HR platform WorkMotion's study, "The Cities Best Facilitating Remote Work: A Global Index," gave Montreal a total score of 98.20 based on 17 criteria. Melbourne in Australia was the only place to beat out Montreal with a perfect score of 100.
Canada had three of the top 20 cities with Toronto in sixth place and Vancouver in 16th. Actually, Canada had more cities in the top 20 than any other country on the list.
So why is Montreal such a great place to work from home?
According to the study, it's a great place for all of the following reasons:
Ease of Compliance
Remote Worker Visa Availability
Cost of Housing
Access to Housing
Safety & Security
Quality of Public Education
Access to Health Care
You can see the score and ranking for each individual criterion on the WorkMotion website.
After Melbourne and Montreal, the top cities for people to work remotely are Sydney (Australia), Wellington (New Zealand) and Prague (Czech Republic).
Dubai (U.A.E.), Honolulu (U.S.) and Mexico City (Mexico) make up the bottom three.
Last week, Quebec ended its teleworking recommendation, which means some of you may have to put on real pants and head back to the office as of November 15.
But the government says it's up to individual employers to decide what works best for them — and in the world's second-best city to work from home that could very well mean staying put.
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The number of Montrealers giving up some aspects of "work from home" culture and returning to their workplace at least part of the time has more than doubled since June, according to a new survey by the Montreal Board of Trade in collaboration with Léger.
Montreal Board of Trade President and CEO Michel Leblanc said in a statement that the number of people going back to the office, either full-time or part-time, has climbed from 28% in June, to 47% in August, to 61% in the current survey – which was conducted from October 26 to November 5 of this year.
The results show "once again that the return of workers to the office is underway," Leblanc said. The most recent figures, which include 29% going back full time and 32% a few days a week, are "a very promising advance for the revitalization of downtown Montreal," he said.
The Board of Trade says its main goal with the survey was to discover how managers and employees felt about returning to a shared workspace. The survey focused on managers' and workers' feelings around issues like mental health, the use of the vaccine passport, and going back to working and doing business face-to-face.
The results show that 71% of workers are comfortable with the idea of returning to work in person. And for 62% of those who came back to the grind of regular office life, the possibility of working flexible hours was a big incentive.
At the same time, a majority of respondents – 76%, down from 78% in August and 84% in June – still like working from home.
The impacts of working from home were nonetheless notable, with 40% of people reporting a loss of team spirit and about 29% having trouble maintaining a healthy work/life balance.
The winners of Canada's Most Admired Corporate Cultures have been announced for 2021, and a Montreal company made the list. Sharethrough, a tech powerhouse that connects advertisers and publishers, was specifically recognized for its growth — and, true to form, it's hiring for 22 roles based in the city.
Plus, there are a handful of different engineering positions available.
In addition to working for a company with an award-winning culture, you'd also be entitled to "competitive compensation," health insurance and some cool benefits, the website says.
Sharethrough offers employees 16 days of vacation per year, which increases with seniority, a paid day for you can go out and volunteer, $840 per year to spend on wellness (hello, gym membership!), free online sports classes, flexible work-from-home hours, access to the company's stock options and more.
According to a new study put out by the EasyPark Group, Montreal is among the top 20 smartest cities in the world, coming in at number 17 among cities with a metro area population of over 3 million people.
EasyPark's Smart & Sustainable Cities Index ranks cities around the world based on data that factors in "digital life, mobility innovation, business tech infrastructure, and sustainability."
With an overall ranking of 82.24 out of 100, Montreal ranked just under cities like Chicago, Tokyo, Paris, and our mortal frenemies, Toronto, which came in 12th place.
First up, in the "digital life" category, Montreal got scores above 80 for "citizen adoption" and "health care innovation." Where we lagged behind was in the "government adoption" and "tech education" subcategories.
Next, in "mobility innovation," our city got big scores for "traffic management" and for our "clean transport" infrastructure. Meanwhile, "parking innovation" got a relatively low score of 73.41 out of 100.
For "business tech infrastructure," Montreal lost a lot of points in the "business innovation" subcategory, claiming only 57.92. It was also held back by its "internet connectivity" score but gained ground with a cool 86.08 out of 100 on the "e-payments" subcategory.
Finally, Montreal was also unfortunately held back by its low-70s scores for its "climate response," "waste management" and "green buildings." Our city made up for these low marks with its performance in the "green energy" subcategory, with a score of 85.62 out of 100.
"Canada's exotic French heart was hit hard with COVID-19. But a return to brighter days is never far here, mes amis," the report says. It describes Montreal as "outgoing," "two-cheek-embracing," and "convivial-above-all."
While Montreal — wedged between Austin (#47) and Calgary (#49) — is one of just four Canadian cities to make the top 50, two Canadian cities ranked higher: Toronto at #18 and Vancouver at #46.
If you feel a twinge of pain knowing Montreal is so far behind Toronto this year, it might (?) help you to know that the city fared better in certain subcategories.
Resonance ranked Montreal the 25th best city in the world in its culture subcategory, which is determined by the number of quality activities, shows and events. Montreal ranked 29th for universities with McGill and Université de Montréal both getting shout outs — the latter called a "hot spot of the artificial intelligence kind."
Resonance scored cities using a combination of "statistical performance and qualitative evaluations" by locals and visitors, measured against six core metrics: place, people, programming, product, prosperity and promotion.
The top three cities in the world in 2021, according to Resonance, are London, Paris and New York.