Statistics Canada just confirmed something Torontonians have long suspected: GTA residents have the longest commute to work in all of Canada. New numbers from the National Household Survey puts the average one-way commute time in the Big Smoke at 32.8 minutes while the national average sits at 25.4 minutes.
Oshawa came in next on the longest commute to work list: they spend 31.8 minutes of their time commuting. Montreal took the third spot with a 29.7 minute-long trip, on average. The shortest average commute was 16.9 minutes in Saguenay, Quebec.
We hear you: 32.8 minutes doesn’t sound too, too terrible. After all, everyone has that one co-worker with the epic, hour-and-a-half Go train trip into the city. But the GTA does have a number of commuters with one-way trips averaging over 45 minutes long.
In 2011, 17.2 per cent of commuters in Canada took 45 minutes or more to get to work. However, commuters who lived in the area surrounding and within the Toronto Census Metropolitan Area were the most likely to be in this group, with 29.9 per cent of commuters in Oshawa, 28.4 per cent of those in Toronto-proper and 26.6 per cent of those in Barrie taking 45 minutes or more to get to work.
Here’s how the other big metros faired in terms of average commute times:
- St. John’s (Newfoundland and Labrador) 17.9 minutes
- Halifax (Nova Scotia) 23.7 minutes
- Ottawa – Gatineau (Ontario/Quebec) 26.3 minutes
- Hamilton (Ontario) 26.9 minutes
- Winnipeg (Manitoba) 23.3 minutes
- Regina (Saskatchewan) 17.3 minutes
- Calgary (Alberta) 27.0 minutes
- Edmonton (Alberta) 25.6 minutes
- Vancouver (British Columbia) 28.4 minutes
- Victoria (British Columbia) 21.8 minutes
Gridlocked Torontonians also recently earned the dubious honour of being home to the worst road in Ontario, Dufferin Street. And while the city might be sighing over its transit woes, just remember – it’s a lot worse in Moscow!