On Monday, a new survey by the Angus Reid Institute found that people living in Vancouver are significantly more likely to be absent than those living in the rest of Canada.
The Angus Reid survey found that in 2016, 36 per cent of those living here reported not attending work, compared to 32 per cent in the province of Ontario and 29 per cent nationwide.
While many of the factors that make it difficult to get around in Canada, such as limited transit options, may be behind the increase in absenteeism, the institute’s Angus Reid partner Robyn Kroll said that the lack of transit in Vancouver may also play a role.
“This is a city that is a magnet for students and for families,” said Kroll, director of research at the institute.
“We think the high level of absenteeism in Vancouver might be a factor.
But it is not necessarily a cause for this high rate of absenteeity.”
In the Angus Newson poll, just over half of respondents, 52 per cent, reported being absent for a full day or more during the previous 12 months.
That is an increase from 40 per cent a year ago.
But Kroll cautioned that the Angus survey’s findings are only an indication.
It is not clear why so many people are still missing work.
Kroll explained that the study is based on interviews conducted in a random sample of 1,000 Vancouver residents, who are then followed up with questions to try to learn more about the people who are absent.
It was also not possible to directly compare those who were absent with those who reported being home with their family members.
Krol also pointed out that there are other reasons why people might be missing work in Vancouver, including a lower population density, more crowded workplaces and a more volatile economy.
“Some people might feel that they don’t have a job,” Kroll added.
“And so they might get home, and they don and don’t come back to work, and then that can lead to stress for a lot of people.”
As of December 31, there were 10,000 people who were living in a home with an occupant who was not working, and 6,200 in a single-family house without a single occupant.
The average home without a resident was 5,000 square feet, and the average home with two occupants was 6,000.
A third of respondents said they had been working since they left the workplace, but only 6 per cent reported being in a full-time position.
The study also found that the percentage of Vancouver residents who said they were on their way to being able to work more hours per week has increased, from 21 per cent to 29 per, while the percentage who are on their current schedule has decreased.
While this trend may be partially a result of a reduction in the number of full- and part-time workers in Vancouver and other major cities across Canada, the lack is still high.
“There are definitely people that have gone into the economy who have not had enough jobs to cover their expenses,” said Angus Reid vice president Dan Siegel.
“That’s the problem that we see, that’s what’s driving the low rates of work participation in this country.
It’s not just a lack of workers.”
What to do about it?
A number of factors can play a part in making it difficult for workers to be at work in the city.
The number of jobs in Vancouver is at a 20-year low, and in many parts of the country, workers are not even receiving the minimum wage.
A lot of workers are still paying into the Canadian Pension Plan (CPP), which is a retirement savings plan that provides retirement benefits to people in their prime working years.
While it’s important to remember that people can choose not to work at all, many people who have a lot to lose by leaving the labour force and going back to school or looking for a new job are choosing to skip out on retirement.
And there is a real possibility that people will find a job at a cheaper rate than they would have had the CPP provided for them, as there are fewer available jobs.
In some regions, such at Toronto, the number is also at a 30-year high.
And some provinces, such in Alberta, are struggling with the issue of low labour force participation.
Some provinces are taking steps to reduce the number and severity of absences.
In 2016, Quebec passed a law to make it easier for employers to provide paid sick days to employees and to allow for an exemption from overtime.
But in 2019, it was dropped from the list of mandatory paid sick leave benefits for workers.
In the meantime, the federal government has also been encouraging provinces to introduce paid sick time legislation, which would see employees who are currently receiving the paid sick day benefit pay back their money.
In 2018, a bill was introduced in the Ontario legislature that would give all workers the right to get