COVID-19 & Business Research

COVID-19 & Business Research for British Columbia’s Small Businesses

Note: This is a work in progress and intended to be a starting place for Canadian and, specifically, BC businesses to access information. Special thanks to the Academic Business Librarians of British Columbia, who helped curate the information on this webpage. Check with your local library regarding access to subscription resources. 


Key Business Research Starting Places

Funding Resources

Industry Databases with Licensed & Freely Available Content

Tools to Learn about Industry Impacts

  • BCC Industry
    Subscription required for analysis of global market sizing, forecasting and industry intelligence, covering markets in science and technology, but some free blog content is available, as well as an overview of analyst reports such as Impact of COVID-19 on the Global Economy. 
  • Gartner
    Subscription required to visit the COVID-19 Client Resource Center but some free content is available, including articles and webinars about leading your organization from initial response to recovery with a collection of COVID-19 research and tools.
  • Statista
    Provides statistics gathered by market researchers, trade organizations, scientific publications, and government sources. Search for "COVID-19" and, for example, "tourism" to find related statistics. Not all search results will be free to access.
  • Dun & Bradstreet
    Subscription required for corporate and financial information on public and private companies, industry markets research, and analysts reports. Free content includes Coronavirus-related resources, an example being "health scans" of your customer base, sales pipeline and supply chain — however, you will have to share some company information to receive scans. 
  • Mintel
    Subscription required for most COVID-19 related insights, trends, articles, and reports produced by Mintel but some free Canadian news content available on Mintel’s blog.

Tools to Learn about Economic Impacts

  • eMarketer
    Subscription required but some free content available, including webinars, reports, statistics and marketing trends about Coronavirus. Search for "COVID-19."

Legal Resources

  • The Lawyer’s Daily
    Subscription required for daily Canadian legal news published by LexisNexis. Free content available in the form of regular updates about COVID-19. Coverage includes how the pandemic has impacted the legal industry and the practice of law, as well as the Canadian court system, federal agencies, industries, businesses and more.
  • Thomson Reuters
    Subscription required for legal materials available on WestlawNext Canada. Free content available includes webinars, news, and Practical Law’s Canada Coronavirus Toolkit, which includes resources to assist on the legal and practical issues arising from the threat of business disruption.

Educational Opportunities

Free Educational Opportunities & Professional Development Opportunities

  • UVic’s Gustavson School of Business webinar series: Navigating Uncharted Waters. Topics include retaining consumer trust, granting employees voice, innovating during a crisis and more.
  • UBC’s Sauder School of Business’ Virtual Leadership Series. Topics include leading authentically, how to restart businesses, communicating effectively, and more.
  • Charity Village is Canada's nonprofit sector's largest online resource for recruiting, news and how-to information. The Learning Centre provides access to articles related to professional development, webinars and podcasts.

Student Placement Programs

  • BC Chamber of Commerce’s Talent Forward Program is a free program provided to BC Chamber members. Using the work-integrated learning model, Talent Forward seeks to connect businesses with students to help businesses recover and build for the future.
  • Magnet Student Work Placement Program, funded by the Government of Canada’s Student Work Placement Program, provides employers with wage subsidies to hire post-secondary students for paid work experiences.

Related Library Resources & Guides

  • COVID 19 and Business Research. This in-depth online resource, curated by Alice Kalinowski of Stanford University, actually inspired us to build the webpage you're on. Kalinowski's is updated on an ongoing basis and has a US focus.
  • Small Business BC's Personal Protective Equipment Marketplace. The Ministry of Jobs, Economic Development and Competitiveness has partnered with Small Business BC to establish a searchable directory for businesses to easily locate suppliers with the necessary non-medical PPE to help them operate their business safely.