Daily COVID-19 Bulletin: June 11, 2020

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CBRN Small Business Relief Fund: Applications Close Friday

The CBRN Small Business Relief Fund will help 62 small Canadian businesses recover and support their resilience, for a total of $620,000 in funds. Businesses can use the $10,000 grants to support their recovery efforts, including paying salaries, retrofitting their workplaces and acquiring technology to adapt their business models. Applications close at 8:00 p.m. ET on Friday, June 12.

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Business Resilience Service – New Weekend Hours

The Business Resilience Service (BRS) allows you to connect for free with experienced business advisors for guidance on which government relief programs will be most appropriate to support your small- to medium-sized business, not-for-profit or charity amid the pandemic. The service is available seven days/week: Monday-Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET, Saturdays: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET and Sundays: 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET.

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Over 120 Business Leaders Call For A National Plan To Restart The Travel And Tourism Sector

We are proud to be a part of the Canadian Travel and Tourism Roundtable. We are calling on governments across the country to put in place logical, streamlined measures to keep the public safe while simultaneously allowing the tourism and travel sector to open. It’s time to get the travel and tourism sector back to work.

Letter To The Prime Minister And Premiers

Globe And Mail Article

FedDev Ontario And Provincial Partners To Assist Nearly 23,000 Businesses In Ontario With Online Commerce

With Ontario’s economy reopening, the federal and provincial governments are working together to help small businesses go digital through a pan-Ontario project that will support businesses’ recovery and generate new revenue.

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Tabatha Bull: How COVID-19 Is Impacting Aboriginal Business

It has taken considerable effort for governments to stay ahead of the country’s needs during the pandemic. While the policy response has been greatly appreciated across this nation, there remains a delay in closing the gap for Aboriginal business support, which has led to an increased negative impact. When devising the programs that will aid ALL Canadian business, Indigenous issues need to be top of mind for governments and the Canadian public.

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World Health Organization ‘Asks’ For The Private Sector

The WHO’s Strategic Preparedness and Response Plan and COVID-19 Strategy outline public health measures needed to support countries in preparing for and responding to COVID-19. In this effort, the private sector has a critical role to play locally, nationally and globally. The following “Asks” have been prepared by the WHO for businesses to take concrete actions.

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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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Additional Hand Sanitizers Recalled

Heath Canada has expanded its recall of hand sanitizers containing industrial-grade ethanol that has not been authorized for use in hand sanitizers in Canada.

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How We’re Helping Canadian Business

Government Partners With Private Sector And CBRN Member Organizations To Launch POST Promise

The Government of Canada has partnered with the People Outside Safely Together (POST) Promise program, an initiative launched by Canadian private sector and CBRN member organizations to help businesses across the country reopen safely.

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Webinar Recording Available | Cybersecurity And The Ever-Evolving Work Environment, With Field Effect

Companies around the world transitioned their teams to work remotely as a health precaution during COVID-19. While some businesses have announced their shift to digital will be permanent, others are making plans to go back to the office. What precautions do you need to take to protect you and your organization from an increase in cyber threats during this unprecedented time? We were joined by our EBS partner, Field Effect, for a webinar to discuss how to keep your organization safe from online threats throughout this pandemic and beyond.

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A #TeamCanada Approach

Brian Doherty Tells Us How A $10,000 CBRN Grant Would Help His Small Business

The Old Triangle Irish Alehouse in Halifax, Nova Scotia is facing challenges as a result of the state of emergency that has been in place since March. The 20-year-old business is now working hard to adapt. Learn how owner Brian Doherty would invest $10,000 into his business to help keep it resilient during this time.

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Kleanr is helping businesses reopen safely and is offering antiseptic deep clean services that use EPA approved disinfectant sprays to ensure businesses can open and operate safely during this time. Kleanr has also offered its cleaners a $7/hour wage increase and is providing deferred payment options for struggling customers trying to get up and running again.

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