Daily Bulletin: July 14, 2020

Today’s Top Story

Second Survey With Statistics Canada Shows Businesses Adapting To Distinct New “Paradoxical” Phase Of COVID-19

The second wave of the Canadian Survey on Business Conditions (CSBC), a joint effort between our organization and Statistics Canada, was released today, providing new insights into the longer-term impact of COVID-19 on Canadian businesses. The second survey data shows businesses are adapting to a distinctly new, paradoxical phase of the pandemic, where businesses reopen because they can no longer afford to remain closed, but struggle to break even while paying for pre-COVID level costs with significantly reduced revenues.

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For Your Attention

5 Minutes For Business: Recovering Our Workforce Through Inclusivity

In a span of a few months, we went from one of the tightest job markets in recent history to record unemployment and reduced hours with an unprecedented rapidity. As we reopen across the country and move into recovery, we know that available jobs and the skills required will shift. So, what is the role of business in an inclusive recovery? Read our 5 Minutes for Business: Recovering our Workforce through Inclusivity to find out.

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Reminder On Safe Food For Canadians Regulations Requirements For The Manufactured Food Sector From The CFIA

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) activities and priorities regarding industry compliance during the pandemic remain the same as announced in April. Any change to the CFIA’s prioritization of compliance and enforcement activities with regard to the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR) will be announced with adequate lead time once the situation allows.

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Free Upcoming Webinars

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).

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July 16, 11:00 a.m. ET | Foreign Interference Risks For Canadian Businesses, Briefing With Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS)

Canadian companies need to remain competitive to both sustain our domestic capacity to produce innovative products and to be a leader in global supply chains. However, in a competitive global environment, significant risks exist for Canadian companies as countries with hostile intents seek to undermine Canada’s economic security. Although espionage and foreign interference are not new, the global pandemic has changed the dynamics of the threat environment.

The CSIS economic security division will lead the briefing on the foreign interference risks for Canadian companies and ways to mitigate those challenges. There will also be an opportunity for Q&A with participants.

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July 20, 2:00 p.m. ET | How To Support Employees’ Mental Health And Well-Being During COVID-19 And Beyond, Hosted By Sun Life

In a recent survey by Sun Life, over half (56%) of Canadians surveyed said COVID-19 is negatively impacting their mental health. Join this discussion to learn how to develop and maintain a positive mental health environment in your organization with speaker Carmen Bellows, Registered Psychologist, Director Mental Health Solutions at Sun Life Financial.

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July 22, 1:00 p.m. ET | Working Remotely Through A Crisis And Flex Work Long Term, Hosted By Canadian Western Bank

Join us for a webinar with Canadian Western Bank’s Chief Information Security Officer and Senior Vice President of Client Solutions to discuss the future of working remotely through a crisis and the long-term outlook for flex work. Get tips for setting up effective work areas for employees, how to support employees’ mental health and what major cyber security threats exist for SMEs now and post-pandemic.

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How We’re Helping Canadian Business

Michelle Swanek Tells Us How Being A Recipient of a $10,000 CBRN Grant Will Help Her Business Remain Resilient

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, small businesses all over Canada have been coming up with new ways to remain open and adjust to new ways of operating. Peter’s Players from Gravenhurst, Ontario is one of 62 small businesses that received a $10,000 CBRN grant. Watch Michelle’s reaction to being told that her business is a recipient of the CBRN Small Business Relief Fund grant and learn more about how she will use the money to help her business recover.

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A #TeamCanada Approach

Community Response Fund Donation

Our member ENMAX Corporation has donated $100,000 to COVID-19 Community Response Fund established jointly by the City of Calgary, the Calgary Emergency Management Agency and the United Way of Calgary and Area. This fund has been created to help enable the many community agencies working diligently to keep Calgarians safe and supported.

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