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Shopify to keep offices closed until 2021, employees to work from home permanently

Last Updated May 21, 2020 at 12:03 pm EDT

The Ottawa headquarters of Canadian e-commerce company Shopify are pictured on May 29, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
Summary

More than 5,000 Shopify employees started to work from home months ago when COVID-19 started sweeping Canada


Shopify started beefing up its real estate with a new office in Toronto at the King Portland Centre


Shopify Inc.’s chief executive says the company’s offices will remain closed until 2021, and that most employees will permanently work remotely.

Tobi Lutke made the announcement about the Ottawa-based e-commerce giant on Twitter, where he said Shopify is a digital company by default and office centricity is over.

Lutke allowed Shopify’s more than 5,000 employees to work from home months ago when COVID-19 started sweeping Canada.

His decision to have employees permanently work remotely comes after Shopify started beefing up its real estate with a new office in Toronto at the King Portland Centre, steps away from the company’s first office in Canada’s largest city.

It also announced that it would lease about 253,995 square feet of space at The Well complex in Toronto to be built at Front St. West and Spadina Ave.

In January, the company said it would open its first permanent office in downtown Vancouver at the Four Bentall Centre by late 2020.