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Road construction is a major irritant for many of you. It causes a drop in sales, adds additional costs to your operations and becomes a source of stress. The very survival of your business might even be at stake. So we have decided to tackle the problem.
Tens of thousands of businesses impacted
If your business has been disrupted by road construction projects in recent years, you are not alone. We surveyed CFIB members in 2017, and 41% said they had been negatively impacted by such projects between 2012 and 2017. For 5% of all businesses surveyed, the hit was major.
We are talking about 65,000 SMEs in Canada that often had to borrow money, relocate or fully close down because of the major adverse effects of infrastructure work on their activities.
Those are just some of the consequences; there are many others:
There ARE solutions
Road construction is a necessary evil, but there are solutions that can mitigate its effects on your business. We are challenging municipalities across Canada to implement a policy to support small businesses that are threatened by major infrastructure projects. This policy should include five basic elements:
Congratulations to Montreal, the first city to accept our challenge.
The battle continues
We will continue to exert pressure on municipalities to ensure that they help you survive any road construction projects. Do you have a story to tell? Photos to send us? If so, please give your Business Counsellor a call.