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Commuting Patterns and Places of Work of Canadians, 2006 Census: Portrait of the largest census metropolitan areas in the country's regions


  • The number or people whose usual place of work was in the Calgary census metropolitan area rose from 485,500 to 561,700 between 2001 and 2006, an increase of 15.7%.
  • In 2006, the municipality of Calgary was the third largest in Canada from the point of view of the number of people working there. Of the 25 largest municipalities, the City of Calgary ranked fourth in terms of the increase in the number of workers (+15.4%).
  • In 2006, the number of people commuting to the municipality of Calgary to work was higher than the number of workers living there (+32,100).
  • The median commuting distance for workers living in the Calgary CMA who worked at a usual place of work was 8.2 kilometres in 2006, compared to 7.7 kilometres in 2001.
  • For workers living in the Calgary CMA in 2006, 69.1% drove to work (compared to 71.8% in 2001) and 7.5% got to work as a passenger in a car (compared to 6.8% in 2001).
  • In 2006, 15.6% of commuters living in the Calgary CMA used public transit (compared to 13.2% in 2001), 5.4% walked (5.9% in 2001), 1.3% cycled (1.5% in 2001) and 1.0% used another mode of transportation (0.9% in 2001).
  • In 2006, 24.4% of workers whose place of work was in the City of Calgary used a sustainable mode of transportation to get there, i.e., public transit, walking or cycling (compared to 22.1% in 2001).

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