Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) has announced plans to rent out space in coworking offices for its public service employees. A specific location has not been announced yet.
Coworking spaces are typically open-office plans with internet, printers, and other traditional office amenities.
Victoria Landreville, director of community engagement at Coworkly, said that incorporating flexibility into workers’ lives can change the public service workplace culture.
In 2016, Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) found that 73% of 1,200 respondents had asked for flexible accommodations.
Sylvia Bakker who works for Agriculture and Agri-food in Canada said that coworking options in the suburbs would help attract and retain workers. Long commutes make it hard for workers to stay engaged and motivated throughout the workday.
“I think it’s an outdated work method where people always have to gather in the same location in the centre of a city,” said Carol Anne Meehan, city councilor for Gloucester-South Nepean.