Canada’s number of international arrivals increased in July but has yet to fully reach pre-pandemic levels, according to new data released by Statistics Canada.
Residents of overseas countries made almost 10 times more trips to Canada in July 2022 compared with the same month in 2021, over half (56.6%) of the trips taken in July 2019, the agency reports.
Likewise, U.S. residents took nearly 2.2 million trips to Canada in July 2022, which was over 11 times the number of trips taken in July 2021 and represented just over three-fifths (60.7%) of the trips in July 2019.
Canadian residents returned from more than 3.3 million trips in July 2022, which is more than six times more trips compared with July 2021 and reaching 63.9% of the July 2019 pre-pandemic level.
The data is reflective of Canada’s current travel measures, which are set to change by the end of this month.
Employment in the travel industry also continued to lag, the StatCan reports.
“This has contributed to flight cancellations, long security queues and lost luggage, impacting major airports the most,” the agency says. “The current labour shortage is being felt across airport-related occupations including pilots, flight attendants, security screeners, and baggage handlers.”
Overseas visitors increase
In July, 621,300 overseas residents arrived in Canada, up from the 63,700 such arrivals in July 2021, the agency says.
This is more than half (56.6%) of the overseas residents who arrived in Canada in July 2019, before the pandemic.
The number of visitors from major markets continued to rise in July.
Visitors from Europe—increasing from 28,000 in July 2021 to 371,200 in July 2022—seem to be recovering faster than those from Asia, increasing from 21,500 to 106,200 over the same period.
Canadian travel to the United States increases
Canadian residents returned from nearly 2.6 million trips to the United States in July, almost seven times the number recorded in July 2021 (393,800), and 60.1% of the pre-pandemic level from July 2019, the agency says.
Of the total returning Canadian trips, 2.0 million were by automobile in July 2022, with over half (53.3%) being same-day trips.
The number of Canadian residents returning by air from the United States was 503,600 in July, up from 93,200 in July 2021 and represented over three-quarters (76.0%) of the level recorded in the same month in 2019, before COVID.
More travel overseas
In July, Statistics Canada says 720,800 Canadian residents returned from visiting overseas, rising sharply from July 2021 (141,300).
This reaches more than four-fifths (82.9%) of the pre-pandemic level of such trips and representing the highest level of overseas travel recovery to date.