Lethbridge Economic Recovery Taskforce Second Survey
The Lethbridge Region Economic Recovery Task Force will issue its second survey in response to the COVID-19 crisis and is seeking direct input from local businesses in order to
provide an accurate picture of local conditions.
“The survey will continue to provide important insights that we can use to assess regional conditions” said Economic Development Lethbridge CEO Trevor Lewington. “It is our hope that local businesses continue to participate and provide feedback, as this information helps decision-makers to better understand and assess how support programs and market conditions are impacting the local economy.”
The second survey focuses on a range of issues of recent importance, including business sentiment regarding the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) and Canada Emergency
Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) programs, while also measuring attitudes and experiences as they pertain to working remotely and preparation for reopening various components of the economy.
“The survey feedback helps us articulate the situation on the ground, so we aren’t guessing about the impact this is having on local businesses” said Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce Executive Officer Cyndi Vos. “We want to ensure we are making the correct inferences in assessing the current landscape and the survey really helps in this regard. With this in mind,
we are asking all regional businesses to participate in this survey.”
The most recent survey is a bit lengthier than the first iteration and will likely take ten minutes to complete. The goal is that the survey will provide detailed insight that can be conveyed to a
range of local, provincial and national decision-makers who are trying to assess and respond to the pandemic.
The Lethbridge Region Economic Recovery Task Force is working in conjunction with all levels of government to minimize the economic impact of the crisis, while providing responsive support
for local businesses and employers to ensure an expedited recovery.
Take the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/8F32RRY
Is Your Business Ready to Reopen?
The Chamber is here to help with business tips for reopening: https://chambermaster.blob.core.windows.net/userfiles/UserFiles/chambers/1547/CMS/Helping-You-Prepare-to-Reopen.pdf
We also encourage you to refer to the Government of Alberta Workplace Guidance for Business Owners: https://www.alberta.ca/assets/documents/covid-19-workplace-guidance-for-business-owners.pdf
Alberta Biz Connect
The Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce has received numerous questions from businesses on reopening during COVID-19.
Yesterday the Government of Alberta announced a new resource, Biz Connect, addressing concerns and sharing industry specific information.
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