Cost of Living

The cost of life — and how small businesses are faring under COVID-19

Why keeping small businesses going will be so important as we come out of this pandemic, plus what is the cost of keeping the economy on pause for health reasons?

Plus we look at whether the coronavirus pandemic will cause a depression

A sign on a football field in Guelph, Ont., indicates the field is closed as part of measures to stop the spread of COVID-19. (Kate Bueckert/CBC)
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Why keeping small businesses going will be so important as we come out of this pandemic; are they the new "too big to fail" collectively?

  • CBC Radio's business and economics show, Cost of Living, is in a new time slot on CBC Radio One due to the coronavirus pandemic. Catch it Fridays at 1:30 p.m. (2 p.m. NT), Saturdays at 6:30 p.m. or online anytime at CBC Listen.

Plus what is the cost of keeping the economy on pause for health reasons? In a twist on our show's name, how do economists factor in the literal cost of "remaining living"?

And we try to explain the differences between current economic projections and recessions or depressions of years past.


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