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Thomas StorringDirector – Economics and Statistics
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May 08, 2024

In 2022, Statistics Canada reports that there were 695,762 vehicles registered in Nova Scotia.  The overwhelming majority (92.9%) of Nova Scotia's vehicles were in the lightest weight category: those weighing less than 4,535kg.  Across Canada, 91.7% of registered were less than 4,535kg.  Only in Prince Edward Island, Alberta and Saskatchewan did heavier vehicles make up a (slightly) larger portion of registered vehicles.                                                                            

Looking at lighter vehicles only, passenger cars and multi-purpose vehicles (which includes sports utility vehicles and crossovers) account for just over 70% of Nova Scotia registered vehicles.  Pickup trucks (under 4,535 kg) accounted for a further 17.8% of vehicles while vans (including minivans) added a further 4.6% of Nova Scotia's registered vehicles.  

Across Canada, passenger car and multi-purpose vehicle registrations made up a lower portion of vehicles in the prairie provinces, where pickup trucks accounted for a larger share of registered vehicles.

Gasoline accounted for 92.9% of fuel type among registered vehicles in Nova Scotia (followed by diesel at 5.6%).  Across Canada, gasoline accounted for 90.5% of vehicles by fuel type.  Diesel vehicles were more prevalent in the prairie provinces as well as in British Columbia.  

Low or zero emission vehicles remain a small portion (<2%) of Nova Scotia's vehicle registrations.  These vehicles were more commonly registered in British Columbia and Québec.

After contracting in 2020, the number of vehicles registered in Nova Scotia increased by 29,129 in 2021 and by a further 18,441 in 2022.   

Much of Nova Scotia's increased vehicle registrations in the last two years were for multi-purpose vehicles (including SUVs and crossovers) with smaller gains for pickup trucks and motorcycles.  After a slight rise in 2021, registrations for passenger vehicles and vans declined in 2022.    

Of Nova Scotia's 695,762 registered vehicles, 646,236 were gasoline-powered and a further 39,242 were fuelled with diesel.

Although small in numbers, there have been substantial proportional increases in hybrid, plug-in hybrid and battery electric vehicle registrations in Nova Scotia. 

Source: Statistics Canada. Table 23-10-0308-01  Vehicle registrations, by type of vehicle and fuel type

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