June 3, 2014 5:30 pm
Updated: June 3, 2014 9:37 pm

Vancouver, Toronto top list of worst gridlock cities in Canada: study


WATCH ABOVE: Vancouver drivers spend an average of three days per year waiting in their cars and Toronto traffic is made worse by constant construction. Mike Drolet has the details.

TORONTO – Vancouver and Toronto have the worst traffic in Canada, according to the results of a study released Tuesday.

According to the annual traffic index from navigation and mapping company TomTom, Vancouver tops the list as the most congested city because the average driver experiences 87 hours of delay time a year, based on a 30 minute commute daily.

Toronto ranked No. 2.

WATCH: Toronto mayoral candidate Karen Stintz says it’s time to move forward on a transit plan for the city

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The study also revealed taking “shortcuts” to avoid snarled traffic is actually not short at all and actually adds 50 per cent more travel time.

“Traffic congestion is nothing new, and continues to be a global challenge,” said TomTom CEO Harold Goddijn, in a press release.

The study also suggests gridlock on secondary roads is worse than main roads, and commuters around the world spend an average of eight working days a year stuck in traffic.

Behind Vancouver and Toronto, the most congested cities in the country are: Ottawa, Montreal, Calgary, Quebec and Edmonton.

WATCH:Reporter Sean Malled asked the opinion of a veteran Toronto taxi driver about whether taking side streets is really faster, and compare the power of an app to human brain power in choosing the best route.

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