Over 90% of Toronto Office Workers Struggle with Connectivity Issues

Smart Cities Toronto | on October 26, 2017

Toronto’s economy is in the midst of a radical digital transformation. Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs has confirmed a deal with the City of Toronto to pilot the development of 12 acres of waterfront property, known as the Quayside neighborhood, into a smart city powered by connectivity. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau joined Alphabet executives to announce the $50M investment, stating that “Sidewalk Toronto will transform Quayside into a thriving hub for innovation and a community for tens of thousands of people to live, work, and play.” Public WiFi hubs similar to New York's LinkNYC kiosks, lanes for self-driving cars, and drone-based package delivery are among the rumored technologies expected to be rolled out across the site. 

Its clear that Canada's top tech city is invested in innovation but according to Digital Connectivity in Toronto, a new report from WiredScore and Addison Research, the majority of Toronto's office workers surveyed are negatively impacted by poor connectivity in their offices. Which begs the question, as internet dependence grows, do Toronto’s office properties meet digital demands?

Wired Certification has officially launched in Toronto amid a radical digital transformation in a city recognized as the “Silicon Valley of the North.” Toronto’s startup scene is ramping up with a +33% increase in the tech workforce between 2011-2016 according to a CBRE Canada's 2016 Tech Talent Report. But, it’s not just new businesses that are going digital: established sectors, including financial services, life sciences, and education are increasingly dependent on technology and the connectivity that powers these new tools. A growing dependence on SaaS and Cloud products across all industries and job functions makes poor internet connectivity a major headache for workers and negatively impacts productivity. Toronto aims to lead this technological movement by ramping up the startup scene in the tech workforce.

If Toronto wants to continue to attract innovative businesses and top talent recruits, commercial real estate owners and developers must provide work spaces that meet the ever-evolving digital needs of companies. "The more buildings we have that are certified and future-ready, the more we have the pieces in place for a smart city,” Lorri Rowlandson, SVP at BGIS told Canadian Facility Management and Design in a recent interview on the launch of Wired Certification in Canada. 

Digital Connectivity in Toronto was commissioned in preparation for the launch of Wired Certification in Toronto, to better understand the current tenant experience in commercial real estate. Office workers in the Greater Toronto Area were asked to assess the quality of internet connectivity in their office spaces and how connectivity impacts their productivity and happiness in the offices. 

Read the full report to get the answers to these pressing questions:

  • How impactful is an internet outage on your company?
  • What are the most important factors for your business when selecting an office space today? 
  • How does poor connectivity affect productivity in the work space?

For landlords and developers looking to better understand the importance of technology in the workplace, or office connectivity trends in Toronto, Wired Certification provides the insights and competitive advantage you need to meet today's need and prepare for the future of the digital office. Want to learn more? Contact WiredScore today


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