From daily commutes that take hours to jobs that take workers from home for days, weeks, months or years, the phenomenon of employment-related geographic mobility (E-RGM), or extended commuting, is widespread in the Canadian workforce.

To understand this reality and how it affects households and communities, and influences and impacts Canadian prosperity, the Vanier Institute of the Family is collaborating with 40 researchers from 17 disciplines and 22 universities across Canada and around the world.

The SafetyNet Centre for Occupational Health and Safety Research at Memorial University of Newfoundland is providing the leadership for this one-of-a-kind, seven-year study.

Vanier Institute’s Role
  • Publishing and promoting findings from various project subcomponents
  • Supporting PhD students who research the impact of E-RGM on families
  • Participating in conferences and panels
Research Focus
  • Prevalence and dynamics of extended commuting
  • Impacts of extended commuting on family life, neighbourhoods and home and host communities
  • Impacts on labour recruitment, training requirements, productivity, occupational health and other key domains of life
  • Regional, sectoral and sociodemographic patterns and commuting trends since the 1980s
  • Policies that have an impact on extended commuting
Project Co-Investigators

Dozens of students, along with participants from more than 30 community organizations representing industry, labour and government, have been analyzing and synthesizing E-RGM-related information.


The On the Move Partnership receives funding support from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) through its Partnership Grants funding opportunity, the Canada Foundation for Innovation, Innovate NL, Memorial University, Dalhousie University and numerous other university and community partners in Canada and elsewhere.

Project Timeline

The project spans from 2012 to 2021.

Project Lead

Barbara Neis, PhD
Department of Sociology
Memorial University of Newfoundland

Senior Research Associate
SafetyNet Centre for Occupational Health and Safety Research

Vanier Lead


Ethics Approval

This project is ethics-approved by Memorial University of Newfoundland.

Learn More

More information and publications are available at the On the Move Partnership website.

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