VANCOUVER — Destination Canada (DC) has begun using new arrivals data, which looks at vehicle arrivals from the U.S. In doing so, information on arrivals will be available more quickly — within 10 days following the end of the month, compared to six weeks for Frontier Counts.

The Integrated Primary Inspection Line (IPIL) uses camera technology to scan the license plates of vehicles entering Canada for the majority of land border crossings. This data allows for detailed estimates of vehicle arrivals into Canada by U.S. state of origin, port of entry and with daily granularity.

Arrivals from the U.S. made up 69 per cent of the 20.85-million arrivals in 2017. Canada sees more tourists arriving from several states than from the majority of overseas markets. By having data on arrivals from different U.S. states of origin, DC can better understand the patterns of vehicle arrivals into Canada. Data at a port-of-entry level will allow for a better understanding of the differences in arrival patterns for different areas within provinces, while daily level detail allows DC to study the effects of holidays and weekends.

IPIL data captures the vast majority of U.S. vehicle arrivals into Canada. While the IPIL data does not capture NEXUS travellers nor travellers entering Canada via ports that do not have the IPIL system set up, these represent a small minority of all arrivals into Canada. In 2017, IPIL data accounted for about 88 per cent of overnight arrivals recorded in the official Frontier Counts.

More information about IPIL data is available at


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