The purpose was to update the estimate of the level of economic activity supported by the RV industry in Canada. The sector has grown considerably since our last study in 2011. The findings show that not only does RVing continue to be an exceptional way to travel, but it also has a considerable impact on the Canadian economy. The study showcased that in 2017 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.
I would like to thank all those that took the time to respond to the 2017 national payroll survey; results have been emailed or mailed to all those who participated. Our association undertakes this annual national payroll survey to assess how many people are employed in this industry and most importantly, the significant number of dollars involved through payrolls volumes. These stats help support the economic impact our industry has on the country as a whole. Dealers who responded have gotten a report on the average retail shop rate by province, annual payroll by province, as well as, an expanded list of average salaries for dealership staff positions; including benefits.
Remember to register for the RV Dealers Convention/Expo being held in Las Vegas from November 5 – 9, 2018. Our dealer Early-bird registration rate expires at the end of June so make sure you have one person registered to lock in your rate!
This year’s convention will include several new presenters as well as recognized RV industry training experts. Wednesday’s educational sessions include a workshop from millennial expert Gabrielle Bosche. Gabrielle specializes in demystifying the millennial generation and motivating millennials to do and be more. On the Wednesday afternoon, we will also be featuring a panel session of industry and legal experts discussing warranty and product liability issues and the best way to handle these challenges from a dealer’s perspective. Visit www.rvda.org/convention and RVDA of America’s mobile app for up to date workshop schedule and information on confirmed workshops and speakers.
For those of you that are golfers, the RVDA of Alberta will be hosting a Golf Tournament on Sunday, November 4, 2018 at Royal Links Golf Club in Las Vegas, prior to the convention. A registration form can be found inside this newsletter.
Inside this issue as well, you will find a nomination form for the 2018 Canadian RV Dealer of the Year. If you know of a dealer who has shown great dedication to the RV industry and lifestyle, to their customers, employees and peers and has been committed to their community, then make sure you send in a nomination form so that they can receive the recognition they deserve. It does not have to be a dealer in your province; you can nominate anyone in Canada. For further details on the criteria see page15 of June newsletter.
Have a great summer!
Jean-François Lussier, Chairman of the Board
RVDA of Canada