Majority Of Canadians Worried About Returning To Workplace: Survey

Canadians are worried about returning to their workplace this fall.

A new survey by consulting firm KPMG has found that more than half of Canadians (54%) are afraid to go back to their workplaces and 77 per cent are worried that their colleagues will infect them with COVID-19.

About six in 10 Canadian workers (60%) say they’ll refuse to go back to work if they believe their place of work is not safe enough, and 57% are concerned about sharing meeting rooms and other common spaces while at work.

Major Canadian employers including Royal Bank of Canada (TSX:RY), Bank of Nova Scotia (TSX:BNS) and Telus Corp. (TSX:T) have told employees to continue working from home for the rest of this year. One potential issue for workers in Toronto’s financial district is its often-crowded subway system. The KPMG survey found that 71% of respondents are worried about using public transportation for their commute to work.

The survey polled 1,000 Canadians online and was conducted July 22 to 24.