Hardlines is keeping Canadian retailers informed on the ways COVID-19 is impacting their home improvement stores. Check back each week for an update on the latest headlines affecting home improvement retail in Canada.
A recent economic impact report shows the lumber and building materials industry provides more value and has a broader economic footprint than most other retail sectors in the Canadian economy.
The Canada Emergency Response Benefit is getting a two-month encore, though the federal government is encouraging workers to return to the labor force where possible.
Retail sales fell 26.4 percent in April to $34.7 billion, StatCan reports, and have fallen by 33.6 percent since physical distancing measures were implemented in mid-March.