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Remote Work Habits Are Likely to Outlast the Pandemic in Canada

  • Quarter of time could be spent at home, up from 5% pre-Covid
  • Statistics agency sees preferences split on education, gender
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The Covid-19 pandemic will have a significant and long-lasting impact on Canadians’ willingness to return to the office, according to new estimates from the nation’s statistics agency.

Up to one quarter of hours worked could be remote after the health crisis ends, Statistics Canada said Wednesday in new calculations based on survey data. That’s up from about 5% pre-pandemic, the agency said. The figure for university-educated workers is 44%, versus 9% for those with no post-secondary education.