Commuting vehicle occupancy of employed person

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


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

Employed person refers to those who, during the reference period, had a labour force status of 'employed'. That is, those who, during the reference period:

(a) Did any work at all at a job or business, that is, paid work in the context of an employer-employee relationship, or self-employment. This also includes persons who did unpaid family work, which is defined as unpaid work contributing directly to the operation of a farm, business or professional practice owned and operated by a related member of the same household; or

(b) Had a job but were not at work due to factors such as their own illness or disability, personal or family responsibilities, vacation or a labour dispute. This category excludes persons not at work because they were on layoff or between casual jobs, and those who did not then have a job (even if they had a job to start at a future date).


This concept allows users to assess carpool arrangements among people using a car, truck or van to travel to work. It applies to employed persons aged 15 years and over with a job or absent from their job or business during the reference week.

Conformity to relevant internationally recognized standards

There are no relevant internationally recognized standards.


Relation to previous version

  • Commuting vehicle occupancy of employed person June 15, 2015 to current

    March 16, 2021 - The category names in the classification associated with the variable have been modified.

    June 15, 2015 - This standard replaces the recommended standard 'Vehicle occupancy of employed person'. The concept has been renamed 'Commuting vehicle occupancy'.

  • Vehicle occupancy of employed person June 26, 2013 to June 14, 2015

    This standard was replaced by the 'Commuting vehicle occupancy of employed person' as of June 15, 2015.

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