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Vehicle registrations, 2016

Released: 2017-06-29

Total vehicle registrations — Canada

33.8 million

2016

1.8% increase

(annual change)

Total vehicle registrations — N.L.

689,129

2016

2.7% increase

(annual change)

Total vehicle registrations — P.E.I.

96,236

2016

-3.6% decrease

(annual change)

Total vehicle registrations — N.S.

758,467

2016

1.7% increase

(annual change)

Total vehicle registrations — N.B.

743,118

2016

1.2% increase

(annual change)

Total vehicle registrations — Que.

8,429,330

2016

2.5% increase

(annual change)

Total vehicle registrations — Ont.

11,948,296

2016

2.2% increase

(annual change)

Total vehicle registrations — Man.

1,137,179

2016

2.1% increase

(annual change)

Total vehicle registrations — Sask.

1,147,179

2016

1.2% increase

(annual change)

Total vehicle registrations — Alta.

5,110,089

2016

0.2% increase

(annual change)

Total vehicle registrations — B.C.

3,615,373

2016

1.5% increase

(annual change)

Total vehicle registrations — Y.T.

56,101

2016

2.7% increase

(annual change)

Total vehicle registrations — N.W.T.

34,265

2016

0.3% increase

(annual change)

Total vehicle registrations — Nvt.

7,093

2016

-0.1% decrease

(annual change)

The number of vehicles registered in Canada increased 1.8% from 2015 to 33.8 million in 2016.

The registrations of light road motor vehicles (vehicles weighing less than 4,500 kilograms) rose by 1.6% to 22.4 million, accounting for 92.3% of the total number of motorized road motor vehicles registered in 2016. The remaining consisted of motorcycles and mopeds (716,000 registrations), medium-duty trucks (590,000 registrations), heavy-duty trucks (463,000 registrations) and buses (91,000 registrations).

In addition to these road motor vehicles, 7.3 million trailers and 2.2 million off-road, construction and farm vehicles were also registered.

From a provincial perspective, the number of vehicles registered in Ontario reached 11.9 million (up 2.2% from 2015), followed by Quebec (up 2.5% to 8.4 million) and Alberta (up 0.2% to 5.1 million).

Chart 1  Chart 1: Vehicle registrations
Vehicle registrations

Telling Canada's story in numbers; #ByTheNumbers

In celebration of the country's 150th birthday, Statistics Canada is presenting snapshots from our rich statistical history.

In 1976, the predecessor to this administrative data program, the Road motor vehicle, trailer and snowmobile registration program, reported that there were 11.8 million registered road motor vehicles, or roughly one vehicle for every two people in Canada.

From 1976 to 2016, the population of Canada grew from 23.4 million to 36.3 million. Over that span, motor vehicles grew in importance to Canadian life and industry. The vehicle registrations program in 2016 showed that there were 24.3 million registered road motor vehicles, an increase in the ratio to one registered road motor vehicle for every 1.5 people.

  Note to readers

This annual release presents a count of registered vehicles based on administrative files provided by each province and territory. Registered vehicles include road motor vehicles, such as light road motor vehicles, medium-duty and heavy-duty trucks; buses; motorcycles; other vehicles, such as trailers; and off-road, construction and farm vehicles.

Data from this release are used by Finance Canada in the calculation of fiscal equalization payments pursuant to the 1987 Federal–Provincial Fiscal Arrangements Act. This information is also used by various levels of government for the planning and development of transportation infrastructure.

Data aggregations are available for Canada and by province and territory.

Data used in the note in celebration of the country's 150th birthday came from CANSIM tables 405-0001, 051-0001 and 405-0004.

Contact information

For more information, or to enquire about the concepts, methods or data quality of this release, contact us (toll-free 1-800-263-1136; 514-283-8300; STATCAN.infostats-infostats.STATCAN@canada.ca) or Media Relations (613-951-4636; STATCAN.mediahotline-ligneinfomedias.STATCAN@canada.ca).

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