Week in Review: June 8 - 12

Monday, June 8th

The governement is bringing in a limited exemption to allow immediate family abroad who do not have any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 to come to Canada, as long as they quarantine for a minimum of 14 days.

The COVID-19 pandemic has hit small and medium‑sized enterprises hard, and their owners have demonstrated resilience and creativity in adapting their operations during these hard times. Earlier this week, the government announced $30 million to help Montréal businesses who don’t qualify for other federal support measures related to COVID-19, through the Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF).

Tuesday, June 9th

A new PPE Supply hub was launched to connect businesses buying and selling personal protective equipment (PPE). If you’re business is looking for PPE as you begin to reopen safely, please feel free to consult this hub to see how you can get the supplies you need in your region.

The government is looking for made-in-Canada solutions, and have recently signed new contracts and helped companies retool their manufacturing facilities and scale-up production to meet the demands of this crisis.

Wednesday, June 10th

On Wednesday, Minister Ng announced our partnership with the POST Promise program, an initiative launched by Canadian private sector organizations to help businesses across the country restart safely. As different regions begin to ease COVID-19 restrictions, people can be reassured that businesses displaying the “POST Promise” logo are taking steps to ensure the health and safety of employees and customers in their stores. 

The government has been committed to applying a gender lens to all we do since taking office – and remains focused on ensuring women are fully included and supported in economic recovery post COVID-19. CARE International recently recognized Canada’s leadership on this front in our response to the pandemic.

Thursday, June 11th

The Prime Minister announced additional investments of $133 million to support Indigenous businesses, protect jobs, and help communities. This funding is destined to help small and community-owned Indigenous businesses get through these tough times, as well as specifically help Indigenous businesses in the tourism industry, an important sector that supports thousands of jobs across the country.

Minister Ng spoke with Greece’s Minister of Development and Investment, Adonis Georgiadis. She thanked her counterpart for his government’s support for CETA and underlined how the agreement creates good jobs and will help grow economies post-COVID-19. The ministers highlighted the strong economic and people-to-people ties between Canada and Greece, noting the opportunities for increased trade and investment that will benefit Canadian and Greek workers, farmers, producers and businesses.

Additionally, it was announced that next week, Minister Ng will be hosting a virtual meeting of the Ottawa Group on World Trade Organization reform and COVID-19, to make sure trade stays open and predictable to give people stability at this uncertain time. She will also be advocating for clear rules in the online trading space within our increasingly digital economy.

Finally, the government is investing $50 million towards helping businesses across Ontario adopt digital technologies to support their recovery efforts and generate new revenue. Working with its strategic partners, FedDev will deliver targeted supports to about 22,000 small- and medium-sized businesses across Ontario to pivot their operations and embrace digital technologies as more consumers increasingly shift to online solutions. This investment will also create jobs for more than 1,400 students.

Friday, June 12th 

The Prime Minister announced that temperature screening for air passengers will be mandatory starting at the end of this month. A passenger who has a fever will not be permitted to board their flight. While not everyone with COVID-19 has a fever and not everyone with a fever has COVID-19, this will add an extra layer of safety for other passengers on planes.