Are Canadians Obeying Social Distancing Rules: Google Releases Mobility Reports

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Google has analysed location data from billions of Google users’ phones from around the world and has released mobility reports to help the public and health authorities understand how social distancing guidance is working related to COVID-19. Google has released reports for 131 countries and regions.

Google has said that insights in these reports are created with aggregated, anonymized sets of data from users who have turned on the Location History setting, which is off by default.

The report released on April 2, highlights data collected 2 to 3 days earlier prior. The baseline is the median value, for the corresponding day of the week, during the 5-week period Jan 3–Feb 6, 2020.


Credit: Google Mobility Reports

According to Google, this is how Canadians behaved as COVID-19 upended lifestyles of people across the world:

  • 59% reduction in travel to places like restaurants, cafes, shopping centers, theme parks, museums, libraries, and movie theaters.
  • 35% reduction in places like grocery markets, food warehouses, farmers markets, specialty food shops, drug stores,and pharmacies.
  • 16% reduction to places like national parks, public beaches, marinas, dog parks, plazas, and public gardens.
  • 66% reduction in traffic to places like public transport hubs such as subway, bus, and train stations
  • 44% reduction in traffic to places of work.
  • 14% increase in traffic for places of residence.

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In March, residents of British Columbia, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Saskatchewan visited parks more than the residents of other provinces. Overall, there have been more than -50% reduction in traffic to retail & recreation places and transit hubs with an increase of more than 10% increase in residential stays.

British Columbia Google Mobility Report

Alberta Google Mobility Report

Saskatchewan Google Mobility Report

Manitoba Google Mobility Report

Ontario Google Mobility Report

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Quebec Google Mobility Report

New Brunswick Google Mobility Report

Prince Edward Island Google Mobility Report

Nova Scotia Google Mobility Report

Newfoundland and Labrador Google Mobility Report


Yukon Google Mobility Report

Northwest Territories Google Mobility Report

Nunavut Google Mobility Report


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