Commuting duration of person with recent work experience

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


Commuting duration refers to the length of time, in minutes, usually required by a person to travel between his or her place of residence and his or her 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 not their home.

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 countries may wish to collect information on the distance travelled to work on a daily basis and the time taken with a view to monitoring the extent to which persons are living at greater distances from their work places and the impact which traffic congestion has on the time taken to get to work.


Additional information


Relation to previous version

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

    This is the current standard.

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