April Survey Results Announced; June Survey Launches

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Local COVID19 business survey shows 91% experienced a decrease in sales; new and repeat business participation sought for second round
June 2, 2020

Local COVID19 business survey shows 91% experienced a decrease in sales; new and repeat business participation sought for second round

Thunder Bay, Tuesday June 2: The partnership launched in April to survey the effects of COVID19 on businesses in the Thunder Bay district has released the results of its first round of the survey, collected at the end of April. The Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce, North Superior Workforce Planning Board, Thunder Bay CEDC and Northern Policy Institute agreed to collaborate on the 6-month project as a way of ensuring the unique circumstances of Thunder Bay District businesses are considered in government planning.

The results of the first survey round showed that, at the end of April, 91% of Thunder Bay businesses had experienced a decrease in sales. 45% had closed temporarily, and 41% had implemented social distancing measures. Visit the Northern Policy Institute for more detailed information on the results.

The 5-minute survey will be repeated each month through September in communities across the region. Respondents are strongly encouraged to participate in the survey each month to show how the effects of COVID-19 evolve over time for businesses.

The information gathered will inform advocacy work that helps shape federal, provincial and municipal government policies, ensuring Thunder Bay’s needs are identified and considered. It may also be used by community partners as a way of identifying workforce and business needs and developing supports unique to the region.

The second round of the survey is open to businesses of all sizes and can be found at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NSKKJYF.

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