Celebrating the Canadian Trucking Industry

 

In case you didn’t know, it’s the Canadian National Trucking Week (September 3rd-9th). Created by the Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) and the provincial trucking associations, it is meant to be a weeklong celebration of the trucking industry and all its contributors. Trucking associations all across Canada are running events and special promotions, so be sure to check out what your local trucking group is up to! At Titan GPS, we support the trucking industry, professionally and in spirit so we thought we would take a look at the hard stats of what exactly the trucking industry means to the Canadian economy. 

72% of Goods

72% of the 857 MILLION TONNES of produced goods were transported by the commercial trucking sector in 2015, and that’s just for the products that remained within Canada. In terms of value, trade between the provinces totaled $156 billion. That means the trucking industry was responsible for the transportation of $112.32 billion in manufactured goods.

The Continental corridor is the busiest in terms of traffic and serves Central Canada. It is a key path in our trade operations with the United States. In 2016 the total value of merchandise exported through the Continental corridor was $327 billion, and the trucking industry was responsible for 52% of that. That’s over $170 billion dollars in moving value that the trucking industry provided.

66,751 Companies

As of December last year, there were roughly 66,751 trucking companies across Canada. The vast majority of these are concentrated into only four provinces: Ontario (41.1%), Alberta (16.3%), Quebec (15.1%) and British Columbia (14.6%).  This may seem like a lot but given the vast size of Canada ( ~10,000,000 square kilometers), that’s a relatively small amount to cover such a huge area, making the achievements of the industry that much more impressive. These companies employ over 897,000 people and positively influence the lives of countless others.

10,900,000 Border Crossings

Two-way trucking movements are when a commercial truck crosses a border to either Canada or the U.S. There were 10.9 million of these movements recorded in 2016, with over 68% of these movements being from Canadian registered trucks. The value of trucking between the U.S. and Canada reached $418 billion ($218 billion for exports and $200 billion for imports) and contribute 4.5% to Canada’s total Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

WE APPRECIATE YOU

The import and export of goods whether it is automotive products, machinery, agricultural products or electrical equipment, are a huge part of the Canadian economy. And although the 4.5% GDP contribution is a significant number, it doesn’t really reflect the full scope of what truckers (and all the staff that supports them) do for Canada’s economy. Without the ability to safely and reliably transport these commodities, they might as well not exist at all. Every industry whether they directly ship manufactured goods or not, reap significant benefits from these men and women on our highways. So from the entire Titan GPS team to all truckers across Canada…