Daily COVID-19 Bulletin: April 29, 2020

Today’s Top Story

RESULTS ARE IN: Major Survey On Business Conditions Amid COVID-19 Shows Economic Clock Is Ticking

The Canadian Survey on Business Conditions, a joint effort between Statistics Canada and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, provides the most detailed insight yet into the impact of COVID-19 on Canadian businesses. The survey is Canada’s first comprehensive view into how our businesses are managing as the COVID-19 shutdown continues. In all, more than 13,000 businesses participated – thank you! Explore the findings.

The Business Of Business: Health And Safety During COVID-19

In this edition of The Business of Business, our President and CEO Perrin Beatty has a conversation with James Scongack, Executive Vice-President, Corporate Affairs and Operational Services of Bruce Power. They discuss the importance of physical and mental health during COVID-19 as well as share the details of Bruce Power’s COVID-19 Retooling and Economic Recovery Council.

For Your Attention

Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) Portal

The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) is administering the CECRA program on behalf of the Government of Canada and the provinces and territories. CMHC now has a portal online for the program; however, applications are still unavailable. Access the CMHC Portal.

Please Help The World Health Organization Fight COVID-19 By Responding To Its Three-Minute Survey

Our chambers and business communities are connected to a worldwide business network through the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC).This is the first global survey conducted by the ICC, in collaboration with the World Health Organization ‒ and it’s a major step in the private sector’s global response to COVID-19.

Please share with your networks; the survey closes May 7. Complete the ICC-WHO survey now.

Upcoming Events

Teleconference: The Impact of COVID-19 on the Travel and Tourism Industry | Thursday, April 30 at 1:00 p.m. ET. For more information, please contact Lianne Cheng.
Weekly Network Call: Thursday, April 30 at 2:00 p.m. ET. For more information, please contact Lianne Cheng.

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How We’re Helping Canadian Business

Perrin Beatty Comments On The Results Of The Canadian Survey On Business Conditions

Today, we released the results of the Canadian Survey on Business Conditions, a partnership between Statistics Canada and the Canadian Chamber. This kind of credible, reliable data is the foundation for sound decision-making by business leaders, market analysts and policy makers alike. It will help inform our advocacy as we help the federal government develop and deliver its programs. Read and watch.

A #TeamCanada Approach


TaskforceNL, a group of over 75 volunteer business and community leaders, was created to help local health authorities procure supplies of critical PPE such as gloves, masks, gowns and shields. TaskforceNL has created a website where companies can arrange donations of PPE. More information.

Yukon Brewing

Yukon Brewing, a member of the Whitehorse Chamber of Commerce, has shifted from making spirits to making hand sanitizer in response to the need of police, paramedics and other health care workers for the product.

Saugeen Shores Chamber of Commerce

The Saugeen Shores Chamber of Commerce has partnered with Post Media and the Shoreline Beacon to offer its members an ecommerce solution until July 1. The program will allow businesses to add a fully functional ecommerce offering to websites in as little as three business days so they can sell their products and services online.

Imperial/Esso Canada

To salute healthcare heroes across the country, Imperial provided $2 million in free fuel vouchers to frontline nurses, paramedics and doctors as part of its Heroes Campaign, launched in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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