Ontario records lowest sales increase among Eastern provinces

Canadian provinces recorded large sales increases for new light vehicles in March 2021, with several also managing significant increases for the first quarter overall, according to DesRosiers Automotive Consultants (DAC).

The largest increase for the month came from the Eastern provinces, with Quebec garnering an estimated 164.9%, Prince Edward Island at 148.6%, Nova Scotia at 118.7%, and New Brunswick at 111.2%. And Ontario was up 53.1% for the month — less than the others, but still up.

“For much of last year, it was Ontario’s comparatively slow climb back to stability that held back the market recovery,” said Andrew King, Managing Partner at DAC. “This trend continued into the first quarter of 2021, with Ontario lagging significantly behind the rest of the country.”

Ontario was the only province that did not record a double-digit sales increase in Q1, rising only 1.6% over the first quarter of 2020.

Canadian provinces overall sold an estimated 175,186 units in March — up 86.2% year-over-year, when just 94,061 units were sold.

“With the third wave of the pandemic upon us and varying restrictions from coast to coast to coast, the picture is far from clear as to future regional performance during the key spring selling season,” said DAC.

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