Make Saskatchewan small businesses your valentine this year

CFIB latest recovery dashboard shows Saskatchewan small businesses need our love now more than ever 

Regina, February 11, 2021 –The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB)’s latest Small Business Recovery Dashboard shows small businesses continue to struggle during the pandemic:

  • 51 per cent of small businesses are fully open (compared to 47 per cent last month)
  • 39 per cent are fully staffed (compared to 36 per cent last month)
  • 25 per cent are making normal sales (compared to 22 per cent last month)

“February tends to be a low-sales month, but this February is a real heartbreaker,” said Laura Jones, CFIB’s executive vice-president. “Small businesses are now 11 months into seeing their revenues plummet. Many have been forced to shut down even as Amazon and big box sales soar.” 

In Saskatchewan, the Small Business Recovery Dashboard for February shows: 

  • 74 per cent of businesses are fully open (compared to 76 per cent last month)
  • 42 per cent are fully staffed (compared to 49 per cent last month)
  • 30 per cent are making normal sales (compared to 27 per cent last month)

“We know getting back to normal is still months away for most businesses in Saskatchewan,” noted Marilyn Braun-Pollon, CFIB’s vice-president for western Canada and agri-business. “It is critical for the provincial government to renew the Saskatchewan Small Business Emergency Payment Program again in February to help those businesses impacted by ongoing restrictions.”

Regionally, businesses are recovering at different paces, with Ontario seeing the lowest results in all three categories:

% fully open 66 65 74 59 38 51 64 78 78 71
% fully staffed 43 40 42 47 34 39 42 64 60 46
% with normal sales 34 23 30 31 20 28 33 39 38 43

*PEI has fewer than 40 respondents and is calculated as an average of the results from the January and February surveys.

Make small business your valentine this year
"Valentine’s Day is a great opportunity to show double the love. Buy flowers, chocolate, wine, and other gifts for your special people at a local business. Going to a neighbourhood restaurant or ordering takeout is also a great way to celebrate. And if you can, be extra generous. Who doesn’t need a little Valentine’s Day boost this year?” added Corinne Pohlmann, CFIB’s senior vice-president of national affairs.

For media enquiries or interviews with Laura Jones, CFIB’s executive vice-president, or Corinne Pohlmann, CFIB’s senior vice-president of national affairs, please contact Milena Stanoeva, Manager of Public Affairs, at 647-464-2814 or email

To arrange an interview with Marilyn Braun-Pollon, CFIB’s vice-president, western Canada and agri-business, please call (306) 539-6302 or email You may follow CFIB Saskatchewan on Twitter at @cfibsk.

Source for CFIB data:  
CFIB, preliminary results for the Your Voice – February 2021 survey, results from February 4 to 8, 2021, n = 3,554. For comparison purposes, a probability sample with the same number of respondents would have a margin of error of +/-1.6%, 19 times out of 20. 

About CFIB
The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is Canada’s largest association of small and medium-sized businesses with 110,000 members across every industry and region. CFIB is dedicated to increasing business owners’ chances of success by driving policy change at all levels of government, providing expert advice and tools, and negotiating exclusive savings. Learn more at

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