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Economic Impact of Parks Canada

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This report presents an account of the methodology used to derive the data used in the analysis, a summary of the spending by Parks Canada and its visitors within Canada (by program and jurisdiction), and two chapters describing the economic impacts associated with this spending. The analysis is presented separately for the results on a national level and for each of the provinces and territories.

This report presents the results of an analysis of the estimated economic impacts of Parks Canada nationally and within each province and territory. The national analysis incorporates all impacts associated with the spending occurring in all provinces and territories, whereas the provincial/territorial analysis includes those impacts felt within the province or territory where the expenditure was made, along with the impact of these expenditures on other provinces and territories.

The measures of economic impacts used in this study are defined:

- Gross Domestic Product - GDP includes labour income and the net income of incorporated businesses (profits), In simpler terms, it represents the net value of production (or value added) resulting within defined geographical boundaries.

- Labour Income - This includes workers wages (amount of wages and salaries paid to individuals), supplementary labour income and the net income of unincorporated businesses.

- Employment - Employment, measured as Full-Time Equivalents (FTEs), is the equivalent of one year of work for one person.

For example, three individuals working for a four-month period would equal one FTE, or five FTEs could represent one individual holding a full-time position for five years.

- Tax Revenue - In this study taxes are calculated by jurisdiction – i.e. at the federal, provincial/territorial and municipal levels.

Prepared for:
Parks Canada Agency, Gatineau
Prepared by:
The Outspan Group Inc., Amherst Island

April, 2011

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