According to the 2022 Business Survey conducted by the City of Airdrie, 92 percent of respondents are content with owning and operating a business in Airdrie. 

From April 4 to May 10, 2022, an online and phone poll was performed. All licensed Airdrie businesses were invited to participate in the poll.  

Out of a total of 2,266 businesses, 363 completed a random sample phone or online survey. The poll had a total response rate of 17.2 per cent, which is quite high in the market research sector. The results are very accurate (with a margin of error of 5.1 percent at a 95 percent confidence level) and statistically represent the Airdrie business community. 

“We want to thank the business community for taking the time to complete the survey and provide their feedback,” says Tara Levick, Economic Development Officer for the City of Airdrie, “We’re seeing a positive outlook from Airdrie businesses and they are telling us they feel cautiously optimistic for the future. 

Some of the Survey highlights include: 

  • 92 per cent satisfaction of owning and operating a business in Airdrie. 

  • 89 per cent satisfaction of working with the City of Airdrie for matters that pertain to their business. 

  • 80 per cent feel confident in their business´ level of resiliency to operate and survive through any short-term crises or economic downturns that may arise over the next 2-5 years. 

  • Top priorities for Airdrie businesses include cost and availability of office/commercial/industrial space and land, access to health care services, and availability of skilled labour. 

  • 62 per cent expect their revenues to increase and 25 per cent expect their revenues to remain the same in the next 12 months. 

  • 48 per cent of home-based businesses are interested in moving to a storefront location. 

  • 31 per cent expect to hire and 64 per cent expect to maintain staffing levels over the next 12 months. 

“Things have been tough for businesses over the last two years and the city has an opportunity to continue to provide an environment where businesses can grow and thrive,” says Mayor Peter Brown, “Gathering feedback from Airdrie businesses is important to ensuring we are addressing challenges that are important to them.” 

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