Business groups are trying to assess the possible repercussions as travel slows to a crawl, events are cancelled, supplies from other countries slow and people generally retreat to their homes.
“This is going to have a profound effect on B.C.’s economy,” said Greg D’Avignon, the CEO of the Business Council of British Columbia. “It will probably take a few months to get supply chains going again. There’s going to be a risk around bankruptcies.”
His group has set up liaisons with the provincial government and with others on the U.S. West Coast to prepare for whatever needs to be done, although no one is quite sure what that might be yet.