Main mode of commuting of experienced labour force person

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


Main mode of commuting refers to the main mode of transportation a person uses to travel between his or her home and his or her place of work.

Experienced labour force person refers to persons 15 years and over currently in the labour force who are employed or who were employed at some point during a long reference period such as a year or more.


This variable applies only to those persons whose workplace location in Canada was not their home.
This concept allows users to assess how many people use private vehicles, public transit and other means as their main mode to travel from home to work.

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 for people making several journeys using more than one mode of transport, the mode of transport used for the greatest distance in the daily journey should be indicated.


Additional information


Relation to previous version

  • Main mode of commuting of experienced labour force person June 15, 2015 to current

    This is the current standard.

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