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 gather information. Special thanks to the Academic Business Librarians of British Columbia, who have helped curate the information on this webpage. Check with your local library regarding access to subscription resources. 

1.0 Key Business Research Starting Places


  • CovidImpact
    An app, COVID-19 Business Care Package, created by UBC graduates that offers a "...small business care bundle that equips the founder with everything they need to immunize their business to COVID-19 and its after-effects."
  • Small Business BC Back To Business
    Whether your business is getting ready to reopen, or you’re pivoting operations to service the new COVID economy, you don’t need to face these challenges alone. Small Business BC is here to help with the tools and resources you need to weather these unprecedented times.

1.1 Funding Resources


1.2 Industry Databases with Licensed & Freely Available Content


1.2.1 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 COVID19 on the Global Economy. Also see BCC’s series of white papers, many of which touch on the impact of COVID19 on specific industries and markets (registration required for free access).
  • Gartner
    Subscription required to visit the COVID-19 Client Resource Center but some Free content is available. Free resources include articles and webinars about leading your organization from initial response to recovery with a collection of COVID-19 research and tools.
  • IBISWorld
    Subscription required for industry and market research reports. Industries impacted by the coronavirus now include a COVID-19 impact update
    Free content includes industry fast facts, industry exposure tools, analyst insights and webinars for Canada and other countries.
  • Statista
    Provides statistics gathered by market researchers, trade organizations, scientific publications, and government sources. Search for COVID-19 to find related statistics. Example: smartphone COVID​. Subscription required for some resources
  • 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.
  • You can find the COVID-19 data in SimplyAnalytics in two places: [recommended] Go to the Data tab, click on the "Data Folder" view (located just below the data search box), then scroll to the bottom of the list of data folders, or go to the Data tab, click on the Health category icon, then check the box next to COVID-19 in the list of health sub-categories. Subscription required.

1.2.2. Tools to Learn about Economic Impacts

  • eMarketer
    Market data, statistics, and articles on online marketing, e-commerce, media, and emerging technologies worldwide. Search for COVID-19
    Subscription required but some free content available, including webinars, reports, statistics and marketing trends about Coronavirus.
  • PitchBook
    Coronavirus Updates: Latest News and Analysis. Continually updated. Free news and analysis from PitchBook, a data and research provider focused on VC, PE, and M&A but some content will be only accessible to subscribers.

1.3 Legal Resources


  • The Lawyer’s Daily
    Subscription required for daily Canadian legal news published by LexisNexis. Free content available: LexisNexis has opened up access to 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.
  • Lexis Practice Advisor
    Subscription database for practising lawyers in Canada​. Free content available: Coronavirus Document Kit (PDF available here) offers guidance related to COVID-19 and the law. The content includes guidance for employers on their obligations during a pandemic, key implications of COVID-19 for Canadian public companies, insight on commercial deals and terms, crisis communications, and more.
  • Thomson Reuters
    Subscription required for legal materials available on WestlawNext Canada. Free content available: 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.

1.4 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.
  • Northern Lakes College, Continuing Education & Corporate Training has limited-time online opportunities. Topics include: Creating webpage, podcasting for businesses, leading during turbulent times, maintenance management amid COVID-19, and many more.
  • Small Business BC's Back To Business Webinars are a series of educational webinars, articles, and resources to help support small businesses safely reopen their business. Content ranges from how to effectively communicate your health and safety plan, to earning back the trust of your customers
  • Women’s Enterprise Centre is offering online education and resources, preferred entry into the Women’s Enterprise Centre Mentoring Program for six months of mentorship with an experienced entrepreneur (subject to availability) and professional business support and connections with a community of other women business owners throughout BC.

1.5 Related Library Resources & Guides


  • COVID 19 and Business Research. This is being regularly updated and has a US focus. This webpage was inspired by this in-depth online resource curated by Alice Kalinowski of Stanford University.
  • 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.