Daily COVID-19 Bulletin: May 21, 2020

Today’s Top Story

The Business Of Business: Financial Support Available Amid COVID-19 With Desjardins

In this episode of The Business of Business, our President and CEO, Perrin Beatty, has a conversation with Guy Cormier, President and CEO of Desjardins, about how the organization has evolved during the pandemic and the financial support it is offering. Mr. Cormier also provides an outlook on the shape our economy will be in after COVID-19.

For Your Attention

ICYMI: Canadian Chamber Launches CBRN’s National Toolkit For Business Reopening

We have launched the Canadian Business Resilience Network’s guide for businesses moving to reopen, “Reopening Canada’s Economy, A National Guide for Business.” Our President and CEO, Perrin Beatty, provided a statement on the toolkit and businesses working to re-establish their operations.

Read the statement | Access the toolkit

Government To Provide Additional Support For Indigenous Peoples Living In Urban Centres And Off Reserve

Today the government announced it will provide an additional $75 million in funding for Indigenous organizations providing services to Indigenous peoples in urban centres and off reserve. This additional funding will support more community-based projects that address the critical needs of Indigenous populations during this crisis, including food security, mental health support services and sanitation and protective equipment. It could also help with other needs, such as support for Elders, transportation and educational materials for Indigenous children and youth. Funding for projects will start rolling out in the coming weeks. More information.

Webinar: Considerations For Returning To The Workplace For Canadian Employers

Join Gallagher’s Canadian insurance, risk management and consulting professionals on May 22 at 11:00 a.m. ET to learn how to confidently protect your people, property and profits through a five-step action plan considering: 

  • Eligibility to reopen 
  • Employees 
  • Facilities and equipment 
  • Operations, supply chain and third-party suppliers 
  • Customers, clients and public 

Register now.

COVID-19 Virtual Roundtable: Change Management And Reputation Management In Post-Isolation Return To Work

Change management and reputation management are critical as organizations develop strategies for the return to the workplace, post-isolation. Join Morneau Shepell on Friday, May 22 at 1:00 p.m. ET for a discussion on new approaches to developing integrated communications plans and ways to address potential public risk and reputation management issues. Register now.

How We’re Helping Canadian Business

Commentary: The Great Quickening, Shorter Supply Chains?

“The Great Quickening” is a new, regular column on CBRN.ca by Canadian Chamber Senior Director of Natural Resources and Sustainable Growth, Dr. Aaron Henry, focused on how COVID-19 will accelerate social, economic and technological drivers of change. Based loosely on a strategic foresight approach, this column explores how certain trends are being accelerated in the post-COVID world to provide Canada’s business community with insight. Read more.

Webinar|Strategies For How Businesses Can Persevere And Recover From COVID-19

Join us on May 26 at 1:00 p.m. ET for a webinar with Canadian Western Bank (CWB) on tips and tricks for how to take care of your employees and gain insight into how CWB is able to offer its support to businesses and clients as they navigate the crisis and beyond. Register now.

A #TeamCanada Approach

Forest Products Association Of Canada

In an effort to bolster support for Canadian families in need, 18 national and regional industry associations and partners came together to donate a total of $36,000 to the Ottawa Food Bank, Food Banks Canada and to food banks across the country – and the FPAC have challenged other industry groups to do the same. More information.

PCL Construction

At the Centre Block Rehabilitation project in Ottawa, the industry is united in its effort to support the community. PCL, along with joint venture construction partner EllisDon, raised over $206,000 in under a week from team members, trades and trade associations for the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre.


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

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