Daily Bulletin: August 5, 2020

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Fish Harvester Benefit And Fish Harvester Grant Applications Coming August 24

Today the Government of Canada announced that applications for the Fish Harvester Benefit and Fish Harvester Grant will be open from August 24 through September 21. The $469 million in funding for the programs was originally announced on May 14.

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The Business of Business

Over the past few months, we’ve hosted different business, government and thought leaders on The Business of Business. They’ve shared insights on how COVID-19 is affecting business and how business can recover from it. While our series is on hiatus for August, we encourage you to watch our past episodes.

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Government Of Canada’s ‘COVID-19 Resilience’ Infrastructure Funding Stream

Today the federal government announced the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program is being adjusted so that provinces and territories can use federal funding to act quickly on a wider range of more pandemic-resilient infrastructure projects. Under a new COVID-19 Resilience funding stream worth up to $3.3 billion, projects will be eligible for a significantly larger federal cost share – up to 80% for provinces, municipalities and not-for-profit organizations in provinces and raising it to 100% for remote, northern and territorial projects designated under the new stream.

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Government Of Canada’s Vaccine Task Force Update

Today the federal government announced the members of its Vaccine Task Force as well as agreements with Pfizer and Moderna to secure doses of COVID-19 vaccine candidates.

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Statistics Canada Collecting Data On The Impacts Of COVID-19 On Canadians’ Experiences Of Discrimination

StatsCan is conducting a questionnaire that asks if you have experienced discrimination based on race, sex, gender identity or expression, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, age, disability or language, and whether this has changed during the COVID-19 pandemic. The electronic questionnaire is available until August 17.

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Free Upcoming Webinars

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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August 12, 1:00 p.m. ET | Getting Back To Business: Adapting Your Marketing Message For The New “Business As Usual” With Canada Post

As the retail landscape has dramatically changed over the last few months, small businesses have had to navigate challenges they may not have anticipated – having to transition their brick and mortar store online or optimize their online presence or introduce new service options for their customers. Regardless of the scenario, businesses have had to adapt their business models at the onset of the pandemic and now are faced with the next phase, transitioning into “business as usual,” where the “usual” has changed.  

In this session, Mamta Dogra, Senior Manager, Small Business Marketing, Canada Post, will share tips and resources on how to get your message in-market as you adapt your business, generate renewed brand awareness and find the right customers. 

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How We’re Helping Canadian Business

CBRN Grant Recipient Inukpak Outfitting Uses Grant Money To Help Gear Up For Summer 2021

Congratulations to Inukpak Outfitting from Iqaluit, Nunavut, for being awarded a $10,000 CBRN grant, made possible by Salesforce. “All our hiking expeditions have been cancelled this summer. We are now planning our 2021 summer and new additional gear will be needed,” said owner Louis-Philip Pothier. Learn more about how Inukpak Outfitting will use the grant money to help the business remain resilient.

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A #TeamCanada Approach

Pfizer Canada Announces Vaccine Candidate Against SARS-CoV2

Today our member Pfizer Canada and BioNTech SE announced an agreement with the Government of Canada to supply their BNT162 mRNA-based vaccine candidate against SARS-CoV2, subject to clinical success and Health Canada’s approval. (See more under the Vaccine Task Force announcement above.) All potential vaccines will require Health Canada’s regulatory approval prior to being used to vaccinate Canadians.

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Supporting Healthcare Workers During Unprecedented Times

Our member Janssen Inc. has supplied thousands of N95 masks to health care facilities as well as increased funding for front line healthcare workers, including mental health support.

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