According to the Automotive Industries Association of Canada (AIA Canada) the Canadian automotive #aftermarket hit a record C$21 billion/US$16.5 in 2015 according to @AIAofCanada Click To Tweet Canadian aftermarket reached a record C$21 billion/US$16.5 in 2015. This represents a 2.6% increase over 2014, when the aftermarket was C$20.4 billion/US$16 billion.

There are over 4,600 auto parts & accessories retailers and over 23,000 auto repair and maintenance business locations in Canada. Most Canadian repair businesses, over a third, are located in Ontario, followed by Quebec.

There was C$3.0 billion/US$2.36 in retail sales of aftermarket auto parts into the do-it-yourself (DIY) market in 2015, the second highest recorded figure in five years. The Canada DIY market has had 1.1% average annual growth since 2011. However, the DIY market has been outpaced by the Do-It-For-Me (DIFM) parts market, which has grown an average of 3.6% per year over the same period.

The automotive DIY market in Canada is approximately 14% of total retail sales and with the growth pace of the DIFM market that share will continue to shrink over the next several years.

Canada auto parts imports/exports

The overall value of Canadian automotive (vehicles and auto parts) imports from the United States increased by 6 percent in 2016. That includes a 9.6% increase in automotive parts imports and a 5.8% increase in total motor vehicle imports. In 2016, the total value of Canadian imports value of vehicles from the United States (cars, medium and heavy duty trucks) totaled C$42 billion/US$33.7 billion, including a 9.3% increase for light vehicles imports offsetting an 11.9% decrease in medium and heavy duty truck imports. Canadian automotive parts imports totaled US$30.1 billion/C$38 billion in 2016 (source: US International Trade Administration).

Canada Vehicles in Operation (VIO)

Canada’s robust aftermarket is partially due to strong light vehicle sales over the past several years. 1.9 million vehicles were sold in 2015, up 2.6% from the 1.85 million sold in 2014. The most popular vehicle type is CUV, which recently replaced compact cars as the most popular. On the other hand, kilometers driven has been slightly declining, according to Transport Canada. As of July 2016, there were 26.3 million light vehicles in operation in Canada, increasing at an annual average of 2.9% per year since 2007. The light vehicle fleet is expected to grow to 29.9 million registered vehicles by 2021 (source: US International Trade Administration).

The automotive industry in Canada employs more than 388,000 people.

According to AIA Canada the average age of a light vehicle in Canada is 9.6 years. That is newer than the average vehicle in the US, which is over 11.5 years old.

Canada automotive parts exports

Here are some example statistics showing exports of auto parts from Canada.

NAICS 326193 - Motor Vehicle Plastic Parts Exports (2017)Shown in C$Shown in US$
Grand totalC$2,179,964,000US$1,669,852,424
United StatesC$2,025,628,390US$1,551,631,347
MexicoC$98,471,484US$75,429,157
United KingdomC$20,526,222US$15,723,086
ChinaC$6,523,274US$4,996,828
GermanyC$6,377,701US$4,885,319
JapanC$3,039,808US$2,328,493
AustraliaC$2,191,557US$1,678,733
United Arab EmiratesC$585,734US$448,672
France (incl. Monaco, French Antilles)C$368,644US$282,381
Saudi ArabiaC$84,294US$64,569
Sub-TotalC$2,163,797,108US$1,657,468,585
All other countriesC$16,166,892 US$12,383,839
NAICS 336110 - Automobile and Light-Duty Motor Vehicle Exports (2017) Shown in C$ Shown in US$
Grand totalC$59,175,743,000 US$45,328,619,138
United StatesC$56,997,726,006 US$43,660,258,121
ChinaC$1,233,757,649 US$945,058,359
MexicoC$285,674,560 US$218,826,713
GermanyC$116,134,399 US$88,958,950
United Arab EmiratesC$85,938,245 US$65,828,696
Saudi ArabiaC$53,932,171 US$41,312,043
AustraliaC$22,781,618 US$17,450,719
France (incl. Monaco, French Antilles)C$12,970,396 US$9,935,323
United KingdomC$12,902,314 US$9,883,173
JapanC$11,441,505 US$8,764,193
Sub-Total: Top 10C$58,833,258,863 US$45,066,276,289
All other countriesC$342,484,137 US$262,342,849

For more information visit AIA Canada.

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