Dictionary, Census of Population, 2021
Commuting destination

Release date: November 17, 2021


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 to their usual place of work.

Statistical unit(s)


Reported in

2021 and 2016 (25% sample); 2011Footnote 1 (30% sample).

Reported for

Population aged 15 years and over, in private households, with a job or absent from their job or business during the week of Sunday, May 2 to Saturday, May 8, 2021, and who reported having a usual place of work.

Previously, in other census cycles, early enumeration was conducted in remote, isolated parts of the provinces and territories in the months leading up to the May enumeration. Because of COVID-19, there was no early enumeration for the 2021 Census. Collection procedures—especially in collective dwellings and remote, northern, First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities—were redesigned to ensure the census was conducted in the best possible way, using a safe and secure approach.

Question number(s)

Derived variable: Question 51


Commute within census subdivision (CSD) of residence

Commute to a different census subdivision (CSD) within census division (CD) of residence

Commute to a different census subdivision (CSD) and census division (CD) within province or territory of residence

Commute to a different province or territory


The comparison of residence and workplace location can also be applied to other geographic units.


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