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 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 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

Senate Bill S-223 Update

Just received a briefing on Bill S-223 and wanted to share some updated information. While the bill is still being reviewed, here's some of the points to keep in mind.

1. This is a Private Member's Bill put forward by Senator Céline Hervieux-Payette, not by the Liberal Party. Senator Hervieux-Payette is a member of the Liberal Party however, and served as Leader of the Opposition in the Senate from 2007-2008. In 2015 she tabled Bill S-231 'An Act to amend the Firearms Act, the Criminal Code and the Defence Production Act', an earlier version of the current bill, which died in August, 2015 when Parliament was dissolved.

2. Senator Hervieux-Payette is scheduled to retire on April 22nd. It is not clear if the bill dies when its sponsor retires. Technically, the bill requires a sponsor to proceed.

3. We will know what support is coming from the Liberal Party today, as they are scheduled to speak to the bill sometime today. Following first reading, both the Liberals and the Conservatives have an opportunity to speak to the bill. The Conservatives have not yet been scheduled to speak.

Once both parties have spoken to the proposed bill, it will move to second reading in the Senate. It will then be voted dead or voted to a Senate committee for review. After the committee has reviewed the bill and made any recommended changes, the bill's sponsor can then put the bill forward for third reading with or without the committee recommendations. It is then voted on for the final time by the Senate. If the bill wins Senate approval at this point, it would go to the House of Commons and start the process all over again.

4. Senate bills rarely succeed. Private Member's Bills rarely succeed.

5. It appears the main objective of the bill is to carve out a minimal group of firearms suitable for hunting purposes and move everything else into the restricted or prohibited category. The restricted category is renamed "conscripted".

All "conscripted" firearms would be restricted to storage at a gun club or other approved federal facility and could only be transported by an authorized transporter.

The way the bill is currently written and being interpreted is that only smooth bore shotguns, except semi-automatic, and semi-automatic .22 calibre rifles would fit the definition of hunting firearms. Everything else would fall into the new "conscripted" or restricted category.

All firearms would be required to be "inscribed" which Hervieux-Payette has stated replaces "registered".

The Senator's earlier version, Bill S-231 had little or no support from the Liberal party. It's not clear what prompted her to introduce this new version just days before she is scheduled to retire.

More to come as this unfolds...

We have work to do, and we need your support!

Become a member of CSAAA today to ensure your voice is heard in Ottawa.

If you haven't yet read the Liberal agenda for firearms in Canada, you need to.  The Canadian Sporting Arms and Ammunition Industry has never needed a strong collective voice more than now.  Our industry will need have a constant presence in Ottawa to maintain and defend our interests in this new political environment.

If you are a Canadian Sporting Arms or Ammunition manufacturer, wholesaler, distributor or retailer, it's time for you to become a member of the CSAAA. Read our membership information, and download the membership application today.


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