About Us

Connecting the Sporting Goods Industry

The Sports Industry Credit Association (SICA) was founded in 1980 by sporting goods and ski manufacturers and importers. The concept for this not-for-profit organization was born from the need to assemble a network of like suppliers that would work together in exchanging credit information and would also intervene on their behalf in the face of unforeseen difficulties, bankruptcies and retailer re-organization, so that the sport/ski industry would have a common voice to deal with insolvency and credit issues in the sport/ski industry.

Fast forward 35 years later, SICA has evolved tremendously, yet has remained true to its purpose in providing a confidential environment for members to exchange credit information. Today, SICA is considered one of the premiere credit organizations in Canada with a membership base of over 450 members across Canada and the United States.

SICA monitors over 35,000 active retailer accounts and receives multi-billion dollars in accounts receivable data transfer every month from its members. This data has allowed us to develop our comprehensive “SICADEX” credit scoring system, which has become the standard for making accurate credit assessments.

In addition to representing the vast majority of the Canadian Sporting Goods Industry (Footwear, Team Sports, Bicycle, Snow Sports, Golf, Urban and Eyewear) and U.S. Hockey, SICA launched a U.S Snowsport division in 2012 called the NSCA (National Snowsport Credit Association) due to requests for our services in the U.S.A.

Since the launch of the NSCA we have added a number of U.S. divisions such as, U.S. Bicycle, U.S. Footwear, U.S. Golf and U.S. Team.

SICA is constantly evolving and continually strive to improve the quality of its information base. (Please refer to “Our Services” Menu for more information on our available tools and services.)

Join SICA today and start benefiting from the most reliable, comprehensive and timely credit information available.

What Makes Us Unique

  • Member owned/Not for profit credit association
  • Unlimited access to our retailer database
  • Innovative “SICALIVE” Credit Meeting Platform
  • Personalized “Real Time” account monitoring
  • Peer network with 90% of industry participation in each industry segment that we service
  • Credit scoring system recognized by our peers and major credit insurance companies
  • Proprietary credit exchange technology
  • Insolvency Representation (CAN only) at creditor's meeting
  • Investigative retail credit
  • Access to our senior credit analysts
  • Access to SICA’s Legal counsel
SICAWEB.CA provides cutting edge credit assessment tools, permitting an in-depth analysis of your customers’ credit risk and payment capacity to avoid potential bad debt losses.

"As a long-time member of SICA since 1983, have found the networking, industry meetings and information provided on SICA’s website valuable to our company in making credit decisions. SICA’s innovation, over the years, demonstrates the ever-changing need of their members for today’s economy by providing the tools to report and obtain current information. SICA’s knowledgeable staff are always helpful and courteous. Cannot ask for a better Group to be a member of"

Our Mission

  • Provide the most cutting edge credit assessment tools to enable our members to make informed and timely credit decisions;
  • Promote the exchange of factual and valuable credit information in a confidential environment adhering to all CAN and U.S. antitrust and competition acts;
  • Develop and implement investigative procedures to assist members in preventing and minimizing bad debts;
  • Represent members in Canadian insolvency matters with the goal to maximize recovery on their behalf;
  • Promote peer communication exchange.