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Daily COVID-19 Update: June 16, 2020

Supports for Business

More Protection for Commercial Tenants

Bill 23, the Commercial Tenancies Protection Act, would protect eligible commercial tenants from having their leases terminated due to non-payment of rent as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. If passed, the act would also prevent landlords from raising rent and charging late fees and penalties on missed rent.

The new measures will help address shortfalls in the current Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) program, and will give eligible business owners peace of mind as they reopen and help with the provincial economic recovery. 

The legislation and upcoming regulation would cover the period from March 17 to Aug. 31, and would apply to:

  • Commercial tenants with tenancy agreements that would be eligible for the CECRA program, but whose landlords have chosen not to participate.
  • Commercial lease agreements where tenants have had to close their business due to public health orders or have had their business revenue decline by 25 per cent or more as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

If passed, any late fees, penalties or rent increases imposed on a commercial tenant by their landlord between March 17 and Aug. 31 would need to be reimbursed, however, the legislation would not undo any evictions or lease terminations that happened before the legislation was tabled. 

Related information


Applications For Surplus Food Rescue Program Now Available 

Today the government announced that farmers may apply for the food-buying program. The program aims to move surplus food commodities such as potatoes and other possible horticulture, fish and seafood, and meat through the food system as efficiently as possible to help vulnerable Canadians. The Government of Canada is purchasing some of the surplus food now being produced and will redistribute it to those in need. More information.

Supports for Individuals

Prime Minister announces extension of the Canada Emergency Response Benefit

The Prime Minister, today announced that the government is extending the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) by eight weeks, to ensure Canadians have the help they need as they transition back to work. This extension will make the benefit available to eligible workers for up to a total of 24 weeks.

The Government of Canada introduced the CERB to immediately help workers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, so they could continue to put food on the table and pay their bills during this challenging time. As we begin to restart the economy and get people back on the job, Canadians receiving the benefit should be actively seeking work opportunities or planning to return to work, provided they are able and it is reasonable to do so.

That is why the government will also make changes to the CERB attestation, which will encourage Canadians receiving the benefit to find employment and consult Job Bank, Canada’s national employment service that offers tools to help with job searches. Over the next few weeks, the government will monitor international best practices, the economy, and the progression of the virus and, if needed, make necessary changes to the program so more people can have the support they need. 

Community Supports and Resources

Canada-U.S. Land Border To Be Closed For A Further 30 Days

The Government of Canada has announced an agreement with the U.S. to keep the border closed for an additional 30 days, extending the closure to July 21, 2020. More information.

Posted Speed Limit to be Lowered in Downtown

Recent public and local business engagement, in conjunction with the current Municipal Development Plan review, identified a desire for the downtown area to have a pedestrian friendly environment. With this in mind, the City of Medicine Hat has recently completed a posted speed limit review of roads in the area.

Some of the key considerations for the City’s posted speed review include:

  • Maintaining vehicle, cycling and pedestrian safety;
  • Road design characteristics and adjoining land use;
  • Number, location and type of intersections; and
  • Posting a speed that most drivers consider safe and reasonable under ideal conditions.
  • Based on the review results, the speed limit on roads in the downtown core will be posted at 40 km/h.

Downtown Speed Zone Map (PDF)


Canadian Chamber Launches National Food Services Working Group To Bolster Economic Recovery 

We have launched the National Food Services Working Group to address the economic challenges of the food services industry. With approximately 98,000 foodservice establishments in Canada, the industry is integral to the economic vibrancy of communities. Co-chaired by David Lefebvre of Restaurants Canada and Steve Zmudczynski of Molson Coors Beverage Company, the Working Group is composed of the presidents and CEOs of many of Canada’s best-known food service and restaurant brands. Read more.

June 2020 Statement By The World Trade Organization Ottawa Group

Canada has convened the Ottawa Group to discuss the how governments can use the WTO to respond to COVID-19. Specific measures agreed by the member countries of the Ottawa Group include greater transparency on trade measures enacted by governments, supporting the transition to e-commerce for businesses, and facilitating the trade of medical supplies. More information.


Building A Resilient Workforce That Can Thrive In The Next Normal, With Deloitte

An estimated 2.7 billion workers worldwide have been affected by full or partial lockdowns, according to the United Nations' labour body, the International Labour Organization. Deloitte's 2020 Global Human Capital Trends report, The social enterprise at work: Paradox as a path forward, comes at a time when the pandemic has forced a rethink of workforce strategies. This discussion will focus on the big workforce issues impacting work, workers, workplace, culture and leadership that organizations must consider to create a resilient workforce prepared to thrive in our next normal. This webinar will take place on June 23 at 1:00 p.m. ET. Register now.

New Resources

Small Business, Big Pivot

In a new report, Small Business, Big Pivot, RBC Thought Leadership lays out a five-point plan to help Canadian small businesses thrive in a post-pandemic economy. Small businesses represent 42% of Canada’s GDP and accounted for almost double the rate of job losses as mid-sized and large firms during the first two months of the global pandemic. Canada’s rebuild will depend on small businesses’ rebound, but the rebound can’t be back to something that worked in the past. It needs to propel smaller enterprises forward into a different economy. This report outlines what that path forward could look like. Read the report.

Managing Your Cash Flow During COVID-19—And Beyond 

Following the COVID-19 outbreak, Canada’s businesses have suffered their greatest economic shock in living memory. For exporters and non-exporters alike, the global pandemic has upended revenue forecasts, demolished growth projections and slowed cash flows to a trickle. How we respond to this extraordinary and evolving situation will affect Canada and Canadian companies for years to come. Read more about Export Development Canada’s (EDC) insights into how businesses can manage costs and revenue to sustain cash flow and find current and future market opportunities in a post-COVID-19 environment. More information

Discussion with CMHC on the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance Program

Yesterday, the ACC hosted a very informative Zoom discussion with CMHC representatives on the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) program. See the notes or watch the recording


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