More than half of the companies in Canada have lost at least 20 per cent of their revenue because of the COVID-19 pandemic, new numbers from Statistics Canada and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce suggest.
Between April 3 and 24, more than 12,600 Canadian businesses responded to a questionnaire on Statistics Canada’s website regarding how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted their business.
The results offer a glimpse of the devastation that the coronavirus has caused.
Nearly one-third — 32.3 per cent — of businesses have lost 40 per cent of their revenues during the pandemic. A further 21.2 per cent said revenues were down by at least 20 per cent.
While the pandemic has hit all types of companies in all corners of Canada, the pain has not been felt evenly across the country.
Businesses in the accommodation and food services sector were most likely to have felt the pinch, followed by entertainment and recreation and retail trade. More than 60 per cent of businesses in those parts of the economy reported losing at least one-fifth of their usual revenue.
On the other end of the spectrum, more than 40 per cent of businesses in each of the agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting, and the utilities sectors reported either no change or an increase in revenue.
The economic impact of COVID-19 was equally uneven geographically, too.
More than half of all businesses in Alberta, Ontario, British Columbia, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Saskatchewan reported losing at least one-fifth of their revenue.
But almost one-third of companies in P.E.I, the territories and New Brunswick reported either no change or an increase in revenue.