Bulletin: September 3, 2020

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CRA Increases Amounts For Meal Claims And Benefits

The Canada Revenue Agency, with immediate effect and retroactive to January 1, 2020, has increased the amount employers can use to determine whether an overtime meal or allowance or the meal portion of a travel allowance is taxable from $17 to $23.

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Continuing Media Coverage Of The Our Restaurants Campaign

Following the launch of the Our Restaurants campaign on August 26, there has been extensive coverage and discussion on TV and radio and in print of the dire situation facing the food service industry. Our chamber network is strongly encouraged to continue to highlight the issues locally. Business members of the Our Restaurants group express their gratitude for the ongoing support.

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Watch Pizza Pizza’s CEO on Global News

Pitch To Win Up To $25,000 In The Canadian Export Challenge

Startup Canada, in collaboration with the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service, UPS, MasterCard, Scotiabank and Export Development Canada, proudly presents the third annual Canadian Export Challenge (CXC2020), powered by Google. Participants will have the opportunity to:  

  • Apply to compete in the digital pitch competition and win up to $25,000 in cash and up to $100,000 in support at the CXC2020 grand finale in October 2020.
  • Meet one-on-one with EDC’s export advisors via the Growth Lounge, EDC’s virtual trade show booth.
  • Attend the EDCxFITT workshop on how to succeed internationally during business as unusual.
  • Enjoy an epic speaker lineup and experience interactive learning with industry experts and much more.  

Registration deadline is September 9.

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REMINDER: The Canada United Small Business Relief Fund Application Window Is Open!

The Canada United Small Business Relief Fund was launched in support of other chambers and partners to help small Canadian businesses with their recovery efforts as a result of COVID-19. If awarded, a relief grant can be used for any of the following activities: 

  • Purchasing personal protective equipment (PPE) such as masks, face shields and latex gloves. 
  • Renovating physical spaces to adhere to local, provincial or federal reopening guidelines. 
  • Developing or improving e-commerce capabilities for your business. 

A limited number of grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded. We intend to support local businesses of all kinds from across the country (from retailers to barbershops to farmers). 

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Free Upcoming Events

September 9, 3:00 P.M. ET | Think Growth, Quebec Consultation: How Can Canada Harness Its Tax System For Inclusive Recovery And Growth?

The COVID-19 pandemic is changing our world. To help Canadian policymakers think differently about growing our economy while still paying for today’s health crisis, we have launched our independent tax review.

As an integral part of the review, we are seeking the views of Canadian business leaders on the federal tax system.

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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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September 14, 10:00 A.M. ET | Virtual Briefing On The B20 And G20

The G20 is the premier forum for international economic cooperation and acts as a key arena on a range of global issues, including those affecting Canadian businesses. This includes trade, tax, digital economy, health policy and many others. The B20 is the voice of the private sector to the G20 and represents the global business community across all G20 member states, including Canada.

We are hosting a virtual meeting for you to hear about the work of the G20 and B20 under Saudi Arabia’s presidency this year. We will hear from the Prime Minister’s personal representative to the G20 and Associate Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chris MacLennan, as well as the B20 sherpa, Dr. Abdulwahab Al-Sadoun, and representatives from the Trade and Investment Taskforce and Digitalization Taskforce.

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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.

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September 22, 11:00 A.M. ET | The Journey Of Artificial Intelligence (AI) Tech Adoption

An introduction to the principles and applications of AI and machine learning as seen through the lens of SMEs via user cases across multiple sectors.

You may be surprised to learn that fewer than one in 10 businesses are ready for AI adoption. Despite all the AI hype, the reality remains that a vast majority of companies simply do not have the capacity to augment their business operations with AI at scale, resulting in a series of one-off pilot projects. Please join Nicolas Chapados, Co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer at Element AI, Zied Touzani, Head of Partnerships at Dataperformers, and Stephane Boivin, Co-founder and CEO at Pivot88, as we explore how businesses can overcome these challenges and realize the benefits of artificial intelligence. This webinar will be moderated by Ulrike Bahr-Gedalia, our Senior Director of Digital Economy, Technology and Innovation.

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How We’re Helping Canadian Business

Webinar Recording: Building Digital Capacity And Business Resiliency During COVID-19 with TC Energy

Embracing change allows organizations to accomplish things they didn’t know were possible. We were joined by Chris Foster, Vice-President, Information Services and Chief Information Officer at TC Energy, for a webinar to discuss building digital capacity and business resilience amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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September 10, 2:00 P.M. ET | Growing Opportunities: Overcoming COVID’s Impact On Agri-Food, With EDC

In collaboration with Farm Credit Canada, Export Development Canada is hosting a webinar to discuss how COVID-19 has affected the agriculture and agri-food sector, the economic outlook for the sector and key opportunities for recovery and growth.

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A #TeamCanada Approach

British Columbia Institute Of Technology Receives Funding

Our member the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) has partnered with the Technology Training Associates (TTA) on the Virtual Pulse project to help face and tackle challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. As part of this project, BCIT has received $2.2 million from the Digital Technology Supercluster to support the project in protecting and preparing nurses across Canada through virtual COVID-19 training.

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