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TORONTO -- A dream job may not be as elusive as you may think.

Nearly half of Canadians recently surveyed say they're working in their dream jobs, a poll by the Bank of Montreal shows.

Forty-seven per cent say they have found their dream jobs, with two-thirds (65 per cent) saying they look forward to going into the office each day.

The poll, released Wednesday, also showed 70 per cent of those surveyed say they feel valued at work. Men (51 per cent) were more likely than women (43 per cent) to say they were employed in their dream jobs.

Despite the high level of satisfaction at work, a majority (64 per cent) say they would quit their jobs in a heartbeat if they ever won the lottery. It wasn't a similar case for small business owners, with only 39 per cent saying they would sell their business if they ever hit the jackpot.

The survey, conducted by Pollara, used results from an online sample of 1,005 Canadians between July 12 to 16. The polling industry's professional body, the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association, says online surveys cannot be assigned a margin of error because they do not randomly sample the population.

The survey also found one's income level didn't have a major effect on work satisfaction.

The poll found 58 per cent of those surveyed with an annual household income of less than $50,000 say they look forward to going into their jobs each day, compared with 69 per cent among people who made at least $50,000 a year.

-- The Canadian Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition September 26, 2013 B6

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