As summer progressed and health restrictions eased across most of Canada, optimism for getting back to normal and a post labour day return to the office increased. However, as Q3 2021 drew to a close and COVID case counts increased, many provinces delayed easing of their final health restrictions and companies pushed back their return to office plans, with some delaying these plans to Q1 2022. Despite this, by the end of September case counts had stabilized, which was promising news given that most students had been back at school in person for four weeks at that point. Unfortunately supply chain issues, labour shortages, weak retail sales and high inflation rates have all clouded the economic outlook.
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