Daily COVID-19 Bulletin: June 9, 2020

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Getting Canadians Back To Work The Smart Way

Even before COVID-19, Canada’s industries and workforce were facing significant changes and challenges. We need a system that provides local businesses with the talent they need. Canada’s recovery will start on main streets across Canada, and we need a program that will be there to support them.

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5 Minutes For Business: Roadmap To Recovery

Recovery starts with resilience. That’s why, in this edition of 5 Minutes for Business, we put forth the key policy areas that our political leaders must consider to ensure businesses and Canadians remain resilient so we can not only recover from the pandemic, but prosper.

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Hon. Perrin Beatty Addresses Reopening And Recovery In The Financial Post

“The starting point needs to be a frank admission that the disease has not been beaten and that we will be forced to live with it in our midst until we have a vaccine. Governments must move from telling us to stay home to implementing a coherent plan to manage COVID risk while allowing people to resume more of their ordinary lives. No plan can eliminate risk but one that is well-designed can reduce it to manageable proportions. We’ll face setbacks and course corrections but we must move towards reopening society.”

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Securing Canada’s Food Industry: Chambers Send Joint Letter To Minister Bibeau

Alongside our provincial and territorial chambers of commerce, we issued a letter to Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau urging the federal government to ensure Canada’s food security by continuing to assist the agriculture and agri-food sector as it begins to recover from COVID-19.

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Government Launches PPE Supply Hub Website

The Supply Hub connects Canadian organizations with federal, provincial, territorial and other resources and information about PPE, including consumer guidance. Buyers will find PPE supplier lists, in addition to guidance to help plan their PPE purchases.

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Government Of Canada Launches Second Call For Proposals Under The Local Food Infrastructure Fund

This second call for proposals under the Local Food Infrastructure Fund will support small and large community-led projects at facilities such as urban gardens, community kitchens, food banks and greenhouses. Applications will be accepted on a continuous basis until funding has been allocated. Projects valued at up to $250,000 will be accepted. The fund, valued at $43.4 million total, will begin accepting applications today.

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Cyber Threats To Canadian Organizations

The Canadian Centre for Cyber Security has issued an alert regarding cybercrime during the pandemic. The centre has assessed that the COVID-19 pandemic presents an elevated level of risk to the cybersecurity of Canadian health organizations involved in the national response to the pandemic, including but not limited to medical research, manufacturing, distribution and policy-making organizations.

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Putting People First: How to Win During A Crisis

As businesses refocus and manage uncertainty through the COVID-19 pandemic, one piece of advice applies to every industry: put people first to instill confidence, focus and resilience. Read how Canadian Western Bank (CWB Financial) puts this into action.

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How We’re Helping Canadian Business

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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Natalie Guenette-Levesque Tells Us How A $10,000 CBRN Grant Would Help Her Small Business

Hear from Natalie Guenette-Levesque, owner of La Cuisine Kitchen Cabinets in Sudbury, Ontario, and member of the Greater Sudbury Chamber of Commerce, on how $10,000 would help her business remain resilient throughout this pandemic.

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Webinar Recording | Getting Creative with your Mobile Phone, With Facebook

Learn how to plan and create content using your mobile phone. In this recording, Facebook shares tools, tips and creative apps that can help you create high quality content for your customers and followers.

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A #TeamCanada Approach


MedEssist, a member of the Canadian Women’s Chamber of Commerce, is making it easier to fill and receive prescriptions throughout COVID-19. To reduce the number of people having to leave their homes, MedEssist’s app lets you order prescription refills from your local pharmacy in only three seconds and have them delivered to your door. The subscription to the app is now also free for pharmacies.

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Vancouver Fraser Port Authority

As the nation moves towards reopening and economic recovery, Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, along with its partners, is continuing to work on more than a billion dollars-worth of local infrastructure projects across the Metro Vancouver region. Construction is underway at six sites, and eight other projects are moving through planning, design and engagement stages. These include the building of rail and road infrastructure, such as underpasses and overpasses, and terminal and facility upgrades as well as the creation of fish and wildlife habitat. These projects represent a much-needed boost to the economy and are laying the foundation for a brighter future.

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