Commuting destination of person with recent work experience

Status: This standard was approved as a departmental standard on June 15, 2015.


Commuting destination refers to whether or not a person commutes to another municipality (i.e., census subdivision), another census division or another province or territory. Commuting refers to the travel of a person between his or her place of residence and his or her usual place of work.

Person with recent work experience refers to persons 15 years and over who were employed at some point during a reference period such as a year or more, regardless of labour force status during the survey's reference week or reference day.


This variable applies only to those persons whose workplace location in Canada was at a fixed address.

This concept allows users to assess commuting flows within and across jurisdictions.

Conformity to relevant internationally recognized standards

This standard is compatible with the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe's "Conference of European Statisticians Recommendations for the 2010 Censuses of Population and Housing", 2006, related to commuting to work. The report states that the location of place of work is the precise location in which a currently employed person performs his/her job, and where a usually employed person currently performs or last performed the job. The location should be coded to the smallest possible civil division.


Additional information


Relation to previous version

  • Commuting destination of person with recent work experience June 15, 2015 to current

    This is the current standard.

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