Our experience in economic impact assessment extends back to 1998 when we developed a methodology for conducting agricultural impact assessments at the local/regional level. To date HCA has completed agri-economic impacts studies in over 25 counties/districts and surveyed over 2,500 agriculture related businesses. We have also examined the economic impacts of farmers’ markets across Ontario, the aquaculture industry in Northern Ontario, and the tourism sector in Huron County.
The impact studies conducted by HCA provide communities with a better understanding of the reference industry/sector/project and how it relates to the local and wider economy. The research is based on a straight-forward analysis that presents information in an easy to understand format. Results are summarized in clear and concise statements that serve to highlight the importance of the reference industry/sector/project in the local economy. The methodology used by HCA can be generalized to any sector of the economy.
In the case of the agriculture sector, the results of the economic impact studies have been used effectively to heighten the profile of agriculture at the local and provincial level which and have been particularly relevant in the wake municipal restructuring and the consolidation of rural townships.
here are two sample projects: “The Economic Impact of Snowmobiling in Ontario” and “Measuring the Economic Impacts of the Ontario Risk Management Program“.