Daily COVID-19 Bulletin: June 1, 2020

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Now Accepting Applications: CBRN Small Business Relief Fund

Applications are now open for the Canadian Business Resilience Network Small Business Relief Fund! We are offering grants to Canadian small businesses that have been adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic to help them recover and support their resilience. These grants are made possible through the generosity of Salesforce and will be offered as a one-time payment of $10,000 to 62 businesses across the country. Applications are being accepted until Friday, June 12, 2020 at 8:00 p.m. ET.

Learn more and apply here

For Your Attention

Government of Canada To Provide Rent Relief For Eligible Business Tenants In All National Parks, National Historic Sites And National Marine Conservation Areas

The Government of Canada is taking further action to support businesses operating in Canada’s national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas dealing with the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The government will waive up to 75% of eligible commercial rents for the months of April, May and June 2020 or equivalent amounts of annual rents. This relief is additional to measures announced March 27 allowing commercial operators to defer payments normally due on or after April 2, 2020 to as late as September 1, 2020.

Parks Canada will be contacting all holders of commercial leases and licences of occupation in national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas to provide details on this additional relief. Information will also be made available soon on the Parks Canada website.

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Government of Canada To Accelerate Federal Gas Tax Fund Payments To Communities

In past years, payments to communities through the federal Gas Tax Fund have typically been made in two instalments, in summer and later in the year. Today the Government of Canada announced that this year’s $2.2 billion transfer to communities will be made in one payment in early June.

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Commentary: Collapse In Sentiment Across The OECD As 95% Of Surveyed Businesses Report Weak Business Climate

This year’s survey came as a stark wake-up call to the deep economic pain being felt across the globe due to COVID-19. The headline number that stood out was the precipitous decline in perceptions of the current business climate. Whereas in 2019 only 16% of the Business at OECD global network felt a weak business climate, this number was 95% in 2020. Concerning too is the squeeze being felt on both the demand side (i.e. consumers and businesses asking for goods and services) and the supply side (i.e. businesses’ ability to produce and supply those goods and services).

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Commentary: An Entrepreneur’s Perspective, With Susanna Cluff-Clyburne And David Downey

Susanna Cluff-Clyburne, our Senior Director of Parliamentary Affairs, is joined by David Downey, CEO of ArcoInfo Canada, to discuss the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on small business, how his business is working to overcome it and the effectiveness of the government’s response to date.

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A New Support Program From Canada Post

As part of Canada Post’s Think Small support program, from now until August 31, 2020, you can benefit from a quick, easy and cost-effective way to promote your business to your local community.

If you have a promotion you’d like to share, or if you just want to remind your neighbours that you’re open for business and ready to serve them, Canada Post is offering two direct mail promotional offers to help you do just that.

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2020 Digital LGBT+ Business Summit

In spite of ongoing uncertainty and the immediate impact of the current economic reality, LGBT+ business leaders are forging ahead – breaking new ground, innovating, expanding businesses and strengthening our communities. This year, through the power of connection, Canada’s LGBT+ Chamber of Commerce will be bringing together diverse business owners, corporate leaders, professionals, young entrepreneurs, government and academia for a free five-day live digital experience starting June 8.

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How We’re Helping Canadian Business

Webinar | Planning For Recovery: How To Restart Your Business In The Wake Of COVID-19

Join us June 2 at 12:00 p.m. ET for a live webinar with the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC).

BDC’s Chief Economist Pierre Cléroux will give an economic update and speak about the main business trends that will reshape the way we do business and BDC’s Advisory Services Executive Vice President Peter Lawler will discuss what business owners should be doing now as they ramp up operations, along with providing an overview of the financial support programs and resources available.

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Webinar | Build Your Online Presence, With Facebook

Join us on Wednesday, June 3 at 1:00 p.m. ET to learn how to build your business’s online presence with a Facebook Business Page and find out about the free Facebook tools to jumpstart your business online. We’ll cover everything from building your Facebook business page to communicating with your customers and managing and measuring your page.

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Webinar | Getting Creative With Your Mobile Phone, With Facebook

Join us on June 9 at 1:00 p.m. ET to learn how to plan and create content using your mobile phone. We’ll share tools, tips and creative apps that can help you create high quality content for your customers and followers.

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Webinar | Cybersecurity, With Field Effect

Join us and Field Effect on Thursday June 4 at 11:30 a.m. ET to learn what precautions you need to take to protect you and your organization from an increase in cyber threats during this unprecedented time.

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Senate National Finance Committee To Meet Tuesday

On Tuesday, June 2, the Senate National Finance Committee will meet virtually and hear from several panels, including experts from many business groups, as the committee studies the government’s financial response to COVID-19. Experts include the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, the Quebec Employers Council, the National Airlines Council of Canada, the Canadian Trucking Alliance, the Northern Air Transport Association, the Canadian Federation of Agriculture, the Fisheries Council of Canada, the Union des producteurs agricoles, the Canadian Credit Union Association, and the Canadian Bankers Association.

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A #TeamCanada Approach

Siemens Canada

Siemens Canada has launched the Canadian Siemens Caring Hands COVID-19 Relief Fund in partnership with the Canadian Red Cross. This fund will support relief projects, including the setup of emergency hospitals, access to relief supplies and food, mental health programs, and services for long-term care centers. Employee donations will be matched by Siemens Canada.

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Our member TELUS launched its #StandWithOwners initiative aimed at supporting Canadian SMEs and their owners and has committed $500,000 in direct revenue, marketing and expert advice to support, promote and celebrate small business owners throughout the pandemic.

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

Happy International Pride Month!

June is #PrideMonth and it’s a time to celebrate the positive impact the LGBT+ community has had on Canada and the contributions they will continue to make for generations to come. Over the month of June, we’ll be sharing content, member stories and other resources to bring LGBT+ inclusivity to the forefront of the conversation.

Just take it from our COO, Jackie King:

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