Dirty Driving: Canada among most environmentally hazardous commutes in the world

Toronto, Ontario — The fine folks at Uswitch.com have come to validate our collective griping as the consumer data firm reports that Canada has the third worst commute in the world, but not for the reasons you may think.

Drivers situated anywhere near Canada’s few metropolitan centres know the pain well; the perpetual crawl of a massive portion of our population simultaneously trying to reach the same destination.

But that isn’t necessarily what puts us at the bottom. What really stinks up the Canadian commute are the CO2 emissions.

According to Uswitch’s data, Canada’s CO2 emissions rate of 13.8 tonnes per capita far surpasses the production of any other country in the top ten, with the closest rate being Belgium at 7.2.

In spite of this, Canada boasts reasonable gas prices compared to other nations in the report and a middle-of-the-pack length of commute at 26 minutes, on average.

Uswitch content editor Florence Codjoe said “After nearly two years of lockdowns and working from home, the world is finally beginning to open up again, which means across the globe many of us are heading back into the office and having to deal with the stress of the daily commute.

“It will be interesting to see if the daily commute improves over the coming years, with more countries adopting a hybrid way of working, which in return should hopefully see the average commute time decrease in countries across the world.”

Uswitch’s full Global Commuting Index report can be found here.


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