But in the meantime, the vast majority of Canadians who have been working from home are not eager to return to their workplace as cases of COVID-19 multiply across the country.
Fifty-two percent of respondents to the survey, conducted by Leger and the Association for Canadian Studies, said they were very (nine percent) or somewhat (43 percent) confident that the stimulus package, described in last week’s Speech from the Throne will create jobs and strengthen the economy in the future.
Thirty-nine percent were not very confident or not at all confident.
The Speech from the Throne appears to have given the ruling Liberals a boost, their support rising five points over the past week to 40% of determined voters. The Conservatives had 30% support. The 17% NDP. 100 and the greens of 5 p.
In Quebec, the Bloc Québécois was slightly ahead of the Liberals, by 32% to 30%.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also appears to have tapped into the public mood when he predicted that a second wave of COVID-19 this fall would be potentially worse than the first wave last spring, which locked the country into lockdown. out. Seventy-two percent of respondents agreed with his dire assessment, presented in a televised speech to the nation after the Speech from the Throne.
Fear of a worse second wave may explain why 82 percent of respondents who worked from home said they would rather come to work only when needed and continue to work from home “much more often” within weeks. to come up. Only four percent said they would prefer to return to their regular commute schedule.
The survey suggests that Canadians also found that they were very happy to work from home.
A whopping 89% said they found working from home to be a very (48%) or somewhat positive (41%) experience. Only nine percent said it was somewhat or very negative experience.
And 86% agreed with the statement: “I’m getting used to this new lifestyle and I like it”.
Thirty-one percent agreed that “working from home has been great for a while, but now I feel the urge to go back to the office”. But 32 percent said if ordered to return to their workplace, they would look for another job where they could work from home.
Overall, 32 percent of respondents said they always worked from home, while 23 percent said they were back at work and 29 percent said they never left.
Only 5% of those polled said they had lost their jobs permanently due to the pandemic. But 11% said they experienced a temporary job loss and 12% said they lost some income.
Fifteen percent said they feared losing their jobs in the coming weeks.
86% believe a second wave of COVID-19 will sweep the country. Indeed, 62% said that we had already entered the second wave and 55% predicted that the worst of the crisis was yet to come.
Seventy percent said they thought it was very (20 percent) or somewhat (50 percent) likely that Canada would return to a similar lockdown last spring. And 61% said they were very or somewhat afraid of contracting COVID-19.
Despite this grim outlook, a total of 60% admitted to having relaxed some of the safety measures recommended by public health authorities, including physical distancing (40% relaxed), wearing a mask in indoor public places (36%), frequent hand washing (35%) and avoidance of large gatherings (34%).