Quebec to Start 3-Day Work at Home Policy in 2022

Evidence keeps mounting that conversion to the “hybrid” or “cloud” employment model is gaining steam. The Quebec government has announced its back to work program for provincial employees. The government administration Minister, Sonia LeBel announced that starting on September 7, up to one half of employees will be allowed to work from the office one or two days per week. After November 15, all employees will be required to work two days per week in the office.

Labour Minister Jean Boulet stressed that even with the hybrid model “If the 2-metre distance can’t be respected, we will have to ensure that there are physical barriers in place and that people wear a mask… Everyone will need to know how to respect these principles. Until Sept. 7, we have ample time to prepare and plan properly.”

The two Ministers also announced that all employees “whose job allows it” will be able to work up to three days at home starting at the beginning of 2022.

Minister LeBel said “The ‘3-2’ formula strikes the right balance. It gives workers the benefits of teleworking while consolidating our workplaces and strengthening the sense of belonging among employees.”

The province employs 60,000.

The complete story is available in the Montreal Gazette (Gradual return' to offices for Quebec government workers starts Sept. 7).

Wendell Cox is principal of Demographia, an international public policy firm located in the St. Louis metropolitan area. He is a founding senior fellow at the Urban Reform Institute, Houston, a Senior Fellow with the Frontier Centre for Public Policy in Winnipeg and a member of the Advisory Board of the Center for Demographics and Policy at Chapman University in Orange, California. He has served as a visiting professor at the Conservatoire National des Arts et Metiers in Paris. His principal interests are economics, poverty alleviation, demographics, urban policy and transport. He is co-author of the annual Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey and author of Demographia World Urban Areas.

Mayor Tom Bradley appointed him to three terms on the Los Angeles County Transportation Commission (1977-1985) and Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich appointed him to the Amtrak Reform Council, to complete the unexpired term of New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman (1999-2002). He is author of War on the Dream: How Anti-Sprawl Policy Threatens the Quality of Life and Toward More Prosperous Cities: A Framing Essay on Urban Areas, Transport, Planning and the Dimensions of Sustainability.