The Industry

Canada’s Economy Moves by Truck

Across Canada, trucks transported over 64 million shipments, carrying 650 million tonnes of cargo over an aggregate distance of 40.7 billion kilometres in 2012.[1]

The above graphs demonstrate that, notwithstanding the 2008-2009 global recession, the total volume of cargo and total distance of cargo travelled by truck are increasing at a rapid rate. 

Note: For an update on the total tonnage hauled by Canadian for-hire trucking ccompanies in both domestic and transborder shipments, see the Statistics Canada Trucking Commodity Origin and Destination Survey 2014

Trucking’s Contribution to GDP in BC

No other transportation mode can match trucking’s flexible, time-sensitive, door-to-door service.  As a result, trucking plays an important role in the BC economy, both as a business in its own right and as a business that serves others. About 26,000 registered trucking companies in BC move the essential ingredients of our lives 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

According to Statistics Canada[2], truck transportation was a $1.8 billion industry in BC in 2013 (and that amount doesn’t include companies that transport their own goods, which is roughly equivalent to “for-hire trucking” or the movement of goods for clients).


Not only does trucking earn big bucks, it’s a growth industry: between 2004 and 2013, it grew by 27 percent, at an average rate of about 2.9 percent per year. The growth rate of all BC industries combined was an average 2.3 percent.

Truck transportation represents 0.93 percent of BC’s gross domestic product (GDP), more than both forestry/logging and coal mining.


[1] Statistics Canada. Table  403-0004 -  Trucking commodity origin and destination survey (TCOD), trucking industry, annual (number unless otherwise noted),  CANSIM (database; accessed: 2014-09-16)

[2] Statistics Canada. Table  379-0030 -  Gross domestic product (GDP) at basic prices, by North American Industry Classification System (NAICS), provinces and territories, annual (dollars),  CANSIM (database; accessed: 2014-09-16)