Basic Needs


Whether it be by taxi, bus or car, getting to and from work is essential to living a healthy and productive lifestyle.

Journey to Work

What does this measure?

Commuting refers to the travel of a person between their place of residence and their usual place of work. Commuting destination refers to whether or not a person commutes to another municipality (i.e. census subdivision), another county (i.e. census division) or another province or territory.  Commuting duration is the length of time in minutes it takes for a person to get from their place of residence to their workplace. Main mode of commuting is the main method of transportation a person uses to travel between their home and workplace. Lastly, time leaving for work refers to the time of day a person usually leaves home to go to their place of work.

Why is this important?

Reliable transportation to work is important for employee success. Information about people’s journey to work can also be used by policy makers and community organizations to identify trends in commuting and identify opportunities to support their communities.

How are Hastings and Prince Edward Counties doing?

Residents of Hastings and Prince Edward Counties (HPEC) have similar commuting destinations in terms of commuting within municipalities and across provincial boundaries when compared to Ontario. However, slightly more HPEC residents crossing county (i.e. census division) borders for work. On average HPEC residents have a shorter length of commute compared to Ontario. More HPEC residents drive to work (85%) than Ontario residents (72%) and few HPEC residents use public transit (2%) to get from their homes to work compared to 15% of Ontario residents.