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Travel between Canada and other countries, February 2015

Released: 2015-04-20

Travel abroad by Canadian residents declined 3.3% from January to 4.8 million trips in February, the lowest number of trips since October 2010. This decrease was largely attributable to the number of same-day car trips to the United States, which were down 7.1% to 2.0 million trips.

The number of Canadians travelling to overseas countries was relatively stable at 889,000 trips.

In the other direction, travel to Canada from abroad was relatively stable in February from a month earlier at 2.2 million trips.

Travel from the United States accounted for 1.7 million trips, while travel from overseas countries totalled 450,000 trips. Of the top 12 overseas markets, China had the largest increase at 10.0%, while Australia (-8.2%) had the largest decline.

  Note to readers

In partnership with external stakeholders, Statistics Canada updated the method used to estimate the number of same-day and overnight commercial plane trips made by US residents entering Canada via one of the following three airports: Pearson (Toronto), Trudeau (Montréal) and Vancouver.

This change created a break in the time series on the number of same-day and overnight commercial air trips made by American residents entering Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia.

The methodological update does not affect the total number of US residents travelling to Canada by commercial air. CANSIM tables series 427-0001, 427-0004 and 427-0005, covering 2013 and 2014, have been revised to incorporate these changes.

Monthly data are seasonally adjusted. All seasonally adjusted data have been revised back to January 2012. For more information on seasonal adjustment, see Seasonally adjusted data – Frequently asked questions.

Overseas markets refer to countries other than the United States.

A Canadian resident traveller is an international traveller from Canada who has travelled outside of Canada for a period of less than 12 months.

A non-resident traveller is an international traveller resident of a country other than Canada who is travelling to Canada for a period of less than 12 months.

The February 2015 issue of International Travel: Advance Information, Vol. 31, no. 2 (Catalogue number66-001-P), is now available from the Browse by key resource module of our website under Publications.

Contact information

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