Daily COVID-19 Bulletin: May 14, 2020

Today’s Top Story

Government Announces Fish Harvester Benefit And Fish Harvester Grant Programs

Today the Government of Canada announced its intention to provide up to $469.4 million in new measures to support Canada’s fish harvesters, who are economically affected by the pandemic but cannot access existing federal measures. This investment builds on the $62.5 million for the new Canadian Seafood Stabilization Fund announced last month to help Canada’s fish and seafood processing sector. More information.

For Your Attention

Liquidity And Cost Deferrals Provide Easy Options For Government To Help The Energy Sector

We have made it clear that Canada’s resource sector and, in particular the oil and gas sector, faces unique challenges from this pandemic. The federal government has simple, easy to execute options at its disposal to help. Read more.

The Business Of Business: Strengthen Our Supply Chains

Our President and CEO, the Hon. Perrin Beatty is joined by Lou Smyrlis, Managing Director of Newcom Trucking and Supply Chain Group, to discuss the importance of our supply chains, how they have been affected by COVID-19 and what businesses can do to strengthen them.

Does Your Company Require PPE As Canada Returns To Work?

As Canadians return to work, your employees need access to protective equipment including hand sanitizer, masks and other PPE. The Rapid Response Platform (RRP) is a free-to-use, automated platform that matches COVID-19 related suppliers with requestors. BASF Canada is an early sponsor of the RRP, which also has support from Trimac, the Canadian Business Resilience Network, Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters, the Chemistry Industry Association of Canada, the Business Council of Canada, BDC, Automotive Parts Manufacturers of Canada, Automate Canada and others. Access the Rapid Response Platform here.

House Passes Bill To Give Dairy Sector More Funds For Storage

On Wednesday, the House of Commons passed emergency legislation to provide the Canadian Dairy Commission with $200 million of extra borrowing capacity. The legislation must still be passed by the Senate, which will convene on Friday to study the bill. Read more on CTV.

How We’re Helping Canadian Business

Teleconference: The Impact Of COVID-19 On The Travel And Tourism Industry

The travel, tourism and hospitality sector was among the first to feel the impact of COVID-19, but it will take the longest to recover. While the federal government’s business supports are appreciated, consumer confidence will be the key to economic recovery in the long term. Join us on Wednesday, May 20 at 2:00 p.m. ET as we discuss the issues facing the travel, tourism and hospitality industry. This will be an opportunity to share feedback and concerns on policy developments in this sector. Register via email now.

Webinar Recording Available: 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. We were joined by 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, the Hon. Perrin Beatty, on May 12 to discuss the recovery of Canada’s food service industry. If you were unable to attend, the session was recorded. Watch the recording.

A #TeamCanada Approach

University Of Calgary

The University of Calgary has established an online Community Support Hub that is designed to provide members of the broader community with useful information and resources. This includes a podcast (COVIDCast) and webinars from UCalgary experts on topical issues such as children’s learning, tips for working from home and coping through a crisis. More information.


On May 12, Rogers Sports and Media launched Hearts and Smiles a campaign to thank frontline workers by raising money for them through the sale of shirts and masks.

Proceeds from the sale of Hearts and Smiles merchandise go to The Frontline Fund, which supports over 150 hospital foundations across Canada by providing supplies, logistical support and funds for vaccine research. In just the first day of the campaign, Hearts and Smiles achieved over $700,000 in sales and over 15,000 limited edition shirt and mask orders.

Sales will continue over the next two weeks, with Rogers Sports and Media continuing to champion our frontline workers keeping us safe across Canada.

Purchase Hearts and Smiles Apparel | Learn about The Frontline Fund


Working with the federal government, UPS has moved six plane loads of PPE and medical supplies, including millions of N95 masks from Shanghai to Canada.

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