Small Business Recovery Dashboard

As of October 19, 2020

Top worries for small business owners

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Source:
National results: CFIB, preliminary results for COVID-19 recovery survey – September 2020, data collected from October 8 to October 15, 2020, n = 2,196. For comparison purposes, a probability sample with the same number of respondents would have a margin of error of +/-2.1%, 19 times out of 20.

Provincial results: CFIB, preliminary results for COVID-19 recovery survey – September 2020, online survey started September 24, 2020, n = 7,522. For comparison purposes, a probability sample with the same number of respondents would have a margin of error of +/-1.1%, 19 times out of 20.

Other data: CFIB, preliminary results for Your Business and COVID-19 – Survey #20, data collected from September 10 to September 14, 2020, n = 1,807. For comparison purposes, a probability sample with the same number of respondents would have a margin of error of +/-2.3%, 19 times out of 20.


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Canadian small businesses

By province

Alberta

71%

42%

24%

British Columbia

71%

42%

32%

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Saskatchewan

83%

48%

32%

Manitoba

78%

52%

39%

Ontario

69%

42%

27%

Quebec

74%

49%

35%

New Brunswick

79%

50%

32%

Nova Scotia

77%

45%

34%

Prince Edward Island

79%

60%

36%

Newfoundland and Labrador

75%

48%

28%

70%

The overall economy

62%

Fall in consumer spending

50%

Business cash flow

48%

Physical health impacts

47%

Debt

Top worries

Special feature

Top reasons open businesses have below normal sales

58%

Fewer customers

18%

Staff unavailable

20%

Government restrictions limit business activities

27%

Operational challenges with online sales, processing times, shipping, supply chain, etc.

48%

Customers spending less

Methodology
Recovery spans for each sector are calculated by using the share of businesses that are already at normal revenues as of mid-September as a starting point, then applying the progress rate registered for each sector between June and September, in a linear forward fashion, until most businesses can reach normal revenues again. See the full results in CFIB’s report Are Canadian small businesses headed for an L-shaped recovery?.

*Provincial data is updated on a monthly basis. Please see source below for details.