More Canadians say they would prefer that federal public servants have the option of working from home part of the time (50%) compared to three in ten who would prefer public servants being required to work in-person full time (30%). Fourteen per cent would prefer public servants having the option to work from home all the time. Residents of the Prairies (46%) and older Canadians (aged 35-54: 36%; aged 55 plus: 32%) were most likely to prefer requiring public servants to work in-person full time.

Four in ten Canadians says that federal public servants are the most productive when they are  working partly at home and partly in person (42%), while 38 per cent of Canadians say that public servants are the most productive when working full time in-person. Residents of the prairies are more likely to say public servants are the most productive working full time in-person (53%).

Nanos conducted an RDD dual frame (land- and cell-lines) hybrid telephone and online random survey of 1,021 Canadians, 18 years of age or older, between December 19th and 22nd, 2022 as part of an omnibus survey. The margin of error for this survey is ±3.1 percentage points, 19 times out of 20. This study was commissioned by the Globe and Mail and the research was conducted by Nanos Research.

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