Amid the outbreak of COVID-19, we are focusing on the wellbeing of our people, clients and communities.
The COVID-19 pandemic has been an extremely challenging time for all Canadians. Sadly, too many have succumbed to this deadly virus and our hearts go out to the family and friends of those who have lost a loved one.
The devastating impact of this virus required the unprecedented, but necessary, reaction by governments and businesses here and around the world to shut down of large parts of the economy to stop the spread of the virus. These actions have been critical in savings lives. But the shutdown has driven an equally unprecedented shock to our economy, affecting the livelihoods of millions across the globe.
Faced with these dual challenges, Canadians have done what we do best. We have come together as a country and shown our resiliency. On a daily basis, we see incredible feats of heroism, sacrifice and innovation, from coast-to-coast-to-coast.
From our first responders and healthcare providers working diligently to keep us healthy to everyone working in restaurants and grocery stores keeping us fed to those keeping our streets and hospitals clean and to the thousands of companies that have retooled their operations to meet urgent needs, our country has pulled together.
It’s these efforts that remind me of all that is good in this country and makes me proud to be Canadian. And it is what makes me believe we will be stronger as a society and as an economy on the other side of the pandemic.
Now is the time for recovery, to start building plans to bring society and our economy back. We all desperately want to start on the road to recovery but we need to take a measured and graduated approach to do so safely and sustainably. As we learned from our KPMG colleagues in Asia, this is a big undertaking with many details to consider. But we also need to be abundantly clear that the world we will be returning to will be measurably different.
During this pandemic we have really come to understand the power and importance of digital technologies – the need to collect, analyze and action the massive amount of data at our disposal and the ability of digital to deliver results in a faster and more useful manner.
A world of physical distancing accelerated the need for companies to have digital access to their customers, suppliers and partners. The organizations that built tools to enable these virtual engagements are surging in this environment – and will continue to thrive.
As we emerge from this pandemic, our new reality will require government and business to hasten their digital investments to build a stronger and better interconnected society – this is essential to our resiliency, economic prosperity, and competitiveness.
We are here to help
We are working with many organizations, across a number of industries and sectors, to help manage the impact of the pandemic.
Our dedicated COVID-19 Resource Centre provides key information, insight and strategies to help you react to challenges, develop resiliency, plan for recovery and prepare for the new reality. It includes lessons from our global KPMG network who are helping governments and organizations around the world.
Please reach out to your KPMG service team to for any support you need as you navigate through these challenging times.
Chief Executive Officer and Senior Partner
KPMG in Canada
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