Daily COVID-19 Bulletin: May 12, 2020

Today’s Top Story

An Open Letter To Health Minister Hajdu

When the time comes to cautiously reopen businesses across Canada, the safety of workers and consumers must be paramount. It is for that reason we recommend that Health Canada (in coordination with provincial/territorial health officers) develop updated guidelines for employers – alongside a public health campaign for consumers – on the proper use of personal protective equipment (PPE) and other health and safety considerations related to combatting COVID-19. Read the letter.

For Your Attention

New Government Process Launched Today Allows TFWs To Get Back To Work Quickly

Today, the Government of Canada announced, effective immediately, a new, temporary policy that will drastically reduce the time it takes for a temporary foreign worker to start a new job. While this policy is in place, workers who are already in Canada and have secured a new job offer, typically backed by a labour market test, can get approval to start working in their new job, even while their work permit application is being fully processed. More information.

The Business Of Business: The Challenges Of COVID-19 From A Global Perspective

Hon. Perrin Beatty, our President and CEO, is joined by Carolyn Fairbairn, Director General of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), to discuss the COVID-19 challenges facing business and government from a global perspective. CBI is the leading British business association, representing over 190,000 businesses.

Public Transit, The Driver Of Economic Recovery

As the national conversation moves towards the topic of post-pandemic recovery, all orders of government must work together to keep essential services in place to aid in the transition. As our economies reopen, millions of Canadians will, once again, rely on public transit to get to work. In this blog post, our Policy Advisor Jarred Cohen makes the case that strong transit networks are critical to our economic recovery. Read more.

University Of Calgary Webinar: Canada’s Energy Transition

What does Canada’s energy sector look like in the era of cheap oil? How can it continue to compete, and what is the role of universities in fostering innovation for Canada’s energy future? Join the University of Calgary on May 14 at 3:00 p.m. MT as it hosts a conversation with Peter Tertzakian, economist, investment strategist and best-selling author, about Canada’s energy transition. Register now.

Valuing Nature: Value Balancing Alliance – Impact Measurement And Green Accounting

You’re invited to join a webinar on May 22 at 10:30 a.m. ET, held by Christian Heller, CEO of Value Balancing Alliance, to discuss a new consolidated measurement standard for valuing environmental impacts of companies in monetary terms and to explore what it could mean for Canadian companies and investors. Register now.

How We’re Helping Canadian Business

5 Minutes For Business: Business As Usual

“Business as usual” is a thing we hear people say. However, this edition of 5 Minutes for Business will help you to better understand just how unusual business has now become amid COVID-19, along with what the new normal will look like. Read more.

A #TeamCanada Approach

Sault Ste. Marie Chamber Of Commerce

The Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce has put a complimentary offer out to any local business or organization that is not a current member of the SSMCOC. Effective immediately, and through to the end of May, the local chamber will be offering a complimentary basic membership to any business or organization that signs up.

Canadian Pacific (CP)

CP is donating $1 million to four North American charities working on the front lines to help people affected by COVID-19. In Canada, CP will donate C$350,000 to The Frontline Fund and C$250,000 to Food Banks Canada. In the U.S., CP will donate US$250,000 to Feeding America and up to US$150,000 in matching funds to the American Red Cross. More information.

BASF And The Rapid Response Platform (RRP)

BASF is proud to support the Rapid Response Platform (RRP), an instant matching platform that connects supply and demand of COVID-19 related supplies, such as input materials and end products for personal protective equipment. More information.

Manitoulin Transport

Manitoulin Transport is doing everything possible to keep its network of 87 terminals in Canada running as normally and efficiently as possible during this time. Manitoulin Transport has updated its procedures to lessen the transmission of the virus by no longer requiring the receiver’s signature on the company’s MTrac handheld devices, securing sanitation products for its employees and ensuring all shared technology hardware and other shared equipment are properly wiped down.


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