CSAAA to represent sporting arms business owners at Guns & Gangs Summit in Ottawa

CSAAA President Wes Winkel has been invited by the Minister of Public Safety's office to represent Canadian sporting arms businesses at the government's Guns and Gangs Summit in Ottawa on Wednesday.
"We're not sure what to expect, but we want to be sure we are fully aware of the discussion taking place and able to offer our technical expertise on firearms, current regulations in practice, as well as feedback on the feasibility of ideas and how they would affect sporting arms business owners in Canada," said Winkel.
"As the representatives of hundreds of responsible small business owners employing an estimated 25,000 Canadians, it is our mission to ensure our members are not unfairly represented in this process or unduly harmed by any proposed initiatives. We believe our business members can, and should, be part of the solution to the issue of illegal and criminal firearms transactions, while respecting and protecting the lawful sale and use of sporting arms in Canada," added Winkel.

CSAAA responds to MEC decision to drop VISTA Outdoor brands


For immediate release

PETERBOROUGH, ON March 2, 2018 – As representatives of Canada’s sporting arms business owners, the Canadian Sporting Arms and Ammunition Association (CSAAA) was extremely disappointed to hear the recent decision by Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC) to abandon VISTA Outdoor as a supplier and appalled at the vilification of VISTA and its employees.

It is an emotional time and the CSAAA has been careful not to step forward during a time when passions are running high and reasonable discussion is not yet possible. However, we cannot stand by when good people, working in a responsible Canadian industry are being targeted unfairly.

There are nearly 4,500 firearm and ammunition businesses in Canada, employing and estimated 25,000 Canadians. Most of these are small business owners. These are hard working Canadians with families, supporting their local communities, raising their kids, and just as concerned about the safety and well-being of their families as every other parent and citizen.

By making an emotional decision in response to the demands of an ill-informed membership base in the wake of a very tragic event occurring outside of Canada, MEC has unfairly smeared these Canadian business owners and their employees and put their jobs and livelihoods at risk all for the sake of a few minutes of good PR.

The outcry from MEC members stemmed from VISTA Outdoor’s ownership of Savage Arms; which manufacturers modern sporting arms. In Canada, we have a very stringent firearms culture and regulatory environment and while these firearms are available in Canada, they are classified as restricted, requiring extensive training and background checks to obtain a license, and fire one bullet at a time from a magazine limited to five rounds. In practical terms, they are no more dangerous in Canada than a typical hunting rifle.

Savage Arms Canada, a longtime member of the CSAAA, employs nearly 140 people in the small town of Lakefield, Ontario where they have been manufacturing sporting rifles since 1969 (originally as Lakefield Arms).

Canadian firearms businesses and owners operate in one of the most regulated environments in the world. “If there was any evidence that further restricting law abiding business owners and gun owners would make our country safer, our industry members would be on board,” said Wes Winkel, president of the CSAAA and owner of Ellwood Epps Sporting Goods in Orillia, Ontario.

School shootings are at the heart of the current public debate over firearms regulations, and this is an issue for all Canadians, including CSAAA members. All of us want to know our children are safe when they are at school. But Canada’s regulatory environment already provides the most stringent protection around the purchase and ownership of firearms. No additional firearms regulations are going to prevent a disturbed individual from carrying out a deranged plan to attack a school. The real solution needs to focus on access to our schools and it is the position of the CSAAA that metal detectors in schools are the most effective preventative measure we can take to protect our schools from this type of crime.

Metal detectors have been a proven method of enhancing security and are currently used in stadiums, government buildings, court houses, airports and banks. Why would we not take this simple step to secure our children from all dangerous weapons entering their schools?

And most importantly, our focus, and our tax funding, needs to be spent on the most proven violence prevention efforts that focus on key public health strategies at the individual, community and societal levels to better identify and prevent violent behaviour.

“While no method of security brings 100 per cent protection, it is time that our society stops wasting time and resources on ineffective gun control and starts directing their efforts on proven security measures to protect our children,” said Winkel. “There is no evidence that escalating the level of red tape on licensed, law-abiding gun owners in Canada will enhance the safety of our children at school. For our society to continue to push and pay for these initiatives prevents us from getting to real solutions.”


For more information, contact

Alison de Groot, Managing Director

Canadian Sporting Arms and Ammunition Association (CSAAA)

P.O. Box 2343,

Peterborough, ON K9J 7Y8





Interviews with Mr. Wes Winkel, President CSAAA, are available, please contact us to arrange. Founded in 1973, the CSAAA represents Canadian manufacturers, distributors, wholesalers and retailers in the sporting arms industry. We promote our members’ commitment to the legal sales of firearms, ammunition, archery equipment and hunting and shooting sports accessories. . We support and promote hunting and shooting sports as heritage activities and our small business owners as meaningful contributors to their local and our national economies.

Industry leader Daniel Legault passes away at 59

It is with great sadness we share the news of the passing of Daniel Legault, longtime General Manager of Browning Canada and a true leader of the shooting sports industry. Mr. Legault passed away late Saturday, February 24th at the age of 59 after a stoic fight against cancer.

Mr. Legault is survived by his wife Mrs. Josée Simard, his children Jean-François (Marie-Claude Huot) and Stephanie (Benoit Brunet), his grandchildren: Samuel, Anthony and Émy, his sister Sylvie, his brother Pierre, his brothers-in-law , sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces and other relatives and friends.

The family will receive condolences on Friday, March 2nd from 2 to 5 pm and from 7 to 9 pm at:

Goyer Funeral Complex
105 boul. Desjardins Est

The family has asked that donations in remembrance of Mr. Legault be directed to the Pallia-Vie Foundation. Please see the link below to send condolences.



5th Annual Canadian Reception at SHOT Show

Join us, Wednesday, January 24, 2018, 7 PM, at the Stratosphere Tower in Las Vegas!

The Canadian Reception at SHOT is moving up, way up!  The Canadian Sporting Arms and Ammunition Association (CSAAA) and the Canadian Shooting Sports Association (CSAA) are pleased to present the 5th annual Canadian Industry Reception at the SHOT Show. This event provides an importing social networking opportunity for Canadian industry professionals attending SHOT Show.

This year's event will be held on the 108th Floor of the Stratosphere Tower, 2000 S. Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, home of the most spectacular view in Las Vegas. There will be plenty of hors d'oeuvres and friendly libations.

Register early as space is limited.  Pre-registration is required.  Sponsorships are also available. Register or sponsor online here: http://conta.cc/2y8lPDj

CSAAA 2018 Trade Show Registration Open

CSAAA 2018: Ottawa - February 11-12 & Calgary - February 18-19

The Canadian Sporting Arms and Ammunition Association (CSAAA) National Trade Show is quickly becoming Canada’s SHOT Show. This event features Canada’s leading distributors and wholesalers showcasing the top firearms, ammunition, archery, apparel and accessory brands for the hunting and shooting sports retailer. With Canadian product availability and pricing!

After a number of successful years growing this event in Calgary, Alberta, the CSAAA is pleased to announce we are expanding east in 2018! We are adding an additional event in at the EY Centre in Ottawa, Ontario, February 18-19, 2018.

With 30,000 square feet of exhibit space in Ottawa and 25,000 square feet of space in Calgary, CSAAA 2018 will be the largest dealer-only buying show in Canada.

Mark your calendars for CSAAA 2018 EAST and WEST! Download and complete your exhibitor or dealer attendee registration today!

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CSAAA supports deferral of Firearms Marking Regulation

PETERBOROUGH, ON, May 19, 2017 / CSAAA/ - The Canadian Sporting Arms and Ammunition Association (CSAAA) applauds the Government’s decision to defer the implementation of the Canadian Firearms Marking Regulation until more work is done on its content.

The CSAAA represents Canadian small business owners in the firearms sector including importers, distributors, wholesalers and outdoor retailers from across the country. While CSAAA members strongly support any initiative that targets illegal firearms sales and trade, the association had concerns about the now 13-year-old wording in the Canadian Firearms Regulation. The dated version does not take into account current industry practices and technologies that allow businesses to provide instant and accurate tracking of imported and exported firearms using information already marked on the firearm, specifically the make and serial number.

The association urged the Minister of Public Safety to consider re-drafting Canada’s marking regulation to reflect these more modern practices, requiring all firearms imported into or exported from Canada to have the make and a unique serial number marked on them. The current version of the outdated regulation requires a new non-unique marking that would dramatically increase the cost of imported firearms, cause safety concerns and possibly increase demand for black market firearms in Canada without adding anything to the traceability of the firearm.

“As business owners, we have a vested interest in working with the government and global community to stop the illegal sale of firearms,” said Wes Winkel, President of the Board of Directors of the CSAAA and owner of a firearms retail business. “We want all firearms sales to be conducted through a legitimate Canadian retailer operating within the regulatory environment. It’s safer for the Canadian public, and better for business.”

Winkel said the CSAAA supports the government’s decision to defer the marking regulation and has committed to working with the government toward a re-drafted version that achieves the goals outlined in the UN Firearms Protocol, the impetus for the Canadian regulation, but does not punish legitimate Canadian firearms business owners.

“The vast majority of business owners in the firearms sector are small businesses,” Winkel added. “Many of them are located in smaller, rural or northern communities where they are key employers and key contributors to their local economies. We don’t want an outdated regulation to result in unnecessary cost burdens that cause the loss of these businesses and jobs in their communities.”


For more information, contact:

Alison de Groot, Managing Director




REGISTER TODAY  for Dealer Training Day June 5th, 2017!

Advance registration is now open for CSAAA Dealer Training Day on June 5th! Canadian sporting arms dealers are invited to join the CSAAA on June 5th, 2017, 9AM-4PM, Stittsville Shooting Ranges, Stittsville, Ontario, for a day of hands-on experiences on the ranges with Canada’s leading manufacturers and distributors of the world’s best firearm, ammunition and archery brands. Experience the latest models in person, bring your staff for one-on-one training with brand representatives. Your day includes lunch, all-day coffee station, bottled water.




Industry Reception & CSAAA AGM 

Following a great day on the Range, join us for the industry reception at 4:45 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Kanata followed by the CSAAA Annual General Meeting.

*Must be present to win prize drawing. Prizes will be drawn at lunch on the range and  following the Industry Reception at the Holiday Inn Kanata.


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CSAAA teams up with the Canadian Federation of Independent Business

Adding new services, savings and even more lobbying power

PETERBOROUGH, ON, December 19, 2016 - CSAAA is very pleased to announce that we have partnered with the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) to extend the many benefits of CFIB to CSAAA members.  By working together, we are able to provide independent businesses in our sector access to business assistance, savings programs and an event stronger voice at all levels of government.  Through this partnership, CSAAA members will enjoy reduced CFIB membership fees; a savings that will also benefit members already affiliated with both associations.

Some of the many benefits made available through CFIB are:

  • Access to significant discounts on: payment processing, business banking, group benefits, telecom services, website building and hosting, e-mail marketing, recruiting, staff training, payroll processing, courier and freight shipping and more.
  • Unlimited access to CFIB Business Counselors for advice on: government compliance and regulations, employment standards, exporting and importing, health and safety, hiring and managing employees, selling to government, workers’ compensation and more.
  • Online business training courses and webinars for both employers and employees

These are just a few examples of how CFIB can help CSAAA members improve your business.  Since 1971, CFIB has also been working on behalf of its 109,000 members to improve the entrepreneurial environment in Canada.

With a number of CSAAA members who are already members of CFIB and the excellent synergies between the two associations, this new partnership was a logical step.  CFIB’s lobbying efforts and extensive business support resources benefit independent businesses across the country.

“One call to CFIB’s Business Counsellors more than pays for our membership and the savings on payment processing actually improved our bottom line. Now we get our CFIB membership through CSAAA for a fraction of the cost and we have the support of their team of small business lobbyists.”

– Wes Winkel, Owner Ellwood Epps Sporting Goods, President CSAAA Board of Directors

As a result of this new partnership, CSAAA membership rates for 2017 will increase.  However, the cost-savings from of any one of the many new benefits available to CSAAA members will more than pay back this increase.  Our 2017 membership rates are as follows:

  • Retailer (1-24 locations) $250 per store or e-commerce site
  • Mass Merchant (25+ locations) $230 per store
  • Manufacturer $650
  • Distributor/Wholesaler $650
  • Independent Sales Agent $350

Please note: only Canadian-owned, independent business based in Canada are eligible to be members of CFIB.

If you have any questions about our new partnership with CFIB, please contact Alison de Groot, Managing Director of CSAAA at 1-705-875-2302 or email info.csaaa@gmail.com for more details.

If you’d like more information about CFIB, just call our main contact at CFIB, Richard DeMarco, at 1-800-667-3436

Or join us at the CSAAA 2017 Trade Show, January 29-30 in Calgary, Alberta where we will have CFIB representatives on hand to present all your new benefits and an update on the small business forecast for Canada.

We are very excited about this new relationship and encourage all members to find out more about CFIB at www.cfib.ca.

CSAAA 2017 trade show attendee registration now open

CSAAA 2017 is bigger and better than ever!  With more than 25,000 square feet of exhibit space, a brand new resort hotel minutes from downtown Calgary and a short drive to Banff, there's every reason to come to Calgary January 29-30, 2017, at the Grey Eagle Resort, Casino & Event Centre.

Canada's best-known distributors will be showcasing hundreds of shooting sports, hunting and law enforcement brands at Canada's only national sporting arms and ammunition trade show designed just for Canadian dealers.

Your 2017 CSAAA Retail Membership includes four passes to the show for you and your staff.  Show passes include access to the trade show floor, coffee breaks and lunch both show days and an invitation to the Industry Reception & Dinner on Sunday, January 29th presented by Korth Group followed by a special performance by the band Nice Horse, sponsored by Big Rock Canada.

NEW! Your 2017 CSAAA membership now includes a membership in the Canadian Federation of Independent Businesses (CFIB).  CSAAA has partnered with CFIB to expand our member benefits, increase our influence and reach to government and provide incredible savings on business services to our members.  CFIB representatives will be on hand at CSAAA2017 to update members on all of your new benefits.

Discount hotel rooms are available at the Grey Eagle Resort, just $149 per night with complimentary breakfast included.  Click here to book your CSAAA rooms or call 1-844-719-8777.

Come early and take advantage of our special discounted Banff/Lake Louise Tour exclusively for CSAAA attendees.  The tour leaves the Grey Eagle Resort at 9 a.m. on Saturday, January 28th and returns that evening. See registration package for details.

Download and complete your CSAAA 2017 Membership/Registration to confirm your show passes today! Click here for CSAAA 2017 Membership/Attendee Registration Form


CSAAA 2017 est plus grand et meilleur que jamais! Avec plus de 7600 mètres carrés d'espace d'exposition, un nouvel hôtel à proximité du centre-ville de Calgary et un court trajet en voiture à Banff, il ya toutes les raisons de venir à Calgary, 29-30 janvier, à la Grey Eagle Resort, Casino & Event Centre.

Les distributeurs les plus connus du Canada présenteront des centaines de tir sportif et la chasse à le seulement nationales le commerce spectacle du conçu juste pour les concessionnaires canadiens.

Votre 2017 CSAAA adhésion de détail comprennent quatre passes pour le spectacle pour vous et votre personnel. Voir passes comprennent l'accès au salon-de-chaussée, les pauses café et le déjeuner deux jours de spectacle et une invitation à la réception et dîner de l'Industrie le dimanche 29 janvier présenté par le Korth Group, suivi d'une représentation spéciale du groupe Nice Horse, parrainé par Big Rock Canada.

NOUVEAU! Votre adhésion à l'ACSAA de 2017 comprend maintenant une adhésion à la Fédération canadienne des entreprises indépendantes (FCEI). La CSAAA s'est associée à la FCEI pour élargir ses avantages aux membres, accroître notre influence et atteindre le gouvernement et offrir des économies incroyables aux services aux entreprises à nos membres. Les représentants de la FCEI seront présents au CSAAA2017 pour mettre à jour les membres sur toutes vos nouvelles prestations.

Des chambres d'hôtel à prix réduits sont disponibles à la Grey Eagle Resort, juste $149 par nuit avec petit déjeuner gratuit inclus. Cliquez ici pour réserver vos chambres ou appelez 1-844-719-8777.

Téléchargez et remplissez votre CSAAA 2016 Adhésion / Inscription aujourd'hui! Click here for CSAAA 2017 Membership/Attendee Registration Form

For more information, contact:

Alison de Groot