For years the Canadian golf industry has often been treated as a luxury business full of rainbows and pots of gold – on Tuesday they plan to tell the Canadian government that their business is one that needs fair and equal attention for what it provides to the Canadian economy.
On June 7th representatives from the National Allied Golf Associations (NAGA) will be on Parliament Hill in Ottawa to meet with Members of Parliaments, Senators, and senior policy advisors. NAGA is a national golf organization comprised of the Canadian Golf Superintendents Association (CGSA), Canadian Professional Golfers Association (CPGA), Canadian Society of Club Managers (CSCM), Canadian Professional Golf Tour (CPGT), National Golf Course Owners Association Canada (NGCOA) and the Royal Canadian Golf Association (RCGA), dedicated to improving all sectors of golf in Canada. Formed in 1999, NAGA’s objective is to work cooperatively together as industry leaders ensuring a strong future for golf in Canada.
The group says their objectives for the Hill visit are to establish golf as a vital industry and not just a great game, to build important relationships with key decision makers, and to request tax fairness through a correction to the Income Tax Act that currently does not allow business people any tax deduction when entertaining clients at golf courses despite such an important business allowance for all other industries.
The events include a reception with Ministers, MPs, Senators, and their senior staff, a breakfast meeting hosted by the new Minister of State for Sports, The Honourable Bal Gosal, dozens of pre-arranged meetings with individual government officials from all parties and departments, a press conference for the political media and attendance at Question Period.
“Government typically does not understand our industry very well and there a lot of misconceptions to be cleared up,” explains Jeff Calderwood, CEO of the National Golf Course Owners Association Canada and NAGA government relations director. “We need to explain the very positive economic impact, environmental stewardship and healthy recreational lifestyle benefits that golf provides to Canadian society. And once we establish that we are indeed an important industry, we need to correct the flaw in the Income Tax Act so that we can effectively grow that corporate sector of the game without the deterrent of unfair taxation.”
This federal awareness day follows other ones completed this spring at a provincial level.