Small Businesses Are Reopening Across Canada But The East Coast Has The Most
New Brunswick and P.E.I. lead the way.
Business as usual? It depends where you are. Small business reopening is happening all over Canada but not every province is at the same stage when it comes to a return to normal. The east coast is leading the way with reopenings.
The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) released new data about the state of small shops and services across the country as economies start up again.
Based on a recent survey, even more spots continue to come back up each week in every single province.
Now, 38% of small businesses in Canada have opened their doors once again but most provinces have more than that.
When it comes to each province, the east coast has the highest amount of spots operating with 54% in both P.E.I. and New Brunswick.
After that, there are currently 51% of them open again in Saskatchewan.
No other province has half of its businesses up and running for customers.
"Sadly, many business sectors remain largely closed. Arts and recreation, social services and restaurants/hospitality were the least likely to be fully open," said Dan Kelly, CFIB president, in a news release.
Alberta has 47% of theirs open now, Manitoba has 46%, Quebec has 43% and B.C. has 36%.
Based on CFIB's survey, Ontario, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland & Labrador are the provinces with the least open economies right now.
In Ontario, 34% of small businesses have returned.
That drops to 29% in Nova Scotia.
Newfoundland & Labrador is the lowest of them all with just 20% of small shops and services running once again.
As provinces continue to lift restrictions and economies can ramp up more, there are concerns from small businesses.
According to the CFIB, that includes maintaining proper distance with staff and customers, making customers feel comfortable, keeping up with cleaning requirements, actually knowing what the rules are and having enough protective equipment.
Another issue is having enough staff.
Canada isuntil the end of August so that these workplaces can get people back on the payroll.