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How are Canadian businesses adapting to the Pandemic?

March 2021

How are Canadian businesses adapting to the Pandemic?

About the Reports

In the first months of the COVID-19 pandemic, from February to May, 3 million jobs were lost in Canada. Close to 2 million were full-time jobs and recovery from this initial shock has been slow and uneven

To maintain operations, whether full or partial, businesses across the country have had to make a variety of strategic investments, including those related to remote work and online sale. These investments, while mostly geared towards navigating the immediate challenges of the pandemic, may have long-term implications for how businesses operate and the skills employers will need.

In partnership with the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC), and Palette Inc., the Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship (BII+E) is analyzing business trends throughout the course of the pandemic using Statistics Canada‚Äôs Canadian Survey on Business Conditions (CSBC), and focussing on three key areas: remote work, online sales, and employment and skills demands.