Stats demonstrate economic importance of automotive industry in Canada
A production line worker assembles a Chrysler plant in Windsor, Ont. on January 18, 2011. (Geoff Robins / THE CANADIAN PRESS)
The Canadian Press
Published Thursday, August 3, 2017 5:19PM EDT
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 U.S.-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.