The Government of Canada has invested $350 million to improve the ability of community organizations to serve vulnerable Canadians during the COVID-19 crisis. Three intermediary organizations will be in charge of disbursing funds to community organizations. These intermediaries include: the Canadian Red Cross, Community Foundations of Canada, and the United Way Centraide Canada. 

The goal of this funding is to allow communities to put decisions in local hands where possible and allow flexibility to respond to local needs, among other things. To qualify for funding, the community organization must:

  • Address a pressing social inclusion or well-being need caused by COVID-19
  • Serve one or more vulnerable population(s) during COVID-19
  • Can be carried out in a short timeframe with a reasonable budget
  • Can attest to not having secured funds to cover the costs of the activities for which they have applied from another intermediary, federal COVID-19 response program, or a different source.

Interested community organizations are encouraged to visit intermediary partner websites regularly to learn more about how to apply.

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The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) was announced on April 1, 2020 and helps employers protect jobs, rehire employees, and provide workers with a decent income. The subsidy covers 75% of an employee’s wages (up to $847 per week) for employers who have been hit hard by COVID-19.

The Government of Canada is looking for contributions to a consultation that will help inform potential changes to the CEWS to help maximize employment and best meet the needs of businesses and workers during this unprecedented time. The consultation is run by the Department of Finance Canada and is seeking feedback from businesses of all sizes, not-for-profit, charities, and labour representatives. 

The Consultation opened on May 25, 2020 and will close on June 5, 2020. Click here to participate in the survey or to provide in-depth feedback on the guiding questions, email at fin.cews-succ.fin@canada.ca.

To read the full statement, click here.

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In this episode of the Business of Business, Perrin Beatty President & CEO of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce sits down with Garrick Tiplady, Managing Director of Facebook Canada about the resources available for small businesses during COVID-19 and how Facebook has launched over $3.5 million in grants for small businesses across Canada. 

Garrick discusses all the features Facebook and Instagram have added to support Small Businesses across Canada during this time. 

For more information on the grants available through Facebook and the eligibility, click here.

 

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The Business Resilience Service (BRS) allows you to connect with experienced business advisors from across Canada for guidance on which government relief programs will be most appropriate to support your small-to-medium sized business, not-for-profit, or charity on how to respond and reshape amid uncertainty. 

The BRS is run through the Canadian Chamber’s Business Resilience Network in collaboration with EY and with support from Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada), and Imagine Canada.

The Program will be provided for four weeks from Monday, May 25, and involves support from approximately 125 business advisors from across the accounting profession. 

For more information about the BRS, click here.

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The province of Ontario is investing in its first Virtual Action Centre, an online counseling and training portal, to support laid off and unemployed hospitality workers, and is helping apprentices by providing grants to purchase tools, protective equipment, and clothing for their trade, along with forgiving previous loans to purchase tools.

The government is also providing an Ontario Tools Grant of $2.5 million in 2020 to 2021 and $7.5 million in 2021 to 2022. This will help new, eligible apprentices purchase the equipment they need to start their careers. To be eligible for the new grant, apprentices must have: completed level 1 training on or after April 1, 2020, have an active registered training agreement, and be registered as an apprentice for at least 12 months.

Nearly $2 million will be invested to open the Virtual Action Centre in partnership with UNITE HERE Local 75. The virtual job training resource will provide up to 7,000 unemployed workers in the hospitality sector with access to a wide range of services and supports online and over the phone, including: mental health resources, technical skill training, digital skill training, English language certification, and more.

For the full statement from the Ontario government, click here.

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The Government of Canada has created an interactive website to help businesses pinpoint the support available to them during the pandemic.

The website asks questions surrounding the type of support you need for your business, the specific amount that would help you, and your main goals in seeking this support. To access the Innovation Canada Interactive Website, click here.

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The Canada Enterprise Emergency Funding Corporation (CEEFC) and Canada Development Investment Corporation’s (CDEV) have been mandated to assist the Canadian Government as a part of their COVID-19 Economic Response Plan to implement the Large Employer Emergency Financing Facility (LEEFF).

LEEFF will be open to Canadian employers who (a) have a significant impact on Canada’s economy (as demonstrated by having significant operations in Canada or can generally demonstrate approximately $300 million+ in annual revenue); (b) can generally demonstrate approximately $300 million or more in annual revenues; and (c) require a minimum loan size of about $60 million.

For more information, such as the LEEFF application process for qualifying enterprises, a LEEFF Factsheet, or to read the entire statement, click here.

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The Washington-based Canadian American Business Council launched a new online campaign last week to convince states, provinces, and federal officials on both sides of the border to team up in the economic recovery of North American businesses.

The primary goals of the “North American Rebound” campaign are to secure personal protective equipment, replenish and maintain each other’s medical stockpiles, and defend cross-border supply chains. In many ways, the effort is an early hedge against the perils of protectionism.

Kathryn Friedman, a law professor and Canada-U.S border expert on the Buffalo campus of the State University of New York states: “Given that now there’s a real push for companies to bring suppliers back home, to really get out of China and reshore back in the United States or Canada, there’s a real opportunity for places like Detroit-Windsor, Buffalo-Niagara, maybe even Seattle-Vancouver, to position themselves as a new platform in each region for reshoring of supply chains.”

The campaign has an online portal that allows supporters to add their names to the effort. 

To read the full article by Inside Logistics, click here.

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On Tuesday, June 2, Kate Young, MP for London West will lead a virtual town hall with the Sarnia-Lambton Chamber of Commerce. MP Young is Parliamentary Secretary to Minister Joly, Economic Development.

During this town hall, Ms. Young hopes to receive feedback from Chamber members and the Sarnia-Lambton business community. In particular, Ms. Young will talk about the Regional Relief and Recovery Fund – a $252 million dollar funding package for the Federal Development program for southern Ontario which is being delivered by regional development agencies (RDAs) to help more businesses and organizations in sectors across the economy such as manufacturing, technology, tourism, and others that are key to the regions and local economies.

Click here to register.

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Business After 5 is back! Join Tourism Sarnia-Lambton as they host our first virtual BA5 on May 27 at 5:00 pm.

Business After 5 is one of the SLCC’s signature networking events. This will be our first virtual BA5. To register, click here.

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