New Brunswick leads the way towards reopening (Ontario lags behind)

A new report shows that New Brunswick is Canada’s most open province right now, with two thirds of businesses – 67 per cent – being fully open again. Ontario is currently the province still experiencing the most lockdown with just 43 per cent of businesses being open.

The other Maritime provinces of Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador were also at the bottom end of the open scale, with just 50 and 51 per cent of business reporting being open this week.

However, even those businesses that are open are reporting at most a quarter of their usual volume of sales right now. So, while things are looking up, we’re not out of the woods just yet.

Here’s a look at the current per cent of businesses open across the country.

    New Brunswick – 67%

    Saskatchewan – 66%

    Quebec – 61%

    Alberta – 57%

    Manitoba – 57%

    British Columbia – 52%

    Canadian average – 51%

    Newfoundland and Labrador – 51%

    Nova Scotia – 50%

    Ontario – 43%

    Reporting sample size was too small in PEI

The businesses that have most reopened by now include the agriculture, construction, professional services (accountants, lawyers, etc.), and manufacturing sectors.

The hospitality/restaurant and arts and recreation sectors – including gyms – continue to have the lowest share of fully open businesses, and the lowest share making normal sales, along with social services and transportation.

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Read the full report with industry reopening breakdowns here.

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