WHAT TIRES ARE MADE IN CANADA?
Have you ever wondered what car tires are made in Canada? Not everything comes from China, Europe, Japan, or America. There are many options when it comes to buying tires that are manufactured in Canada if you want to support your own country without sacrificing any of the durability or tread life that you expect. Three companies have manufacturing plants in Canada, and there is a good chance that you know most of the names already: Michelin, Bridgestone, and Goodyear.
Michelin in Nova Scotia
Michelin has three Canadian manufacturing plants, and they are all in Nova Scotia. In 2023, the American company made a substantial investment in the manufacturing plant, so a great deal of winter tires will likely be coming out of this area for the next few years. The tire manufacturer also makes performance tires, light truck tires, and passenger car tires between the three plants. The Bridgewater plant makes passenger and light truck tires while The Waterville and Granton branches build passenger tires and commercial truck tires respectively.
Bridgestone in Joliette, Quebec
Bridgestone only operates one tire manufacturing plant in Canada, but it produces up to 18,300 units per day which is a massive feat. In general, it produces an equal amount of passenger tires and light truck tires daily. However, it cannot touch the production capability of the Goodyear plan.
Goodyear in Napanee, Ontario & Medicine Hat, Alberta
Of all three tire manufacturers, Goodyear has the largest presence in Canada. While it only has two plants, it can produce as many as 19,000 passenger tires per day at the Napanee plant. The Medicine Hat, Alberta plant also works at high capacity and manufactures another 19,000 units per day. This is one reason why Goodyear Tire & Rubber is a popular choice for those looking at tires in Canada, but it’s also why sometimes these can be a more cost-effective choice.
It is important to remember when looking at replacement tires, to consider more factors than just whether or not an option is a Canadian tire. The warranty that comes with the tire as well as the tread life, tire size, and overall tire rating all are important factors to consider outside of simply the location of tire production.