Study suggests ATV industry is N.B.'s fastest-growing, family-oriented sport

A recent study suggests New Brunswick's ATV industry is New Brunswick's fastest-growing family-oriented sport.

New Brunswick ATV Federation president Roger Daigle says the industry generates around $15.4 million in tax revenue for the province and approximately $1.8 million in infrastructure investments by its 56 clubs.

Daigle says capital and activities expenditures amount to $358.7 million, resulting in more than 4,700 New Brunswick jobs with employment incomes of $165 million, and tourism revenues of at least $76 million.

He says the figures are expected to help the Federation and its club members convince Government that ATVing as a tourism product is financially sound and speed up approvals for the use of Crown lands and roads so riders can access services like hotels, restaurants, and gas stations within municipalities.

Daigle notes that, over the past year, several communities have granted ATVers access to municipal streets but adds the timeliness for provincial approval and a lack of funding are impeding progress needed for the ATV industry to become a world-class tourism product in New Brunswick.