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Daily Update: June 25, 2020

Supports for Business

Fall Funding for Startups and SMEs now available through Venture for Canada

Employer and student applications are now for our Fall 2020 hiring period! Work-from-home internships are welcome, and employers can identify an eligible from their own network or hire from our pre-vetted candidate pool. The Program Info Guide has everything you need to share our program in an upcoming newsletter, email to your network, or on your social channels. 

Funding is available to businesses and nonprofits that:

  • Are located in Atlantic Canada, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta or British Columbia 
  • Have 500 or fewer employees
  • Can offer an internship that builds innovation or entrepreneurial skills

Applications are reviewed within three business days, and funding is allocated on a rolling basis to fully eligible and approved matches. Employers should apply ASAP for their best chance to secure funding this Fall. Applications will be accepted until Sept. 7, 2020 or until funding is fully allocated.

Google Launches Accelerator in North America to Support Women Founders

Google has launched a new accelerator program focused on women founders in Canada and the United States. Google for Startups Accelerator for Women Founders is a three-month digital accelerator program for Seed to Series A technology startups based in the U.S. and Canada. The accelerator program is designed to bring the best of Google’s programs, products, people and technology to women founder communities across the region. In addition to mentorship and technical project support, the accelerator also includes deep dives and workshops focused on machine learning, product design, customer acquisition and leadership development. The new North American accelerator is being led by Ashley Francisco, Google’s head of start-up developer ecosystem in Canada, and her counterpart in the United States, Jason Scott.

Deadline to apply: July 22, 2020

For more information and to apply: 

For additional contact: Aaron Poirier, EDTT Trade Americas team

Startup Fest Montreal HYBRID Event July 15-16, 2020

Despite restrictions and limited in person attendance, Alberta companies might be interested to explore if and how they can participate virtually in Startup Fest 2020.

In-person attendance is limited based on current local regulations (currently a maximum gathering of 50 people). There will be a small studio audience in Montreal and the organizers will be streaming the event live for free to the global Startupfest community. 

Application to pitch is currently open. For detailed information on the program and the application to pitch, please go here:

Toyota AI Ventures Call for Innovation Closes June 30, 2020 

Are you the founder of a company that is developing technologies to advance smart and connected cities? The call for innovation is an opportunity for startups to receive between $500,000 and $2 million in funding from Toyota AI Ventures. In addition, they’re partnering with Toyota Research Institute - Advanced Development (TRI-AD) and Toyota Research Institute (TRI) on this call, and selected startups might also get an opportunity to collaborate on future projects.

Areas of focus:

  • Improving accessibility and mobility for all, including autonomous and personal vehicles
  • Reducing congestion and pollution through electric and shared mobility services
  • Increasing efficiency through smarter home and building construction
  • Using AI and robotics to assist people with everyday tasks and personal care
  • Sourcing actionable IoT data and analytics to drive planning decisions 

If your startup has a viable business model, a working prototype, and hasn’t raised more than $3 million in outside funding, apply here: Deadline to apply: June 30, 2020

Supports for Individuals

Support for post-secondary students

The federal government announced the launch of the Canada Student Service Grant (CSSG), which will support post-secondary students and recent graduates as they volunteer to serve in their communities’ COVID-19 response. The CSSG will provide these volunteers with a one-time payment of between $1,000 and $5,000 based on the number of hours they serve. To find not-for-profit organizations looking for help during the pandemic, post-secondary students and recent graduates can use the new I Want to Help platform, which also launched today. Read the full announcement.

Community Supports and Resources

Expanding access to COVID-19 testing

Alberta will offer asymptomatic COVID-19 testing at community pharmacies, making it easier for Albertans to access testing. A limited number of community pharmacies will begin to offer testing to Albertans without symptoms and no known exposure to COVID-19.

Over the next few days, a group of 20 community pharmacies located primarily in Edmonton and Calgary will begin to offer testing. The pharmacy test is a throat swab, which is sent to Alberta Precision Labs for analysis.

The number of pharmacies initially conducting COVID-19 testing is being limited to ensure the processes and flow of test materials and data is working well before expanding further. Additional pharmacies are planning to offer testing in the coming weeks.

The Canadian Travel And Tourism Roundtable Launches New Interactive Travel Information Map For Canadians

Wondering where you can safely travel to this summer? The Canadian Travel and Tourism Roundtable has launched a new, easy-to-use interactive map to help Canadians travel in a safe, smart and measured way. The map outlines travel information for each province including restrictions, quarantine requirements and lists of businesses that are open. View the map.


The Business Of Business: Looking Towards Recovery For Canadians

In this edition of The Business of Business, the President and CEO of CWB, Chris Fowler, joins Canadian Chamber of Commerce President and CEO, the Hon. Perrin Beatty, to discuss how CWB has helped its clients navigate COVID-19, as well as the road to recovery for our economy. Watch now.

Featured Webinars

How to support employees' mental health and well-being during COVID-19 and beyond

In a recent survey by Sun Life, over half (56%) of Canadians surveyed said COVID-19 is negatively affecting their mental health. Join Carmen Bellows, Registered Psychologist and Director, Mental Health Solutions at Sun Life Financial to learn how to develop and maintain a positive mental health environment in your organization. Register online.

New Resources

Statistics Canada Business and Community Newsletter - June 2020

Find the latest newsletter from Statistics Canada with the newest information on the labour force and market from May 2020.

Business Reinvention: The New Normal on Main Street and Every Street

Find this new on demand webinar here.

More industry specific guidelines on Alberta Biz Connect

There have been new documents added to the Alberta BizConnect website to help businesses and organizations navigate Stage 2 in our economic recovery. See them below:

Webinar Recording: North American Politics And The Future Of Energy

Now more than ever, policies and political engagement on both sides of the border affect the natural resource sector. Wellington Dupont was pleased to partner with us to co-host a webinar on North American politics and the future of energy. Watch now.

A communications guide and template signage for businesses amidst reopening

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce has published a communications guide as part of the CBRN Reopening Toolkit for Business. By popular request, the communications guide and template signage (including ready-to-print signs) are now available in a stand-alone format. 

Upcoming Webinars

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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