Canada ranks 44th in global list of congested roads

Sure, the traffic’s bad. But it could be worse. A lot worse.

In a worldwide context, Canada has actually been ranked among the least car-congested countries in the world.

A research report by has identified the United Arab Emirates as the world’s most congested country, averaging 553 cars per kilometer of road. Hong Kong ranked second with 390 cars per km, and Singapore rounds out the Top 3 with 192 cars per kilometer.

Highway 401
(Photo: istock)

Among the 64 countries that were ranked, Canada came 44th with 1,042,300 vehicles and 22,926,200 km of roads. That leads to 22 cars per km. The United States has 6,586,610 vehicles and 118,476,000 km of roads.

Not surprisingly, bigger countries – with their longer highway networks stretching well beyond urban areas – ranked more favorably. Canada, the U.S., Russia and China all ranked below the 21st position in the list.

Europe and Asia dominated the Top 20 congested countries, although they also included Mexico and Egypt.

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  • Well I guess if you live north of Huntsville or in slave lake Alberta. But Quebec and Ontario southern parts can’t move if you live around Vancouver or on the island you can’t move. So the people doing the stats should get a new job.

  • Nonsense statistics – Taking the number of vehicles and spreading that out over the whole available road network provides a number – yeah, a completely useless number.
    Should take 401 between Winston Churchill and 400 – take number of vehicles / per lane / per hour, and get a real number. (the ones that did the report – as per the article) is an insurance comparison company in the UK. Truck News really should not be wasting any time on this type of drivel, at least not without some kind of editorial comment. So many other great informative articles and editorials – I think we (readers) expect and deserve better.