2018 Manitoba Business Outlook Survey

survey - full reportThe Manitoba Chambers of Commerce (MCC), in partnership with Manitoba Building Trades and CPHR Manitoba, is pleased to present the results of the 2018 Manitoba Business Outlook Survey.

The survey, completed by 498 MCC members, shows a feeling positive about the overall state of affairs in Manitoba. Over 70% say things in the province are going in the right direction and almost 60% say they are likely to experience at a minimum slow but steady growth this year. About a quarter of members say they are likely to hire additional staff in the year ahead with only a fraction (<10%) saying they are likely to downsize.

The positive outlook does not mean there are not challenges ahead. Members see staffing, either retaining good staff or hiring qualified, skilled staff, as a major challenge over the coming year. Other obstacles to business growth often noted by members include the rising costs of doing business (i.e., business inputs and wages); government red tape and taxation levels.

Members may have a positive outlook about Manitoba currently, but there is a feeling amongst the membership more can be done at the provincial government level to improve the economic climate in the province.  Slightly over half of members (54%) feel Manitoba’s business climate is competitive with other provinces. Three important actions are frequently suggested by members to improve the business climate in Manitoba. They are:

  • Reduce government regulation and red tape;
  • Reduce or eliminate business taxes and payroll tax; and,
  • Lower taxes for consumers.

You can read the full survey results by clicking here.

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