About the Industry


  • The Canadian Tourism Commission’s 2008 Tourism Highlights indicate that tourism spending reached $74.7 billion dollars in Canada in the year 2008.
  • Canadian residents accounted for 79% or $59.1 billion while foreigners spent $15.7 billion or 21%.
  • Total tourism Gross Domestic Product (GDP) reached $30.3 billion in 2008 or 2.0% of Canada’s GDP.


  • Canada is the #1 market for international visitation to the U.S
  • In 2008 there were 17.76 million outbound trips to the U.S
  • At more than US $16 billion, Canada represents 13.2% of all international visitor spending in the U. S during 2007.
  • Top10 U.S destinations for Canadian visitors are New York, Florida, Washington, , Michigan., California, Nevada, Maine, Pennsylvania, Vermont and North Dakota ( Source: Consulate General of United states)
  • Bus Travel by Canadians travelling to the U.S rose by 13% in March 2008 over March 2007.
  • All U.S states benefit from Canadian Travelers – best equity of all countries.


  • It is estimated that there are 3,000 highway coaches in Canada. Thousands more coaches from the United States enter Canada each year and are a boon to local economies.
  • Each motor coach on an overnight tour generates over $ 7,000-$13,000 per day in economic activity, including spending on accommodation, meals, entertainment and souvenirs.

Travel Regulations

The Travel Industry Act is the law that governs the sale of travel in Ontario. 

The following documents assist consumers and group leaders understand what the Travel Industry Act means to them.

For TEACHERS and PLANNERS of school tours, Click Here.


Or go to the Travel Industry Council of Ontario's web site's explanation of the Travel Industry Act.

Industry Safety Facts

Motor Coach Safety - General Information (USA and CANADA)

  • Motor coaches carry about 860 million passengers a year in Canada and the USA (774 million passengers in the U.S., and approximately 86 million in Canada).

  • Motor coaches travel 945 million miles per year in the U.S., or 28 billion passenger-miles.

  • National Safety Council in the U.S. (Accident Facts 1989 – 98) reports for U.S. interstate motor coach travel an average of 4.3 motor coach passenger fatalities per year for the period 1987 – 1996.  During that period, coaches traveled 244.6 billion passenger miles.

OMCA is one of the largest travel and tourism-related associations in Canada, and the voice of private-sector bus operators, inter-city bus lines, charter and coach tour companies in Ontario.  OMCA represents more than 80 bus operators, over 100 tour operators and some 800 affiliated sellers to the group tour industry including attractions, destinations, hoteliers and retail outlets across North America.  

For further information, please contact the OMCA office at 416-229-6622 x0, info@omca.com or, go to the Transport Canada web site by clicking here.


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