Repairing the Economy and Supporting Small Businesses are Top Issues for the Upcoming Election – but Many are Concerned they Won’t be Addressed

The 2021 Canadian federal election will take place on Monday, September 20th, following Gov. Gen. Mary Simon’s approval to dissolve Parliament at the request of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

 

Among the top issues of the upcoming election are the economy and the recovery of small businesses. According to a public opinion poll conducted by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) among members of the Angus Reid Forum, more than nine in ten Canadians (93 per cent) agreed that small business recovery is crucial for Canada’s economic recovery, with 83 per cent also saying that a strong small business platform will be important in this election (1).

 

“Small businesses have been through the wringer over the past 16 months, and many are looking at a long and bumpy road to recovery. They want to see all political parties commit to real measures that can support them now that an election has been called,” said CFIB President, Dan Kelly.

 

Many small businesses still aren’t confident that their concerns will receive enough attention. In fact, according to a survey from CFIB, less than a quarter of business owners (24 per cent) believe that their concerns will be expressed enough during the election.

 

The measures business owners want to see included in federal party platforms include (2):

 

 

According to the public response, it is imperative that the next government take charge and implement a strong and clear small business recovery plan. The CFIB has released a petition that small business owners can sign to tell all federal parties what measures they want to see in their platforms. We highly recommend you sign the petition to have your concerns addressed and make small business recovery a priority for this election.

 

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Source for CFIB data

 

1 Results for Your Voice – July 2021 survey. The online survey was conducted from July 8 – July 31, 2021, n = 4,278. For comparison purposes, a probability sample with the same number of respondents would have a margin of error of +/-1.5%, 19 times out of 20.

 

2 Preliminary results for Your Voice – August 2021 survey. The online survey started August 5, 2021, n = 2,878. For comparison purposes, a probability sample with the same number of respondents would have a margin of error of +/-1.8%, 19 times out of 20.