A Main Street business shows its new hours cut back due to COVID-19 in Whitehorse on March 31. According to a newly-released document from the Yukon Bureau of Statistics summarizing data on the impact of COVID-19 on Yukon businesses, less than a third of Yukon businesses have seen employees working from home since the COVID-19 pandemic began, and the majority do not expect to have any working remotely once the pandemic’s over. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)

Majority of Yukon businesses don’t have employees working remotely during COVID-19, survey says

Less than a third of businesses have any portion of their workforce working remotely

Less than a third of Yukon businesses have seen employees working from home since the COVID-19 pandemic began, and the majority do not expect to have any working remotely once the pandemic’s over.

That’s according to a newly-released document from the Yukon Bureau of Statistics summarizing data on the impact of COVID-19 on Yukon businesses.

The data was taken from Statistics Canada’s second iteration of its Canadian Survey on Business Conditions. The first survey, which contained data relevant up to March 31, was done using a different methodology — the department crowdsourced data for the first one, while the second used a “probability-based sample” of businesses to better reflect the national picture for businesses across Canada. That means that the data between the two reports cannot be accurately compared.

A total of 203 Yukon businesses participated in the second survey, which is relevant up to May 31.

According to the data, nearly 81 per cent of Yukon businesses had zero to one per cent of its workforce working remotely prior to Feb. 1 (6.4 per cent reported having all their employees working remotely).

By May 31, the percentage of businesses with no employees working from home had dropped to 68.8 per cent, and 7.3 per cent had their entire workforce working remotely.

About 17 per cent said they expected some portion of their workforce to continue working remotely once the pandemic ends, but 77.7 per cent responded that they expected less than one per cent of their employees to remain at home.

When it came to any upcoming changes to the sizes of their workforces over the next three months, 61 per cent of businesses said they expected their number of employees to stay the same. Of the remaining businesses, close to 11 per cent said they were uncertain, but more said they expected an increase than a decrease — about 18 per cent, compared to about 10.

Just more than half of the surveyed businesses said they anticipated at least some challenges in finding and recruiting qualified workers once the “economy returns to a normal state of activity,” with about 45 per cent saying they also expected challenges in retaining qualified workers.

Meanwhile, more than a quarter of businesses reported a 50 per cent or more decrease in revenue between April 2019 and April 2020, while about 32 per cent said there was no change. Overall, about 60 per cent of businesses reported some decrease in revenue, while the remaining eight per cent reported an increase.

The vast majority of businesses said they needed, or expected to need, personal protective equipment and supplies in response to the relaxation of physical distancing measures. More than 68 per cent said they needed cleaning products; 59.6 per cent said they needed masks and eye protection; 52.1 per cent said they needed gloves; and 30.3 per cent reported needing plexiglass or sneeze guards. However, 21.8 per cent reported not needing any equipment or supplies at all.

Contact Jackie Hong at jackie.hong@yukon-news.com

Coronavirus

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Whitehorse General Hospital in Whitehorse on Feb. 14, 2019. The Yukon Employees’ Union and Yukon Hospital Corporation are at odds over whether there’s a critical staffing shortage at the territory’s hospitals. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
YEU, Yukon Hospital Corp. at odds over whether hospitals are understaffed

YEU says four nurses quit within 12 hours last week, a claim the YHC says is “inaccurate”

Two former Whitehorse Correctional Centre inmates, Ray Hartling and Mark Lange, have filed a class action against the jail, corrections officials and Yukon government on behalf of everyone who’s been placed in two restrictive units over the past six years. (Joel Krahn/Yukon News file)
Class action filed against Whitehorse Correctional Centre over use of segregation

Two former Whitehorse Correctional Centre inmates have filed a class action against… Continue reading

asdf
WYATT’S WORLD

Wyatt’s World for Oct. 21, 2020

Movie poster for <em>Ìfé,</em> a movie being shown during OUT North Film Festival, which includes approximately 20 different films accessible online this year. (Submitted)
OUT North Film Festival moves to virtual format

In its ninth year, the artistic director said this year has a more diverse set of short and feature films

Students and supporters bring MAD high school theatre relocation petition to legislature

The group is asking that the high school class to be moved to a more suitable location

A sign greets guests near the entrance of the Canada Games Centre in Whitehorse on June 11. The city announced Oct. 16 it was moving into the next part of its phased reopening plan with spectator seating areas open at a reduced capacity to allow for physical distancing. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
CGC reopening continues

Limited spectator seating now available

During Whitehorse city council’s Oct. 19 meeting, planning manager Mélodie Simard brought forward a recommendation that a proposed Official Community Plan amendment move forward that would designate a 56.3 hectare piece of land in Whistle Bend, currently designated as green space, as urban residential use. (Courtesy City of Whitehorse)
More development in Whistle Bend contemplated

OCP change would be the first of several steps to develop future area

asdf
EDITORIAL: Don’t let the City of Whitehorse distract you

A little over two weeks after Whitehorse city council voted to give… Continue reading

Whitehorse City Hall. (Joel Krahn/Yukon News file)
City hall, briefly

A look at decisions made by Whitehorse city council this week

Northwestel has released the proposed prices for its unlimited plans. Unlimited internet in Whitehorse and Carcross could cost users between $160.95 and $249.95 per month depending on their choice of package. (Yukon News file)
Unlimited internet options outlined

Will require CRTC approval before Northwestel makes them available

Legislative assembly on the last day of the fall sitting in Whitehorse. Yukon’s territorial government will sit for 45 days this sitting instead of 30 days to make up for lost time caused by COVID-19 in the spring. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Legislative assembly sitting extended

Yukon’s territorial government will sit for 45 days this sitting. The extension… Continue reading

asdf
Today’s mailbox: Mad about MAD

Letters to the editor published Oct. 16, 2020

Alkan Air hangar in Whitehorse. Alkan Air has filed its response to a lawsuit over a 2019 plane crash that killed a Vancouver geologist on board, denying that there was any negligence on its part or the pilot’s. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Alkan Air responds to lawsuit over 2019 crash denying negligence, liability

Airline filed statement of defence Oct. 7 to lawsuit by spouse of geologist killed in crash

Most Read