Daily Bulletin: July 24, 2020

Today’s Top Story

The Importance Of Prioritizing Mental Health During The Pandemic

Today is International Self-Care Day, and one way to self-care is to prioritize your mental health. To help manage your anxiety and stress, as well as create a more mentally healthy work environment, we are pleased to provide you with some free mental health resources.

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For Your Attention

CEWS Testing Opportunity – Express Your Interest By Monday, July 27

The Canada Revenue Agency is looking for 35 participants, consisting of business owners and accountants, to participate in a testing session for the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) website and spreadsheet for the fifth claim period. The purpose of this study is to test the new onscreen calculator and calculation spreadsheet used in the CEWS application process. This test will run roughly 45 minutes and will be moderated by Neo Insight.

The initial screener survey will take five minutes to complete. It will be used to determine eligibility for the testing of the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy website and spreadsheet. The deadline to express your interest is this coming Monday, July 27.

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Agriculture And Agri-Food Canada’s Youth Employment And Skills Program Fully Subscribed

This week the Government of Canada announced Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s enhanced Youth Employment and Skills Program, which launched on May 26, is now fully subscribed and the application intake is closed. It is expected to create about 800 jobs for youth in the 2020-21 program year.

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Canada Labour Code Leave Of Absence Period Extended

For federally regulated members, this week the Government of Canada amended the Canada Labour Standards and extended the maximum allowable length for a leave of absence due to COVID-19 from 16 to 24 weeks. This change allows the eligibility to match the previously extended Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB).

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Free Upcoming Webinars

July 29, 2:00 p.m. ET | Navigating Your Business To Recovery, Hosted By Desjardins

Have questions about navigating through government support programs? Want to learn more about e-commerce and cybersecurity? Or maybe you have questions about labour laws during the pandemic? Join this packed webinar to hear from experts on:

  • Navigating government support programs.
  • Leveraging online in the ‘’new normal’’ for growth while understanding how to manage risk (cybersecurity/privacy).
  • An employers’ guide to reopening the workplace from a legal standpoint.

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August 10, 2:00 p.m. ET | The Key To Employee Well-Being During And After The Pandemic, Hosted By Desjardins

COVID-19 has seriously shaken things up for Canadians, both in their professional and personal lives. With our new normal, which—for many of us—means teleworking and homeschooling, we’re seeing an uptick in health problems that organizations and insurers need to address and adapt to. In this webinar, we’ll be looking at how overall health culture, which includes physical, mental and financial health, is especially important during a crisis. And how going forward, this culture will be an integral part of group plans.

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How We’re Helping Canadian Business

Webinar Recording | 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. Watch this recording, led by the CSIS economic security division, to learn more.

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A #TeamCanada Approach

Helping Small Business Save Energy During COVID-19

Our member FortisBC is offering free customized energy-saving advice by phone or video conference to help small- and medium-sized businesses in British Columbia recover from the challenges of COVID-19.

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