Canadian RV Industry
The economic activity generated by the RV industry is considerable and multi‐faceted including everything from the manufacturing, sales and service of RVs to expenditures to use, store, maintain and travel in RVs. In total, the RV sector generated an estimated 66,000 jobs and delivered $4.7 billion in added value to the Canadian economy from an initial expenditure of $6.1 billion in 2017.
While manufactures and dealers contribute significantly to the total, a majority of the contribution occurs after the initial RV purchase. More specifically, expenditures associated with RV ownership and use account for 78% of the total value added to the Canadian economy. The study revealed that approximately 2.1 million (or 15% of) Canadian households own an RV. Post-purchase spending by this group of owners contributes to the economy through two expenditure categories: non-travel and tourism-related expenditures.
The results of this study demonstrate that the RV industry is a significant contributor to the Canadian economy. Overall, we note that the total economic impact remains significant in 2017 and the total number of RV users and trips has ultimately increased over this period, which is a positive sign in terms of continued industry growth.
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