Canadian auto sales fell 12.4 per cent in February from a year earlier, according to DesRosiers Automotive Consultants.
The consultancy estimates new light-vehicle sales totalled 98,722 units, down from 112,654 in February last year.
DesRsoiers says last year's sales in the month were strong, part of an upward surge to the March peak last year of 175,186 units, shortly before the global semiconductor shortage started to affect the market.
The auto sector has been hit by a shortage of semiconductor chips caused by pandemic-related production issues and a surge in demand for electronics, leading to lower auto production and supplies of vehicles.
DesRosiers says the seasonally adjusted annual rate of sales for February came in at 1.62 million for the month, down from the 1.85 million for February last year, but broadly in line with levels seen over the last 10 months.
Sales in February 2020, just before the widespread pandemic shutdowns, came in at about 123,375 vehicles.