The Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) of Canada congratulated the Canadian government on key measures outlined in the recent federal budget, addressing needs for the RV industry, the RVDA of Canada said in an announcement.

Presented in the House of Commons by Federal Minister of Finance Bill Morneau, the 2016 budget proposes greater investment in national parks and the tourism industry. The budget proposes to promote Canada’s tourism sector as an integral part of the economy. The government proposes $50 million over two years, starting in 2016-17, to Destination Canada to seize opportunities with partners by augmenting marking initiatives in important international markets such as the U.S. and China.

“We are pleased to see the investments in both our tourism industry and national parks, as RVing and camping play vital roles in Canada’s tourism sector,” said Eleonore Hamm, president of RVDA of Canada.

Additionally, the government committed to providing up to $142.3 million over five years to the Parks Canada Agency and National Resources Canada to deliver on commitments for the development of new national parks and national marine conversation areas; the provision of free admission for all visitors to national parks operated by the agency; and the expansion of the Learn to Camp Program.

“As a key component of our ongoing advocacy strategy, we have recommended that the federal government provide targeted investment in camping and RV infrastructure in Canada’s national parks in order to maintain the treasured parts of Canadian history. Investing in this infrastructure will play a critical role in the overall contributions of the tourism industry to future economic development and prosperity,” Hamm said. “Moreover, upgrades in infrastructure are essential if we want to be able to ensure the future of this industry and make it more accessible to all Canadians.”

Contributing $14.5 billion to the Canadian economy per year, the Canadian RV industry makes vital contributions to ongoing tourism and recreation spending across Canada. Some 14% of Canadian households own an RV and there are more than 1 million RVs on Canada’s roads today.

“We are pleased to see these measures outlined in the 2016 federal budget,” Hamm said.  “We look forward to continuing to work with the government on these and other key initiatives to ensure that proactive roles are being taken to develop policies that support all travel and tourism, and recognize RVing as a prosperous tourism activity.”