Request for information - Transportation

Under the authority of the Statistics Act, Statistics Canada is hereby requesting the following information, which will be used solely for statistical and research purposes and will be protected in accordance with the provisions of the Statistics Act and any other applicable law. This is a mandatory request for data.

Road Transportation

Global Positioning System (GPS) data from trucks

What information is being requested?

Information on latitude–longitude coordinates from the itineraries travelled by commercial trucks in North America for the general delivery of goods is being requested.

What personal information is included in this request?

This request does not include personal information.

What years of data will be requested?

Monthly data beginning in July 2019 (ongoing).

From whom will the information be requested?

This information is being requested from Transport Canada.

Why is this information being requested?

Statistics Canada is requesting this administrative information to better fulfil the objective of its Freight Trucking Statistics Program, which is to measure the commodity movements and the outputs of the Canadian trucking industry. The survey data are then used by federal and provincial governments, trucking associations, members of the industry, universities and research institutions to assess the industry's growth rate and contribution to the Canadian economy, and to measure the volume of provincial and inter-provincial trade transported by trucking companies. The statistics are also used by planning boards to help determine the volume of traffic on highways and by trucking companies that are investigating expansion opportunities. Adding this GPS administrative data to survey data already being collected will improve coverage, and lead to better-quality statistics overall. In addition, these data are likely to reduce response burden for survey respondents and industry stakeholders, and lower data collection costs for the government as a whole.

Statistics Canada may also use the information for other statistical and research purposes.

Why were these organizations selected as data providers?

Transport Canada is responsible for developing policies and conducting research on different modes of transportation in Canada. These data will help Statistics Canada produce aggregate statistics for the benefit of all Canadians and the industry.

When will this information be requested?

From February 2021 on (monthly).

What Statistics Canada programs will primarily use these data?

When was this request published?

February 4, 2021

Vehicle Registration data

What information is being requested?

Information on vehicle registration data including the full, six-digit postal code, the Odometer reading, date of registration and the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) is being requested.

These data will be added to the vehicle registration information currently provided to Statistics Canada.

What personal information is included in this request?

The vehicle registration information currently provided to Statistics Canada contains personal information, including name, address, date of birth, driver's license number and phone number. This request does not include additional personal information.

What years of data will be requested?

Monthly data as of November 2020 (ongoing).

From whom will the information be requested?

This information is being requested from all provincial and territorial transportation ministries/authorities.

Why is this information being requested?

Many data gaps still exist for the new motor vehicle industry, including: how far are Canadians driving? Do these patterns differ by fuel type, vehicle type, geographic location, and month? Statistics Canada is requesting this information in order to fill these data gaps. Data will be used by policy makers, researchers, and industry stakeholders to measure the growth of zero-emission vehicles in Canada.

Statistics Canada may also use the information for other statistical and research purposes.

Why were these organizations selected as data providers?

Canada's provincial and territorial transportation authorities are currently providing vehicle registration data to Statistics Canada on a quarterly basis.

When will this information be requested?

November 2020 and onward (monthly)

When was this request published?

October 26, 2020

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