Mobility in Canada

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Mobility in Canada

A higher percentage of people who live in rural areas in Canada, where residents have fewer mobility options apart from personal vehicle ownership, think it would be impractical or they would have to change jobs if they did not own a car. A poll by Angus Reid Global also found that three-quarters of Canadians think that it would be impossible to function without a car, while half say that they would be forced to change jobs if they didn’t own a car. Detailed information is below.

How Canadians View Car/Vehicle Ownership

  • A poll conducted by Angus Reid Global together with Turo found that 84% of Canadians owned a car, while another 9% wanted to own one. The poll also found that 37% owned two or more vehicles.
  • Canadians aged 18-34 have the lowest car ownership trend/figures, but the demographic is also the most interested in owning a car in the future. 69% of those aged 35 to 54 own a car, while 77% of those aged 55 and older own one.
  • According to the poll, three-quarters of Canadians think that it would be impossible to function without a car, while half say that they would be forced to change jobs if they didn’t have a car.
  • Although 45% of Canadians think that the cost of owning a car is too high, 78% state that they could not live without one. Even though a higher percentage of Canadians state that they cannot live without a car, they only use their cars around four percent of the time.

Population That is Mobile/More Interested in Being Mobile

  • The highest number of Canadians who think it would be “impossible” not to have a car or that they would be forced to change jobs if they didn't have a car live in rural areas, where residents have fewer mobility options other than personal vehicle ownership.
  • According to Betakit, the exit of Car2Go’s from the mobility market and the reaction of Canadians shows a change in how Canadians consider their mobility options more broadly. New car sharing, micro-mobility, and car-sharing have taken Canada by storm. This has led to a change in the traditional car ownership model to meet people's mobility need.

General Interests in Mobility

  • Over half of Canadians feel emotionally attached to their cars. Additionally, 61% have a "dream car" that they would like to own in the future, according to the poll conducted by Angus Reid Global.
  • Also, almost one in five Canadians aged between 18-34 years say their dream car is a Tesla.
  • The car ownership trend is affected by those choosing to use ride-hailing services. In a survey, 12% of Canadians stated that they relied on ride-hailing services. 27% of these were in the lower age group, while 9% were in the middle age bracket. Only 4% of those aged 55 and older rely on ride-hailing services.
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  • "One in five owners drives two hours or less each week, and 63 per cent don’t drive their cars every day. Among those who have a second car, 41 per cent say it seldom or never gets used."
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  • "Canadians are said to spend thousands of dollars every year on car payments — an average of more than $5,000 for those who lease or finance — as well as $1,500 for insurance and about $800 for maintenance."
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  • "But drivers age 18 to 34 were also the most likely to consider an alternate-energy vehicle if fuel prices were to go up by 25 cents."