Bulletin: August 18, 2020

Today’s Top Story

Canadian Chamber Welcomes Freeland As Finance Minister

We congratulate Chrystia Freeland on her appointment as Canada’s Minister of Finance. The Prime Minister’s decision puts a strong hand on the tiller during an unprecedented economic storm. The decisions made over coming weeks will set the country’s economic direction for the next several years. As we emerge into the post-COVID world, we must build on the spirit of partnership that developed during the pandemic to carefully, but steadily, reopen our economy and encourage the private sector investment and growth needed to protect Canadians’ standard of living.

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Commentary: Japan Can Be Canada’s Partner In Combatting COVID – Perrin Beatty

In the absence of American leadership, Canada needs to redouble its focus on key bilateral relationships. Traditional allies like the United Kingdom, France, and Australia will remain key. However, our low-profile relationship with Japan offers considerable opportunity for stepping up collaboration to the benefit of both countries.

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Canada Revenue Agency Opens Applications For Enhanced Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy

Yesterday, the CRA announced that applications for period five of the CEWS were now available. Period five is the first of the periods that are a part of the new enhanced CEWS. Eligible employers can apply through their My Business Account or the CRA’s web form application.

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The Canadian Chamber’s Council For Women’s Advocacy Publishes Recommendations

This week, our Council for Women’s Advocacy (CWA) published five recommendations to support women, foster inclusive recovery and ensure sustained economic growth. The CWA is a cornerstone of our diversity and inclusion initiative, established to bring the voice and perspectives of women to national policies, inform our initiatives in advancing the gender equality agenda and drive meaningful action to address the identified issues and barriers.

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Free Upcoming Webinars

August 21 and 27 | Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy Question And Answer Teleconference, With The CRA

The Government of Canada recently implemented changes to adapt the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy to protect jobs and promote growth.

The CRA will shortly publish a number of online resources, including updated frequently asked questions, to help eligible employers understand how to apply and take advantage of this fiscal measure. To complement these resources, the CRA will host a series of interactive question and answer teleconference sessions for eligible employers and stakeholder organizations. You are invited to attend one.

Register for Aug. 21 at 1:00 p.m. ET

Register for Aug. 27 at 2:00 p.m. ET

August 27, 1:00 P.M. ET | Building Digital Capacity And Business Resilience During COVID-19, With TC Energy

Digital innovation was the foundation that enabled TC Energy’s employees to remain productive, collaborative and connected in the wake of the pandemic. Embracing change allows organizations to accomplish things that didn’t seem possible and unlocks creativity and innovation, inspiring and motivating people to realize untapped potential and deliver outstanding business outcomes to build business resilience.

Join Chris Foster, Vice-President of Information Services and Chief Information Officer with TC Energy, as he discusses building digital capacity and business resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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September 10, 12:30 P.M. ET | Presentation And Q&A With Tiff Macklem, Governor Of The Bank of Canada

We are hosting the Governor of the Bank of Canada, Tiff Macklem, for the Bank of Canada’s Economic Progress Report. The event will take place on September 10 at 12:30 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on the Bank of Canada’s website. 

Our members have the exclusive opportunity to participate in the event by videoconference and submit questions to the Governor. 

Our member chambers and associations are welcome to promote this event to their members. 

*For members of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce’s network only. 

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How We’re Helping Canadian Business

CBRN Small Business Relief Fund Helps AGS Rehab Services Move Forward

Congratulations to AGS Rehab Services, member of the Mississauga Board of Trade, for being a recipient of a $10,000 CBRN grant, made possible by Salesforce. Quick to regroup and figure out a new pathway for the company, which provides disability management, assessment and vocational solutions, the pandemic forced AGS to bring much of its business online. Read more about how AGS has used the grant money to remain resilient.

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Webinar Recording: The Key To Employee Well-Being During And After The Pandemic With Desjardins

We were joined by Charmaine Alexander, Plan Sponsor Service Advisor at Desjardins for a webinar to discuss how overall health culture, which includes physical, mental and financial health, is important during a crisis and how going forward, this culture will be an integral part of group plans.

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A #TeamCanada Approach

Cenovus Energy

A big congratulations to our member Cenovus, recognized by the federal government with the 2019 Canada’s Volunteer Award (CVA) in the category of Business Leader in the prairie region!

The Cenovus Volunteer Program encourages and supports the volunteer efforts of staff through grants, events, teambuilding activities and more.

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