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Number of licensed drivers in Canada 1994-2018

In Canada, there were between 26 and 27 million people holding a driver’s license to their name in 2018. That year, some 23 million light vehicles, as well as about 1.2 million heavy-duty vehicles and 730,000 motorcycles were registered in Canada.

Age structure

While Canadian teenagers are least likely to hold a valid license, people aged 65 or above comprise the largest group of licensees, and some 55 percent of Canadian seniors say that they want to hold on to their driver’s license past the age of 80.

Risk factors

Older drivers in Canada run a very high risk of dying in a car crash - and it is the drivers who are most likely to be seriously injured or even killed in a traffic-related accident: Drivers accounted for 50 percent of road traffic-related fatalities and 47 percent of serious injuries in 2018. The worst driving conditions seem to be found in the Yukon Territory, where 24 fatalities and almost 914 injuries per 100,000 licensed drivers were reported in 2017. At 1,390.2 per 100,000 licensed drivers, the number of accidents involving injured drivers or passengers was equally high on the roads of Manitoba; however, fatal accidents were not as prevalent there as they were in the Yukon Territory.

Number of licensed drivers in Canada from 1994 to 2018

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1994 to 2018

Supplementary notes

The figures for 1994 to 1999 are taken from a previous edition.

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