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Survey show only 20 per cent of workers want to return to office full-time post-COVID

A new survey suggests Canadians are in no rush to head back to the office, even as COVID-19 cases and deaths decline across the country.

A recent poll by Leger and the Association for Canadian Studies has found that 82 per cent of Canadian respondents who have worked from home during the pandemic have found the experience to be positive, and only 20 per cent want to return to the office every day. 

Almost 60 per cent of those surveyed said they would prefer to return to the office part-time or occasionally, while 19 per cent say they never want to go back.

The data comes as several provinces start easing pandemic restrictions as new cases and hospitalizations continue to come down from third-wave highs.

Saskatchewan entered the first phase of its reopening plan today, while Quebec will ease restrictions in eight different regions on Monday.

Newfoundland and Labrador, however, went in the other direction as it tightened restrictions in the western region in response to a growing COVID-19 cluster.

The Leger survey queried 1,647 Canadians and 1,002 Americans between May 21 to 23, and cannot be assigned a margin of error because it was done online.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 30, 2021

The Canadian Press