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Stats demonstrate economic importance of Canada’s automotive industry


OTTAWA — The automobile and auto parts manufacturing industry remains a key driver of Canada’s economy. Here’s a look at the numbers, taken from a report published in April by McMaster University’s Automotive Policy Research Centre:

• An average of 2.4 million vehicles were built annually in Canada over the past five years.

• The automotive industry directly employed 140,404 Canadians in 2016, an increase of almost 15,000 since 2012.

• Three Ontario auto assembly plants _ Ford in Oakville, Toyota in Cambridge and Fiat Chrysler in Windsor _ are among the six biggest employers in manufacturing and resource extraction in Canada. Fiat Chrysler’s Windsor plant is the largest manufacturing workplace, with more than 6,000 employees.

• Canadian-owned automotive parts manufacturers employ 51,923 people _ more than half of all employment in this sector globally.

And according to the US-based Observatory of Economic Complexity:

• Vehicles were Canada’s second largest export, right behind crude petroleum, in 2015. They accounted for $44.9 billion worth of exports (11.5 per cent of a total $389 billion in exports).

• Vehicles were also Canada’s No. 1 import – $26.2 billion worth.

News from © Canadian Press Enterprises Inc. 2016
2 Comments » for Stats demonstrate economic importance of Canada’s automotive industry
  1. Allen says:

    The automotive industry directly employed 140,404 Canadians in 2016, an increase of almost 15,000 since 2012. Was this before or after GM and Chrysler did a Chapter 11 and we permanently lost 200,000 automotive jobs?

  2. Allen says:

    Automotive and Aerospace manufacturing jobs are the middle-class jobs we should covet here in Canada, and yet our manufacturers are being sold to US-based VC’s and PE’s daily. We still lack the appropriate federal policies to attract major OEM’s to invest in Canada, regardless of our competitive dollar. Why are VW and Mercedes setting up in North Carolina instead of Quebec or Ontario?I predict Boeing will pull out of Canada next year.

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