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Daily Update: June 24, 2020

Supports for Business

The Big Spend

On July 25, make a purchase from a local small business, add your name to the big spend list, and share on social using #TheBigSpend. Find out more information about this initiative and promotional materials

Investing in Net-Zero Energy Residential Buildings

Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, announced an investment of over $2,445,000 toward the construction of energy-efficient residential buildings across Canada. The funding will support a project led by the Canadian Home Builders’ Association (CHBA) that will enable seven housing builders to construct net-zero energy and net-zero energy ready residential buildings in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Ontario. Read the press release.

Supports for Individuals

Provincial government  introduces Bill 29, the Local Authorities Election Amendment Act

If passed some of the proposed amendments to municipal and school board elections include:

  • Ensuring campaign surpluses over $1,000 are donated to charity, instead of requiring municipalities and school boards to open trust accounts to hold them 
  • Allowing Albertans to support and donate to as many candidates as they choose, up to $5,000 per candidate 
  • Removing the definition of “political advertising” from the act 
  • Allowing candidates to self-finance up to $10,000 a year for their campaigns.
  • Increasing the limit that potential candidates can raise outside of the campaign period from $2,000 to $5,000 annually 
  • Making it so candidates do not have to file any disclosures before election day
  • Candidates who receive contributions of $50,000 or who spend more than $50,000 will be required to have a chartered professional accountant review their financial statements before submitting them to the municipality or school board.

Read the press release.

Community Supports and Resources

Investing in Wildland Fire Research

Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, announced an investment of $5 million towards the development of a Wildland Fire Research Network in Canada in collaboration with the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). They will work closely with the Canadian Partnership for Wildland Fire Science, based at the University of Alberta.  

To increase Canada’s expertise in wildland fire science, this network will invest in the development of 68 wildland fire professionals in master’s, PhD and post-doctoral fellowship programs. Through the network, they will have the opportunity to innovate in fire management to reduce the risks of Canada’s wildland fire.

This project is part of the Emergency Management Strategy (EMS) for Canada announced in Budget 2019.


Commentary: The Great Quickening, The Implications Of COVID-19 On Digital Currencies And Our Financial Institutions

Like so many things today, the future of Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs), and Bitcoin for that matter, is anyone’s guess. But smart money may be betting on, well, smarter forms of money to come out ahead. If this comes to pass, Canada will need to ensure its approach to CBDCs is streamlined to improve its economic competitiveness, support more precise fiscal policy and, above all, ensure it can navigate an increasingly uncertain global order. Learn more.

New Resources

RECORDING: COVID testing and stage 2 relaunch with GOA

Economic Development Minister Tanya Fir and Labour Minister Jason Copping hosted a town hall on June 19 on COVID testing and Alberta's relaunch. The recording is now available via Dropbox.

Truth And Reconciliation Roadmap

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce supports members in building relationships that will help their businesses thrive, and building relationships with groups that are often under-represented in business is not only the right thing to do, it’s critical to our national competitiveness and well-being. Informed and respectful engagement between businesses and Indigenous peoples is one aspect of this, which is they are congratulating the The Winnipeg Chamber on its Truth and Reconciliation Roadmap (TRR). TRR serves as a guide to provide businesses with the focus and resources to achieve engagement and assist the business community in demonstrating the role it must play in reconciliation.


Featured Webinars

Join your BBB for a conversation on diversity and inclusion on Tuesday, June 30 from 11 am to 1 pm. Register now.

Upcoming Webinars

June 25: Travel Alberta Q&A with Alberta Health. Register here.

June 25: Investment Screening In The Times Of COVID-19 And Beyond Register now

June 26: Grant Writing 101 webinar for business. Registration TBA.

June 26: Global Economic Outlook. Register now.

June 26: Global Economic Outlook Register Now

June 29: Cyber-security Best Practices Workshop. Register now.

June 30: BBB Online Town Hall on Diversity and Inclusion. Register now.

July 7: Brave New World - Navigating The Crisis And Its Aftermath. Register now.

July 7: Sustainable Finance in Post-Pandemic World. Register now

July 15: Profit from technology: Digital tools to drive efficiency and revenue.  Register here.

July 20: How To Support Employees’ Mental Health And Well-Being During COVID-19 And Beyond. Register Now.

Don’t forget Joe Social Media – Free Social Media training from May 1 – June 30 (times vary). Register here. Use promocode: Resilience

On Demand Webinars

Alberta Bits & Pieces Webinar. Watch Now.

Alberta Phase 2 Relaunch Town Hall Recordings. Listen Now.

Canadian Business Resilience Network Video Content

13 Ways COVID-19 and Your Business Part 1: Watch Now.

Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance Program explained. Watch now.

Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) Explained: Watch Now.

Conflict Escalation & What to Do About It. Watch Now.

Crowdfunding through COVID-19. Watch Now.

Cybersecurity And The Ever-Evolving Work Environment, With Field Effect. Watch Now.

Destination Canada: The Visitor Economy: Watch Now.

BDC Economic Pulse (April 20): Watch Now.

Facebook: Build Your Online Presence. Watch now

Facebook: Getting Creative with your Mobile Phone, With Facebook. Watch now.

How to cope with the impacts of COVID-19 on your business. Watch Now.

How to Navigate Government Programs with KPMG. Watch Now.

The Importance of Human Resources & Being Strategic When Your Business is Being Temporarily Impacted. Watch Now.

Keeping Your Company and Employees Secure When Working Remotely. Watch Now.

Leading During a Crisis and Switching to Remote Work. Watch Now.

Maintaining Sales in the face of COVID-19. Watch Now.

Relaunching Your Business. Watch now.

Rent Relief in a World of the Coronavirus: Watch Now.

Shopify E-Commerce Tools. Watch Now.

Social Media in Crisis. Watch Now.

Strategies for How Businesses Can Persevere And Recover From COVID-19. Watch Now.

Understanding, Accessing and Optimizing the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy. Watch Now.

Understanding Travel Insurance In The World Of COVID-19. Watch now.

What To Feel When Stressors Collide, With Canada Life. Watch Now.

Working From Home During COVID-19. Watch Now.

Webinar Series

AMHSA, CSSE, Howatt HR, AUMA Mental Health Webinar Series. Click here.

APEX Alberta Webinars: Watch the recorded series

BDC Webinar Series. Click here. 

BusinessLink: View upcoming events. Learn how to find bid opportunities. Register now.

CPA Small Business Webinar Series. Click here. 

CPHR Alberta: HR Pandemic Essentials. Click here.

Conference Board of Canada Webinar Series: Mental Health and COVID-19. Click here.

Constant Contact Webinar Series: View the line up of sessions and register.

D2L Webinar Series: Digital Transformation for Associations. Watch Now.

Economic Developers Alberta (EDA) Wednesday weekly: Business & Economic Recovery During the COVID-19 Crisis

Free Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS)® IDS™ sessions. Register here.

International Economic Development Council Webinar series. Watch now.

Retail Council of Canada. Register here.

School of Public Policy. Register here.

StartUp Canada Women Entrepreneur Webinar Series: Click here.

Travel Alberta Webinar Series. Watch Now.

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