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These are the provinces in Canada that have reopened the most businesses so far

After weeks of lockdown, provinces in Canada are officially reopening businesses such as restaurants, hair salons and gyms — but some provinces have opened more businesses than others, according to a recent survey.

The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is reporting that just under one-third of all Canadian businesses are now fully open, up from 21 per cent a month ago.

Alberta, Manitoba and New Brunswick reported the largest number of small businesses reopening, while Nova Scotia, Ontario and Newfoundland and Labrador are the least open economies right now.

The exact breakdown is as follows:

  • British Columbia — 33 per cent
  • Alberta — 47 per cent
  • Saskatchewan — 39 per cent
  • Manitoba — 44 per cent
  • Ontario — 26 per cent
  • Quebec — 38 per cent
  • New Brunswick — 44 per cent
  • Prince Edward Island — 40 per cent
  • Nova Scotia — 27 per cent
  • Newfoundland and Labrador — 22 per cent

The survey found that businesses in the retail, arts and recreation, services and restaurants/hospitality were the least likely to be fully open yet.

Almost half of businesses cited government mandated closures as the biggest reason that they haven't fully reopened, with low sales and health concerns also playing a role.

"While it is good news that more firms are beginning to open across the country, it is important to keep in mind that 67 per cent of businesses remain fully or partially closed due to COVID-19," CFIB president Dan Kelly said.

He asked Canadians to consider shopping at smaller establishments over the next few months, such as "their local butcher, their neighbourhood hardware store or the family-run hobby shop down the street."

Lead photo by

Ricky Leong

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