Bulletin: January 7, 2021

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A Note from the Hon. Perrin Beatty

As 2021 begins, Canada continues to face strong headwinds. COVID-19 numbers are rising, restrictions on our activities remain and may even increase, and we face great economic uncertainty. Given this reality, all of us in the business community must work together to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and to navigate the economic crisis. We will not be able to return to our normal lives until we contain the virus and we must keep our citizens and businesses afloat until we achieve that goal. 

It may be tempting to believe that there is little we can do to control events, but we must understand that we are not powerless. Not only do we each have the ability to contribute, but we will save lives and get back to normal more quickly if all of us — governments, businesses and individual citizens alike — do our part. At the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, we will continue working with our membership and with government to ensure the programs and supports are in place to help Canadian businesses survive until our economy is growing again. 

Additionally, with vaccine distribution now underway, business will pay a crucial role in protecting our employees and customers and in defeating the pandemic. We will promote and support those efforts. 

Canadian businesses — and all the people behind those businesses — should feel proud of all we have all done together to get this far. But the work is not over yet, and we must redouble our efforts to restore the health of our population and of our economy. We must all be part of the solution. 

Hon. Perrin Beatty, PC, OC
President and Chief Executive Officer
Canadian Chamber of Commerce

For Your Attention

Important CBRN Resources

As our families, businesses and communities grapple with increasing COVID numbers and tighter restrictions, the Canadian Business Resilience Network website remains up-do-date with access to resources to help you persevere through the coming weeks and months. Please feel encouraged to make the most of these resources and share them with your networks.

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Mental Health Resources

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Frequently Asked Questions

Perrin Beatty: We Need to Send a Confident Message to Business and Canadians

Our President and CEO joined BNN Bloomberg’s Amanda Lang to discuss the current situation facing Canadians amid rising case numbers and the possibility of strict lockdowns returning.

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Taking the Lead: A Pan-Canadian Strategy to Manage COVID-19

With COVID-19 cases increasing at an alarming rate, our leaders face a difficult balancing act. We need to chart a path forward that protects Canadians’ health — on COVID, mental health and other aspects — as well as their economic well-being.

Together with the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business and the Retail Council of Canada, we have launched the Pan-Canadian Strategy to Manage COVID-19.

The full framework is available at NationalStrategy.ca.

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Safe Food for Canadians Licence Renewals

Some Safe Food for Canadians (SFC) licence holders will need to take action now to ensure they renew their licence before expiration. Some SFC licences will expire as early as January 15, 2021.

If you have an SFC licence, it can be renewed online through your My CFIA account. Submit your request for renewal as soon as possible to allow sufficient processing time. You can do so up to 120 days before the expiry date of your licence. Renewed SFC licences will be valid for two years from the original expiry date.  

If your licence expires, your business will no longer be permitted to conduct licensed activities in accordance with the Safe Food for Canadians Act and may be subject to enforcement actions and removal from export eligibility lists.  

Upcoming Events

Business Insurance 101 – Supporting Businesses during the Pandemic, with the Insurance Bureau of Canada | January 15, 2021

When it comes to commercial insurance, many business owners are seeing their premiums rise and may be finding it increasingly difficult to get the appropriate insurance to meet their needs in certain regions. While there are no easy solutions to the problem, Canada’s insurers are pulling together to find creative solutions to support businesses across all sectors in accessing the insurance they need. 

Pete Karageorgos, Insurance Bureau of Canada’s Director of Consumer and Industry Relations (Ontario), will present some of the key economic dynamics affecting Canada’s property and casualty insurers, how the industry, governments and businesses are working in partnership to address the current challenges, and more importantly, tools and resources IBC and insurers are providing to support Canadian businesses. 

We encourage you to submit any questions you might have during the registration process.  

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A #TeamCanada Approach

Supporting Local: Arterra Wines Canada partners with restaurant industry leaders during COVID-19

The Grey Bruce Health Unit (Owen Sound, ON) has a proposal before the provincial government that would provide the Ontario government with a successful pilot of a Pfizer logistics hub for vaccine delivery in small-urban and rural communities, that is representative of the majority of communities in Ontario. 

Bruce Power and Chapman’s Ice Cream (mmmm….) are part of the proposal that brings hospitals, health units and business together to efficiently roll out a vaccine delivery hub.  

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