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June 8, 2021

Can we be coaxed back to the core?
“People need to be able to feel safe,” said Marcy Burchfield, vice-president of the board’s Economic Blueprint Institute, who wrote the report, entitled “From Crisis to Opportunity,” to be released Wednesday.

May 19, 2021

What to expect when Toronto heads back to the office
Re-entry will be a process — hesitant, cautious — but downtown offices will open up and when that day arrives workplaces will be ready, said De Silva.

April 13, 2021

Sick Days in Pandemic Hot Zones
The Agenda with Steve Paikin: We look at what the plan is for paid sick days during the COVID-19 crisis and why advocates think it would help curb the virus spread.

April 9, 2021

On-site vaccinations needed in Peel region as more than half of workers unable to work remotely
Mike Stafford hosts 640 Toronto’s Morning Show. GUEST: Marcy Burchfield, VP of the Economic Blueprint Institute and the study’s lead author.

April 9, 2021

Factories & Warehouses are the problem when it comes to Virus Transmission
Data from new research by the Toronto Region Board of Trade’s Economic Blueprint Institute, shows that the Peel Region has one of the lowest capacity for remote work in the entire Toronto Region with 53% […]

April 8, 2021

On-site vaccinations for Peel workers are vital, advocates say, as study finds more than half can’t work from home
On top of many essential workers in the area having no work-from-home option, the researchers found they were also a comparatively mobile population. “We were surprised by the amount of activity that was happening in […]

April 8, 2021

Across the country, calls intensify to help people who can’t work from home
As cases in Peel have spiked, “government and employers should work together to deploy the vaccine to those who are the most exposed, at their workplaces,” said Marcy Burchfield, vice-president of the board of trade’s […]

April 8, 2021

Maclean’s Politics Insider: Vaccine Rollout
The group’s Economic Blueprint Institute says 53 per cent of 608,000 regional workers, many of whom serve large airport-adjacent facilities, must do their jobs on-site.

April 7, 2021

When it Comes to Virus Transmission in Peel, Factories and Warehouses are the Problem
In the wake of rapidly rising cases of COVID-19 in the Peel Region, Peel Public Health has shuttered schools for two weeks. However, data shows that this won’t necessarily reduce virus transmission in Peel.

Pilot Zones: highlighting the needs and learnings of a business district

We focused on three areas across the greater Toronto area to determine needs and solutions that can be applied to similar districts, globally. In each, we established a pilot zone, where we engaged key organizations to explore that zone’s needs to operate safely through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Financial District Pilot Zone

Pearson Employment Area Pilot Zone

Scarborough Centre Pilot Zone

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