The return of workers to the city center


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277,500 jobs

It’s not just kids going back to school. With the end of the holidays, the workers also return to the office. This is particularly the case in the city center, which includes 11,000 businesses and 277,500 jobs.

But, during the pandemic, the office towers emptied since teleworking was compulsory. Last May, only 68% of workers were back downtown at least one day a week. That’s about 7 out of 10 workers.

In hybrid mode

The absence of workers is difficult for surrounding businesses, as they have fewer customers.

However, teleworking is no longer mandatory. But many employees no longer want to return to the office full-time.

Some employers have allowed their staff to work under a hybrid model. This means that employees can stay part of the week at home and come to the office for the other part.

Solutions are being sought to make them want to come and work more often in the city centre.

Operation seduction

Companies are looking to reinvent working conditions to attract their employees to the office.

Install couches or cabins for napping, offer gift cards to use in downtown businesses, reimburse public transit costs for those who go to the office more than three days a week… Here are some- some of the ideas that have been put forward.

Six works of art will also be installed in places frequented by people who work downtown. Another way to attract them more.


Old Montreal
A parliament under your feet!

Did you know that Montreal was once the capital of Canada? Thanks to the Pointe-à-Callière Museum, you can discover the historic building where important political decisions were made between 1844 and 1849. This treasure unearthed by archaeologists is featured through seven interactive stations installed near the museum. Free.

Outside the Pointe-à-Callière Museum
Until 1er november.

When science has rhythm

Are you interested in science? Do you want to explore how everyday objects can turn into musical instruments? Don’t miss the workshop on September 24 at the Grande Bibliothèque. On the menu: several scientific activities that will put rhythm and music in the spotlight. Free. Mandatory reservation.

Great Library
September 24, from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

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