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COVID-19 UPDATES
July 30, 2020

CEWS legislation receives Royal Assent

Bill C-20, An Act respecting further COVID-19 measures, received Royal Assent this week, ensuring that the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) will continue to protect jobs by helping businesses keep employees on the payroll and encouraging employers to re-hire workers previously laid off.

Over $95 million in relief and recovery funds flow to businesses in Western Canada

The Honourable Mélanie Joly announced over $95,136,762 in support to help over 1,767 businesses that were unable to access existing Government of Canada COVID-19 relief measures. This is the first funding from WD to flow from the Regional Relief and Recovery Fund.

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Safe Restart funding details

The Government of Canada will provide $4.28 billion to further expand testing and contact tracing capacity, and the associated data management and information sharing systems. This funding will ensure a national capacity to conduct 200,000 tests per day to help manage COVID-19 outbreaks over the coming year. Canada will also provide $7.5 billion towards personal protective equipment.

The Canada Revenue Agency announces an extension to the payment deadline and offers interest relief on outstanding tax debts during the COVID-19 pandemic

In addition to measures already announced, the CRA is extending the payment deadline and applying relief to interest on existing debt.

The Government of Canada providing funding to support child care for returning workers

The federal government announced $625 million in federal support for Canada’s child care sector to help ensure that safe and sufficient child care spaces are available to support parents’ gradual return to work.

Billion-dollar investment to help Alberta municipalities create jobs and cope with COVID-19

Municipalities will receive $1.1 billion to build core infrastructure that will get Albertans working, support municipal and public transit operating costs and create thousands of good-paying jobs now.

New opportunities for Alberta’s livestock sector

Amendments to the Meat Inspection Regulation will cut red tape and provide Albertans with greater access to locally produced meat while maintaining food safety.

Taking action to attract job-creating investment

Alberta’s government has appointed seven board members to lead the newly created Invest Alberta Corporation to allow the agency to hit the ground running and attract job-creating investment back to Alberta.

Cutting outdated commercial carrier permits

Alberta’s government is eliminating 10,000 commercial carrier permits to cut red tape for truckers while maintaining safety on provincial highways.

LNG report: Associate Minister Dale Nally

Associate Minister of Natural Gas and Electricity Dale Nally issued a statement about a Conference Board of Canada report on the economic impacts of LNG development.

Canadian Chamber of Commerce launches independent tax review to spur recovery, names leading Canadian experts for public consultations

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce is pressing for a more competitive, simpler, and fairer tax system as a critical driver of Canada’s recovery from the economic crater of COVID-19.

ACC in the news

ACC President and CEO Ken Kobly spoke with Danielle Smith about Alberta's reopening, return to work, and the Alberta business community's pessimism in the future.

Ken also spoke with Alberta Primetime about federal funds for western businesses, stimulus funding for Alberta municipalities, and our recent business recovery survey.

The interview starts at 11:24.

AWE Regional Relief and Recovery Fund

AWE’s new Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF) will provide financial support directly to women-owned businesses to address COVID-19 impacts on their short-term stability. This financing will support small enterprises that are struggling with working capital needs and are unable to access larger federal relief funding programs or unable to obtain a loan/credit from traditional financial institutions.

COVID-19 UPDATES
July 23, 2020

National Reopening Government Regulation Tracker

In order to operate, businesses must abide by all national, provincial/territorial, and local codes issued by our governments. This includes when and which businesses are allowed to open, an array of health and safety measures, social distancing standards, occupancy limits, and more.

Refer to our national reopening government regulation tracker to access the rules and regulations that are in place according to federal and provincial/territorial jurisdictions.

Access The Tracker

For Your Attention
Reminder: Accessibility Standards Canada Seeking Volunteers

To Help Create The First Accessibility Standards Accessibility Standards Canada is recruiting volunteer experts for two technical committees. These committees will create Canada’s first accessibility standards in the areas of plain language and outdoor spaces. Each technical committee will consist of 12 to 18 members and represent the following categories:

  • Persons with disabilities
  • Industry and commerce
  • Government authorities
  • Consumer and public interest
  • Labour and unions
  • University and research groups
  • Non-governmental organizations

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CPA Canada’s Webinar Recording: Rebuilding The Canadian Economy

We were joined by Rogers, recently, for a webinar to discuss business continuity through COVID-19 and beyond. The webinar included tips on how to equip employees to work from home and how to access and protect your business data from anywhere.

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Webinar Recording

From Far And Wide: Canada’s Accelerated Technology Landscape, With Global Public Affairs

Beyond just a surge of innovation, the tech sector in Canada is accelerating in growth and stature. Some of Canada’s fastest-growing and largest organizations are technology companies. Many of our legacy companies are adapting to digitization, and the need for this transition is even more urgent since the pandemic. We were joined by Global Public Affairs for a webinar, moderated by legendary Canadian journalist Tom Clark, to discuss Canada’s acceleration of tech and the role of government in this transformative time.

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A #TeamCanada Approach
Helping The Most Vulnerable During The COVID-19 Pandemic

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, our member Herbalife has been using its Herbalife Nutrition Foundation to work with its partners and ensure children in vulnerable situations have access to nutritious food, education, and care.

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Weddingstar Makes An Offer Too Good To Refuse

Weddingstar, a member of the Medicine Hat & District Chamber (AB), is helping to protect Canadian communities by providing a line of premium designer face masks to wear when isolation is not an option. Weddingstar is also offering a chamber specific promotion: chambers and their members will receive a 40% discount by using promo code Chamber40 by August 31, 2020. In addition, for every 100 masks ordered within your region, Weddingstar will donate 10 masks back to your local region to be distributed by your chamber to organizations in need.

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COVID-19 UPDATES
July 17, 2020

This afternoon the government released details of the proposed CEWS program extension and improvements. Legislative approval is still required, however, the draft would: Allow the extension of the CEWS until December 19, 2020, including redesigned program details until November 21, 2020. Make the subsidy accessible to a broader range of employers by including employers with a revenue decline of less than 30% and providing a gradually decreasing base subsidy to all qualifying employers. This would help many struggling employers with less than a 30% revenue loss get support to keep and bring back workers while also ensuring those who have previously benefited could still qualify, even if their revenues recover and no longer meet the 30% revenue decline threshold. Introduce a top-up subsidy of up to an additional 25% for employers that have been most adversely affected by the pandemic. This would be particularly helpful to employers in industries that are recovering more slowly. Provide certainty to employers that have already made business decisions for July and August by ensuring they would not receive a subsidy rate lower than they would have had under the previous rules. Address certain technical issues identified by stakeholders.

We issued a statement that today’s improvements would help get Canadians back to work.

Information On CEWS Improvements here.

Read Our Statement

For Your Attention

July Opt-In Is Now Available For The CECRA Program
Businesses may now apply for the opt-in for the month of July for the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) program. If you have previously been approved, you automatically qualify and no additional documents are required, but you must log in to the portal and opt-in for your affected tenants. If you haven’t yet applied for CECRA for small businesses, you can apply for July as part of your entire application.

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Government Provides Nearly $21 Million In Funding For Quebec Manufacturing Automation

On July 16, the Government of Canada announced it will spend nearly $21 million on 45 projects in support of innovative manufacturing businesses. The funding is flowing through Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions.

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Government Confirms Canada-U.S. Border Closure To Extend Until August 21

As had been widely reported earlier this week, the government has confirmed the current closure of the Canada-U.S. land border will be extended until August 21. The government will continue to reevaluate the situation on a month-by-month basis.

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How COVID-19 Changed Canada’s Conversation On Digital Infrastructure

In a matter of months, Canadians’ primary thoughts about broadband connectivity went from cost to need and from “nice to have” to “must-have.” Read the recent article in The Hill Times featuring Dr. Trevin Stratton, our Chief Economist and Vice President of Policy and Advocacy, and Ulrike Bahr-Gedalia, our Senior Director of Digital Economy, Technology and Innovation, where they discuss the importance of digital infrastructure that works for every Canadian, today and tomorrow. Please note that this article is behind a paywall.

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Webinar Recording: Get Ready Workplace IPAC Program

We were joined by Get Ready for a webinar to discuss the Get Ready Workplace IPAC Program. This program equips Canadian businesses with the tools and knowledge to appropriately respond to an infectious disease outbreak.

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Webinar Recording: Brave New World – Navigating The Crisis And Its Aftermath With Desjardins

We were joined by Jimmy Jean, a Macro Strategist with Desjardins Capital Markets, on July 7 for a webinar to discuss Canada’s economic outlook, how we adapt to this new reality and what innovation is needed for Canadian businesses to thrive in the wake of COVID-19.

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How We’re Helping Canadian Business

Kate And Michael Popovic Tell Us How Being Recipients Of A $10,000 CBRN Grant Will Help Their Business Remain Resilient Congratulations to Timmins Chiropractic Clinic for being a recipient of a $10,000 CBRN Small Business Relief Fund grant. After 10 years of business, owners Kate and Michael Popovic thought that the chiropractic profession is one that can weather all storms, however, the COVID-19 pandemic has proven to be an unprecedented challenge for their business. Learn more about how they plan to use the $10,000 to help expand their online chiropractic platform.

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A #TeamCanada Approach
Helping Small Businesses Nationwide

Our member Harris Canada Systems Inc. issued more than $100 million in accelerated payments to small business suppliers nationwide – supporting companies that play a critical role in sustaining regional economies and ensuring the nation’s security. L3Harris is contributing $2 million and providing additional equipment and resources to organizations involved in COVID-19 relief and recovery efforts around the world.

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ACC COVID-19 daily update

June 9, 2020

Alberta moves to stage two of the relaunch

Today Premier Jason Kenney announced testing data shows active COVID-19 cases in Alberta are lower than expected, meaning stage two of the relaunch strategy can safely begin on June 12, a week sooner than expected.

Assessing rail service between Calgary and Banff

The Alberta government has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Canada Infrastructure Bank (CIB) to assess the feasibility of a new passenger rail service between Calgary and Banff.

Provincial travel and tourism letter

Travel and tourism leaders sent a letter to Premier Jason Kenney on a coordinated restart plan for the sector.

Securing Canada's food industry: Chambers send a joint letter to Minister Bibeau

The Canadian Chamber, alongside provincial and territorial chambers of commerce, issued a letter to Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau urging the federal government to ensure Canada’s food security by continuing to assist the agriculture and agri-food economic sector as it begins the process of recovery from COVID-19.

Government of Canada creates a hub for PPE

Today, the Government of Canada launched a new web hub to bring together available resources for organizations buying and selling personal protective equipment (PPE). As organizations re-open for business, they need reliable information on how to buy and sell the necessary supplies required to keep themselves and others safe.

Government of Canada launches the second call for proposals under the Local Food Infrastructure Fund

Today, the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, announced the launch of the second call for proposals under the Local Food Infrastructure Fund. This second call for proposals, valued at $43.4 million, will begin accepting applications today. The Fund aims to strengthen food support organizations and to help improve access to safe and nutritious food for Canadians at risk.

Alberta's event industry relaunch plan

Several of Alberta's prominent venues and event producers have released an event industry relaunch plan, prioritizing the health and safety of attendees, exhibitors, business partners, and staff.

Neuman Thompson webinar — Canada's return to the new workplace (June 17)

On Wednesday, June 17 at 12 p.m. MT, the Employment Law Alliance will host a free webinar on Canada's return to the new workplace. Register online.

ACC COVID-19 daily update

June 4, 2020

CBRN Roadmap to Recovery

Today the Canadian Business Resilience Network launched Roadmap to Recovery, which takes a comprehensive look at the challenges facing our economy and identifies 51 specific recommendations governments should adopt to overcome the challenges identified.

Two ways chambers can support the community during COVID-19

Supporting our communities has never been more important. Despite the struggles and uncertainties, Alberta business and nonprofits are collaborating and getting creative in how they help each other today and as we move into recovery. The Alberta Nonprofit Network has outlined two ways chambers can help support community and nonprofits during this time.

Despite relaunch, Alberta businesses anticipate slow recovery

As Alberta moves into the relaunch phase of its COVID-19 economic response, 80 percent of businesses expect a slow economic recovery—a six-point increase since April.

ACC COVID-19 daily update
June 3, 2020

Canadian Chamber of Commerce Statement on Racism

Read the full statement by Perrin Beatty, PC, OC.

Minister Garneau announces new measures for the use of face coverings in the Canadian transportation sector

Today, the Minister of Transport, the Honourable Marc Garneau, announced he is expanding the requirements for the use of face coverings by workers and others involved in the transportation system, to reduce the risk of COVID-19.

CCC webinar: Understanding Travel Insurance In The World of COVID-19 (June 10)

Please join the Canadian Chamber and  Essential Business Services  partner, Johnson Insurance (Group Benefits Consultant, Jessica Simpson, and Home and Auto Insurance Consultant, Ivan Tolentino) on Wednesday, June 10 at 11 a.m. MT, for a live webinar to discuss MEDOC Travel insurance.

CCC webinar: Take Control of Your Business (June 22)

Join the Canadian Chamber for a free 1-hour webinar where business leaders will learn 3 simple and essential tools that will help them get more control of their business right now.
Bradshaw & Associates  is an Alberta-based firm that supports entrepreneurial organizations, specifically their owners and leaders, get more of what they want from their business by helping to implement proven tools and a complete business system called EOS - the Entrepreneurial Operating System®.

CCC webinar: How to Build an Effective Advertising Strategy (June 24)

You're ready to advertise but need a strategy and a plan. This webinar, in partnership with Facebook, will walk through how to define your advertising goals and objectives, reach your target audience at the right time and place, and learn to measure a successful advertising campaign.