Daily COVID-19 Bulletin: May 7, 2020

Today’s Top Story

Businesses Are Facing International And Investment Challenges

While it is still very much early days as Canadian businesses assess the short-term impacts of COVID-19 on their international activities, the data from our survey with Statistics Canada revealed the difficulties businesses are facing with sourcing goods into the country, the pullback of activities for those with investments abroad and the global supply chain disruptions as economies shut down suggests we may be seeing some firms exploring the re-shoring of production. More information.

The Business Of Business: Reshaping Canada’s Global Role

In the latest edition of The Business of Business, our President and CEO, Perrin Beatty has a conversation with Mairead Lavery, President and CEO of EDC. They discuss how COVID-19 is reshaping Canada’s global role and the programs that are available to businesses during this time.

For Your Attention

Government Of Canada And Provinces/Territories Agree On Wage Boost For Essential Workers

The Government of Canada will provide up to $3 billion in support to increase the wages of low-income essential workers. Each province or territory will determine which workers will be eligible for support and how much support they will receive. All provinces and territories have confirmed, or are in the process of confirming, plans to cost-share wage top-ups for their essential workers. More information.

Retail Council Of Canada Offers A Reopening Playbook And Checklists To Businesses

To assist retailers with their reopening planning, the Retail Council of Canada has produced a Recovery Playbook and several checklists to provide guidance and best practices. Access the resources.

Marine Industry Trusted Partners For COVID-19

The Chamber of Marine Commerce has developed the Marine Industry Trusted Partners for COVID-19 initiative with its Canadian ship operator members to help assure ship owners, governments and other stakeholders (including the public) that a mutually-agreed standard of protection, with supporting protocols, is being followed by each partner during ship-shore interactions. The initiative is open to any company or organization to join that may be involved with ship-shore interactions in the Great Lakes, St. Lawrence, East Coast and Arctic – and has already attracted the participation of ship inspectors, tug operators and Canadian pilotage authorities. 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.

Employees During The Pandemic

Often times, employees are cited as a business’s most valuable asset. As a result, our weekly CBRN call (held earlier today) focused on human resources best practices and solutions for keeping a workforce engaged and well functioning in a crisis situation. Thanks to our panel of business people: Advertek, KPMG in Canada and Molson Coors.

A #TeamCanada Approach

Government of Saskatchewan

The Government of Saskatchewan has launched a $1-million marketing campaign to encourage residents to continue supporting local businesses amid COVID-19. The province says the campaign will help increase awareness of businesses that are still operating and offering delivery, pickup and online options.

The Regina and District Chamber of Commerce and other regional chambers will use the funding to expand the “Together We Stand” campaign across the province.


NATIONAL PR is helping Canadian businesses navigate COVID-19 by offering tips and advice for how to best manage large-scale organizational change resulting from the pandemic. Organizations that gain perspective and insight early into how best to move through change with creativity, compassion, commitment and communication will be the most successful and adaptive. Read more.

Stem To Stern Massage Clinic

Stem To Stern Massage Clinic, a member of the Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce in B.C., is stepping up to provide wellness support to the local community through its newsletter. More information.

Novo Textile Company Ltd.

In early April, B.C.’s Novo Textile Company Ltd., a member of the Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce, began producing surgical masks to help fill the demand for medical supplies in Canada.

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