Today’s Top Story
Perrin Beatty: The Recovery Will Be Business-Led, Make No Mistake
Chrystia Freeland, Deputy Prime Minister and now Minister of Finance, can be forgiven if she feels she’s carrying the weight of the world on her shoulders. She faces a grander challenge than any of her peacetime predecessors since the Great Depression. But it is an unfair burden, as erroneous as the idea that governments can borrow or regulate our way back to prosperity.
Any true recovery must, and inevitably will, be led by business. Just as every downturn is first felt on Main Street when the lights begin to go out, every recovery starts when the open signs begin reappearing.
For Your Attention
Meet The New Chamber.ca
Our new website launched this morning, and we couldn’t be more excited! With a focus on user-experience, our new website is streamlined, easy to use and will ensure you have access to the tools you need to prosper. You can view our new website by visiting Chamber.ca.
Members will be able to pay their invoices and update their profile information online. More features, such as discussion groups and access to member-only documents, will be added to the member portals in the coming months. Stay tuned for more details.
EDC Opens Call Centre To Answer CEBA Questions
Export Development Canada, who is responsible for overseeing the execution of the CEBA program, has opened a call centre to help answer business owners’ questions about their application or eligibility for the program. The call centre can provide callers with information about the status of their application, the CEBA program and the document upload website. The purpose of the call centre is not to field complaints about the program. The call centre is open Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. ET (5:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. PT) at 1-888-324-4201.
Our Statement On Canada Emergency Business Account Changes
Our Senior Director of Tax and Financial Policy, Patrick Gill, issued the following statement on Monday’s announced changes for the Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) and the Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP). He also noted that the government must now turn its attention on fixing the commercial rent assistance program.
Virtual Meetings With Candidates For World Trade Organization Director-General
In partnership with the members of the Global Business Coalition, we are providing an opportunity for the business community to meet virtually with the candidates running to become the next head of the WTO. These meetings will play a crucial role in hearing each of the candidates’ visions for the WTO, understanding what it means for Canada, and allowing us to provide well-informed views to our government. These virtual meetings will have participation from member organizations of the Global Business Coalition, which includes businesses from the United States, France, Germany, Italy, Australia, Korea, India, Brazil and others.
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 FREE 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. *The deadline to sign up is this Friday, September 4.
Free Upcoming Events
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.
September 17, 1:00 P.M. ET | Future Of Transportation: Trucking
70% of Canadian goods are transported by truck, whether it’s groceries, raw materials, or other items essential to Canada’s economic well-being. Before and throughout the pandemic, the trucking industry has been invaluable in helping to keep supply chains open and flowing. Join us as we focus on the initial impacts of COVID-19 on trucking operations and steps the industry has taken to mitigate those impacts. We will also have a discussion on what the future of trucking may look like in a post-COVID world.
How We’re Helping Canadian Business
Molson Coors Joins Food Service Industry Leaders To Support Our Restaurants
With the Canadian restaurant industry reeling from the coronavirus pandemic, Molson Coors has joined the Canadian Chamber’s Our Restaurants campaign to bring awareness to the dire situation facing the service industry, and how consumers and the government can help. “Restaurants are part of the fabric of every community in Canada. They’re a place to unwind — gathering spots that have created a lot of memories for people. We want to make sure they’re supported,” says Steve Zmudczynski, national vice president of on premise and emerging growth for Molson Coors’ Canadian operations.
A Win For Telecom Members
Earlier this month, the Minister for Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada responded to the cabinet appeal of the CRTC wholesale Internet rates decision. In his statement, Minister Bains echoed the issues we, and our telecom members, raised to ensure that wholesale rates continue to incentivize network infrastructure investment in order to best serve Canadians. We will continue to monitor this CRTC process.
Leveraging The SDGs To Achieve A Sustainable And Competitive Canadian Economy Post-COVID-19
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.
A #TeamCanada Approach
Rio Tinto Supports COVID-19 Isolation Shelter In Yellowknife
Our member Rio Tinto has partnered with the Yellowknife Women’s Society to support their COVID-19 isolation shelter with a $150,000 contribution.
As part of Rio Tinto’s worldwide community investment in COVID-19 relief initiatives, this funding will provide accommodation and food for individuals who are at high medical risk of serious illness or death if they contract the virus. It will also support the hiring of three additional staff at the shelter to provide service continuity and better support the ongoing programming for residents.