Week in Review: June 22 – June 26, 2020


Monday, June 22nd

On Monday, atroubling report was published by Angus Reiddetailing the prevalence of racism towards Chinese Canadians during COVID-19.Minister Ng’s response denounced this “shadow pandemic,”– bringing attention to the hardships experienced by Chinese and Asian Canadians and calling on us all to build a more inclusive and brighter future for all Canadians.

The Prime Minister announcedfunding for the new Merit Functional Foods locationin Winnipeg, which will create good jobs in the fast-growing field of plant-based proteins. This builds on our previous investments in this industry, with the Prairies-based Protein Industries Supercluster that supports thousands of jobs.

Tuesday, June 23rd

Minister Ngannounced that the Business Resilience Service– the hotline offering tailored support and advice to business owners impacted by COVID-19–is extended until July 3nd. Business owners, entrepreneurs, charities, and non-profits can call this free hotline operated by accountants and financial advisors for tailored financial advice. Call today: 1-866-989-1080.

Wednesday, June 24th

On Wednesday,Minister Ng spoke with her Dutch counterpart, Sigrid Kaag, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, about the opportunities that CETA creates for people in both our countries.The Ministers also discussedthe importance of ongoing global cooperation and coordination in response to COVID-19 and of finding ways to advocate for businesses and workers, and fight climate change.

Thursday, June 25th

Minister Ng joined Pedro Siza Vieira, the Minister of Economy for the Government of Portugal and Brian O’Donovan, the Washington Correspondent at RTÉ for avirtual fireside chat during #CollisionatHome. They discussed the importance of strong trade relations as we work to reopen our economies, and build back better.

Students and youth are playing a key role in ensuring Canada emerges from COVID-19 stronger than ever. On Thursday, thegovernment announced new measures to support students and young Canadiansthrough these difficult times. This includes 10,000 new jobs through the Canada Summer Jobs program, grants of up to $5000 for post-secondary students and recent graduates who volunteer their time to support their communities in their COVID-19 recovery, and more.

Friday, June 26th

Today, the expanded CEBA loan became available through Canada’s large banks. More financial institutions and credit unions will be offering this product in the very near future. 

While many countries have turned inward in response to COVID-19, Minister Ng has been leading the way on the international scene in coordinating efforts with like-minded countries to maintain and strengthen trade relationships to support the recovery and growth of Canadian businesses. Earlier this week,Minister Ng wrote an op-edin Policy Magazine, making the case that trade is crucial to Canada’s road to recovery and prosperity for future generations.

Minister Ng visited ICON Digital Productionsin Markham to highlight a great example of a local business who has retooled their operations in the fight against COVID-19 and has been able to retain their employees with the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy. The wage subsidy is there to help your business and employees bounce back –apply today!