Those native to Ontario likely grew up knowing at least one person, be it a neighbour, a friend, or even a family member, who worked in the Canadian automobile manufacturing industry. Auto manufacturing was once the heart of the province’s economy, and it remains the single largest manufacturing industry there, employing 4.9% of Ontario’s workforce.
Over half a million people work in the automobile manufacturing industry, which includes the manufacture of parts, components, and systems for cars, vans, trucks, buses, and military vehicles. Canada is the eighth largest vehicle manufacturer in the world. From 2012 to 2016, Canada produced an average 2.4 million vehicles each year.
Ontario is home to the Canadian headquarters of all Big Three American automakers: Ford, Chrysler, and General Motors. Most of Canada’s output consists of light duty trucks and SUVs, like the Toyota RAV4, the Ford Edge, and the Lexus RX350. Perhaps it is not surprising that this style of vehicle is also the most popular among Canadian consumers.