Today’s Top Story
Government Announces Support For Students And Recent Graduates
Today, the Government of Canada announced a series of programs directed toward students and recent graduates, including the newly proposed Canada Emergency Student Benefit (which still requires legislative approval). This benefit would provide $1,250 per month for eligible students or $1,750 per month for eligible students with dependents or disabilities. This benefit would be available from May to August 2020.
The Business Of Business: Effects Of COVID-19 On Canadians
In this edition of The Business of Business, the Hon. Perrin Beatty, our President and CEO, has a conversation with Jeff Macoun, President and Chief Operating Officer, Canada Life. They discuss how COVID-19 has affected means of communication, the mental health resources available as well as the impact the pandemic has had on investments.
For Your Attention
Since the beginning of this pandemic, Canada Post has continued to provide exceptional service to Canadians across the country. For essential businesses open as usual, mail delivery service continues.
Businesses that continue to receive mail but would like Canada Post to start holding their mail can sign up for the service here. The fee will be refunded. Any Hold Mail services purchased online since late March will be refunded.
Canada Post is also offering free Mail Forwarding services. Businesses can sign up for it here.
Explore An Improved CBRN.ca
We are continuing to improve the Canadian Business Resilience Network’s website to make the most important and recent information easy to find. The site includes information on financial support, tips and advice, news and insights, frequently asked questions and more. The website is updated daily.
How We’re Helping Canadian Business
During the COVID-19 crisis, new ways of doing business may have opened up for you and your team. Our Essential Business Partner, Freightcom, is hosting a webinar on April 24 at 2:00 p.m. ET so you can learn more about its shipping services and how they can deliver for your business.
Participate In The Canadian Survey On Business Conditions
The final deadline for participation is Friday, April 24. Just a few minutes of your time will help shape the policies of Canada’s COVID-19 recovery efforts. It is critical for businesses of all shapes and sizes in all regions of the country to participate. Please set aside a few minutes for this very important task.
A #TeamCanada Approach
AstraZeneca Canada has made a large contribution to the Canadian Red Cross and has implemented a 2:1 matching program for employee donations made to Food Banks Canada.
A number of companies are staying busy by putting out short how-to videos and papers. Some of you will have been invited (virtually of course) into the personal kitchens of Canadian chefs for cooking lessons. London Chamber of Commerce member, Heeman’s, a local greenhouse operation, has written a guide on how to start garden seeds indoors.
CWB Financial moved quickly to support thousands of business owners by relieving financial stress and uncertainty caused by COVID-19. CWB’s Relationship Managers have channeled their robust relationships with business owners to understand each client’s situation. CWB teams have developed a framework of support options that relieve hardship as suited to a business’s unique short and medium-term financial case. With access to flexibility on commercial credit, authentic partnership and trusted advice, business owners can be reassured that CWB has their back.
Servier Canada, along with other pharmaceutical companies that are members of Innovative Medicines Canada (IMC), are continuing their efforts in the fight against COVID-19 by donating 100,000 N95 masks for front-line healthcare workers battling the virus. The donation is in response to the federal government’s request for additional protective equipment.
If you know of a business that has taken steps to help Canadians through this pandemic, please contact us.