Daily COVID-19 Bulletin: June 17, 2020

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The Business Of Business: The Digitization Of Canada’s Healthcare System 

In this segment of The Business of Business, our President and CEO, Hon. Perrin Beatty, and Juggy Sihota, Vice-President of Consumer Health at TELUS, discuss the digitization of healthcare, including the changes in the structure of how healthcare is delivered since the pandemic began and the advantages as a result.

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Government Of Canada To Provide Fiscal Update On July 8

Today the government announced that it will provide Canadians with an “economic snapshot” in the House of Commons on July 8, 2020. The update will not, however, be a full fiscal update.

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Support For Seafood Sector

Today the government announced that applications for the Opportunities Fund are now available for the seafood sector. It was also announced that applications for the Seafood Stabilization Fund will open on Monday, July 22.

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NSERC To Receive Extra Funding

As the Government of Canada focuses on responding to the challenges of COVID-19, it also recognizes the invaluable contributions of Canadian researchers in natural sciences and engineering. Today, the government announced more than $492 million in funding by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) through its Discovery Research Program. This funding will go to some 2,400 researchers across the country as they pursue research in a wide variety of natural sciences and engineering disciplines.

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Free Upcoming Webinars

Take Control Of Your Business, With Sysential

Join us on June 22 at 1:30 p.m. ET to learn about three simple and essential tools to help your business survive and thrive in a period of extreme uncertainty. Sysential works with entrepreneurial organizations, specifically their owners and leaders, to get more of what they want from their business by helping to implement proven tools and a complete business system called EOS – the Entrepreneurial Operating System®.

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Building A Resilient Workforce That Can Thrive In The Next Normal, With Deloitte

An estimated 2.7 billion workers worldwide have been affected by full or partial lockdowns, according to the United Nations’ labour body, the International Labour Organization. Deloitte’s 2020 Global Human Capital Trends report, The social enterprise at work: Paradox as a path forward, comes at a time when the pandemic has forced a rethink of workforce strategies. This discussion will focus on the big workforce issues impacting work, workers, workplace, culture and leadership that organizations must consider to create a resilient workforce prepared to thrive in our next normal. This webinar will take place on June 23 at 1:00 p.m. ET.

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How We’re Helping Canadian Business

Watch Now! Understanding Travel Insurance In The World Of COVID-19

Once travel restrictions are lifted, 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? We were joined by Group Benefits Consultant, Jessica Simpson, and Home and Auto Insurance Consultant, Ivan Tolentino, from our Essential Business Services partner, Johnson Insurance, for a webinar to discuss how COVID-19 has affected travel insurance.

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A #TeamCanada Approach

Business Supporting Local Business And Recognizing The Frontline Team

The COVID-19 global pandemic has had devastating impacts to the labour market and small businesses in all communities. Recognizing the impact on their small business community, McDonald’s restaurants in the Fredericton / Oromocto area were considered an essential service, and the local owners of these restaurants, Bob and Jan Chisholm, maintained service through their drive thru for the community.

With the stresses of COVID-19, the Chisholms wanted to do something to thank their own frontline employees while helping other local businesses that have been closed or struggling during this time. The Chisholms purchased $33,000 of universal gift certificates that can be used in the businesses of the BIAs of Main Street and Downtown Fredericton. These certificates are being given as gifts to all 200 plus McDonald’s employees who work in ther Chisholms’ restaurants.


Thank you to IRIS R&D, member of the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce, for helping address the high risk of COVID-19 infections in nurses. IRIS R&D adapted its technology, initially used for monitoring soil moisture, to create remote cardiorespiratory monitoring in hospitals to check heart and breathing rates and skin temperature in patients.

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