Today’s Top Story
Federal Government Releases Economic Snapshot, Including $343 Billion Deficit
Today, the Government of Canada released its economic snapshot – a picture of the federal spending to date this year, amid the pandemic. The snapshot includes a projected deficit this year of $343 billion and a debt-to-GDP ratio of 49.1%. Following the release, we made it clear that Canada needs a plan to restore private sector growth, starting with a tailored strategy and a timetable for safely reopening that will allow businesses and families alike to plan.
Strengthening Canadian Supply Chain Resiliency
The economic fallout from COVID-19 has brought into focus the need to strengthen our supply chains, which is why we, with the support of provincial and territorial chambers, have laid out 14 recommendations to the government on bolstering our economy through enhancing supply chain resiliency both domestically and internationally.
The Business Of Business: COVID-19 Impact On Indigenous Businesses
In this episode of The Business of Business, Hon. Perrin Beatty, our President and CEO, discusses with Tabatha Bull, President and CEO of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business, how Indigenous businesses and communities have been impacted by the pandemic, how they’ve responded and what they need to prosper.
For Your Attention
Phase 2 Of The COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund For Cultural, Heritage And Sport Organizations Announced
The Government of Canada has announced the details regarding Phase 2 of the disbursement of the $500-million fund, announced earlier this year. This final component helps address some of the gaps that have been identified by the industry across Canada since the fund was first implemented.
Some Service Canada Centres To Reopen
Reflecting that many communities across Canada are reopening, Service Canada is also moving to reopen some of their physical locations. The government asks that Canadians continue to use online services as much as possible. Information on which centres are open is available from Service Canada.
RRPCanada.org Provides Free Of Charge Service For Local Organizations To Request PPE Donations
Many Canadian organizations have budget shortfalls to pay for critical PPE to keep workers safe. To help bridge the PPE gap, RRPCanada.org launched a “Support Local Organizations” page on their website that lists PPE needs of specific organizations, enabling Canadians to purchase PPE on their behalf.
Free Upcoming Webinars
July 9, 1:00 p.m. ET | 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, 1:00 p.m. ET | 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
July 15, 1:00 p.m. ET | From Far And Wide: Canada’s Accelerated Technology Landscape, Hosted By Global Public Affairs
Beyond just a surge of innovation, the tech sector in Canada is accelerating in growth and stature. Some of Canada’s fastest-growing and largest organizations are technology companies. Many of our legacy companies are adapting to digitization, and the need for this transition is even more urgent since the pandemic.
Legendary Canadian journalist Tom Clark will moderate the panel of speakers, which includes Nicole Brassard (Senior Consultant, Technology, Global Public Affairs), Razor Suleman (CEO, Elevate), and Perrin Beatty (President and CEO, Canadian Chamber of Commerce).
How We’re Helping Canadian Business
Accessibility Standards Canada Seeking Volunteers To Help Create The First Accessibility Standards
Accessibility Standards Canada is recruiting volunteer experts for two technical committees. These committees will create our first accessibility standards in the areas of plain language and outdoor spaces. Each technical committee will consist of 12 to 18 members and represent the following categories:
- Persons with disabilities
- Industry and commerce
- Government authorities
- Consumer and public interest
- Labour and unions
- University groups and research groups
- Non-governmental organizations
Mark Agnew To Address The House Of Commons Standing Committee On International Trade
This Thursday, July 9 at 2:00 p.m. ET, Mark Agnew, our Senior Director of International Policy, will be speaking to the House Standing Committee on International Trade. He will speak to COVID-19’s impact on international trade, Canada remaining vigilant on trade issues with the U.S. and that Canada should move to conclude a bilateral trade agreement between Canada and the U.K.
CBRN Small Business Relief Fund Grant Spotlight: Gravenhurst Ontario’s Peter’s Players
Congratulations to Peter’s Players, member of the Gravenhurst Chamber of Commerce, for being awarded a $10,000 CBRN Small Business Relief Fund grant. “We are so excited to have been selected as one of the grant recipients. With our theatre being closed since March and our whole livelihood dependent on group gatherings to enjoy concerts, it has really made us have to think outside the box on other ways to bring live entertainment back to Peter’s Players and to our community,” says Michelle Swanek, who owns the theatre, along with her husband Peter Swanek. Read more on MuskokaRegion.com.
A #TeamCanada Approach
Our member Lumex Instruments have developed a Microchip RT-PCR COVID-19 detection system for research use only. They have applied for approval from Health Canada for certification.