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    State of Québec businesses in March 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic

    The pandemic has brought its share of challenges and adjustments for Québec businesses. This analysis illustrates their situation in March 2020. Among other things, it looks at:       

    • the extent of revenue decline experienced by businesses;
    • the impact of the drop in demand for their goods or services;
    • actions they have taken regarding personnel (such as layoffs and reduced hours or shifts);
    • the impact of social distancing measures on businesses;
    • the importance of working remotely;
    • some of the changes that businesses have made to accommodate government-mandated social distancing measures.

    Data for Québec come from the Canadian Survey on Business Conditions (CSBC), March 2020, conducted from April 3 to 24, 2020, by Statistics Canada in collaboration with the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. It is important to note that, unlike Statistics Canada’s usual surveys based on a probability survey design, the CSBC is based on a participatory approach, i.e. it is not based on probability sampling. This makes the results unrepresentative of the entire business population.