Week in Review: August 31-September 4, 2020

Monday August 31st

Ministers Ng and Freeland announced that the Canada Emergency Business Account will be extended through to the end of October. The Government of Canada continues to work closely with over 200 financial institutions to make CEBA available to the small business owners and entrepreneurs operating out of a personal bank account as opposed to a business bank account.

And to help businesses with larger operating expenses, it was also announced that the Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP) will be extended to June 2021.

The government announced that agreements in principle have been reached with Johnson & Johnson and Novavax to procure millions of doses of experimental COVID-19 vaccines. These agreements follow those already reached with Pfizer and Moderna upon recommendation of the COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force. Funding for a new biomanufacturing facility was also announced, to ensure Canada has enough capacity to produce vaccines for all Canadians.

Tuesday September 1st

The government announced $28.5 million in funding for 11 projects to help B.C communities save energy and reduce pollution. The projects will also create good jobs for Canadians and help to strengthen local economies now.

Wednesday September 2nd

Ministers Ng and Joly announced an investment of over $10 million to help thousands of women entrepreneurs in Quebec succeed by creating stronger and more inclusive networks of support, while breaking down systemic barriers to success.

Minister Ng spoke with Eleni Kounalakis, Lt. Governor of California. The discussion focussed on the strong Canada-California trade relationship and growing opportunities for collaboration between the two economies.

Thursday September 3rd

The government announced that more than 2,400 businesses in Western Canada have received funding through the Regional Relief and Recovery Fund, protecting almost 11,000 jobs in communities across the West.

The Government announced over 1,000 new projects delivered by community organizations across the country to support seniors during the pandemic. The projects are funded through the New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP), and will offer virtual activities such as training on how to use personal equipment, virtual computer literacy classes and exercise classes to bring seniors together safely during the pandemic.

Newfoundland became the second province to launch theCOVID Alert appon Thursday. The app is free and voluntary, and notifies users if they may have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. Also this week, Saskatchewan announced they will be the next province use the COVID Alert app.

Minister Ng spoke with France’s Minister Delegate for Foreign Trade and Economic Attractiveness, Franck Riester. They discussed how Canada and France will continue to work together to strengthen the economic relationship between both countries, creating jobs and promoting new opportunities for Canadian and French businesses as both economies begin to recover.

Friday, September 4th

This week was the Convenience Industry Council of Canada’s 2ndAnnual National Convenience Store Week. Convenience stores play an important role in communities across Canada, and employ over 234,000 Canadians. COVID-19 has only highlighted the hard work that convenience store owners and workers do every day on the front lines. See here for Minister Ng’s visit to a local Convenience store in her riding of Markham-Thornhill.