Travel to and from Canada in the basement, BC hit hard

The number of travelers to Canada from both the United States and overseas countries was down 92.9-percent in November, compared with November 2019. Similarly, the number of Canadian residents returning from abroad fell by 92.1-percent over last year.

This is due to restrictions on non-essential travel into Canada, which remained in effect in November, as did the mandatory 14-day quarantine for Canadians returning from abroad.

Restrictions on non-essential travel to and from Canada, which initially took effect in mid-March, have been in place for 10 months. With a second wave of the pandemic currently affecting many parts of the world, it is likely the restrictions will be extended to contain the spread of COVID-19.

The number of travelers to Canada from countries other than the United States dropped 91.1-percent year over year to 28,700 in November.

Travel originating in Europe (-92.3%) and Asia (-89.2%), Canada’s largest markets, were down significantly compared with the same month a year earlier.

Compared with November 2019, the number of trips from China, the leading source market for travel from Asia, decreased from 29,800 to 1,800 in November 2020.

As for travel from Europe, there were 2,400 arrivals from the United Kingdom in November and 1,600 from France.

Travel from other major markets also remained low throughout November.

Ontario (-149,800), British Columbia (-78,600) and Quebec (-52,700) recorded the largest absolute year-over-year declines in the number of overseas travelers in November.

In November, US residents took 98,400 trips to Canada, down 93.3-percent from the same month a year earlier. The number of US residents arriving by plane declined 95.9-percent year over year to 14,100 in November.

Car arrivals dropped 92.1-percent year over year to 83,300 in November. Almost three-quarters, 61,700, of these car trips were same-day trips, while overnight car arrivals, 21,600, were down 95.2-percent from November 2019.

While every province recorded a decrease in arrivals from the United States in November, Ontario (-778,000) saw the largest absolute decline, followed by British Columbia (-317,400) and Quebec (-160,500).

Canadian residents made 252,600 return trips from the United States in November, down 92.3-percent from November 2019.

Car arrivals, which accounted for approximately eight in 10 of these trips, fell 91.5-percent year over year to 196,600. Of these, 169,600 were same-day trips, down 89.8-percent.

Meanwhile, air arrivals dropped 93.8-percent year over year to 54,500. Despite provincial measures, including health screenings and a mandatory quarantine, the number of Canadians returning from the United States by plane increased 29.0-percent to 42,200 from October.

Ontario (-1.5 million), British Columbia (-808,300) and Quebec (-270,800) posted the largest absolute year-over-year declines in return trips by Canadians from the United States.

In November, 73,200 Canadian residents returned home from travel overseas, up slightly from October, but down 91.3-percent compared with November 2019.