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  • The capstone report, in a series of economic reports on the impacts of COVID-19 in Atlantic Canada, was developed by the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council (APEC) for the Atlantic Chamber of Commerce. It reveals how differences in industry and demographic factors may shape the recovery for the 47 counties and divisions in Atlantic Canada.


    The Atlantic Industry Vulnerability Index used in this report measures the share of the labour force in industries that have been most adversely impacted by COVID-19. There are large differences between counties ranging from 18% to 53%. The report also contains dashboards and comparative tables for all counties and divisions in Atlantic Canada, identifying key variables that measure their vulnerability to COVID-19 including health, labour force and long-term structural indicators. Travel-related, customer-facing and commodity-based industries are among the most negatively affected by COVID-19 and rural areas are typically more vulnerable to these economic impacts because of their greater dependence on these industries.


    The Atlantic Canada Regional COVID-19 Vulnerability Report is intended to help government, community and business leaders as they develop informed strategies to support their road to recovery. Further, governments should consider the distinctive aspects between urban and rural areas in their plans to support the recovery of all regions.


    Please click below to view the full report, industries at risk,  individual county and division profiles, as well as the previous reports in this series.


  • Business Truth & Reconciliation Business Truth & Reconciliation

    The Atlantic Chamber of Commerce is taking proactive steps to promote reconciliation and respect for Indigenous rights within the corporate sector. In response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Call to Action 92, the Chamber urges its members to embrace the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as a guiding framework. This entails a commitment to meaningful consultation, fostering respectful relationships, and obtaining the free, prior, and informed consent of Indigenous peoples before embarking on economic projects. Moreover, the Chamber advocates for equitable access to employment, training, and educational opportunities for Indigenous communities, ensuring they reap sustainable benefits from economic development initiatives.


    Recognizing the importance of education, the Chamber encourages businesses to provide comprehensive training for management and staff on the history of Indigenous peoples, including the legacy of residential schools, Indigenous rights, and Aboriginal-Crown relations. Emphasizing intercultural competency, conflict resolution, and anti-racism, these efforts aim to foster a more inclusive and harmonious corporate environment rooted in mutual understanding and respect.

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