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

Commuting patterns

The proportion of drivers is decreasing

As might be expected, given the large increase in employment in Canada between 2001 and 2006, the number of people having to commute to work (usual place of work or no fixed workplace address) has risen considerably over the past five years (+9.4%, from 13,450,900 in 2001 to 14,714,300 in 2006). While the car is still the most frequently used mode of transportation for getting to work, there was a decrease in the proportion of drivers in the past five years, from 73.8% of workers in 2001 to 72.3% in 2006.

In 2006, more than 10 million Canadian workers drove their car to work, i.e., 714,900 more drivers than five years before. However, this increase was smaller than the one million additional drivers counted between 1996 and 2001.

This relatively smaller increase means that, in the most recent intercensal period, the proportion of workers driving to work decreased.

Table 3a
Proportion of workers using a car to get to work and age groups, Canada, provinces and territories, 1996, 2001 and 2006


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