Local businesses are being urged to speak up about what community supports they need on the road to recovery from COVID-19.
The Grand Erie COVID-19 Recovery: Business Insights Survey targets businesses in Brantford, Six Nations, New Credit and the counties of Brant, Haldimand and Norfolk counties.
The survey, running July 6 to 31, can be found at surveymonkey.com/r/GEMedia .
The Workforce Planning Board of Grand Erie is spearheading the survey on behalf of the Grand Erie Recovery Task Force, a group of community and business leaders.
“Over the past few months, our regional task force has narrowed in on the biggest issues that our businesses are facing at this time,” said Danette Dalton, the workforce board’s executive director. “This survey is designed to understand the impact and obtain employers’ insights into how we can best support them.
“Our goal is to use the survey results to develop strategic responses to the most pressing labour challenges.”
The survey covers four key themes: changes in consumer demand/preferences, workplace safety. Skills in demand, and remote working.
Dalton said the goal is to hear from at least 350 businesses of all sectors and sizes. Results will be analyzed and the findings shared publicly in August.
Other workforce planning boards in Southwestern Ontario are conducting similar surveys. Results will be completed to give a larger, regional perspective.
The Workforce Planning Board of Grand Erie is one of 26 non-profit organizations in Ontario that play a leadership role in labour force planning. The board is funded, in part, by the federal and provincial governments.