More than half of Canadians will work while on ‘holiday’

(TORONTO – June 19, 2012) – With summer officially starting this week, putting on the out-of-office alert and going on vacation is top of mind for many professionals. However, according to a recent survey by Regus, 53 per cent of Canadian professionals say they will work one to three hours a day instead of relaxing at the pool or spending time with family this summer.

The ‘workation’ affects small business and entrepreneurs the most, with 41 per cent saying they will deal with email, make calls and attend to significant pieces of work while on holiday.

38% of Canadians would rather work from the cottage this summer

According to a survey by Angus Reid commissioned by Regus Canada, Canadians would rather work from the cottage (38%) than any other place, followed by camping (18%) and lying on a beach (16%). And this summer, it’s possible for Canadians to work where they want to and fight vacation deprivation with a virtual office.

“A virtual office allows professionals to make a first-class impression without having to physically be at a location,” said Wes Lenci, VP of Regus Canada. “Business owners can work anywhere with confidence, as a receptionist will answer and forward phone calls and receive then deliver parcels to a summer getaway, so there’s no need to stress about missed opportunities.”

Starting today, Regus Canada will be giving away five virtual offices until the end of 2012. Visit the Regus Canada Facebook page to enter the “I’d rather work virtually anywhere than the office this summer” contest to win a prestigious address of the winners’ choice such as:

· First Canadian Place (56th Floor ) – 100 King St. W., Toronto

· Pacific Centre (15th Floor)– 701 West Georgia St., Vancouver

· Manulife Place (34th Floor) – 101 St. NW, Edmonton

· Sun Life Plaza West Tower (16th Floor) – 4 Avenue SW, Calgary

· 201 Portage (18th Floor) – 201 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg

· Purdy’s Wharf (18th Floor) – 1959 Upper Water St., Halifax

With over 45 Regus locations across Canada to choose from, a company can select a downtown prestigious location and be beachside this summer


About Regus

Regus is the world’s largest provider of flexible workplaces, with products and services ranging from fully equipped offices to professional meeting rooms, business lounges and the world’s largest network of video communication studios. Regus enables people to work their way, whether it’s from home, on the road or from an office. Over 1,000,000 customers a day benefit from Regus facilities spread across a global footprint of 1,200 locations in 550 cities and 95 countries, which allow individuals and companies to work wherever, however and whenever they want to. Regus was founded in Brussels, Belgium in 1989, is headquartered in Luxembourg and listed on the London Stock Exchange. For more information please visit:

The Regus survey was a global survey of over 16,000 professionals, including 252 Canadian professionals, in more than 80 countries from the Regus global contacts database.

About the Angus Reid Survey

From June 14 to June 15, 2012, an online survey was conducted among 1005 randomly selected Canadian adults who are also Angus Reid Forum panel members. The margin of error—which measures sampling variability—is +/- 3.1%, 19 times out of 20. The results have been statistically weighted according to the most current age, gender, education and region (and language in Quebec) census data to ensure a sample representative of the entire adult population of Canada. Discrepancies in or between totals are due to rounding.