25 Most transit-friendly cities of Canada

Source: transit.toronto.on.ca

Below is a list of the 25 most transit-oriented cities in Canada based on data provided by MoneySense utilizing 2006 Census transit data. The percentage given represents the percent of commuters who utilize mass transit. As one can see, the race for the top spot was extremely close between Montreal and Toronto, with only a difference of 0.36 percent separating them. It is fascinating to note that some suburbs of Montreal, Vancouver, and Toronto having higher rates of usage of mass transit than core cities like Edmonton, Hamilton, London, Windsor, St. Catharines, Saint John, St. John’s, Saskatoon, and Regina.

  1. Montreal, QC – 34.74 percent
  2. Toronto, ON – 34.38 percent
  3. New Westminster, BC – 26.76 percent
  4. Brossard, QC – 25.92 percent
  5. Vancouver, BC – 25.12 percent
  6. Burnaby, BC – 25.03 percent
  7. Longeuil, QC – 21.97 percent
  8. Ottawa, ON – 21.22 percent
  9. Dollard-Des Ormeaux, QC – 15.92 percent
  10. Mississauga, ON – 15.75 percent
  11. Calgary, AB – 15.63 percent
  12. Wood Buffalo (Fort McMurray), AB – 14.84 percent
  13. Markham, ON – 14.38 percent
  14. Gatineau, QC – 14.36 percent
  15. Oakville, ON – 14.28 percent
  16. Coquitlam, BC – 13.87 percent
  17. Laval, QC – 13.74 percent
  18. Ajax, ON – 13.40 percent
  19. Quebec City, QC – 13.28 percent
  20. Richmond Hill, ON – 13.17 percent
  21. Pickering, ON – 13.02 percent
  22. Winnipeg, MB – 12.97 percent
  23. Edmonton, AB – 12.72 percent
  24. Victoria, BC – 12.63 percent
  25. Halifax, NS – 11.86 percent

For some comparison, here is a weblink to mass transit ridership data from cities in the United States in 2010. Montreal and Toronto would both be in the top five in the United States. Kudos to all those cities in Canada that made the Top 25 in 2012.

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9 Responses to 25 Most transit-friendly cities of Canada

  1. basil berchekas jr says:

    These are EXCELLENT statistic! Both the Canadian AND US statistics! A reincarnation of the interurban system as publicly owned would reverse the US’ dismal (gas guzzling) statistics!

  2. Nothing about this is 2012, all the data came from 2006 census.

  3. vaster says:

    Hi there,
    some exciting and interested info – In the list Woodbuffalo has ranked 12th and by assuming this data is verifiable – Is it possible that we can provide new Municipal 2012 Census data. We (RMWB) have strong hope that we could have higher than 14.8%.

    Please let us know your thoughts on it and we would be glad to assist you in this process.
    Thank you

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