Daily COVID-19 Bulletin: May 1, 2020

Today’s Top Story

ICC Launches SOS (Save Our SMEs) Website

The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) has launched a new website for the SOS (Save Our SMEs) campaign. The website features key advocacy materials and is designed to help entrepreneurs find the insights and information they need to navigate through COVID-19. The Canadian Chamber of Commerce, Canada’s national committee for the ICC, provides a platform for our members to become involved in International Chamber of Commerce activities. Visit the SOS website.

For Your Attention

Mental Health Week Begins Monday, May 4!

COVID-19 has placed a significant amount of pressure on employees, employers and families. Isolation, fear for the well-being of loved ones and financial strain are creating disruptions in all our lives. During these difficult times, it is important to know the resources that are available to help you stay mentally healthy. We encourage you to check out our mental health resources on the Canadian Business Resilience Network website, especially now with the upcoming Mental Health Week. Please share them with your friends, family and colleagues. More information.

Department Of National Defence: Tender Opportunity

The Department of National Defence (DND) has posted an urgent requirement for cloth face coverings on Buyandsell.gc.ca. This opportunity closes on Monday, May 4, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. ET. More information.

How We’re Helping Canadian Business

Keeping Essential Workers And Goods Moving By Air Today And Tomorrow

The effects of COVID-19 are being felt around the world in all industries, and airports are no exception. Although airports are serving only a small fraction of their usual volume of customers, they are, perhaps even more important than ever, supporting the delivery of essential services, personnel and supplies to communities across the country. Learn more about their positive contributions in our recent blog post.

KPMG Webinar: M&A Strategies, Succession Planning & Preparing For Recovery

Canada’s dealmakers have kept much more than two metres apart from mergers and acquisitions since mid-March as investor fear and uncertainty have infected our financial markets. Join professionals from KPMG’s Deal Advisory practice for a live interactive discussion on Wednesday, May 6 at 2:00 p.m. ET to help you understand how businesses are thinking about their M&A strategies, succession and planning for the eventual rebound as we emerge from lock-down and deploy cash in an era of ultra-low interest rates. Register Now.

A #TeamCanada Approach

Sault Ste. Marie Chamber Of Commerce

The Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce (SSMCOC) is offering a complimentary, basic membership to local businesses or organizations that currently don’t have a full membership for the month of May.“Getting connected and staying connected is imperative for businesses during these unprecedented times,” says SSMCOC CEO, Rory Ring. Read more.

Shell Canada

In support of frontline workers, a team at the Shell Scotford Complex in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta is manufacturing reusable face shields for health care workers using its 3D printer in the central maintenance shop. A shipment was sent to health agencies in Quebec and Alberta this past week; more will be distributed to Alberta, British Columbia and Ontario in the coming weeks. Shell is also donating 125,000 liters of isopropyl alcohol, or IPA, to the Government of Canada free of charge over the next three months. IPA is made at Shell Canada’s Sarnia Manufacturing Centre and makes up about half the content of hand-sanitizing liquids. The donation is enough to create nearly one million 12-oz bottles of hand sanitizer for use in hospitals and medical facilities.

Innovative Medicines Canada

IMC announced this week that a financial contribution from the research-based pharmaceutical industry had been made to the Canadian Pharmacists Association (CPhA) for the purchase of 200,000 surgical masks that CPhA will distribute to pharmacists across Canada.

Vancouver Fraser Port Authority

The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority has created a TV ad that gives a much deserved shout-out to all the people involved in the supply chain who are helping Canada weather this storm and receive the goods they need— marine pilots, railroaders, seafarers, terminal workers, truck drivers – and many others.

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