January 25, 2021 – The Canadian Federation of Independent Business said Thursday one in six, or about 181,000, Canadian small business owners are now seriously contemplating closing. The latest figures, based on a survey of the CFIB’s members done between Jan. 12 and 16, come on top of 58,000 businesses that became inactive in 2020. Based on the organization’s updated forecast, more than 2.4 million people could be out of work – a staggering 20 percent of private-sector jobs.