Today’s Top Story
Canadian Chamber Launches National ‘Our Restaurants’ Campaign
We launched Our Restaurants, a campaign dedicated to sharing stories and updates of one of the hardest hit industries by the pandemic. With the support of 14 food service businesses, representing more than 60 brands, we are putting a spotlight on the current situation faced by Canada’s restaurants amidst COVID-19 — high costs, fewer customers and government programs that are ill equipped for the unique, long-term challenges confronting the industry — and are urging governments to take measures to ensure their survival. For more information, visit OurRestaurants.ca.
For Your Attention
Canadian Chamber Welcomes Federal Funding To Support Safe, Full-Time Return To School Policies
We welcomed Wednesday’s announcement by the Government of Canada to provide more than $2 billion in funding to help provinces and territories reopen their schools safely.
For working mothers everywhere whose children will be returning to the classroom as of next week, the funding provides assurance that sending their children back to school is the right decision. This funding is critical to helping women fully participate in the workforce, and especially so amid the economic recovery.
Our Council for Women’s Advocacy (CWA) issued a statement last week on the five things the federal government can do right now to support women and foster economic growth. The first of these is contained in yesterday’s announcement: a call to work with provinces and territories in their respective efforts to ensure there is safe full-time return to school policies for September 2020 that take into account international experiences, learnings and best practices to date.
Don’t Miss Out! #CanadaUnited Weekend, August 28-30
Don’t miss your opportunity to participate! #CanadaUnited is a nationwide campaign to get Canadians to shop or dine on August 28, 29 and 30. #CanadaUnited will be giving away 25 $10,000 cash prizes to Canadians shopping or dining with local businesses during the three-day Canada United Weekend.
It’s easy to participate. Simply use the Canada United Small Business Toolkit to do any of the following:
- Add Canada United stickers and GIFs to your social media posts
- Create custom banners and logos to share online
- Get decals for your storefront, which you can pick up at a nearby RBC Royal Bank branch
- Download posters and more that you can print out on your own
You can’t afford to miss out on this opportunity. Join the movement and be the local business that gets the love.
The Canada Post Small Business Tales Of Triumph Contest Is Still Open To Small Businesses!
The Small Business Tales of Triumph Contest is an opportunity for small businesses to share their stories of perseverance, grit and determination for a chance to win prizes worth up to $15,000. Entering the contest is easy: small businesses can simply share their story by August 31, 2020 for a chance to win.
Futureproofing Your Business, With BDC
Across the country we see many examples of business resilience, but in difficult times the way ahead isn’t always clear. Read our latest blog from the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) to learn the importance of continuing to plan for the future while looking at ways to adapt in order to remain resilient post-COVID-19.
Get Ready™ Wants To Help Get Your Business Ready With An Infection Prevention And Control (IPAC) Program
Get Ready™ is looking for 20 businesses in Ontario to participate in a beta program of its IPAC program. The platform will provide businesses with a detailed list of procedures on screening, physical distancing, tracking, cleaning and disinfecting, and reporting and management of exposures. It will also provide online training for your staff and will be implemented over three, one-hour Zoom sessions. Each business that participates will receive an annual IPAC certificate, training and certification for staff and access to the platform for a period of one year.
Free Upcoming Webinars
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.
How We’re Helping Canadian Business
Leveraging The SDGs To Achieve A Sustainable And Competitive Canadian Economy Post-COVID-19
September 1 and 8 | 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. ET
We have partnered with Competent Boards and Global Compact Network Canada to engage board members and executives delivering the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development through a series of online panel discussions. This project is funded in part by the Government of Canada’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Funding Program.
Honkers Pub & Eatery Uses CBRN Grant To Provide More Jobs In Lethbridge
Congratulations to Honkers Pub & Eatery in Lethbridge, Alberta for being awarded a $10,000 CBRN grant, made possible by Salesforce. “It came at a time where we felt so defeated in business due to COVID-19 and we were unsure what to do. After 35 years of being an entrepreneur, I was always able to pick up the pieces when things went wrong but COVID was a whole other story,” said owner Vicky Vanden Hoek. Find out how the business has used the grant money to remain resilient in our latest blog.
A #TeamCanada Approach
Nuclear Waste Management Organization Helps Address Food Insecurity
Our member the Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) has invested $15,000 to help Roots to Harvest address food insecurity amid the COVID-19 pandemic.