Daily COVID-19 Bulletin: April 28, 2020

Today’s Top Story

Five Keys To Reopening The Economy

Businesses want to ramp up economic activity quickly and safely in a way that allows Canadians to get back to work while protecting employees, customers and the general public. As they implement public health measures, businesses will need time to procure personal protective equipment and change how they operate. Policymakers need to develop clear, predictable measures that are coherent domestically and aligned internationally where possible, and that minimize unintended consequences. Doing so will give Canadians the confidence to return to their workplaces and patronize businesses in their communities. Read more.

First Ministers Statement On Restarting The Economy

This afternoon, Canada’s First Ministers released a joint statement. It includes a set of common principles for restarting the economy and acknowledges the need for a gradual approach that prioritizes public health and allowing for differences between provinces. Read the statement.

COVID-19 and the Cannabis Industry

The cannabis sector is facing unique challenges due to COVID-19. That said, if the barriers they’re facing are addressed, the sector can provide many economic opportunities. Learn more in this video with Ryan Greer, our Senior Director and Cannabis Policy Lead.

For Your Attention

Quebec and Ontario Release Plans For Reopening

On Monday, both the provinces of Quebec and Ontario released their plans for reopening their economies in the coming weeks and months. Both cautioned that a return to normalcy is, however, still a long-term objective.

Read Quebec’s Plan | Read Ontario’s Plan

Reopening Canada’s Economy: We Need To Hear From You

What issues will impact your company or sector as Canada begins to re-open? What kind of public health guidance will you require from governments? Your insights and needs will inform our discussions with governments as Canada re-opens the economy over the coming months. Share your thoughts.

SME Teleconference With The CRA

The Canada Revenue Agency is holding an interactive Q&A teleconference session for SMEs on April 29, 2020 from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. ET about the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS). 

The session will respond to general questions about the CEWS and will provide resources needed to apply. Participants will have the opportunity to submit their questions online. 

Email the CRA here to register, and be sure to include that the Canadian Chamber of Commerce invited you, your full name, and the name of the organization you represent. Confirmed participants will be sent a separate email with dial-in information and details on how to submit a question online prior to the session. Due to space limitations, the CRA asks that each organization only have one person register and participate in the session. 

How We’re Helping Canadian Business

What To Feel When Stressors Collide

In partnership with Workplace Strategies for Mental Health (compliments of Canada Life), we are excited to invite you to a webinar on April 29 at 2:00 p.m. ET. We all juggle work, financial, family and social demands – but unexpected circumstances, like the one you are experiencing right now – can cause multiple stressors to coincide.

Mary Ann Baynton, Director of Collaboration and Strategy from Workplace Strategies for Mental Health, will discuss building resilience when stressors are high. Register here.

A #TeamCanada Approach

Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT)

In early April, 13 ventilators from SAIT’s School of Health and Public Safety were transferred to Alberta Health Services, ready for use on the front lines. Prior to the pandemic, first- and second-year students were using the equipment for hands-on instruction with manikins. More information.

Johnson Insurance

Johnson Insurance is pleased to announce updates to its customer care program in response to COVID-19. For those that hold policies with Johnson, you will be interested in the numerous updates regarding policy payments and claims service should you need assistance during this time. More information.

Provincial Glass & Mirror Ltd.

When the Ontario government mandated the closure of non-essential businesses, many storefronts were victims of theft and vandalism. A member of the London Chamber of Commerce, Provincial Glass & Mirror Ltd. was quick to offer its services in boarding up storefronts throughout London in order to help protect them from further violations.


Medtronic remains committed to meeting the evolving needs of the health systems, healthcare providers and patients it serves. Medtronic ships more than 300 ventilators per week to customers in the highest risk, highest need locations in the world. By the end of May 2020, Medtronic expects to manufacture 700+ ventilators per week and is targeting 1,000+ ventilators per week by the end of June.

Ford Canada

Ford Canada is offering six months of payment relief for the purchase of new vehicles financed by Ford Credit through its ‘Built to Lend a Hand’ program. Most Canadian customers who financed their vehicle through Ford Credit are also eligible for payment extensions of up to 90 days. Each case is different and a call to Ford Credit would be prudent.

If you know of a business that has taken steps to help Canadians through this pandemic, please contact us.