NATIONAL PULSE – Half of Canadians support shorter standard work week


June 26, 2020 – Canadian working lives have been altered in ways unimagined by most at the beginning of 2020. A new study from the Angus Reid Institute finds growing support for another fundamental change – a shorter work week.

Asked if they feel it would be a good idea to make a new 30-hour work week standard in Canada, 53 per cent of adults in this country say it would be a “good idea” – more than twice the number who say the opposite. This represents an increase in support compared to 2018 (+6 points).

The increase in support is perhaps driven in part by the COVID-19 pandemic and difficulties it has presented for many out of work Canadians. Consider that among those who have applied for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit, enthusiasm for a shorter work week rises to 58 per cent. This is eight-points higher than those who have not applied for the program.

Canadians of all income levels, too, are more receptive of this idea than disdainful. Support is highest at the lowest levels of household income (64%) and lowest among those with incomes over $150,000 per year (47%).

This idea runs into most of its opposition among past Conservative voters. This group is most likely to say that shortening the work week is an ill-conceived idea, 40 per cent feel this way, while past Liberal and NDP voters voice support at a proportion of two-thirds.

Link to the poll here:

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2 Comments on NATIONAL PULSE – Half of Canadians support shorter standard work week

  1. Don Drysdale // June 26, 2020 at 8:18 PM // Reply

    Well the welfare society from the Libs and NDP ring well here. Why should I work for a living. I am entitled to my entitlements. Just like the Libs giving grants for volunteering to students. Oh my I did not know they changed the meaning of volunteering but OK sorry just keep sending the checks because you know I am looking very hard for a job.

    • I can not for the life of me figure out what you are going on about. This is about the work week, you know … people working. Why should I work for a living, entitlements and volunteering have absolutely no correlation to discussing a change to the work week. Why? Because its about people working and earning a living, so the govt wouldn’t be paying them anything … because .. well … they are working, earning a living and paying taxes.
      I honestly don’t know how else to put it.

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