On ‘Small Business Week’ Canada PM urges Canadians to support small businesses

Asha Bajaj
3 min readOct 23, 2020

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Toronto, Oct 23: Inviting Canadians to join him in the observation of Small Business Week from Oct 18 -24, Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau encourages everyone in his message to buy local, order take out, and show as much support as you can for our small businesses and added, “Only together can we defeat this virus and build a more resilient Canada.”

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‘Small Businesses are the backbone of the Canadian economy employing 70% of the Canadian workforce and 54.2% of the economic output produced by the business sector’ said Pramod Goyal, President of Indo- Canada Chamber of Commerce (ICCC) during its observance of Small Business Week, and added,

“With the right information and guidance, small businesses are easy to start and sustain.”

Pramod Goyal. Image credit: Twitter handle

Emerging as the largest organization of Indo-Canadian small business owners, ICCC had been organizing the Small Business Symposium to observe the Small Business Week. But unfortunately, this year, the COVID-19 pandemic and the lockdown has forced the ICCC with just a webinar.

With no signs of abating the pandemic continuously ravaging the global society and the global economy, the extermination of small businesses across the world is at risk.

But according to a survey conducted in late September 2020 by Ipsos for RBC Small Business, Canadian small business owners are counting on their resilience and optimism to help them weather the COVID-19 storm.

These inherent strengths and optimism of small business owners in Canada revealed by the statistics about their future are largely true of small business owners globally, said Goyal and added that he is reminded of the compact line of the Irish poet and humourist Oscar Wilde: “We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars,” and most of the Canadian small business owners, most of them are looking at the stars.

Asha Bajaj

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