TORONTO—Who uses virtual offices in Toronto more? Small businesses or large corporations? That’s what BMO Bank of Montreal set out to discover in its latest survey. I can’t say that the results of the telecommuting survey surprise me.

BMO surveyed Canadian businesses to discover 31 percent of companies are letting their employees telecommute as a means to boost productivity and reduce expenses. BMO defined telecommuting as working remotely from outside the office. That could mean virtual offices in Toronto or some other remote working arrangement.

The Toronto telecommuting survey also reveals that 11 percent of employees at small businesses—defined as companies with fewer than 50 employees—telecommute. That compares to only 6 percent of virtual office users at larger companies. What’s more, the survey reveals that half of small business telecommuters spend at least 80 percent of the workweek outside the office.

"For small businesses being flexible and innovative can extend well beyond the products and services they offer. Telecommuting can offer some key advantages to both employees and employers," says Joe Collura, Small Business Area Manager at BMO Bank of Montreal.

"Flexible work arrangements help maintain work-life balance for employees, improve productivity, and strengthen the connection between a business and its customers by increasing the time employees spend offsite and in face-to-face customer conversations."

Regionally, the report found that Toronto, Ontario businesses have the greatest percentage of companies with employees who telecommute. Thirty seven percent of employees there tap into virtual office technologies. Quebec has the fewest at 16 percent.

Of course, Davinci Virtual Offices has plenty of virtual office space in Toronto, along with meeting rooms and day offices, for remote workers at companies large and small.