Let’s be real. Working from home has been a bit of a bummer. No side effect of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is something to celebrate, BUT there is a silver lining to this one in particular. OnlineGambling.ca just brought some crazy info to our attention. While you may miss office banter or seeing your coworkers through something other than a screen, what you get instead is a bit of extra time.
How much extra time? We’re glad you asked. According to census data, the average Canadian saved 12073 minutes or 201.2 hours by not commuting over the past year. That’s a whopping 8.4 days in total!
Just think of all the things you can accomplish within a period of eight and a half days! It’s not nothing, y’all.
Of course, depending on the type of commuter you are, you may have saved even more time. On average, Canadians who commuted to work by driving saved about 7.7 days last year. While folks who used public transportation saved a whopping 14.3 days! That’s more that two weeks!!
Overall, Canada saw a whopping 6.8 million workers make the switch to work from home over the past year. The combined total of time saved amongst Canadians came out to 1.3 billion hours. Which is, of course, absolutely insane.
But that’s not all. Each major city across the country has its own individual average when it comes to time saved by working from home.
Torontonians, who typically spend the most time stuck in traffic or on public transit, saved the largest amount of time last year. That total came out to 16.2 days for public transit commuters and 9.7 days for drivers.
Vancouver residents nab second place, with 14.2 days saved by public transportation users and 8.7 days by drivers.
The French-Canadians in Montreal nab third place. They saved an average of 8.6 days if they were drivers or 14.1 days by avoiding public transit.
Over in Calgary, folks saved a whopping 7.7 days if they switched to working at home from driving and 13.4 days if they used to take public transit.
So there you have it, folks! There’s no doubt about it, these numbers are wild. So what did you do with all your extra time this year?