Today’s Top Story
Federal Government To Provide $19 Billion To Provinces And Territories
This afternoon it was announced that the federal, provincial and territorial governments have reached an agreement in which the federal government will provide over $19 billion in funding to help the country’s economic recovery. The funding will target seven key areas:
- Testing, contact tracing and data management
- Health care, including mental health and addictions
- Aiding vulnerable populations, including in nursing homes
- Personal protective equipment
- Early learning and child care
- Municipal budgets, including public transit
- Paid sick leave
For Your Attention
Business Coalition Urges Governments To Work Together On Pandemic’s Challenges
A coalition of some of the largest national business associations in the world released an open letter to government leaders seeking collaboration in removing obstacles to innovation, maintaining strong intellectual property protections and encouraging global collaboration to aid the deployment of critical medical equipment – including COVID-19 diagnostics, treatments and vaccines. The signatories on the letter include our organization, BDI (Germany), CBI (U.K.), FKI (Korea), MEDEF (France) and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Joint Canada-U.K.-U.S. Statement On Russian Security Threat Targeting COVID-19 Vaccine Development
Today, the governments of Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States published information about Russian cyber threat activity directed at Canadian, United Kingdom and United States organizations, including vaccine research entities, involved in COVID-19 response and recovery efforts. According to the Canadian Communications Security Establishment (CSE), these malicious cyber activities were very likely undertaken to steal information and intellectual property relating to the development and testing of COVID-19 vaccines and serve to hinder response efforts at a time when healthcare experts and medical researchers need every available resource to help fight the pandemic.
Government Of Canada To Fund Women Entrepreneurs In Western Canada
Today the government announced $8.3 million in spending through the Regional Relief and Recovery Fund to support the Women’s Enterprise Initiative (WEI) organizations across Western Canada. The Women’s Enterprise Centre in British Columbia, Alberta Women Entrepreneurs, Women Entrepreneurs of Saskatchewan and the Women’s Enterprise Centre of Manitoba will each receive $2 million in additional loan funds for women entrepreneurs. In addition, $300,000 in operating funding will be divided equally among the four WEIs to meet the increased demand for advisory services and business supports.
The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) Emergency Services Depot has posted a requirement for the supply and delivery of sharp containers for COVID-19 as well as a need for the supply and delivery of various vaccines consumables. Both opportunities close on July 29 at 2:00 p.m. ET.
CGLCC LGBT+ Youth Entrepreneur Program: OUT For Business
Do you know a young, driven LGBT+ entrepreneur who needs help to get their business moving forward? Or do you know a successful LGBT+ entrepreneur who would like to guide and support young LGBT+ entrepreneurs?
In the OUT For Business Mentorship Program, Canada’s LGBT+ Chamber of Commerce pairs an accomplished mentor with a driven mentee.
Free Upcoming Webinars
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.
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.
A #TeamCanada Approach
Windsor Utilities Commission
Windsor Utilities Commission has authorized our member ENWIN Utilities to enhance its contribution to the Water Rate Assistance Program by $25,000, doubling the assistance available to customers struggling to pay bills.