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Commuting Patterns and Places of Work of Canadians, 2006 Census: Portrait of census metropolitan areas and their municipalities

Commuting patterns

Cars used less than in the past years in most CMAs

In 2006, 69.4% of workers living in one of the 33 CMAs drove their car to work, and 7.4% got to work as a passenger in a car. The Ottawa - Gatineau CMA had the smallest proportion of workers driving to work (62.7%), followed by Toronto (63.6%) and Victoria (64.9%).

Table 11a
Proportion of workers using a car to get to work, census metropolitan areas, 1996, 2001 and 2006

The proportion of workers living in CMAs who got to work by car, whether driving or as a passenger, dropped slightly in the past 10 years (78.1% in 1996, 77.8% in 2001 and 76.8% in 2006). This drop was sharper for workers living in the Calgary and Vancouver CMAs.

The CMA with the smallest proportion of workers using a car to get to work remained MontrĂ©al (70.4%). This was followed by the Ottawa - Gatineau CMA, with 70.7% and the Toronto CMA, with 71.1%.

In contrast, workers in Abbotsford (93.2%), Barrie (90.6%) and Windsor (90.6%) were the most likely to get to work by car.

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