CENSUS: CANADIANS WORKING LONGER, ALSO TAKING LONGER TO GET THERE

Nov 29, 2017

By Bob Komsic

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Canadians are spending more time in class, working longer and putting up with longer commutes.
That’s what the latest batch of census numbers show.
The sixth and final release of 2016 data from Statistics Canada show, the country ranked first among OECD nations with 54% of residents having college or university degrees, up nearly 6% in 2006.
Women with a bachelor’s degree made about 40% more than those with a college diploma, and 60% more than those who only finished high school.
The census also shows one-fifth of seniors over age 65 were working last year, twice the rate from 20 years ago, while 5.9% worked throughout the entire year – the highest percentage ever recorded.
The average commute in Canada was about 26-minutes, about one-minute longer than in 2011.
For drivers, the average was 24-minutes and about 45-minutes for those taking public transit.
The number of Canadians who walked to work last year was 3.2% higher than 20 years ago, while the number of cyclists has grown by nearly 62% since 1996.
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