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

Place of work status

Fewer people working at home

In the last 10 years, the proportion of people working at home has fallen: 8.2% in 1996, 8.0% in 2001 and 7.7% in 2006.

The decrease in the number of people working at home is largely attributable to the drop in the number of workers in the farming sector (-5.7% between 2001 and 2006). The agriculture industry has the highest proportion of people working at home (49.1% of workers in 2006).

The magnitude of the decline in the number of people working at home varied substantially from region to region, reflecting the relative size of the farming sector in different regional economies. While the proportion of people working at home did not change much in Quebec and Ontario, it fell considerably in each of the Prairie provinces.

This was particularly true in Saskatchewan, where 69,700 people, or 14.1% of workers, reported that their home was their usual place of work in 2006. This compares to 89,600 people, or 19.2% of workers, 10 years earlier.

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