COVID-19’s Impact on Grand Erie
COVID-19’s impact has been widespread
COVID-19 has had a major impact on Brantford, Brant, Haldimand, Norfolk, Six Nations and New Credit.
The pandemic has hurt Grand Erie’s workers and businesses alike since March 2020. Thousands of area residents lost their jobs, laid off temporarily and permanently. Hundreds of businesses shut down, most temporarily but some closed their doors.
The Workforce Planning Board of Grand Erie has monitored COVID-19’s impact on workers, businesses, the local economy and job market.
WPBGE launched a COVID-19 Recovery Taskforce in April, pulling together local leaders and organizations. A COVID-19 Worker Impact Survey was carried out in April. And a survey of businesses was done in June.
Grand Erie Business Recovery Survey
The Grand Erie COVID-19 Recovery Task Force surveyed businesses in Six Nations, New Credit, Brantford, and Brant, Haldimand, and Norfolk counties in July.
195 businesses across various sectors within the region participated.
Survey questions assessed the impact of the pandemic on local employers, and the demand for strategies and solutions to address their needs.
Survey results show shifts in the business landscape. Key findings include:
- Significant drop in demand for goods and services among one-third of businesses
- Widespread concerns about access to PPE in the short and medium term
- High levels of interest in skills training to support recent shifts in skills in-demand
- Challenges with hiring in the current atmosphere
The survey findings provide residents, businesses and government leaders with the local knowledge they need to make informed plans for recovery.
Read about the survey’s findings by clicking on the report.
Survey highlights are shown in the infographic, shown at right.
COVID-19 Worker Impact Survey
The Workforce Planning Board carried out a COVID-19 Worker Impact Survey in April 2020.
More than 40% of Grand Erie residents lost work due to the COVID-19 crisis, the survey found. Of the 450 residents surveyed, 37% were temporarily not working and another 5% had permanently lost work. Others were working from home.
About 19% of people said they were working more. These were people working in health care, transportation and warehousing.
People working in accommodation and food services, retail and wholesale trade, and education were most affected at the time. Youth (ages of 18 – 24) working part time in the retail and food businesses were particularly hard hit.
One in three respondents said they were worried about having enough food, and paying their rent, mortgage and paying monthly bills.
The local findings were consistent with surveys from six other workforce planning boards in Southwestern Ontario. Workforce Planning West surveyed 2,570 people in all.