Transportation activity trends

The growth in Canada's population and economy increases the demand for transportation. Most of the energy used to meet this demand still comes from fossil fuels, which leads to increasing emissions of air pollutants and greenhouse gases.

Key results

  • Between 1990 and 2016, domestic freight transportationFootnote 1  activity (expressed in tonne-kilometres)Footnote 2  increased by 70%, from 575 to 976 billion tonne-kilometres
  • During the same period, passenger travel (expressed in passenger-kilometres)Footnote 3 grew by 61%, from 492 to 793 billion passenger-kilometres

Domestic freight and passenger transportation activity, Canada, 1990 to 2016

Data table for the long description
Domestic freight and passenger transportation activity, Canada, 1990 to 2016
Year Domestic freight transportation
(billion tonne-kilometres)
Passenger transportation
(billion passenger-kilometres)
1990 575 492
1991 563 481
1992 545 502
1993 567 510
1994 630 524
1995 652 546
1996 665 549
1997 710 576
1998 716 586
1999 738 599
2000 775 610
2001 761 609
2002 786 629
2003 821 633
2004 856 644
2005 896 662
2006 896 668
2007 897 691
2008 870 691
2009 784 698
2010 851 725
2011 853 738
2012 886 743
2013 917 753
2014 963 743
2015 971 765
2016 976 793

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