Automotive statistics



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Quick facts

New zero-emission vehicle registrations

  • In the first and second quarters of 2020, 3.5% of total new vehicles registered in Canada were zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs).
  • In this period, 21,188 new ZEVs were registered in Canada.
  • Among new ZEV registrations in this period, 94.1% were in Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia.
  • In the same period, 67.4% of new ZEVs registered in Canada were battery electric vehicles (BEVs).
More quick facts on retail trade, wholesale trade, manufacturing industries, and international trade

Retail trade

  • Canada surpassed 2 million new motor vehicles sold for the second year in a row in 2018, though this number declined by 41,000 units from 2017's record high. Of these vehicles, light trucks comprised over 69% of vehicles sold, now outselling passenger cars at a ratio of 2.4:1.

Wholesale trade

  • In 2018, wholesale sales of motor vehicles and parts fell by 5.0% to $132.0 billion, after hitting a record high in 2017. Motor vehicle and parts wholesalers accounted for 17% of total wholesale sales in the year.

Manufacturing industries

  • Motor vehicle assembly plants produced 2.04 million vehicles in 2018 totalling $60.7 billion in sales.
  • In 2018, March was the highest level of motor vehicle production with 189,000 vehicles assembled. In 2017, March was also the highest month with 219,000 produced.
  • Sales of motor vehicle parts in the third quarter of 2018 surpassed the $8 billion mark, the first time since the second quarter of 2017.

International trade

  • Imports of passenger cars and light trucks decreased 1.7% in 2018 to $51.1 billion, following 2017's record setting sales volumes for light vehicles in Canada.
  • Exports of passenger cars and light trucks stood at $60.3 billion in 2018, continuing the decline from record exports of $70.0 billion in 2016.
  • The value of Canada's auto parts imports was roughly twice that of auto parts exports, in 2018; auto parts account for approximately one third of total automotive trade.

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Sustainable Development Goals Data Hub

Sustainable Development Goals

Browse Canada's statistics for the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals. Several of these goals are relevant to the automotive industry.

Transportation Data and Information Hub

Developed in partnership by Transport Canada and Statistics Canada, the Transportation Data and Information Hub is an authoritative source of data and information about transportation in Canada.

New Motor Vehicle Registrations Data Visualization Tool

New Motor Vehicle Registrations Data Visualization Tool

New Motor Vehicle Registrations Data Visualization Tool is an interactive dashboard that provides access to current and historical data on new vehicle registration. It allows the user to compare and analyze new vehicle registration data by fuel type, geography and vehicle type.


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