Canadians Still Prefer Working From Home: Survey

Nearly four-out-of-five (80%) Canadians say they still prefer working from home rather than labouring in an office or other offsite location, according to a survey by Environics.

The survey found that 78% of respondents now say they prefer working from home, a 64% increase from the first poll taken in December 2020.

Canadians aged 18 to 29 (45%), 30 to 44 (33%) and 45 to 54 (30%) all reported that their mental health is fair to poor while working in the office, and that they find a noticeable improvement in their mood when working from home.

Younger workers are the most likely to say remote work has a positive impact on their mental health, with 51% of respondents saying they feel excellent or very good while at home.

The survey found people who regularly work in an office are “somewhat more likely to report poorer mental health” than people who work from home.

The survey also found that nearly a quarter (23%) of people said they moved to a new location since the start of the pandemic because they have the option to work remotely.

Nearly half (47%) of people aged 18 to 34 reported that they changed cities while continuing to work from home in the past two years.

Most people surveyed (42%) said they’d like to continue working remotely every day, while only 25% of people surveyed would like to only go into the office two or three days a week.