The financial stress caused by COVID-19 could push at least one in five Quebecers to go to work even if they have symptoms that are similar to those of the virus.
For example, for fear of losing their job, a worker who coughs, sneezes and feels ill would still choose to go to the office. Ironically, the proportion is the same across Canada.
The survey, conducted for the Canadian Payroll Association (CPA), also shows that 37% of Quebecers who still have a job experience increased financial stress.
However, workers in the province are less concerned about their finances during a pandemic than other Canadians, where the percentage is more at 58%.
In addition, survey data shows that 25% of Quebecers are worried about losing their jobs.
According to the CPA, no less than three million jobs have been lost due to the pandemic in Canada.
In addition, 60% of Canadians say they are concerned about the Canadian economy, while 55% of respondents are concerned about the status of employment in Canada.
In Quebec, these proportions are more like 42% and 38% respectively. This means that Quebeckers have more confidence in the Canadian economy than elsewhere in the country.
The online survey was conducted from May 26 to July 3, 2020 among 4,264 Canadians working part time or full time. The study’s margin of error is plus or minus 1.5%, 19 times out of 20.