Employees are in no rush to return to downtown Montreal and the second wave of COVID-19, which has pushed the Montreal Metropolitan Community (CMM) into the red zone, will not help matters.
Just over a third of companies surveyed between September 14 and 18 by the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal (CCMM) – before going on maximum alert – indicated that the percentage of their employees going to the office is over 20. %, a situation which weighs heavily on local businesses which cannot rely on tourists either.
An increase in the use of downtown office spaces is however expected, although it requires some patience and could be reviewed in light of the evolution of the pandemic. Thus, 38% of the 842 respondents told the CMMM that they anticipate an office occupancy rate of 25% in November and nearly 63% of companies expect to reach this same quarter of capacity by next January. .
“Our probe shows that a large majority of companies are still worried about the loss of vitality in downtown Montreal,” the CCMM said on Wednesday, in a press release.
According to the CCMM, 81.8% of executives are worried about the drop in traffic and economic activity in the city center, compared to 78% last July.
Following the assistance measures granted by the various levels of government, business people living in the heart of the Quebec metropolis fear in a proportion of 83.4% of suffering a tax increase in the months and the years to come.
Four out of five executives believe they have implemented sufficient health measures to ensure the continuation of their activities despite the fact that the crisis continues and will last for months or even years.
“This probably explains why the public authorities have not issued new rules or restrictions for the return of face-to-face employees in the context of the transition to the red zone of the territory of the Metropolitan Community of Montreal,” said the CCMM.