Daily COVID-19 Bulletin: May 8, 2020

Today’s Top Story

Job Loss Staggering, Business Innovation Saving Countless More From Unemployment

Despite being widely expected, today’s unemployment figures are staggering. The unfortunate reality is that some three million Canadians have lost their jobs during the COVID-19 crisis, including two million in April alone. Through the recent Canadian Survey on Business Conditions, we learned 40.5% of businesses laid-off staff and 38.1% of them reduced staff hours or shifts in the early stages of the lockdown. Read more.

For Your Attention

Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) Program To Be Extended

Today, the Government of Canada indicated the CEWS program will be extended beyond the current June 6 cut-off. No further details are available at the time of this writing; however, they are expected to be released by the government next week. We are pleased the CEWS is being extended.

Industry Strategy Council Announced

The Government of Canada announced, today, the creation of a new Industry Strategy Council that will be chaired by Monique Leroux. This council will serve as an advisory board to assess the scope and depth of COVID-19’s impact on industries and inform the government’s understanding of specific sectoral pressures. The approach is designed to bring the private sector to the table to directly share its perspective on the scope of the challenges being faced across industries. More information.

Details Of Emergency Support Fund For Cultural, Heritage And Sport Organizations Announced

Today, the Government of Canada shared further details about its April 17 announcement of temporary relief measures to support the culture, heritage and sport sectors as they manage the challenges and impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and plan for the future. A total of up to $500 million has been set aside to help alleviate the financial pressures of affected organizations. More information.

Reminder: ICC Global Survey Of Business

The International Chamber of Commerce needs to hear from Canadian businesses. This short survey will provide new data and insights, and will reinforce – for us all – key health messages. The ICC will use your responses to provide updated information to businesses and develop solutions that will help your company tackle the consequences of the pandemic. The deadline has been extended to May 29. Take the survey.

Restaurants Canada: Best Practice Guide For Food Service

Informed by lessons learned from those operating during the pandemic, this document provides practices that establishments can consider implementing to comply with government guidance in the areas of physical distancing, cleaning, sanitation, health and personal hygiene. Download the guide (PDF).

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.

KPMG Offers Global Landscape Reports

KPMG is producing an overview of the measures taken by governments and institutions in response to COVID-19. The reports are available by country and topic (tax, employment, economic support, etc.). KPMG is working to regularly update the content. Explore the reports.

A #TeamCanada Approach

Mohawk College And Hamilton Health Services

Hamilton Chamber members Mohawk College and Hamilton Health Sciences are partnering with a manufacturing firm in Oakville to mass produce face masks for health care workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. The intention is to have 10,000 units available per week. More information.

Loving Local In PEI

Prince Edward Island farmers, food producers and local businesses will be the focus of a new Loving Local campaign that encourages Islanders to show off their kitchen skills and imagination with home-cooked creations.

Starting May 22, the six-week Loving Local campaign will encourage Islanders to cook up their own at-home Burger Love creations, featuring as many local products as possible. The campaign will feature Island food product directories, online maps to local markets, plus more ways Islanders can safely source local ingredients and products for their burger creations.

ATB BoostR

ATB is a great supporter of the network and businesses in Alberta. It recently made some changes to its BoostR platform. Originally launched in 2015, BoostR is a platform that offers Alberta entrepreneurs a place to raise money, often in exchange for a “reward” (to pre-sell a product, service or experience). Crowdfunding is typically an all–or-nothing model, which means that, typically, a business owner has 30-45 days to reach his or her crowdfunding goal. However, with the COVID-19 relief program, ATB has changed that model, allowing businesses to keep whatever money they raise via the platform. More information.

Sunday Is Mother’s Day!

You may not be able to get out to buy your mom something but maybe you could make her something special (and deliver it in a safe way)? St. Albert Market (run by the St. Albert & District Chamber) vendor Breadlove, an artisan bakehouse and bread school, is teaching free online bread baking classes. Check Breadlove out on Facebook for video how-tos. This may not help #flattenthecurve but it will #fattenthecurve!


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