Montreal Chamber of Commerce wants employees to “love working downtown once again” – Montreal | The Canadian News

In another attempt to revitalize Montreal’s economy, the Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce is launching a major campaign to convince workers to say, “I love working downtown,” which is also the name of the initiative.

The initiative aims to create a positive buzz in the city center so businesses can once again prosper. But when it comes to imagining the future, the group says it’s time to rethink what was previously thought.

“Anyone who thinks that (we will go back) to exactly what it was before is wrong, in our opinion. Clearly, it will be a hybrid. It will also be more flexible, ”said Michel Leblanc, President and CEO of the Montreal Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce.

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In the latest downtown Montreal report study, 47 percent of surveyed employees continue to work from home. That’s five percent less than in the previous study. But 50 percent of workers say they want to continue working from home, including Bruno Simon.

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“The difference in quality of life is absolutely staggering,” said the Blue Cross employee.

Simon, a Pointe-Claire resident, said he now saves two hours every day by not having to commute to his downtown office. Blue Cross will only require its employees to be in the office once a week.

“We can be just as productive working from home,” he said.

Leblanc realizes that this is the new reality. But he says attracting people downtown in the short term is vital for shops and restaurants.

“It is time to go back. Time to go back for the fun of it. But it will also have an impact if we succeed, ”he said.

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Downtown Business Association CEO Glenn Castanheira told Global News: “What we have to keep doing is keep doing better what we’ve already done well and maybe leave behind what we’re not doing so well.”

Castanheira says it is important to better coordinate construction projects to make the center more accessible to pedestrians and drivers.

Starting December 1, the Autorité régionale de transport métropolitain (ARTM) offers new fares to reflect the new hybrid approach to work, including the offer of 10 tickets for $ 45.

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Leblanc says that due to the fourth wave, business is slow to return to the office and there are not as many tourists. He does not expect the recovery to be quick.

“I suspect that in September of next year, we will have been very successful,” Leblanc said.

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