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

Commuting patterns

Commuting distances continue to rise

In 2006, Canadian workers travelled a median distance of 7.6 kilometres, up from 7.2 kilometres in 2001 and 7.0 kilometres in 1996.1

Table 2
Median commuting distance of workers (in kilometres), Canada, provinces and territories, 1996, 2001 and 2006

Among the 10 provinces and three territories, workers who travelled the longest distances to get to work were the ones who lived in Ontario (8.7 km), Nova Scotia (8.4 km) and Quebec (7.8 km). In contrast, workers in Nunavut (2.1 km), the Northwest Territories (2.9 km) and the Yukon Territory (3.9 km) travelled the shortest distances.

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