a fun and convenient form of recreational activity, it’s big business too.” The study conducted by Smith Gunther Associates Ltd. identified strong performance on several key indicators including:
- Overall economic impact from direct and indirect recreational motorcycling expenditures was $2.68 billion in 2014.
- In 2014, direct expenditures alone on recreational motorcycling were $1.89 billion.
- Motorcyclists contributed $332 million to all three levels of government in the form of taxes on goods and services.
- At least 17,500 Canadians are currently employed in motorcycling-dependent jobs.
- Recreational motorcyclists raised and made $13.2 million in charitable donations in 2014.
- 708,700 people participate in recreational motorcycling in Canada.