Dictionary, Census of Population, 2021
Multiple modes of commuting

Release date: November 17, 2021Updated on: November 30, 2022


Multiple modes of commuting refers to all modes of transportation a person uses to travel to their place of work.

Statistical unit(s)


Reported in

2021 (25% 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 or no fixed workplace address.

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)

Direct variable: Question 52a)


Car, truck or van - as a driver
Car, truck or van - as a passenger
Subway or elevated rail
Light rail, streetcar or commuter train
Passenger ferry
Walked to work
Motorcycle, scooter or moped
Other method


Persons were asked to identify all the modes of commuting usually used to get to work. If different modes of commuting were used at different times of the year, persons were also asked to identify them. The question does not measure trips made for purposes other than the commute to work.

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