Canadian Regional Marine Trade Associations  

Atlantic Marine Trades Association

The Atlantic Marine Trades Association is the official voice of the recreational boating industry in Canada's Maritime Provinces. AMTA is a not-for-profit organization governed by a volunteer Board of Directors working to grow and enhance boating in the Atlantic Region of Canada. AMTA members include manufacturers, distributors, wholesalers, dealers and brokers of yachts, boats, engines and accessories, as well as marina operators, recreational marine service providers and other boating-related organizations. AMTA is the owner of the Halifax International Boat Show in Nova Scotia and a partner in Discover Boating.

Boating BC

It's members are provided with critical and regulatory support, information, advice and direction; and practical, money saving programs for all aspects of their business.

Boating Ontario

Boating Ontario is the largest recreational boating trade association in Canada. Province wide our 600 members represent Marina Operators, Boat dealers and suppliers to Ontario's diverse recreational boating industry. It's members are provided with critical and regulatory support, information, advice and direction; and practical, money saving programs for all aspects of their business.

Mid-Canada Marine and Powersports Dealers Association

The Mid-Canada Marine and Powersports Dealers Association and the MMPDA Powersports Committee are dedicated to working towards the betterment of the boating and powersports industries and in so doing, enhancing the boating and powersports lifestyle.

Quebec Maritime Association

Founded in 1996, the Quebec Marine Association (QMA) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote boating as a lifestyle and to support the boating industry. On behalf of its 9 000 members which include boaters, marinas, yacht harbors and sailing schools, the QMA plans, coordinates and works with its many partners on all issues surrounding the boating activities. With its numerous programs (Marinas Classification, Eco-Marinas, Quebec Nautical Stations, Boating Safety), the QMA also promotes boating through big events like the Montreal Boat and Water Sports Show. Finally it acts as a content distributor with the annual publication of the Nautiguide and the release of its free mobile application iNautique.

Canadian Marine Associations

Canadian Marine Manufacturers Association (CMRA)

New trade association representing the interests of Canadian dealers, retailers, and marinas at federal level. 

Canadian Power and Sail Squadron

Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons is a nationwide organization of recreational boating enthusiasts with more than 20,000 active members. Our instructors educate the public and help recreational boaters improve their boating safety knowledge as well as their vessel handling and navigation skills.

Sail Canada

A non-profit corporation founded in 1931, Sail Canada is the national governing body for the sport of sailing. It is a Registered Amateur Athletic Association with charitable status, designated by the Government of Canada as a National Sport Organization. representing recreational sailors and high-performance athletes at the club, provincial, national and international level.

Waterski-Wakeboard Canada

Water Ski & Wakeboard Canada is the sole national sport governing body and recognized water ski and wake sport authority in Canada.

Paddle Canada

Paddle Canada is the national association for recreational paddling in



International Marine Associations

American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC)

The American Boat & Yacht Councildevelops safety standards for the design, construction, equipage, repair and maintenance of boats. The mission of ABYC is to improve boating safety, marine safety, and reduce the number of injuries and fatalities. ABYC also has a long-established commitment to providing technical education, training, certification, and professional development for marine manufacturers.

Association of Marina Industries (AMI)

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The Association of Marina Industries is a non-profit membership organization dedicated exclusively to the marina industry. AMI’s members have access to discounted services, timely industry publications, and legislative support and updates.For more information, visit

Boating Writers International (BWI)

BWI is a professional organization consisting of writers, editors, publishers, photographers, broadcasters, public relations specialists and others in the communications profession associated with the boating industry.

Members include active marine journalists across the United States, Canada and Europe; associate members in public relations roles; and supporting members, such as marine manufacturers and service companies.



MRAA logoMarine Retailers Association of the Americas (MRAA) 

The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas is the only North American association dedicated to furthering the interests of boat and engine dealers and other marine-related retailers throughout North America. For more information, visit



NMDA logoNational Marine Distributors Association (NMDA)

NMDA works to promote the common business interests and improve the business conditions of wholesale distributors of marine accessories, as well as the marine industry in general. The NMDA is your link to the supply chain and offers a wide range of services and programs to advance industry growth.



NMRA logoNational Marine Representatives Association (NMRA)

The National Marine Representatives Assocaition (NMRA) is a national organization serving and promoting the interests of marine industry independent sales reps and the manufacturers who sell through reps.



Water Sports Industry Association (WSIA)

The Water Sports Industry Association (WSIA) is a trade association that promotes and protectstowed water sports activities. As a group it produces and distributes safety and educational materials for towed water sports, and works with local, state, and federal agencies in partnership with national governing bodies to ensure the use of waterways for towed water sports.