This is a time when Canada must harness its community-driven resilience. We’re asking you to share examples of how Canadian communities are responding to the crisis with creativity and imagination. Collective problem-solving and collaboration will be instrumental in how Canada mitigates the local impacts of COVID-19 and creates on-the-ground solutions.

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Connect with Local Businesses: What’s open during the COVID-19 crisis in Calgary

Food | General: Online communities and networks | Local businesses

The Calgary Herald is compiling a local directory of businesses in Calgary and area that are continuing to serve their communities organized by sector: Food & Beverage; Health & Wellness; Business and Professional Services; Transportation; Home and Garden; Misc. The document also provides businesses an opportunity to be added to the directory

List of farmers and local food vendors delivering to Toronto

Food | General: Crowdsourced tools and resources | Local businesses

Two versions of this resources exist — a google map https://bit.ly/2RG9thL and a google doc https://bit.ly/2RTM6l1

BC’s housingjobmatch.ca connects job seekers with non-profit housing providers

Employment | Housing and homelessness

The Housing Job Match website will connect British Columbians looking for work with non-profit housing and shelter organizations that need help.

Local Small Business Relief Grants — model

Fundraising and volunteering | General: Sector resources | Local businesses

A Phoenix-based organization is offering grants up to $10,000 to local small businesses experiencing economic distress and sudden loss of revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Relief grants are intended to help for-profit small businesses keep employees on payroll and meet other necessary operating costs. Preference is given to small businesses owned by veterans and underrepresented groups located in economically distressed areas of Phoenix.

Sounds from the global Covid-19 lockdown

Arts and Culture | General: Online communities and networks

Online platform inviting people around the world to send a sound recording about how things are in that location.  Visitors to the site can listen to sounds and read the stories collected on a clickable map

Second Harvest’s FoodRescue.ca providing more than $4.5 million of new funding to community groups

Food | General: Online communities and networks

The new grants empowers local community organizations across Canada to ensure food makes its way to Canadians who need it most. The donation platform connects businesses with food surpluses to charities and non-profits in their own communities.

Halifax mainstreet BIA creates online platform for shops and services

General: Online communities and networks | Local businesses

The Quinpool Road Mainstreet District Association launched an online version of the street’s shops and services at www.quinpool.shop. The site includes links to many Quinpool shops, services and restaurants that have transitioned their businesses into online sales, deliveries and arranged pickup.

Big brands asked to donate social feeds to small businesses

General: Online communities and networks | Local businesses

A new initiative has been created to help larger brands use their influence and social followings to lend support to small businesses. Small businesses impacted by the crisis are being asked to add the hashtag “#LikeALocal” to an Instagram post to signal that they are willing to participate. Big brands search the hashtag on Instagram or by using one of their social listening tools to find a local business they’d like to support, reposting their post and explaining why. From there, the brands are encouraged to get in touch with the small business directly to find out if there are other forms of media they might be able to donate.

City of Mississauga offering online webinars in April and May to support small business owners and entrepreneurs

General: Sector resources | Local businesses | Policy leadership

Hear information and insights from business and industry experts on a variety of topics, including cyber-security, digital marketing, social media, e commerce, customer loyalty, and rethinking growth during a time of crisis. The webinars are hosted by the Mississauga Business Enterprise Centre (MBEC) and include digital marketing sessions that are an extension of the City of Mississauga’s Digital Main Street program.

Downtown North Bay platform for supporting local business

General: Online communities and networks | Local businesses

Platform for supporting local businesses by purchasing gift cards to help “flatten the curve”. Gift certificates provide fast cash flow for business owners, and can help pay employees who are still working for them.

North Bay Farmers Market moves online

General: Online communities and networks | Local businesses

The idea to move online will reduce traffic at the market as buyers will only be able to pick up items they’ve already purchased.

The Help List curating the most relevant and meaningful resources for the Canadian tech sector during COVID19

Employment | General: Crowdsourced tools and resources | General: Online communities and networks | General: Sector resources

The online platform helps connect Canadian tech job seeker with employers; provides industry resources to transition to tech/work from home, and serves as a place for industry supporters to share their services, sessions, resources, etc.

Ottawa adjusts traffic signals as traffic volume drops by 50% during COVID-19 pandemic

Mobility and transportation | Policy leadership

The City of Ottawa tells CTV News Ottawa that traffic, pedestrian and cycling signals have been adjusted to reflect the decrease in vehicular traffic on the roads.

Edmonton making more room for pedestrians on two roads, eliminating beg buttons at 56 intersections

Mobility and transportation | Policy leadership

Two busy roadways in Edmonton’s river valley will open to pedestrians and cyclists Thursday to allow them to meet COVID-19 physical distancing requirements. The city will be also deactivating beg buttons at 56 intersections in the city’s core so pedestrians don’t have to press a frequently-touched button to cross the street.

City of Victoria restricting vehicle access and realigning parking along several streets to improve physical separation for cyclists and pedestrians

Mobility and transportation | Parks and public space | Policy leadership

These interventions will free up space inside Beacon Hill Park and in constricted areas along Dallas Road so local residents can stay active, while also maintaining physical distance. City staff will be out in public spaces to engage with residents about playground and recreation facility closures and to encourage physical distancing.

Hamilton’s biggest arena transforms into a homeless shelter

Housing and homelessness | Policy leadership

The conversion of the FirstOntario Centre Saturday included adding 50 carefully separated beds in the concourse of the hockey arena, dining tables on the de-iced rink surface and a medical clinic in the media lounge. Even the giant scoreboard that looms over the 17,383-seat area will be repurposed to show movies for residents who want to stay through the day

A platform for supporting local bars and restaurants through the purchase of gift cards

Food | Local businesses

Eatlater helps people to find restaurants, bars, wineries by location across Canada, and support them through thepurchase gift cards.

City of Cornwall platform to purchase gift certificates for downtown businesses

Local businesses

The Campaign to Save Main Street is a website to allow customers to purchase gift certificates for local small businesses in Cornwall, Akwesasne, and SD&G Counties.

Engagement Summary for Toronto’s Economic Recovery and Support Task Force

Local businesses | Policy leadership

A summary of the input that business owners, BIAs, and stakeholders have provided to the City of Toronto. The contents here are not necessarily recommendations but capture the full range of feedback provided. The information is intended to help inform the Mayor’s Economic Support & Recovery Task Force’s approach to recovery.

MyShoperon redesigned for the elderly and immunocompromised to reach out to the community for assistance in running errands

General: Online communities and networks | Seniors | Social isolation

Everyone who registers is part of the MyShoperon community, however depending on what you need from the community, you can be a Requester or a Chaperon. A Requester is someone who needs errand assistance. The Chaperon is someone who has offered to help.

“Stay Home Toronto” initiative provides a platform for local small business support

Local businesses

The Stay Home Toronto initiative was established to reinforce the message for residents in the City of Toronto to stay home, and encourage residents to consider and support local small businesses. The website features small business owners across many industries in Toronto that have adapted to provide online, virtual, and other services for use while consumers are at home.

An online platform to help support local business during COVID-19

Fundraising and volunteering | Local businesses

Local businesses can register for distantly.ca and community can donate funds to support specific businesses. The platform doesn’t charge a platform fee and funds are sent within 48 hours to local businesses.

Downtown Medicine Hat Development Incentive Program

Local businesses | Policy leadership

The Incentive Program offers downtown property owners a series of incentives to assist them to redevelop or initiate new developments in the city center and includes five options for financial assistance. Architectural and Visual Enhancement, Commercial Development, Live-Work Residential Development, and Multi-Family Development.

Victoria COVID-19 Business Resources

Local businesses | Policy leadership

This website provides links and information related to small business support. It notes that as a municipality, the City “is not permitted to grant direct assistance to businesses, however, Council has directed staff to examine all of the City’s fiscal, legislative and legal powers to support businesses and jobs to sustain the local economy during the pandemic”.

Victoria-based group of tech and marketing professionals offering free assistance to local small businesses, restaurants, and bars

Income support | Local businesses

Platform for connnecting those businesses that need support with organizations offering support.

Tiny Victoria Small Business Relief Fund

Fundraising and volunteering | General: Crowdsourced tools and resources | Local businesses

Google form to apply for support for small 0% non-recourse loans to Victoria-based small businesses.

Downtown Kamloops webpage collects community & City COVID initiatives that support a vibrant and recovering downtown

Local businesses | Policy leadership
The colourful website communicates effectively tools and approaches on how community can help and how businesses can recover

City of Duncan moves forward with downtown projects during COVID-19 shut down

Local businesses | Policy leadership

To minimize disruption to businesses when many might reopen later, construction–including sidewalk widening and watermain replacement– is being fastracked to start now.

Coronavirus crisis leads Victoria to offer free hotel rooms to health workers to self-isolate

Policy leadership

The Victorian Government has committed $20 million to pay for hotel rooms for healthcare workers who test positive to coronavirus or need to self-isolate while revealing “some wonderful success” in its COVID-19 strategy.

Burnaby hotel offers rooms for front-line workers during COVID-19

Local businesses

Health-care, pharmacy and grocery store employees and other front-line workers can stay at the Accent Inn if they don’t want to put their families at risk during the pandemic.

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