Today, Aviva Canada released the first research-based report of its kind to help Canadian business leaders better understand the unique risks they face.
The report takes an in-depth look at the current state of risk through the eyes of Canadian business owners and decision-makers and provides a blueprint for future resilience. Drawing on interviews conducted with 1,500 Canadian businesses of all types and sizes.
Canadian businesses have proven adaptable in the face of a global pandemic and at Aviva, we’re confident we can help businesses mitigate the risks ahead, whatever they may be. Our purpose is to be with you today, for a better tomorrow.
“COVID-19 has helped shine a spotlight on risks related to cyber, employee and customer health and wellbeing, labour availability and complex supply chains with increased global dependencies. Businesses have been stress tested like never before – and sadly, many have failed. The ones that have adapted are emerging more resilient, more agile, more confident and with a deeper knowledge of how to assess and manage their risks effectively.”, says Maz Brown, Chief Risk Officer at Aviva Canada.
The report reveals that the top five risks identified by Canadian businesses are:
- Public health events
- Cyber security and cyber incidents
- The health and mental wellbeing of employees
- Shortage of skilled workforce
- Business interruption, including disruptions in supply chain
One of the report’s main conclusions is that Canadian businesses now view risk much differently in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and are increasingly focused on risk management and Business Continuity Plans (BCPs). In fact, the research found that nearly 6 out of 10 Canadian businesses (58 per cent) said their continuity and risk planning needs to be updated.