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Vulnerability Report

This report, commissioned by the Atlantic Chamber of Commerce (ACC), reveals how differences in industry and demographic factors may shape the recovery for the 47 counties and divisions in Atlantic Canada. 

Travel-related, customer-facing and commodity-based industries are among the most negatively affected by COVID-19. Rural areas are typically more vulnerable to these economic impacts because of their greater dependence on these industries. The Atlantic Industry Vulnerability Index used in this report measures the share of the labour force in industries that have been most adversely impacted by COVID-19. There are large differences between counties ranging from 18% to 53%. 

This report contains dashboards and comparative tables for all counties and divisions in Atlantic Canada, identifying key variables that measure their vulnerability to COVID-19 including health, labour force and long-term structural indicators. It will help communities develop informed strategies to support their recovery. Governments should consider the distinctive aspects of urban and rural areas in their plans to support the recovery of all regions.


Please click below for the full report, individual sections, or individual profiles. 

Full Report 
Summary Report  / Rapport Sommaire
Industries at Risk 
Industry Vulnerability: Regional Summary
How to read the profiles

This is the final report in our  Key Economic Issues Series.


COVID Vulnerability 2-Page Profiles 

& Labrador
Nova Scotia New BrunswickPrince Edward Island
Avalon PeninsulaAnnapolis CountyAlbert CountyKings County PE
Burin PeninsulaAntigonish CountyCarleton CountyPrince County
South Coast NLCape Breton CountyCharlotte CountyQueens County PE
St. Georges-StephenvilleColchester CountyGloucester County 
Humber DistrictCumberland CountyKent County 
Central NLDigby CountyKings County NB 
Bonavista/TrinityGuysborough CountyMadawaska County 
Notre Dame BayHalifax CountyNorthumberland County 
Northern PeninsulaHants County Queens County NB 
Southern LabradorInverness CountyRestigouche County 
NunatsiavutKings County NSSaint John County 
 Lunenburg CountySunbury County 
 Pictou CountyVictoria County NB 
 Queens County NSWestmorland County 
 Richmond CountyYork County 
 Shelburne County  
 Victoria County NS  
 Yarmouth County  


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