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Business confidence in Alberta flat since January

When asked about the current state of their business, only 21 per cent of owners in Alberta said “good” in March

By ATB Economics 29 March 2021 1 min read

Based on a survey of its members, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) produces an index of small business confidence called the Business Barometer. The barometer is based on how businesses expect to be performing in 12 months.*

As of March 2021, the barometer reading for Alberta was 59.9, down just a smidge from 60.1 in February and 60.0 in January. The index got as low as 26.2 in March 2020.

According to the CFIB, the barometer typically reads between 65 and 75 when the economy is growing at its potential.

Optimism in Alberta was lower over the short-term. When asked whether things will be better or worse in three months, the barometer reading was 41.2 in March.

Confidence was higher nationally with the 12-month index at 68.2, up from 62.5 in February. The national index bottomed out in March 2020 at 30.8.

The short-term barometer reading for Canada in March was 52.2.

When asked about the current state of their business, only 21 per cent of owners in Alberta said “good” in March whereas 37 per cent said “bad.”

Nationally, the percentage of owners who described the general state of their business as good was 28 per cent. The same percentage said bad.

*A barometer reading above 50 means more owners expect their business to be doing better in 12 months than expect it to be doing worse.

Answer to the previous trivia question: According to Restaurants Canada, there are approximately 97,000 restaurants, bars and caterers in Canada.

Today’s trivia question: How many members does the CFIB have?

A barometer reading above 50 means more owners expect their business to be doing better in 12 months than expect it to be doing worse

A barometer reading above 50 means more owners expect their business to be doing better in 12 months than expect it to be doing worse


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