What Are The Real Numbers For Alberta, Ontario and Canada New Vehicle Sales?

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Much is being made about the 12% decline in new vehicle sales in Alberta this past December.  It is being attributed to the price of “Western Canadian Select” oil collapsing in the fall of 2018 and the Notely NDP Governments response to it.  Also, Oshawa Ontario’s GM plant closure has caused much news relating to how many vehicles are sold in Ontario and how the plant closure will affect GM sales going forward.

We wanted to know what the numbers really were and so we dug into the Statistics Canada public database via the Alberta Governments new Economic Dashboard and here is what we found.

 

As you can see yes, Alberta did have a major drop in new vehicle sales in December but much less than other Canadian Provinces like Manitoba.

We also found that Ontario has been increasing it’s share of new passenger vehicle sales since the economic collapse in 2008 which makes it particularly sensitive for major manufacturers like General Motors.


Here are the raw numbers if you want to play with them yourself:

Ontario Percentage of New Passenger Vehicle Sales

Year Ontario All of Canada Percent of Sales
1997 549423 1424380 38.6%
1998 570528 1428932 39.9%
1999 645470 1542041 41.9%
2000 660820 1587561 41.6%
2001 647300 1597964 40.5%
2002 689668 1733318 39.8%
2003 629774 1626468 38.7%
2004 600928 1575195 38.1%
2005 586022 1548291 37.8%
2006 620649 1666327 37.2%
2007 605799 1690538 35.8%
2008 592088 1674145 35.4%
2009 542609 1484856 36.5%
2010 586633 1584499 37.0%
2011 600668 1620577 37.1%
2012 632066 1716803 36.8%
2013 656684 1776461 37.0%
2014 732718 1890387 38.8%
2015 778716 1939517 40.1%
2016 821762 1983745 41.4%
2017 857155 2076945 41.3%
2018 862307 2035732 42.4%

New Vehicle Sales in Alberta and In the Canadian Population

Year Alberta New Vehicle Sales Alberta Population Canadian Population Canadian New Vehicle Sales
1997 167671 2847526 5.9% 27147264 1424380 5.2%
1998 163395 2915781 5.6% 27315858 1428932 5.2%
1999 160838 2966682 5.4% 27525424 1542041 5.6%
2000 175546 3016947 5.8% 27767022 1587561 5.7%
2001 187863 3078336 6.1% 28050783 1597964 5.7%
2002 204806 3144926 6.5% 28306838 1733318 6.1%
2003 194451 3197858 6.1% 28540011 1626468 5.7%
2004 196153 3260590 6.0% 28779369 1575195 5.5%
2005 210710 3346754 6.3% 29007214 1548291 5.3%
2006 248731 3453944 7.2% 29226768 1666327 5.7%
2007 257050 3533413 7.3% 29468725 1690538 5.7%
2008 238413 3619292 6.6% 29753126 1674145 5.6%
2009 186768 3694303 5.1% 30062774 1484856 4.9%
2010 204537 3747226 5.5% 30384457 1584499 5.2%
2011 224147 3807726 5.9% 30650272 1620577 5.3%
2012 247785 3900333 6.4% 30935675 1716803 5.5%
2013 263224 4010903 6.6% 31200963 1776461 5.7%
2014 277191 4106056 6.8% 31452991 1890387 6.0%
2015 241976 4159519 5.8% 31663375 1939517 6.1%
2016 223651 4210052 5.3% 32046055 1983745 6.2%
2017 248813 4262642 5.8% 32450016 2076945 6.4%
2018 236798 4330206 5.5% 32912365 2035732 6.2%

New Passenger Vehicle Sales In Canada by Province 1997 – 2018

Alberta Sask Manitoba BC Quebec Ontario Nova Scotia New Brunswick PEI NFL Canada
1997 167671 42521 47562 164426 352249 549423 38423 36403 4717 20985 1424380
1998 163395 36056 43058 147497 364007 570528 40382 37981 4556 21472 1428932
1999 160838 34775 43359 157213 385940 645470 43374 41849 4802 24421 1542041
2000 175546 36682 42666 167770 390374 660820 44152 40790 4902 23859 1587561
2001 187863 38354 43304 172606 397757 647300 43311 38185 4635 24649 1597964
2002 204806 41585 49309 195132 433619 689668 47476 40937 4996 25790 1733318
2003 194451 41145 46062 180924 420185 629774 46360 37408 4731 25428 1626468
2004 196153 38822 45331 181605 405081 600928 45164 34517 4696 22898 1575195
2005 210710 37459 44273 176382 388171 586022 44039 32648 4645 23942 1548291
2006 248731 39915 45924 194648 404198 620649 47738 35403 4933 24188 1666327
2007 257050 45546 47099 201596 413405 605799 49187 37293 5303 28260 1690538
2008 238413 49480 48029 182080 435155 592088 52426 39522 5504 31448 1674145
2009 186768 44893 43995 152830 396574 542609 47872 35274 5286 28755 1484856
2010 204537 47599 45355 156656 419847 586633 47643 38777 5783 31669 1584499
2011 224147 51078 48546 160582 413545 600668 45897 39503 5795 30816 1620577
2012 247785 56517 52236 176319 423076 632066 48703 39895 6600 33606 1716803
2013 263224 59137 56275 184838 419472 656684 52544 41512 7336 35439 1776461
2014 277191 58434 57783 197903 426821 732718 53886 42656 7555 35440 1890387
2015 241976 55131 57986 211259 451662 778716 55057 44735 7976 35019 1939517
2016 223651 52099 57428 221772 465143 821762 54451 44984 8768 33687 1983745
2017 248813 56292 63197 237092 468810 857155 58947 44801 8587 33251 2076945
2018 236798 50192 67900 225346 461087 862307 52789 41311 7736 30266 2035732

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