Nearly one-third of businesses now fully open: survey

posted on May 21, 2020

By HR Reporter |

Nearly a third of businesses across Canada are now fully open, up from 21 per cent from a month ago, according to a survey by the Canadian Federation of Independent Businesses (CFIB).

By province, nearly half of businesses in Alberta (47 per cent) are now fully open. The same is true for 44 per cent of businesses in Manitoba and New Brunswick, and 40 per cent of those in Prince Edward Island.

Saskatchewan (39 per cent), Quebec (38 per cent), British Columbia (33 per cent) have also seen a handful of business fully open, while there were smaller numbers in Nova Scotia (27 per cent), Ontario (26 per cent) and Newfoundland and Labrador, found the survey of 6,379 respondents.

“While it is good news that more firms are beginning to open across the country, it is important to keep in mind that 67 per cent of businesses remain fully or partially closed due to COVID-19,” says Dan Kelly, CFIB president. “In addition, there is a lot of uncertainty for businesses in the months to come, including how to recall laid-off workers, what new measures they should put in place to protect their staff and customers, and if reopening will even be financially possible if their sales are too low.”

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