Distance from home to work of person with recent work experience

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


Distance from home to work refers to the straight-line distance, in kilometres, between a person's 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.

Conformity to relevant internationally recognized standards

This standard is not directly compatible with the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe's "Conference of European Statisticians Recommendations for the 2010 Censuses of Population and Housing", 2006. The Recommendations state that countries may wish to collect information on the distance travelled to work on a daily basis with a view to monitoring the extent to which persons are living at greater distances from their work places. Due to constraints in the data collected, this standard looks not at distance travelled but at the straight-line distance between home and work.


  • 'Distance from home to work' is expressed as the number of kilometres and can be reported to the nearest tenth of a kilometre. Those who work at home will have a distance of 0. June 15, 2015 to current

Additional information


Relation to previous version

  • Distance from home to work of person with recent work experience June 15, 2015 to current

    This is the current standard.

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