Keep FISHING and HUNTING open in Ontario during the pandemic!
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If you care about hunting and fishing as much you say you do sign. Last time I checked Canada is the land of the free and these are completely acceptable social distancing activities.
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We already abide by a ton of strict rules and numerous regulations when hunting and fishing in Ontario. These are already heavily regulated activities of which we all know the rules.
Each of us have a vested interest in supporting each other during this time.
This petition is to ensure that we continue to be able to hunt and fish in 2020 and that we are not subjected at any point to a ban from the Government of Ontario during the Covid19 pandemic.
The Government of Ontario should continue to allow all Hunters and Anglers with a valid license or tag in the province of Ontario to hunt and fish given our major economic impact on the province.
We are all protected by the Charter of Rights in Canada therefore it is our right to hunt and fish.
All Hunters and Anglers are more than willing to follow social distancing rules and guidelines when participating in these activities.
- Hunters should continue to be allowed to hunt with members of their own household.
- Anglers should continue to be allowed to fish with members of their own household.
Ontario Anglers spend $2.2 billion dollars a year in the province.
There are 450,000 hunters and 1.27 million anglers in Ontario.
Fishing and hunting are essential for food, mental health and are excellent social distancing activities that should be permitted to continue during the Covid19 pandemic.
Please be reminded that we have all paid for our full licensing fees for 2020.
The Conference Board of Canada administered a survey to gauge spending on each of the four activities in 2018. Data on their reported spending habits and data on the total number of anglers, hunters, trappers, and sport shooters in each of the provinces and territories were used to compute the spending on the four activities. In total, an estimated $18.9 billion was spent in 2018 on fishing, hunting, trapping, and sport-shooting activities. More than half of this total spending was on fishing-related activities. Not surprisingly, most of the spending was in the two largest provinces, Ontario and Quebec.
The direct impact of spending associated with the four activities as well as how that direct economic impact ripples through to suppliers and the wider economy was estimated to arrive at the total impact. The total economic footprint of fishing, hunting, trapping, and sport shooting was $13.2 billion in 2018. This represents a substantial 0.6 per cent of national gross domestic product (GDP). The economic activity generated by these activities supported just under 107,000 jobs and generated $6.4 billion in labour income. There were also notable fiscal benefits—in 2018, the four activities together generated $6.1 billion in federal and provincial government revenues.
Among the four activities, fishing leaves the biggest footprint. Three million people across the country fish, and in 2018, $10 billion was spent on fishing alone. This spending contributed $7 billion to total GDP, supported an estimated 58,000 jobs across the country, and generated $3.5 billion in labour income.
While recreation is the primary motivation for participating in all four activities according to the survey respondents, one-quarter of those who hunt also do so for food or sustenance. There are 1.3 million hunters in Canada. Hunting spending totalled $5.9 billion in 2018. The resulting contribution to GDP was $4.1 billion. Hunting supported 33,000 jobs and generated just under $2 billion in labour income.
There are just under 45,000 trappers in Canada. Ontario and Alberta accounted for 43 per cent of total national expenses related to trapping in 2018. In total, $131 million was spent on trapping in Canada last year. The impact of trapping on GDP was $91 million, supporting 738 jobs and generating $44 million in labour income.
ALL HUNTERS AND ANGLERS IN THE PROVINCE OF ONTARIO EXPECT THAT OUR PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT WILL CONTINUE TO ALLOW HUNTING AND FISHING ACTIVITIES DURING THE COVID19 PANDEMIC.
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