Canada's Worst Traffic Cities Were Revealed & Even Halifax Made The Top 5

Get ready for traffic jams!
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Traffic in big cities.

Traffic in big cities.

Nobody likes to sit in their car after a long day at work and not even move because of all the cars on the roads. In some places in our country, the streets can get pretty congested and that can make getting around cities rage-inducing. The worst traffic cities in Canada were revealed and it wasn't just big cities that made the list.

According to the TomTom Traffic Index for 2019, 12 Canadian cities made the ranking and even though some are worse than others, being stuck on the road is a headache that few want to deal with.

Vancouver tops the list as the worst city in the true north when it comes to congestion on roadways.

In B.C.'s biggest city, people lose 149 hours, which is equal to six days and five hours, a year in traffic. During that time you could watch 132 episodes of Game of Thrones.

Next up is Toronto where people waste 142 hours, or almost six full days, per year stuck on the roads which is how long it takes to bake 6,945 cookies.

Then, in Montreal, travelling before 4:00 p.m. on Thursdays could save you up to four hours each year because you'll avoid the worst rush hour.

Most of the congestion in Ottawa happens on non-highway roads. People waste five days and 20 hours there in traffic every year. You could watch 94 football games in that amount of time.

The next worst city for delays on the road is a little surprising.

In Halifax, people spent an extra four days and 21 hours in rush hour during 2019 and most congestion happens in the evening.

London had a congestion level of 23% in 2019 while Winnipeg and Quebec City were at 22%.

That means a trip will take that much more time than it would when roads don't have traffic jams.

Hamilton, Calgary, Edmonton and Kitchener-Waterloo are the best of the worst cities in Canada. Each of them had congestion levels below 20% last year.

TomTom gets its rankings each year by analyzing travel times of all vehicles on road networks across each city that's recorded 24/7, 365 days a year.

Canadian cities aren't anywhere close to being the worst in the entire world — Vancouver only ranks in the 40th spot when it comes to the global list. 

However, that doesn't mean that traffic is good in some cities here.

All of the cities in the top five saw an increase from 2018 so it doesn't seem like the transportation problems are getting any better.

The next time you're sitting in your car on a highway with seemingly neverending brake lights ahead, just remember that drivers across the country have it just as bad. 

We're all in this together! 

Lisa Belmonte
Trending Senior Staff Writer
Lisa Belmonte is a Senior Staff Writer for Narcity Canada’s Trending Desk focused on government of Canada jobs and is based in Ontario.
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