Today’s Top Story
Facebook’s Summer Of Support
Facebook has launched a free six-week initiative called Summer of Support, designed to help business owners get the digital skills and information needed to navigate these challenging times. The program will feature a mix of content including free online training and live sessions. Each week will focus on a different theme and highlight different speakers, like basketball legend and entrepreneur Magic Johnson, as well as Chairman of O’Shares Investments and television personality Kevin O’Leary.
For Your Attention
Funding Available For Skilled Trades Training
On Friday the Government of Canada announced they will spend $40 million over three years in the Union Training and Innovation Program and have launched two calls for proposals. Eligible organizations are encouraged to apply for funding through two streams: Stream 1: Investments in Training Equipment; and Stream 2: Innovation in Apprenticeship.
U.S. Customs And Border Protection (CBP) Trusted Traveler Program Enrollment Centres
Starting today, conditionally-approved Global Entry, SENTRI and U.S.-Mexico FAST applicants will be able to complete in-person interviews at most Trusted Traveler Programs enrollment centres in the United States. That said, NEXUS and U.S.-Canada FAST interviews at U.S. and Canadian enrollment centres will remain suspended until at least August 10.
Does Your Business Use AI Systems? If So, The OECD Wants To Hear From You!
We are the lead organization in Canada for the Business at OECD. To support its work, the OECD has launched an AI survey intended to identify and share practical approaches and good practices to further inform the implementation of trustworthy AI systems. The deadline to complete the survey is this Friday, July 10.
Bank Of Canada Releases Business Outlook Survey—Summer 2020
This morning the Bank of Canada released its quarterly summary. Results from the summer Business Outlook Survey suggest that business sentiment is strongly negative in all regions and sectors due to impacts from the COVID‑19 pandemic and the drop in oil prices. Firms reported that weak demand is reducing both capacity pressures and expectations for price growth.
Tomorrow: Launch Of The OECD Employment Outlook 2020
The OECD will release its annual Employment Outlook report on Tuesday, July 7 at 5:00 a.m. ET. The report will present the latest data and analysis of the impact on employment of the economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría and OECD Director of Employment, Labour and Social Affairs Stefano Scarpetta will present the report’s findings in an online press conference (in English, with French interpretation) starting at 5:00 a.m. ET Tuesday morning. The presentation will be webcast live.
Free Upcoming Webinars
July 8 | COVID-19: Technology Trends And Business Continuity, Hosted By Cisco
As many organizations transition through the initial disruption of a global pandemic, they are now reevaluating their digital transformation strategies to be able to meet customer needs and thrive long-term. Join Wayne Cuervo and Lisa Richardson from Cisco Canada on July 8 at 2:30 p.m. ET for a discussion on technology trends and applicable business outcomes across various industries. This webinar will be moderated by Ulrike Bahr-Gedalia, Senior Director – Digital Economy, Technology & Innovation at the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.
July 9 | Welcome To The Get Ready Workplace IPAC Program, Hosted By Get Ready
Every hospital has an Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) Program to protect their staff, patients and visitors from communicable diseases – now due to the COVID-19 pandemic every workplace needs an IPAC program.
Join us and Get Ready for a webinar this Thursday, July 9 at 1:00 p.m. ET to discuss the Welcome to the Get Ready Workplace IPAC Program. This program equips your business with the tools and knowledge to appropriately respond to an infectious disease outbreak, ensuring employees are safe and customers feel confident in using your services.
July 14 | Maintaining Business Continuity Through COVID-19 And Beyond, Hosted By Rogers
Join us for a webinar on July 14 at 1:00 p.m. ET to hear from Rogers Product Management executives on how to ensure that your business remains operational and your teams stay productive during these changing workplace environments.
The discussion will cover:
- How to equip employees to work safely and effectively from home
- How to continue providing the same level of service to your customers
- How to access and protect your business data from anywhere
How We’re Helping Canadian Business
CBRN Small Business Relief Fund Grant Spotlight: Oakville Ontario’s Chartwell House Early Learning Centre
Congratulations to the Chartwell House Early Learning Centre, member of the Oakville Chamber of Commerce, for being awarded a $10,000 CBRN Small Business Relief Fund grant. “After being closed for the last three months, being chosen as a grant recipient, has really been a lifeline, thrown out by the chamber of commerce, that couldn’t have come at a better time. While we are still operating in a deficit with the reduced cohort numbers, we have been able to rehire our educators and are once again hopeful we will make it to the other side of this uncertainty and begin to slowly recover,” said the centre’s owner, Alexandra Fell. Read more on OakvilleNews.org.
A #TeamCanada Approach
Facebook’s Committing $1 Million To Help Businesses
Facebook is committing a $1 million investment into ShopHERE powered by Google, an initiative to help 50,000 businesses build and optimize their stores online. The investment will be distributed in the form of ad credits to businesses that sign on to the program to help them grow their business on the platform. Facebook is joining a group of strategic partners, including Shopify, Google, Microsoft and MasterCard.
Chevron employees are delivering the energy needed to power homes and hospitals, transport medical patients and supplies and maintain the daily essentials during the pandemic. They are also donating funds and medical supplies to communities around the world, amd are donating to schools to purchase remote learning tools and essential supplies for students.