The probe published on Tuesday indicates that 62% of SME leaders say they need more support from the provincial government to get through the crisis.

Businesses forced to take a break due to the tightening of health measures are eligible in particular for the Assistance to businesses in regions on maximum alert (AERAM) program, which reimburses part of the fixed costs. But as of February 10, companies can no longer seek retroactive help from the government, which the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) deplores.

In addition, 88% of business leaders surveyed want the province to put in place “a specific plan that explains how it intends to reopen the economy”, and the CFIB invites the Legault government to take inspiration from what its colleague is proposing. Albertan Jason Kenney. “The Government of Alberta has given some indications about business openings based on the number of hospitalizations. This approach provides a perspective that promotes planning for business owners, ”the CFIB press release read.

More than half of SME managers, or 55%, believe that their company could benefit from a deferral to file its tax returns. “Extending the date will not prevent those who can send their taxes within the usual deadlines, but it would allow those who are currently focused on reopening their business or those who are struggling to get through the crisis to benefit from ‘a rest. They will be able to fulfill their obligations when the time is right, ”said François Vincent, Quebec vice-president of the CFIB.

Still according to the survey, the repercussions of the pandemic on the economy (66%), the slow deployment of the vaccine (52%), the effects on health (49%) and theindebtedness (43%) are the main sources of concern for entrepreneurs. In addition, 18% of them fear having to close their business permanently.

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The CFIB survey was conducted from February 4 to 9, 2021, with 775 respondents. This online survey does not allow the calculation of a margin of error, the sample not being probabilistic.

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