There’s a lot of optimism among business owners in Timmins, that they’ll survive COVID-19.

A survey was jointly conducted by City Hall, the Chamber Of Commerce and the Timmins Economic Development Corporation.

TEDC chief executive officer Christy Marinig says the 233 businesses that responded are a good cross-section.

“94.84% of respondents say they believe they’ll be operating after COVID-19,” says Marinig, “and the majority of businesses said they could make it between three and six months in terms of operation.”

Forty-seven percent of the businesses applied for emergency funding from the federal government, and 20 percent dipped into provincial money.

“We are looking at the survey results,” Marinig tells My Timmins Now Dot Com, “and if anybody needs information on government funding programs, they can call the Timmins Economic Development Corporation.”

Marinig says some of the businesses said they weren’t aware of government money to help them out.  Her staff will help guide you through it.