Daily COVID-19 Bulletin: April 30, 2020

Today’s Top Story

Discussing The Results: Canadian Survey On Business Conditions

On April 29, the results of the Canadian Survey on Business Conditions were released. The survey is a joint effort between Statistics Canada and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and provides the most detailed insight yet into the impact of COVID-19 on Canadian businesses. After the release, extensive discussion and media coverage followed. Explore the coverage.

COVID-19 & The Anatomy Of An Economic Downturn

Our current economic downturn is unprecedented compared to financial crises of the past. So, how is it different? What is expected? And how do we overcome it? Find out in this video with our Chief Economist and VP of Policy, Dr. Trevin Stratton.

For Your Attention

Letter To Ministers Urging The Funding Of Shovel-Ready Projects

Infrastructure spending will play a crucial role in our economic recovery, which is why we issued a letter to Ministers McKenna and O’Regan calling on the government to choose shovel-ready projects from the National Trade Corridors Fund administered by Transport Canada. Dozens of shovel-worthy projects were unsuccessful in previous calls for proposals. We encourage the government to work with Transport Canada and fund projects that have already applied for funding through this program. Read the letter.

Public Safety Canada Needs To Hear From You On PPE

Public Safety Canada is conducting a survey to better understand the personal protective equipment (PPE) needs of critical infrastructure partners, capture organizational contact information and sub-sector information and better articulate supply chain challenges and projected PPE shortages during the COVID19 pandemic.

The deadline to participate is 8:00 p.m. ET, Friday, May 1. Access the survey.

Legislation Supporting Students And Recent Graduates Progresses

The legislation required to enact the Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB) and the Canada Student Service Grant (CSSG) passed the House of Commons on Wednesday, including a $250/month boost to the proposed CESB. The Senate will consider the legislation Friday, with the Government of Canada moving to implement the programs as quickly as possible once the bill becomes law. Read more on CTV News.

Rogers Offer Extended

Rogers is committed to helping support businesses as they navigate COVID-19 and has extended its limited time offer for members. From now until June 30, 2020, you can access Microsoft Teams completely free for a six-month period and get 50% off Rogers Unison for a three-month period. Conditions apply. Get started.

Canadian Black Chamber Of Commerce Joins The CBRN

We are pleased to welcome the Canadian Black Chamber of Commerce (CBCC) to the Canadian Business Resilience Network (CBRN) in support of our collective fight against COVID-19. The Canadian Black Chamber of Commerce recently celebrated its one-year anniversary. Over the past year, the CBCC has committed to forming alliances and broad-based coalitions that represent the economic interests of Black businesses, allied businesses, corporations, professionals and students of business for the purpose of promoting economic growth and prosperity. Welcome to the CBRN!

The Government of Japan announced yesterday that our President and CEO, the Hon. Perry Beatty, PC, OC, has been awarded The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star for his contribution to strengthening the relationship between Japan and Canada on the economy and in the defence sector. The order is awarded to those who have made distinguished achievements in international relations, promotion of Japanese culture, advancements in their field, development in welfare or preservation of the environment. Congratulations, Perrin, on this prestigious award!

How We’re Helping Canadian Business

Find Tips And Advice On CBRN.ca

Have you explored the resources available on the updated Tips and Advice page of the Canadian Business Resilience Network’s website? Find information on everything from payroll to communications to the operations status of cargo airlines. Access the resources.

Weekly CBRN Call

Today, we held our regular weekly update with our Canadian Business Resilience Network members. The call allowed members to gain further insights into the data from the Canadian Survey on Business Conditions, which we conducted in partnership with Statistics Canada. Access the survey results.

A #TeamCanada Approach

Thinking Outside The Proverbial (Lunch) Box

Known for their networking events, chambers are coming up with new ideas to get around the pandemic rules. The Leduc and Westaskiwin Regional Chamber of Commerce is holding a virtual luncheon AGM on May 22The Chamber has invited guest speakers and is asking registrants to order lunch from a local restaurant — supporting local! To further engage attendees and the community, the Chamber is asking attendees to share lunch photos on its Facebook page.

Canadian Wholesale Lighting

Canadian Wholesale Lighting, a member of the Greater Westside Board of Trade and headquartered in Kelowna, BC, has significant ties to suppliers in China and brought in several thousand masks and donated them to who they call the real heroes — front line workers at the Kelowna Hospital, grocery store clerks and the local TV station.

Freshco Inc.

When Mandy Rennehan, the founder and CEO of retail maintenance and construction firm Freshco Inc., learned that truckers were being denied access to safe and private washrooms, she decided to help change that. Freshco Inc. opened high-end washroom trailers for any trucker who needs a break en route.Frescho Inc. is a member of the Oakville Chamber of Commerce.

Winnipeg Airport Authority

Early on, as travelers were just starting to understand the seriousness of this pandemic, the Winnipeg Airport Authority donated its radio and media space to the Province of Manitoba to help it get the word out on how to defeat COVID-19.


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