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Remote Work, COVID-19, and Downtown Vancouver

The Long-Term Impacts of Remote Working on the City of Vancouver

An unprecedented number of people are working remotely, with public health officials continuing to urge the population to stay at home to curb the spread of COVID-19. While ongoing vaccinations give us sight to an eventual ease of restrictions, the number of remote workers will likely remain high for the foreseeable future, resulting in lower demand for office space, increased demand for non-urban residences, and notable impacts to economic activity due to shifts in spending away from the downtown core.

Vancouver Economic Commission, in partnership with Simon Fraser University and MITACS, have published “Remote Work, COVID-19, and Downtown Vancouver: Long-Term Impacts of Remote Working on the City of Vancouver”, a comprehensive research report that describes the tangible impacts of remote work to economic activity in Vancouver’s Central Business District.

Author: Jeff Hartmann
Written: December 2020

Focus Category: Talent
Published: March 25, 2021

Land Acknowledgement

The Vancouver Economic Commission respectfully acknowledges that it is located on the unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

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