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Ontario businesses need digital resources and guidance to move through COVID-19: poll

Toronto Region Board of Trade poll shows that almost half of Ontario business owners do not have money or expertise to implement digital solutions they need

October 15, 2020  by CM Staff

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TORONTO — The Toronto Region Board of Trade has released the results of a new poll that found that while the majority of business owners believe expanding their digital tools is essential to keeping their business open during the pandemic (75%), more than half still don’t understand how to properly implement them (63%).

COVID-19 has impacted the economy in immeasurable ways, with implications expected well into 2021 and beyond. To support Ontario business owners — the Toronto Region Board of Trade launched the Recovery Activation Program (RAP).

The program caters to businesses across Ontario to help them innovate and plan their digital transformation.

“As the pandemic continues to affect our communities, Ontario businesses need our support more than ever. RAP is a critical tool for business owners who are not only looking to weather the storm, but who are looking to come out of COVID-19 stronger than they were prior,” said Leigh Smout, president, World Trade Centre, in a prepared statement. “Many Ontario businesses are struggling to stay afloat due to the lack of resources and education centered around the digital pivot in and beyond COVID-19 — this program serves those needs.”