Did Canadian Cannabis Producers Take Govt Covid Furlough Money & Run? .. MJ Biz says…

Canadian marijuana industry employment tumbled as producers drew federal COVID-19 cash, analysis shows

and their infographic certainly tells a story


This when all cannabis companies in North America were using as their byline… the pandemic brought cannabis to the mainstream

Most companies admitted they were literally printing money at the height of wave 1 in  Q.2 & Q.3 2020.

This infographic and the MJ story suggests that a number of individuals and companies may have been taking advantage of the better nature of government

Here’s the introduction to the MJ Biz story and it is pretty damming. We wonder, if and when they do the same thing in the US market the story will be the same?

Thousands of Canadian marijuana industry workers have lost or left their jobs since early 2020, even as their employers received more than 140 million Canadian dollars ($112 million) in federal subsidies to retain or rehire employees amid the pandemic, an MJBizDaily analysis has found.

That raises questions about both the cost-effectiveness of the wage-subsidy program and whether most of the funding went to businesses in need of serious restructuring even before the pandemic hit – instead of businesses struggling to cope with the pandemic’s fallout.

The job losses also have come at a time when annual executive compensation at certain cannabis companies jumped, in some cases to levels exceeding annual revenue.

These findings and questions emerged after MJBizDaily examined the regulatory filings for 50 of the largest Canadian cannabis businesses by market capitalization.

The analysis looked at the number of people the companies employed before the pandemic versus the number detailed in the most recent regulatory disclosures – or, in some cases, after the pandemic started but before significant mergers and acquisitions occurred that might have resulted in job losses.

All told, roughly 6,000 people lost or left their jobs at licensed cannabis producers since the end of 2019, representing 30% of some 20,000 positions tracked by MJBizDaily.

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