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Census: Canadians spend staggering amount of time in cars


Cheryl Santa Maria
Digital Reporter

Thursday, November 30, 2017, 8:06 AM - Newly-released data from the 2016 census suggests commute times are on the rise across the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) with the greatest increase shown in the Hamilton, Ont., region.

Commuters in Toronto, Oshawa, Barrie, Montreal and Vancouver are also experiencing longer-than-average commutes, while St. John's Newfoundland saw the biggest overall increase between 2011 and 2016.

According to the data, people living in Hamilton, Burlington and nearby Grimsby, Ont.,  spent an average of 28.4 minutes one way to get to work last year.

That's up 5.6 per cent from 2011, when the average commute time in the Hamilton area was 26.9 minutes.

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According to the data, the average commuter in and out of the Toronto area needs about 34 minutes to get to work, far above the national average of 26.2 minutes.

Public transit appears to be the slowest way to commute, with a national average of 45 minutes.

Traffic a constant headache

Traffic causes pollution, which can lessen air quality and lead to health complications.

Studies have also linked it to obesity, stress, and fatigue.

How is your commute to work? Let us know in the comments below.

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