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

This report presents information on the employed labour force, i.e., the 16 million Canadians aged 15 and over who had a job in the week prior to the 2006 Census. It examines the different places of work and the modes of transportation most frequently used by workers who had to commute.

In 2006, a large majority of workers (13,069,900 or 81.6%) commuted to their usual place of work. For a smaller group of workers (76,500 or 0.5%), their usual place of work was outside the country. Another 10.3% of workers also had to travel to work (1,644,400), but did not have a fixed workplace address, and their destination changed throughout the day or from day to day. Finally, 7.7% of Canadian workers had their usual place of work at home (1,230,400).

Table 1
Proportion of workers by place of work, Canada, provinces and territories, 1996, 2001 and 2006

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