Equine Industry Focus


The survey is now closed, results will be compiled and available in the fall. Thank you to everyone who participated.

Ference & Company has been engaged by Horse Council BC with funding from the BC Ministry of Agriculture to conduct an Economic Impact Study of the horse industry in BC to determine its economic benefits and values to the provincial economy. To do so, we are conducting an extensive survey of all horse owners in BC.y.

If you have any questions regarding the project, please contact Hannah Clark, Management Consultant, at Ference & Company (604-688-2424 ext.310).

Funding has been provided for this project the BC Ministry of Agriculture and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, a federal-provincial-territorial investment that includes $2 billion in cost-shared strategic initiatives delivered by the provinces and territories, and $1 billion for federal programs and services through March 2023


Horsepower in B.C.’s Economy!
Data compilation, analysis and writing provided in kind by the BC Ministry of Agriculture        

View the highlights from the 2009 Equine Industry Study

View the complete 2009 Equine Industry Study

This important survey conducted by Horse Council British Columbia (HCBC) found that horses generate an estimated $740 million dollars in economic activity in B.C. and that number may be on the rise.The survey’s results indicate that there are around 100,000 horses in BC on almost 14,000 farms, and that the industry creates some 7200 full time jobs.  Moreover, according to survey respondents, more than ninety percent of horse owners will either be maintaining or increasing their involvement in the industry in the next five years, despite the economic climate.  Investment in buildings and facilities to house horses increased by 120% since 1998. “The survey results show the value of the horse industry to B.C. Horse owners are optimistic about the future of their industry and are committed to their horses’ well-being,” states Lisa Laycock, executive director of Horse Council B.C.  “HCBC is looking forward to developing programs that address issues important for today’s horseman. We appreciate the support of the B.C. provincial government and the Government of Canada for this important initiative.” The survey was conducted in partnership with the B.C. Ministry of Agriculture and Lands. Funding for the survey was provided through Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Canadian Agricultural Adaptation Program. This program is delivered in B.C. by the Investment Agriculture Foundation of B.C.

The purpose of the survey was to understand and document the scope and impact of the horse industry within B.C. A previous industry survey was conducted in 1998 and this new study provides data for comparison to monitor the growth of the sector. Survey respondents included the HCBC membership, racing population, breeders and agricultural voices.


View the 2009 Industry Study selected data with updated electoral district numbers.


Download the results from the 2014 ALR Survey