Downtown Toronto foot traffic still 46% lower than before pandemic, study finds

Despite most workplaces in the city’s financial district mandating return-to-office policies, mobility — or worker foot traffic — in the downtown core was 46 per cent lower in September 2022 than it was in January 2020, a study on workplace mobility trends by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce’s Business Data Lab found.

“New mobility data reveal significant local variation in the return to workplaces. We’re seeing a hollowing out of the country’s downtown cores. The central hubs of Canada’s biggest cities are shrinking,” said Stephen Tapp, chief economist at the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, in a news release.

Toronto is not the only major Canadian city experiencing a steep drop in foot traffic. Vancouver saw a 48 per cent decrease compared with pre-pandemic periods while Ottawa saw a 45 per cent drop.  
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