More Than Half of Canadian Companies Say Supply Chain Issues Hurting Business Growth

Although the Christmas season is now over, the demand for goods hasn’t let up due to ongoing supply chain issues. Not only are supply chain problems affecting the price and availability of some products, they’re also impeding the ability of companies to grow as the economy recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic. According to a new survey from The Harris Poll, commissioned by Express Employment Professionals, 54% of Canadian companies say supply chain issues are negatively impacting their company’s growth.

Larger companies (100+ employees) are more likely than smaller companies to be faced with challenges as a result of supply chain issues. 64% of larger companies say supply chain issues are negatively impacting growth, compared to 53% of medium-sized companies (10-99 employees) and 43% of small businesses (with 2-9 employees).

58% say supply chain issues have also forced them to change hiring plans and hiring practices. 16% say their company has hired specifically for logistics/supply chain positions in the past year.

In some cases, supply chain problems haven’t just hurt a company’s growth, they have been a major factor in the collapse of some businesses, according to Barrie, Ontario Express franchise owner KV Aulakh. “We have seen several small businesses get put up for sale or close down in some cases,” said Aulakh. “At the same time, companies that have good capital have seen growth simply due to some of the smaller competition being unable to stay afloat during these times.”

Niven Lee, an Express franchise owner in Delta, British Columbia, says supply chain issues affect the ability of companies to finalize hiring plans and retain staff. “Demand for goods has not let up as there are still supply chain backlogs,” said Lee. “The backlog of supplies creates uncertainty and delays for companies, and so workers move on to other jobs and this creates an even greater labour shortage at that company.”

Lee and Aulakh report more companies are hiring specifically for logistics and supply chain issues, and the wages of these positions are increasing more than the average. They both also predict that supply chain issues are not going to be resolved anytime soon, so companies need to adapt for the foreseeable future. “I believe supply chain problems will exist for the next three to five years,” said Aulakh. “It won’t be until we are past this pandemic with no mandates in place that we will have an influx of hiring for skilled labour, drivers and professionals.”

“The supply chain problem has several variables and with the pandemic, consumption spending that was previously spent on services such as restaurants, movies, etc. has shifted to goods consumption,” said Lee. “Many consumers goods are produced overseas and the global supply chain infrastructure was not built for this volume of business. With tight COVID restrictions, some factories cannot produce at the same rate due to lack of staff and parts or materials. Businesses are adapting but it will take years.”

So many businesses are ready and willing to grow in 2022, but can’t until something changes, Express CEO Bill Stoller said. “The Canadian economy is caught in this perfect storm where the breakdown in supply chains is just the start,” he said. “When you combine that with the scarcity of workers, companies are doomed to stay in this holding pattern for the foreseeable future.”

Survey Methodology

The survey was conducted online within Canada by The Harris Poll on behalf of Express Employment Professionals between Nov. 10 and Dec. 2, 2021, among 510 Canadian hiring decision-makers (defined as adults ages 18+ in Canada who are employed full-time or self-employed, work at companies with more than one employee, and have full/significant involvement in hiring decisions at their company). Data were weighted where necessary by company size to bring them into line with their actual proportions in the population.

Source: Yahoo Finance


BC is Back to Business After Covid Restrictions are Lifted

British Columbia’s provincial health officer announced easing of COVID-19 restrictions while maintaining key protective measures to support the health and safety of all British Columbians. While keeping the BC Vaccine Card, indoor masking requirements and COVID-19 safety plans in place, the provincial health officer will lift restrictions on personal gatherings, organized gatherings and events, nightclubs, bars and restaurants, exercise and fitness, and adult sports tournaments as of Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2022, at 11:59 p.m. (Pacific time). Capacity limits will return to normal.

There will be no limit to the number of people that can be invited into a home. But Dr Henry said, “You will make your own decisions based on the risks you and your family will have for who you have over into your home.”

All the events and gatherings will return to full capacity. “Because of the amount of immunity and protection we have due to vaccines, events and gatherings will return to full capacity,” she said.

With more than 90% of eligible B.C. residents vaccinated with their second dose, British Columbia will transition to a sustainable COVID-19 management plan focusing on vaccination, self-monitoring and specific actions to protect those most at risk. The decision to ease restrictions is based on a careful review of data by the provincial health officer and the BC Centre for Disease Control. Based on hospitalization and critical care rates over the coming days and weeks, the provincial health officer will review the remaining protective measures by March 15, and again by April 12.

What’s changed:

  • Personal gatherings return to normal
  • Organized gatherings at full capacity
  • Indoor seated events at full capacity
  • Fitness centres, adult sports, dance centres at full capacity
  • Restaurants, bars and night clubs to operate at full capacity, no table limits
  • Dancing allowed

Restrictions that remain in place:

  • Masks in indoor places
  • B.C. Vaccine Card
  • COVID-19 safety plans required at businesses
  • Long-term care visitation requirements
  • K to 12 and childcare guidelines
  • Faith community guidelines
  • Restrictions on child and youth overnight camps
  • Industrial camp order

Life is all set to return to normal but indeed it will be a new normal that still includes wearing masks and having to show vaccine cards.

Source: The Link


Québec Unveils Its Reopening Plan and Begins Phasing Out Vaccine Passports, Capacity Limits and Mandatory Remote Working

The Québec government has now announced its decision to phase out public health requirements. In addition, as of February 28, 2022, remote working will no longer be mandatory.

February and March 2022 Reopening Plan

The main changes announced include the gradual elimination of vaccine passport and capacity limits and reopening of those businesses which remain closed such as bars and casinos. Note that the Government provides a chart summarizing the restrictions and dates for lifting them.

Québec’s public health state of emergency continues to be extended (currently to February 18, 2022) by the Québec Minister of Health and Social Services. Rapid antigen tests for personal use are available at no cost with limits on the number of tests each person may obtain. 

Vaccine Passports (Phasing out in March 2022)

The passport is not required for access to essential services such as education (primary, secondary or post-secondary) or for museums and libraries.

The vaccination passport will no longer be required for the following:

As of February 16, 2022

  • Société des alcools du Québec (SAQ) stores (liquor stores);
  • Société québécoise du cannabis (SQDC) stores (cannabis stores);
  • large commercial establishments and vehicle repair and maintenance centres.

As of March 14, 2022

  • All places and activities, except international travel.

Restaurants:

  • open at 50% capacity
  • mandatory vaccine passport
  • limit of 4 persons or the occupants of 2 residences at a table
  • midnight closing and food and beverage sales to cease at 11 p.m.
  • 1m distance between tables

As of February 21, 2022 – reservations for social activities such as receptions, banquets permitted with vaccine passport for groups of no more than 50 people

Restaurants, Bars, Taverns and Casinos, Bars, taverns and casinos

As of February 28, 2022

  • may open at 50% capacity; patrons to remain seated
  • 1 a.m. closing with food and beverage service to end at midnight

Restaurants, Bars, Taverns and Casinos

As of March 14, 2022

  • no capacity limits including for table
  • no mandatory closing time
  • self-service buffets allowed
  • dancing and karaoke activities allowed
  • vaccine passport no longer required

Recreational and tourist places

Biodome, planetariums, insectariums, Botanical Gardens. aquariums, zoos

  • open at 50% capacity
  • mandatory vaccine passport and face covering except to eat and drink

Recreation centres (arcades, water parks, amusement centres and amusement parks, and other thematic sites), bowling alleys and similar games/activities, Indoor billiards and similar:

As of February 21, 2022

  • open at 50% capacity
  • mandatory vaccine passport

All recreational and tourist places

As of March 14, 2022

  • no capacity limits

Movie theatres and rooms or halls for performing arts, including broadcast venues

  • open at 50% capacity
  • mandatory vaccine passport
  • no intermission
  • outdoor: maximum 5,000 people

Inside events/activities

As of February 28, 2022

  • fewer than 10,000 attendees: no capacity limit
  • more than 10,000 attendees: open at 50% capacity with mandatory vaccine passport

All events and activities

As of March 14, 2022

  • dance floors open
  • no capacity limits

Saunas and spas

  • open at 50% capacity

As of March 14, 2022

  • no capacity limit

Gyms

open at 50% capacity

As of March 14, 2022

  • no capacity limit

Nunavik and Terres-cries-de-la-Baie-James

For information about the measures in force in Nunavik and Terres-cries-de-la-Baie-James, consult the websites of the Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services and the Cree Board of Health and Social Services of James Bay.

Source: Mondaq