New data unlocks picture of an uneven return to work

People are silhouetted while dining in a restaurant on English Bay in Vancouver in October 2020. The Canadian Press/Darryl Dyck

VANCOUVER — In March, the threat of COVID-19 emptied out Canada’s workplaces. Many employers shut down offices and employees created ad hoc home setups. Retailers closed their doors, either by choice or to follow local government regulations. Some factories and warehouses that remained open changed schedules to accommodate social distancing.

Seven months later, case loads are again on the rise in parts of Canada, but some workplaces have reopened their doors and welcomed back employees. Brivo, a Maryland company that offers cloud-based access and security systems for workplaces and other properties, provided data to The Logic that shows overall workplace attendance in Canada’s three biggest cities is still down from its pre-pandemic level. However, that figure varies significantly depending on industry and location.

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