Automation: A process that is far from automatic for Quebec SMEs

This report looks at the adoption of automation by Quebec small businesses, the obstacles they have encountered, and their future plans in this area.

Some key highlights in this report:

  • 66% of Quebec SMEs are directly affected by labour shortages
  • 4 out of 10 SMEs are adopting or exploring automation
  • Automation adoption is proportional to business size
  • 7 out of 10 SMEs are using automation to improve productivity
  • 3 out of 10 SMEs would invest in automation if their taxes were reduced
  • 1 out of 2 SMEs say cost is the main barrier to automation
  • 2 out of 3 SMEs are unaware of programs aimed at helping businesses to adopt automation 
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