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Commuting Patterns and Places of Work of Canadians, 2006 Census: National, provincial and territorial portraits

Place of work status

Working in a province or territory other than the usual place of residence

Relatively few Canadian workers had a place of work in a province or territory other than the one in which they usually lived.

Nationally, only 147,300 or 1.0% of all workers lived in one province and worked in another in 2006. Among those, more than one-third (36.4% or 53,600) were commuting from the Quebec side of the Ottawa - Gatineau CMA toward the Ontario side. Another 17,000 were commuting in the opposite direction.

As a consequence of Alberta's booming economy, more people worked in this province while having their usual place of residence in another.

In 2006, 1.1% of workers whose usual place of residence was in Newfoundland and Labrador actually worked in Alberta. This was considerably higher than the proportion of 0.3% in 2001.1

About 1.7% of workers whose usual place of residence was in Saskatchewan worked in Alberta in 2006, up from 1.2% five years earlier.

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