The Economic Cost of COVID-19: Supporting the Recovery of Indigenous Firms and Communities

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Atlantic First Nations firms and communities are facing unprecedented losses of revenues due to the Covid-19 pandemic and will continue to feel the economic effects for the next two to three years.
• Only 8% of Indigenous businesses can continue to operate for one year without support due to
• 2 out of 5 Atlantic Indigenous businesses expect a 50% drop in revenues.
• Indigenous communities have less access to liquidity to finance deficits, these limit borrowing
ability for Indigenous communities.
An APEC report completed in partnership with the Atlantic Aboriginal Economic Development Integrated
Research Program (AAEDIRP), and the Atlantic Policy Congress of First Nation Chiefs Secretariat through
the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council, clearly illustrates the financial challenges First Nation
communities in Atlantic Canada are facing, including significant budget shortfalls in the fiscal year
In addition, the ability for Indigenous businesses to borrow and maintain program spending and fund
infrastructure projects is very limited. The report focuses on the economic costs of Covid-19 to
Indigenous communities in Atlantic Canada, with specific focus on Indigenous communities economic
vulnerabilities, the Indigenous Labour Market, First Nation Community-Owned Businesses, and
Indigenous entrepreneurial ventures.
“This report provides a better understanding of the effect of COVID-19 on Atlantic Indigenous
communities so key stakeholders can make informed decisions to limit negative impacts,” states Fred
Bergman, Lead Researcher, APEC. “Indigenous communities and businesses have a critical role in the
post Covid-19 economic recovery. All of our people and communities can contribute greatly to economic
success in Atlantic Canada” stated John G Paul, Executive Director APC & Co-Chair AAEDIRP.