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November 29, 2017

Today, Statistics Canada released data from the 2016 Census on the journey to work.


Main Mode of Commuting

The census assumes that the commute to work originates from the usual place of residence. In some cases, respondents may be on a business trip and may have reported their place of work or main mode of commuting based on where they were working during the trip. Some persons maintain a residence close to work and commute to their home on weekends. Students often work after school at a location near their school. As a result, the data may show unusual commutes or unusual main modes of commuting.

Commuting destination

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

Main mode of commuting

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.


In Nova Scotia, the percentage of workers who commuted to work close to their residence, and within their census subdivision was 72.5%.  The counties of Halifax and Cape Breton reported that over 90% of their workforce lived close to their place of residence, as they only commuted within their census subdivision. Pictou County reported that only 26.4% of their workforce did not commute outside their CSD.

The percentage that commuted to work outside their CSD, but within their county was 16.6%. Pictou County reported the hifgest within county commute at 62.0% of the workfore  worked outside their CSD but within the county.

In 2016, the percentage of workers in nova Scotia that commuted to work outside their county of residence, but within Nova Scotia was 9.3%. Hants county reported the highest percetage of workers who commuted outside the county, but worked in the province.


In 2016, the number of Nova Scotias that commuted outside the province was 1.5%. Cumberland county reported the highest percent of their workforce that worked outside of the province.

Within the various economic regions, counties, and CSDs the commute profile is even more varied.



 Source: Statistics Canada 2016 Census Daily Article | Tables


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