Detailed information for 2019
This annual release provides counts of light road motor vehicles, medium and heavy duty trucks, buses, motorcycles and mopeds, trailers and off-road, construction and farm vehicle registrations obtained from the provincial and territorial governments.
Data release - September 10, 2020
This annual release presents counts of light road motor vehicles, medium and heavy duty trucks, buses, motorcycles and mopeds, trailers and off-road, construction and farm vehicle registrations obtained from the provincial and territorial governments. These data are used by the federal Department of Finance for the calculation of fiscal equalization payments to the provinces pursuant to the Federal-Provincial Fiscal Arrangements Act, 1987. This information is also used by various levels of government for the planning and development of transportation infrastructure and by special interest groups for production and marketing strategies.
This statistical activity is part of a set of surveys measuring various aspects of activities related to the movement of people and goods. These surveys are grouped as follows:
Transportation by air includes records related to the movement of aircraft, passengers and cargo by air for both Canadian and foreign air carriers operating in Canada as well as the financial and operating characteristics of Canadian air carriers. These data are produced by the Aviation Statistics Centre.
Transportation by rail includes records relating to rail transportation in Canada, and between the United States and Canada.
Transportation by road includes records relating to all road transport in Canada. In addition to surveying carriers and owners of registered motor vehicles, certain programs rely on aggregation of provincial and territorial administrative records.
Reference period: Calendar year
Collection period: Quarterly
- Transportation by road
Data sources and methodology
Light road motor vehicles, medium and heavy duty trucks, buses, motorcycles and mopeds, trailers and off-road, construction and farm vehicles, registered by provinces and territories
This methodology does not apply.
This survey is a census.
The annual vehicle registered count is an average yearly number based on the quarterly files received during the year.
Data are collected for all units of the target population, therefore no sampling is done.
Data collection for this reference period: January 01, 2019 to December 31, 2019
Responding to this survey is mandatory.
Data are extracted from administrative files.
The data are derived from administrative records extracted from provincial and territorial road vehicle registration files received on a quarterly basis. Follow-up by email or by phone as a reminder are used (when needed).
Registered vehicle counts received from all the provinces and territories are processed and combined in one dataset.
The transmission of the files from the provincial and territorial jurisdictions represent a potential source of error. These are controlled by verifying record counts and record layouts.
During processing, the raw data provided by the jurisdictions is trimmed to remove duplicates (only the most recent transactions are kept) and unusable data. As well, expired vehicle registrations are systematically removed. These trim counts are then analyzed in order to identify abnormalities.
No imputation is done for this survey.
The annual registered vehicle count is an average of the yearly numbers based on the quarterly files received during the year.
The aggregated survey results are analyzed before dissemination. This includes a review of the events in the jurisdictions that could have impacted the data as well as historic trends and comparisons with other data sources.
Statistics Canada is prohibited by law from releasing any information it collects which could identify any person, business, or organization, unless consent has been given by the respondent or as permitted by the Statistics Act. Various confidentiality rules are applied to all data that are released or published to prevent the publication or disclosure of any information deemed confidential.
If necessary, data are suppressed to prevent direct or residual disclosure of identifiable data. Data for a specific industry or variable may be suppressed (along with that of a second industry or variable) if the number of enterprises in the population is too low.
Revisions and seasonal adjustment
Annual estimates are provided for the reference year. The data for the previous reference year are revised if necessary. As this is an annual survey, seasonal adjustments are not applicable.
While considerable effort is made to ensure high standards throughout all stages of collection and processing, the resulting counts are inevitably subject to a certain degree of error. For example, the transmission of the files from the provincial and territorial jurisdictions is one potential source of error.
Errors can also be made in processing the data.