Bulletin: August 20, 2020

Today’s Top Story

Government Of Canada To Make EI Changes, Extend CERB And Introduce Three New Benefit Programs

Today the federal government announced its intention to make changes to simplify EI applications, extend the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) an additional four weeks, and introduce three new benefit programs to take the place of the CERB once it expires: the Canada Recovery Benefit, the Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit, and the Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit. The new benefit programs require legislative approval.

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For Your Attention

Our Response To Today’s EI And Benefits Proposals

All Canadians understood the need to provide emergency temporary financial support to keep everybody afloat during the pandemic. Now is the time to focus on getting Canadians back to work and to ensure the country’s long-term financial sustainability.

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Business Leaders Urge Minister Of Labour To Facilitate A Dialogue Between The Maritime Employers Association And The Longshoremen’s Union

On August 19, in response to the ongoing strike at the Port of Montreal, the leaders of 17 businesses and business associations wrote to the Honourable Filomena Tassi, Minister of Labour, urging the federal government to use all tools at its disposal to facilitate a dialogue between the Maritime Employers Association and the longshoremen’s union in order to arrive at terms of a negotiated agreement.

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Toronto Region Board Of Trade’s Returning To Physical Workplaces Toolkit

Working together with its members, TRBOT has developed a free digital toolkit, accessible from its website, that guides business owners and operators across Ontario on how to safely welcome employees back in four easy steps. You are encouraged to share the toolkit with your members.

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Impacts Of COVID-19 On Canadians: Experiences Of Discrimination

Discrimination—it happens in Canada too. To make significant changes, we need up-to-date facts!

Have you experienced discrimination based on race, sex, gender identity or expression, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, age, disability or language? Has this changed during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Statistics Canada is looking for your input. Complete its questionnaire, Impacts of COVID-19 on Canadians: Experiences of Discrimination. The results will benefit people and communities across Canada. This questionnaire is open until August 24, 2020.

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Free Upcoming Webinars

August 26, 1:30 P.M. ET | Executive Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Online Panel: Strengthening Public Health Infrastructure, With Competent Boards

Canadian board members, executives, investors and leaders are invited to the online Executive SDGs Panel Series. These panels will discuss how to leverage the SDGs to achieve a sustainable Canadian economy post-COVID-19.
The speakers for the Strengthening Public Health Infrastructure panel are:

  • Hon. Perrin Beatty, PC, OC (our President & CEO)
  • Huguette Labelle (Chair, Advisory Board for Senate Appointments)
  • John Beck (Chairman, Aecon Group Inc.)
  • Amy Hepburn (CEO, Investor Leadership Network)
  • Marc Parent (President & CEO, CAE)
  • Helle Bank Jørgensen (CEO & Founder, Competent Boards)

This project is funded in part by the Government of Canada’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Funding Program.

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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

Webinar Recording: Getting Back To Business, With Canada Post

Businesses were forced to adapt their business models at the onset of COVID-19 and are now faced with transitioning into “business as usual.” We were joined by Mamta Dogra, Senior Manager, Small Business and Marketing at Canada Post for a webinar to discuss tips and resources for generating renewed brand awareness, finding the right customers and getting back to business.

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A #TeamCanada Approach

Hill+Knowlton Strategies

Our member Hill+Knowlton Strategies has taken extraordinary steps to help its clients through the COVID-19 pandemic, including a COVID-19 insight page on its website pertaining to public relations and public affairs. Hill+Knowlton Strategies has also been offering executive training, events and data analytics to help clients successfully overcome the challenges created by COVID-19.

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