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Daily Update: July 7, 2020

Supports for Business

Restoring Balance in Alberta’s Workplaces Act

Bill 32 will provide employees and employers with clearer and more transparent rules promoting fairness and productivity, including more clarity about rest periods and temporary layoff notices.To help inform these proposed changes, 5,421 responses were received during an online public survey conducted in November 2019. Key Highlights: 

  • Clarifying that employees continue to accumulate vacation time while on a job-protected leave.
  • Clarifying rules for rest periods and flexibility in scheduling breaks.
  • Restoring balance to the relationship between employers and employees with updated rules for union certification and revocation, such as removing strict timelines and remedial certification provisions..
  • Updating rules for temporary layoff notices to help employees stay attached to their jobs longer.
  • Adding flexibility to rules for hours of work averaging arrangements to make it easier for employers to set up arrangements, create schedules, and calculate overtime.
  • Helping youth find work, and reducing red tape and administrative burdens by expanding the types of jobs 13- and 14-year-olds are allowed to do without first needing a permit.
  • Creating simpler and more flexible rules for general holiday pay, group terminations, payment of final earnings upon termination, payroll processes and paying administrative penalties to help employers save time and money in their daily operations.
Supporting sand and gravel operators

By amending the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act, the government is eliminating confusion about what constitutes a mineral by providing clear definitions in legislation. This will ensure sand continues to be regulated under its current process, which is simple, straightforward and protects the environment. More information

Alberta Investment Attraction Act

If passed, Bill 33 will create the Invest Alberta Corporation, an arm’s-length agency that will help promote Alberta as a prime investment location for businesses from across Canada and around the world, attracting high-value, job-creating investment.  More information

Final Components of Phase 2 of the COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund for Cultural, Heritage and Sport Organizations Announced

Minister Guilbeault today announced the final details regarding Phase 2 of the disbursement of the $500-million fund, announced earlier this year. This final component helps address some of the gaps that have been identified by the industry across Canada since the fund was first implemented. This final component of Phase 2 of the COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund for Cultural, Heritage and Sport Organizations will be distributed through grants and contributions as follows:

  • $45 million through the Canada Periodical Fund to assist free magazines and weekly newspapers, including those that serve official-language minority or ethnocultural communities;
  • $25 million distributed through partners to assist independent news and community radio broadcasters;
  • $20 million to Musicaction and FACTOR to help presenters in the live music sector;
  • $2.5 million to support producers of content in a language other than English or French through the Canada Media Fund; and
  • $52.1 million to various arts and culture organizations that do not normally receive funding from Canadian Heritage programs and/or did not receive funding during Phase 1. This amount will be provided as follows:
    • $8.2 million for the arts sector;
    • $27.8 million for the audiovisual and digital media sector;
    • $5 million for the music industry;
    • $10 million for the publishing sector; and
    • $1 million for arts and culture organizations that serve official-language communities.

Applicants seeking emergency assistance from the Canada Periodical Fund will be able to submit their requests as of July 7. Application details for the other Phase 2 funding opportunities will be available shortly on the dedicated COVID-19 emergency funding section of the Canadian Heritage website.

The first component of Phase 2 was announced on June 18. It included $53 million in support to organizations with heritage collections through the emergency component of the Museums Assistance Program. Details on the application process for small community museums will be available very soon. More details are available in the backgrounder.

Canada Invests in Clean Technology for Alberta’s Natural Resources Sectors

The Honourable Seamus O’Regan, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, today announced an investment of $6 million, as part of the Canadian Emissions Reduction Innovation Network (CERIN) initiative, to the Petroleum Technology Alliance of Canada (PTAC) and Canadian Gas Association (CGA), through their Natural Gas Innovation Fund, to support their work in the oil and gas sector.

CERIN is a collaborative initiative between Natural Resources Canada and Alberta Innovates, which contributed $4.3 million to accelerate the development of technologies that reduce methane emissions in the oil and gas sector.  The program brings together a unique collaborative network across Canada of academia, government and industry test centres, including a fully operational natural gas testing facility, focused on finding the right technologies so that they can be deployed quickly in Alberta, across Canada and globally.

Supports for Individuals

Service Canada begins the gradual and safe reopening of in-person locations across the country

As more parts of our economy begin to reopen, the government announced the gradual and safe reopening of up to 90 Service Canada Centres across the country. Decisions about reopening are being guided by public health advice, and with the priority that as many Canadians as possible should be able to access an open Service Canada office.

The reopening of in-person Service Canada Centres will build on the new services recently put in place to meet the needs of Canadians during the pandemic, such as the eServiceCanada portal. This portal allows Canadians requiring assistance from Service Canada to submit an online request and receive a callback from a Service Canada officer within two business days.

Canadians should continue to use online services whenever possible, including the eServiceCanada portal. Canadians who do require in-person services should check the Find a Service Canada Office webpage to see if their local office is open. If so, they are encouraged to make a request for an appointment through eServiceCanada, which also allows Canadians requiring in-person services to submit a request for an appointment.


OECD Employment Outlook 2020 Released

According to the OECD, there is a real danger that the COVID-19 jobs crisis will increase poverty and widen inequalities, with the impact felt for years to come. Countries now need to do everything they can to stop this jobs crisis from turning into a social crisis. Reconstructing a better and more resilient labour market is an essential investment in the future and in future generations. See the results

B20 Special Report To The G20: Jump-Starting The Global Economy In A Post-COVID-19 Phase

The past few months have established sufficient clarity to ground specific proposals for the post-COVID-19 phase. The special report was developed through multiple efforts, including discussion with global business leaders, recommendations from the leadership of B20 Taskforces and Action Council, and alignment with other Engagement Groups such as S20, W20 and L20, as well as with multilateral organizations such as the World Health Organization (WHO), World Trade Organization (WTO) and the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC). Read the report

New Resources

New Green Municipal Fund tool drives energy efficiency

The Government of Canada and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities are proud to launch the Municipal Energy Roadmap. This decision-support tool provides specific guidance to identify the most impactful solutions for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

The Municipal Energy Roadmap will help municipalities discover solutions for energy efficiency in municipal, commercial, and residential buildings; learn about solutions for community sustainable energy generation; and implement strategies to drive these solutions forward.

Featured Webinars

Preparing For The Second Wave: An Invitation To A B20 Virtual Event, July 16, 9:00 a.m. ET

B20 Saudi Arabia, in its role as the private sector’s voice to the G20, will be organizing a virtual event called “Preparing for the Second Wave” of COVID-19. This virtual session will bring leaders from business, government, international organizations and civil society together in dialogue. There will be two fireside chats and two panel discussions including Q&A sessions, on the following topics: 

  • The B20 COVID-19 Report – A conversation with the B20 Chair
  • The healthcare perspective – What steps should be taken to prepare for a second wave?
  • The macroeconomic picture – What could be the global economic impact of a second wave and what must governments do to mitigate the risk?
  • The business imperative – What practical steps should businesses take now to minimize the impact of a second wave? Register here


#PathToGrowth LIVE Featuring Arlene Dickinson

Join Salesforce on July 16 at 1:00 p.m. ET for a free virtual event, hosted by Amber Mac, featuring Canadian businesswoman Arlene Dickinson along with a panel of notable innovators and business leaders, to discuss how businesses have been able to pivot, adapt and rise to new challenges amid COVID-19. Register here

Upcoming Webinars

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

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

July 8: Technology Trends and Business Continuity. Register now

July 9:  Welcome to the Get Ready Workplace IPAC Program Register here

July 9: Get Digital: Upping Your E-Commerce Game Register here

July 14: Maintaining Business Continuity Through COVID-19 and Beyond Register here

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

July 15: From Far and Wide: Canada's Accelerated Technology Landscape Register here

July 16: Preparing for the Second Wave: A B20 Event Register here

July 16: #PathToGrowth Register here

July 17: Medicine Hat Systems Transformation Innovation Forum Register here

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

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