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It’s official: Toronto’s highways make list of most congested in the world

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January 12, 2023
By Todd Humber

All those Toronto drivers who like to moan and complain about traffic might just have a point.

A global study that looked at traffic patterns around the world confirm just how much commuting by car in the Greater Toronto Area, well, sucks. The daily chaos on the 400-series highways, the Don Valley Parkway and the Gardiner make it the seventh worst traffic in the world — and the third worst in North America, according to Inrix.

That means Torontonians stuck behind the wheel are worse off than commuters in New York City, but not nearly as bad as the folks in London, U.K., or Chicago — which top the list.

“It is great to see civic and commercial life returning to normal, but unfortunately, we’re seeing congestion inching closer to, if not exceeding, pre- pandemic levels,” said Bob Pishue, transportation analyst and author of the report. “We must manage congestion while improving mobility and accessibility in cities to avoid it hurting economic recovery and impacting the quality of life of commuters and residents.”


Toronto was the only Canadian city to make the top 10 in North America. Montreal came in 33rd spot, with an average of 72 hours lost. Other Canadian cities in the study included:

  • Vancouver – 59 hours
  • Winnipeg – 48 hours
  • Calgary – 20 hours
  • Edmonton – 7 hours

The top 10 worst commutes

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