Daily COVID-19 Bulletin: May 6, 2020

Today’s Top Story

Impact Of COVID-19 On Diverse Business Owners

The Canadian Survey on Business Conditions is the only large-scale survey to capture the impacts of COVID-19 upon businesses owned by diverse segments of the population, including women, Indigenous peoples, visible minorities, immigrants and people with disabilities. The topline numbers suggest that COVID-19 had a more severe impact on diverse businesses. Read more.

For Your Attention

CBRN Data And Research Page Now Available

Good planning requires good data and information. We’ve aggregated Canada’s foremost economic dashboards on COVID-19 indicators to help cross-sectoral decision-makers make informed choices on retooling, reopening and recovery. Additionally, we teamed up with Statistics Canada to create the most comprehensive picture, or dataset, of business impacts and decisions amid the current health crisis through the Canadian Survey on Business Conditions. Access the data.

Deadline Tomorrow: Tender For Extended Logistics Services

The Public Health Agency of Canada requires the assistance of a major logistics service provider for an overall solution including, but not limited to, customs documentation and brokerage (for goods arriving from outside Canada), receipt at Canadian port of entry or at supplier’s own warehouse, deconsolidation, stocktaking, secure warehousing, inventory management, responsive reporting and onward movement of these critical products to various locations in each of the provinces and territories. The services will be required for a period of one year with an option to extend the contract by an additional three one-year periods. In order to secure the logistics chain, interested suppliers must be an asset-based 3PL. NOTE: the deadline is Thursday, May 7 at 2:00 p.m. ET. More information.

How We’re Helping Canadian Business

Webinar: Ensuring The Recovery And Resilience Of Canada’s Food Service Sector

The post-COVID recovery of Canada’s food service industry is essential to our economy rebounding successfully.

Please join Molson Coors Canada President Frederic Landtmeters, Boston Pizza President and CEO Jim Treliving, Firkin Group of Pubs President Larry Issacs and our very own President and CEO, Perrin Beatty, on May 12, 2020 at 2:30 p.m. ET for this special roundtable. Register now.

New Brunswick Reopening Guide For Businesses

To help facilitate the reopening process in New Brunswick, the Fredericton Chamber of Commerce, the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Moncton and the Saint John Region Chamber of Commerce have published a Reopening and Recovery Guide for businesses and organizations operating in New Brunswick. Access the guide.

A #TeamCanada Approach

Grand Prairie & District Chamber Of Commerce

A lot of local chambers host tradeshows in their community. Among those held, some are home-renovation themed, some are health-focused and some are community newcomer focused. In many cases, these are a way for businesses and consumers to connect. You can imagine what the pandemic has done to these events.

Introducing the Chamber Virtual Business Showcase held last week in Grand Prairie and hosted by the Grande Prairie & District Chamber of Commerce. Held via Zoom, businesses were able to book a “booth,” which was essentially an opportunity to present to attendees. The event’s MC conducted a random draw for the presenter order, and exhibitors had up to three minutes to speak about their products and services.

Forest Products Association Of Canada

Over the last few weeks, Canada’s forest sector has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to local food banks, hospitals, women’s shelters, mental health organizations, Boys and Girls Clubs and United Way operations. FPAC has also stepped up to provide front-line health care workers and public health authorities with protective masks and gear, respirators, sanitizers and tissue supplies. More information.

Want To Get Your Business Online? Freightcom Has A Contest To Get You There!

Freightcom understands the struggles SMEs are currently facing to remain operational throughout this pandemic and is doing its part to give back. Freightcom is offering to build ecommerce websites for 10 businesses to help them get online and sell their products. To be selected, you must submit a three-to-five-minute video or a 300-word written submission explaining why your business should be chosen. Submissions will be accepted until Sunday, May 17, and winners will be announced on Friday, May 22. Apply now.

407 ETR Announces $5.2-Million Donation

The toll highway that crosses the top of the GTA, the 407 ETR, recently announced that, on behalf of its customers, shareholders and employees, the company will make a $5.2-million donation to help communities and assist hospitals with their response to the pandemic.

407 ETR is the first United Way corporate partner in Canada to commit to a multi-year investment that addresses the long-term impact on families caused by the COVID-19 crisis. By providing a $4-million investment over three years to United Way’s network of agencies in Durham, Halton, Hamilton, Peel, Toronto and York, 407 ETR’s aim is to build the resilience of the GTHA’s vulnerable people and families both now and over the longer-term. Numerous hospitals will each receive a $50,000 donation as part of a larger commitment announced (totaling $1.2 million)


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