Dictionary, Census of Population, 2016
Commuting vehicle occupancy

Release date: May 3, 2017


'Commuting vehicle' occupancy refers to the usual number of commuters in a car, truck, or van used by the person to travel to work.

Statistical unit(s)

Employed person
Experienced labour force person
Person with recent work experience


Commuting vehicle occupancy

Reported in

2016 (25% sample); 2011Note 1 (30% sample).

Reported for

Population aged 15 years and over, in private households, who worked at some time since January 1, 2015, and who reported having a usual place of work or no fixed workplace address and who reported travelling by car, truck or van as a driver or as a passenger. The variable usually relates to the individual's job held during the week of Sunday, May 1 to Saturday, May 7, 2016. However, if the person did not work during that week, but had worked at some time since January 1, 2015, the information relates to the job held the longest during that period.

Early enumeration was conducted in remote, isolated parts of the provinces and territories in February, March and April 2016. When enumeration has taken place before May 2016, the reference date used is the date on which the household was enumerated.

Question number(s)

Direct variable: Question 43b)


Drove alone
Two people shared the ride to work
Three or more people shared the ride to work
Not applicable


Not applicable


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