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The use of the vaccine passport to access personal service businesses and businesses deemed non-essential represents “an additional burden on small businesses” already affected by a labor shortage, lamented Thursday the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB).
“Small businesses in businesses deemed non-essential by the government are already in a very difficult situation. This is exacerbated by absences linked to symptoms of COVID-19 which cannot be confirmed due to inability to use a PCR test or a lack of rapid tests. The SMEs will put in place the requested measures, but this adds additional pressure to them when they are already operating at slow speed and they are heavily in debt, “said François Vincent, Quebec vice-president at the CFIB, in a press release./p>
CFIB calls on the government to be “there to support them”, including through financial compensation and improving the management of PCR and rapid tests.
She also wants Quebec to specify what constitutes a non-essential service. “Is a shoe store selling winter boots essential or non-essential?” Asks CFIB, asking that supermarkets selling non-essential goods be subject to the same rules as small ones. local shops.
“When the vaccination passport was put in place on August 24, the Minister of Health said that this measure was 'the balance that we have found to keep our economy open while protecting the population'. If one relies on the experience of recent closures, one can wonder if the expansion of the vaccination passport is not the prelude to what will soon be experienced by local businesses, ”added Vincent.
The consequences on businesses
The results of a CFIB survey published last October revealed that the implementation of the vaccination passport was “easy or very easy ”for 53% of the SMEs questioned,“ difficult, even very difficult ”for 45% of them, and 2% did not know.
Thus, 36% of respondents indicated that its in place had resulted in lower sales, and 35% had to pay additional costs related to the installation of the system (personnel, equipment or mobile phone services, Wi-Fi, etc.)