Nearly a third (30 per cent) of working parents with at least one child aged five or younger worked exclusively from home or had a hybrid working arrangement in November, including 33 per cent of mothers and 27 per cent of fathers, according to a new survey by Statistics Canada.
It found just a quarter (24 per cent) of employees without a child aged five or younger worked exclusively from home or had a hybrid work arrangement.
The percentage of all respondents who worked exclusively from home declined to 13 per cent from 24 per cent in January 2022. Three-quarters (76 per cent) of all employees said they worked exclusively at locations other than their home, up slightly from January 2022 (72 per cent), while just 12 per cent said they work in a hybrid arrangement, up from four per cent in January 2022.
Meanwhile, a separate survey by Statistics Canada found half (49 per cent) of working parents who used childcare reported difficulty finding a space for their child, up from 36 per cent in 2019. When asked about how a lack of available childcare impacts their working lives, these respondents cited changes to their work schedule (34 per cent), followed by working fewer hours (33 per cent) and a delayed return to work (31 per cent).