Small Business Recovery Dashboard

As of November 23, 2021

Top worries for small business owners

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Source: 
CFIB, final results for the Your Voice – November 2021 surveyresults from November 4-23, 2021n = 4,514. For comparison purposes, a probability sample with the same number of respondents would have a margin of error of +/-1.5 %, 19 times out of 20.

*PEI has fewer than 40 respondents and is calculated as an average of the results from the October and November surveys.

Businesses fully open

Businesses 
at or above normal staffing

Businesses 
at or above normal revenues

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Fully staffed

Fully open

Normal sales

Canadian small businesses

By province

Alberta

78%

46%

31%

British Columbia

76%

37%

37%

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Saskatchewan

81%

45%

31%

Manitoba

78%

48%

34%

Ontario

77%

44%

35%

Quebec

83%

49%

45%

New Brunswick

77%

43%

39%

Nova Scotia

84%

47%

39%

Prince Edward Island*

87%

58%

48%

Newfoundland and Labrador

76%

44%

26%

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.

Staffing issues persist for small businesses across Canada

Only 45% of Canadian small businesses are fully staffed.

Furthermore, 25% cannot find all the staff they need. This includes businesses that have difficulty recruiting, retaining staff, or getting them back to work or working the required hours.

The “Other” category (30%) regroups small businesses that do not have staff for this time of year (don’t typically have staff, new business, seasonal business) or that have a reduced demand for staffing compared to normal years, such as a temporary or a permanent slowdown in their activities.