Have your say on where our industry stands today!

Langley, BC, May 30, 2019 – Horse Council BC and the BC Ministry of Agriculture are conducting a province-wide Equine Economic Impact Survey. Whether you are a weekend trail rider, a breeder, or a top-ranked barrel racer, your input is invaluable to the creation of an accurate study.

The past ten years have seen significant population growth, economic challenges, and a changing perspective on agriculture and livestock among the general public. These attitudes have a direct impact on issues such as environmental stability and animal welfare. When you add the changes in the economy to these challenges, you can see the need for an in-depth review of the horse industry in its current state. 

A healthy industry is important to ALL horse people. This is your opportunity to have a say on where our industry stands today.

Ference & Company has been engaged by Horse Council BC with funding from the BC Ministry of Agriculture to conduct an Economic Impact Study of the horse industry in BC to determine its economic benefits and values to the provincial economy. To do so, we are conducting an extensive survey of all horse owners in BC. 

Your decision to participate is voluntary but your views are very important. The information you provide will be protected in accordance with The Privacy Act and all information collected will be used solely for research purposes. Your responses will be summarized with other responses and reported only in summary form. Your specific responses will not be attributed to you in any report resulting from this study.  

If you are interested in providing your valuable input, please visit this LINK

The link to the survey can also be found on the HCBC Website.

The survey will take approximately 20 to 25 minutes of your time and will be available until July 25, 2019. The survey is compatible with smartphones and tablets, but we recommend using a desktop where possible. Please note that only one member per household should complete the survey. 

If you have any questions regarding the project, please contact Hannah Clark, Management Consultant, at Ference & Company (604-688-2424, ext.310) or email Hannah Clark.  

Funding for this project has been provided by the BC Ministry of Agriculture and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, a federal-provincial-territorial investment that includes $2 billion in cost-shared strategic initiatives delivered by the provinces and territories, and $1 billion for federal programs and services through March 2023.