Daily COVID-19 Bulletin: June 8, 2020

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Commentary: An Entrepreneur’s Perspective With Susanna Cluff-Clyburne And Shawn Lester

In our continuing conversations with small business owners to get their perspective on how businesses are managing through the pandemic, Susanna Cluff-Clyburne, our Senior Director of Parliamentary Affairs, talks with Shawn Lester, Managing Partner of Lester Landau CPAs. In addition to his role of Managing Partner of Lester Landau, Shawn is a member of our board of directors and is Chair of our Territorial Policy Committee.

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Commentary: The Great Quickening, Car Sales And Climate Change

Right now, supply chain challenges are combined with a significant drop in global vehicle demand. Industry analysts estimate that in 2020 global sales of internal combustion engines (ICEs) will be down anywhere from 20-25%. These numbers translate into 70 million passenger vehicles sold in 2020, compared to 90 million in 2019 and 94 million in 2017. While auto-sellers have tried to adapt to social distancing measures by increasing online sales, demand of vehicles could take years to recover in Canada and globally, and that’s bad news for global efforts to combat climate change.

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Cara Hazelton Tells Us How A $10,000 CBRN Grant Would Help Her Small Business

Hear from Cara Hazelton, owner of Precision Pilates in Fredericton, New Brunswick, and member of the Fredericton Chamber of Commerce, explain how $10,000 would help her business remain resilient throughout this pandemic.

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$50 Million For Montreal’s Small Businesses

The Government of Canada, through Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions, is planning to grant up to $30 million to the PME MTL network through the Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF). The Government of Quebec is also contributing $20 million. This support is aimed at Montreal businesses ineligible for other federal measures related to COVID-19 that are already in place. The funds will be administered by PME MTL, the City of Montreal’s business support network.

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Government Changes Travel Restrictions To Ease The Movement Of Family Members

The Canada Border Services Agency is announcing that as of June 8, 2020 23:59 EDT, foreign nationals who are immediate family members of Canadian citizens and permanent residents, and who do not have COVID-19 or exhibit any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 or who do not have reason to believe they have COVID-19, will be exempt from the prohibition on entry to Canada if entering to be with an immediate family member for a period of at least 15 days. People admitted into Canada pursuant to this exemption must quarantine for 14 days.

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Hand Sanitizer Recall

Check your hand sanitizer label. On Saturday, Health Canada issued a recall of six hand sanitizers that are made with industrial-grade ethanol. The chemical can lead to dry skin, irritation and cracking. The brands include Eltraderm, Contract Packaging Distributions, Nature’s Own, Sanilabs and Walker Emulsions.

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Tender Opportunity

Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) has a requirement for Non-medical disposable masks from Canadian bidders. The disposable masks must be made in accordance specifications listed in the Request for Proposal. Firm quantity: 25 million.

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How We’re Helping Canadian Business

Deloitte Wants To Hear From You!

The federal and provincial governments have enacted various relief measures to support the Canadian business community throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Deloitte wants to give your organization, as a member of this community, an opportunity to provide your feedback directly to various levels of government and, ultimately, help shape new and existing relief measures.

More specifically, Deloitte has created this survey to better understand the effectiveness of existing relief measures and identify additional support that may be required. Deloitte will share these responses – in aggregate – directly with relevant government stakeholders at all levels to help guide relief efforts.

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Webinar | Travel Insurance In The World Of COVID-19, With Johnson Insurance

The COVID-19 pandemic has greatly affected our ability to travel. Yet as restrictions are slowly lifted and lockdown measures decrease, travel constraints will ease up. Once travel is allowed, people will have questions about travel insurance. What am I covered for? Is my current travel insurance policy sufficient? Where can I go if I have further travel insurance questions? Join us on June 10 at 1:00 p.m. ET to find out!

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Webinar | Physical Return To Work: Practical Realities And Transformative Opportunities, With EY

Organizations are faced with a new duality of safely transitioning people back to physical locations while reimagining the future of work and business. Join us on June 17 at 3:00 p.m. ET to learn about:

  • Operational resilience
  • Health and safety considerations for a physical return to work
  • Technology and cybersecurity concerns
  • The workforce of the future

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Phil Taylor On The Clicks & Mortar Podcast

Our Managing Director, External Communications, Phil Taylor joined the Clicks & Mortar podcast to talk about the CBRN Small Business Relief Fund, including why it was established, the criteria for applying and how to apply. Applications for one of 62 grants, each worth $10,000, are now being accepted. Deadline to apply is Friday at 8:00 p.m. ET.

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Webinar Recording Available: Build Your Online Presence, With Facebook

Learn how to build your businesses online presence with a Facebook Business Page and find out about the free Facebook tools to jump-start your business online. We cover everything from building your Facebook business page, to communicating with your customers and managing and measuring your page.

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