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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Toolkit for Reopening Canada’s Economy

General: Sector resources | Local businesses | Re-opening

Toolkit prepared by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce’s Canadian Business Resilience Network is designed to provide guidance, or access to guidance, for business owners and senior managers responsible for re-establishing their operations while ensuring the health and safety of operators, staff, customers and the general public is at the forefront.

Mississauga Made is an online initiative inspired to support and promote local businesses across the City.

General: Online communities and networks | Local businesses | Policy leadership

Platform for supporting local businesses includes:

Buy from Local Businesses

Join the Conversation & Support the Movement

Order from Local Restaurants

Share & Promote Local Businesses on Social Media

The City of Portland is launching innovative and transformative street-related policies to use street space for people — and less for drivers and their cars —to help businesses survive.

Local businesses | Main Street | Policy leadership | Street activation | physical distancing

The Portland Bureau of Transportation will allow local business owners to apply for permits so they can offer food and other services in the public right-of-way. This goes far beyond a simple sidewalk dining permit and is expected to fast-track a host of new possibilities like customer queuing zones in what used to be parking spaces and dining tables and barber chairs in streets and parking lots.

Commercial District Recovery Guide, developed by Streetsense, a collective marketing agency

General: Sector resources | Local businesses | Main Street | Re-opening

Streetsense partnered with @LISC_HQ and @USBank  to create a Commercial District Recovery Guide, a roadmap to support #COVID19 recovery efforts in downtowns and commercial districts. Download now go.streetsense.com/recoveryguide

 

The National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health collects COVID resources related to health equity and the social determinants of health that are of relevance to Canadian public health.

General: Sector resources | Public health

Updated regularly, this site includes links to webinars, organizations, publications and tools.

The Quebec government has developed a toolkit for reopening businesses safely

General: Sector resources | Local businesses | Main Street | Policy leadership | Re-opening

A generic prevention guide and interactive and printable quick references are offered for all work environments. A poster serving as a reminder of the preventive measures for workers’ health in the context of COVID‑19 is also available. The proposed measures must be adapted by the different sectors to their specific conditions to guarantee that operations can resume or continue under the safest and healthiest possible conditions. Special tools for certain economic sectors are also available.

‘Safe Return to Business: A Public Health Toolkit for the Windsor-Essex Business Community’ provides guidelines, best practices, and resources for businesses and workplaces in the WindsorEssex community

General: Sector resources | Local businesses | Main Street | Policy leadership | Public health | Re-opening

This toolkit will help businesses and workplaces incorporate pandemic planning and preparedness into reopening in a manner that prioritizes the health and safety of business owners, employees, customers, and the community. The six wmain guidelines were developed from reviewing several key federal and provincial resources, and are applicable to the various Windsor-Essex County businesses and workplaces across all sectors that remain open or are preparing to reopen.https://www.wechu.org/sites/default/files/edit-resource/em-safe-return-business/covid-19-toolkit-small-businesses-safely-reopen.pdf

City of Cornwall: Business Reopening Toolkit

General: Sector resources | Main Street | Policy leadership | Public health | Re-opening

Cornwall Economic Development has developed an online Business Reopening Toolkit to help in this process.The Toolkit is a collection of resources that include a 6-page guidebook, and a number of posters, fact sheets and guidelines – including an easy to use calculator for determining the maximum number of people allowed in a store under current social distancing guidelines.

Toolkit prepared by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce’s Canadian Business Resilience Network is designed to provide guidance, or access to guidance, for business owners and senior managers responsible for re-establishing operations

General: Sector resources | Local businesses | Main Street | Re-opening

Oliver receives COVID-19 funds for portable toilets, signage

Policy leadership | Public health

Funding to the Town’s Emergency Operations Centre will go towards portable toilets for domestic farm workers (and vulnerable people). These porta-potties with hand washing stations will be installed on the Town-owned lot on Main Street, at the Oliver Visitor Centre, and the empty lot on Station Street (adjacent to the food bank). Bilingual signage promoting social distancing will be installed in parks, ball fields, beaches and the hike and bike trail. Funds will also go towards bylaw enforcement (via park ambassadors) in May. The ambassadors will patrol local parks seven days a week providing education on social distancing.

The City of Toronto is rolling out a phased reopening all park washrooms over the next several weeks beginning with Trinity Bellwoods. Toronto Public Health also will create guidelines for the safe opening of washrooms and other amenities.

Policy leadership | Public health

The lack of public toilets in Toronto has long been a glaring public health issue, but the issue of access to restroom facilities has grown more urgent as the public is encouraged to wash hands frequently in order to curb spread of COVID-19.Earlier this month, the city opened eight portable washrooms and hand-washing stations and six locations with showers and access to drinking water for people who are experiencing homelessness.

Province of BC adds 35 portable toilets along routes for truck drivers

Policy leadership | Public health

A newly released map details the various rest locations where portable toilets have been installed at select commercial vehicle brake-checks, inspection stations and chain-ups.The B.C. Trucking Association has pitched in with a food truck project, offering free meals for truckers at cardlock fuel stations in Chilliwack, Kelowna, Kamloops and Prince George.

Nanaimo approves on-street patios, sidewalk seating

Local businesses | Policy leadership

Nanaimo councillors agreed to reallocate $25,000 from the city’s downtown event grants budget toward the program.

Vancouver City Council has directed city staff to reallocate at least 11% of existing road space (220 km)

Mobility and transportation | Policy leadership

All of this is in addition to the 50 km of temporary “slow streets” that will be created by July that benefit pedestrians and cyclists. A number of cities around the world have also made ambitious road reallocation changes that either create “slow streets” or establish new bike lanes.

Halifax Mobility Response – Streets and Spaces

Mobility and transportation | Parks and public space | Policy leadership

The first phase of the Halifax Mobility Response plan began with the widening of sidewalks in high traffic areas, traffic signal modification and the implementation of temporary loading spaces for businesses in downtown Halifax and Dartmouth. Slow Street Implementation: Approximately 20 streets will be designated as ‘slow streets’. They will be open to local traffic only, to reduce vehicle volumes and to create a space for residents to walk, roll and cycle while adhering to physical distancing guidelines. Shape Your City Halifax project page has been created to provide residents with an opportunity to share suggestions

BC Restaurant and Foodservices Association Blueprint for Re-opening in-restaurant dining

Food | General: Sector resources | Local businesses

This document is a framework to provide best practices and protocols that the industry has worked together on. This information was put together with a consortium of experts in many different restaurants and
foodservice establishments in BC.

City of Montreal offers subsidy for construction projects in buildings that house social economy businesses

Local businesses | Policy leadership

This subsidy program is accessible to social economy businesses anywhere in the Montréal agglomeration that meet the conditions. Financial assistance includes:

  • A subsidy that covers 40% of the cost of eligible construction/renovation/expansion work, up to $250,000
  • An additional subsidy that covers 50% of the fees for professional services (architecture, design, engineering, project management, urban planning, archeology or consultants) up to 7.5% of the cost of eligible construction/renovation/expansion work or $50,000

Downtown Regina BIA has created colourful and communicative downloadable posters for businesses to put up

Local businesses

These posters are meant to be put up in downtown shops to communicate in a friendly way physical distancing rules, how many people allowed in a store at one time, and other changes that are in effect during COVID19 times.

Brampton asking residents for feedback on coronavirus reopening and recovery

General: Tools for engagement | Policy leadership

The “Mayor’s Reopening and Recovery Working Group,” which is conducting the community stakeholder and resident feedback initiative, was launched on April 22.  Residents looking to provide feedback on the city’s eventual reopening strategy can do so by filling out an online reopening survey on the city website at www.brampton.ca

Supporting local merchants and strengthening community resilience during COVID-19

Fundraising and volunteering | Local businesses

The Wellington West Business Improvement Area (BIA) and Crowdfund Canada have launched LOVE.WellingtonWest.ca, a joint crowdfunding program to support more than 550 member businesses across Ottawa neighbourhoods.This is the first pilot for the Community Wealth Sharing Initiative, supported by the McConnell Foundation, and is offered at no charge. Residents can invest in the success of local merchants. In return, merchants can choose to offer rewards like store credit, services, or product giveaways to be redeemed whenever they decide.

Supporting Alberta businesses and strengthening community resilience during COVID-19

Fundraising and volunteering | Local businesses

McConnell Foundation is piloting a Community Wealth Sharing Initiative in Alberta to expand a crowdfunding site so any business in Alberta can launch a crowdfunding campaign without any fees so that businesses can keep all the money they raise, whether or not they reach their fundraising goal.

Town of Newmarket creates mentorship program to help businesses adapt during and after COVID-19

Local businesses | Policy leadership

As part of the Town’s Economic Resiliency Action Plan, today, the Town of Newmarket will launch an innovative Mentorship Access Program (MAP). This program provides small and medium-sized businesses access to a directory of volunteer mentors available to provide strategic advice and guidance on how to adapt to these unprecedented times and map out a business plan, during and post COVID-19.

NACTO develops Playbook to make public space as safe as possible during the pandemic

General: Sector resources | Local businesses | Mobility and transportation | Parks and public space

Streets for Pandemic Response and Recovery includes an introduction to using streets for recovery and response (pdf) and detailed implementation information about the following street strategies:

  • Lanes for Biking & Rolling (pdf)
  • Sidewalk Extensions (pdf)
  • Transit Lanes (pdf)
  • Slow Streets (pdf)
  • Pick-Up & Delivery Zones (pdf)
  • Outdoor Dining (pdf)
  • Markets (pdf)
    Note: Individual PDFs coming soon

Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership launches an “adopt a local business” project

Fundraising and volunteering | Local businesses

In the form of a survey, the Adopt-A-Business program, is asking companies to mobilize team members in support of businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

A Chicago Chamber of Commerce has created an “Adopt-A-Business Program”

Fundraising and volunteering | Local businesses

How does it work? People/organizations are encouraged to pick a restaurant or other business impacted to support via en masse takeout purchasing or online ordering, a virtual tip jar, mass support on social media or other means of your choice! A signup form is provided, suggesting choosing 3 businesses to adopt. The Chamber will use their marketing and social media to amplify efforts.

COVID-19: How are governments around the world responding to the call for stimulus?

General: Sector resources

Governments around the world are acting decisively to protect their businesses and people from the economic disruption being caused by the COVID-19 virus pandemic. Whether through tax cuts, investment incentives or changes to filing deadlines, tax systems will play a significant part in helping to alleviate the financial and economic turmoil that is now occurring.Policy changes across the globe are being proposed and implemented on a daily basis. The EY COVID-19 Stimulus Tracker provides a snapshot of the policy changes that have been announced in countries around the world in response to the ongoing crisis.

Adopt a Business Challenge to combat economic toll of COVID-19 in Kitchener-Waterloo

Local businesses

As part of its commitment to Kitchener-Waterloo, Sherpa Marketing wants to help by providing $25,000 in professional marketing services to one local company hit by the economic effects of COVID-19. Local Kitchener-Waterloo companies who want to donate their time, products or services can do so by joining the Adopt-A-Business Challenge. Sherpa will evaluate applicants and choose a company in Kitchener-Waterloo most in need. Of particular concern to Sherpa Marketing are all the small businesses that make Kitchener-Waterloo so diverse and vibrant.

Guide created to help reopening of small events and venues

Arts and Culture | General: Sector resources

The Reopening Guide addresses health and sanitary issues that event and venue professionals need to consider in order to protect both patrons and workers. Since there is still insufficient testing, no contact tracing, and no vaccine against COVID-19, this guidance is particularly detailed. The first edition is tailored to be especially useful for event professionals reopening the smallest events with the fewest resources available to mitigate their risks, since in every municipal reopening plan these will be allowed to reopen first.

Wolfville Farmers’ Market establishes online ordering and weekly delivery service

Food | Local businesses

Shop from 45+ vendors and over 350 local products, then on Wednesday or Saturday pick up orders from a local hub locations in the Valley or HRM. During the State of Emergency due to COVID-19 , there are added steps to ensure safe pick-ups and proper distancing.

The owner of a Toronto-based pizzeria is teaming up with local restaurants on a local delivery service

Food | Local businesses

The idea is a decentralized delivery system, shared and managed collectively by Toronto restaurants, with no commissions or fees. Everyone shares in the costs and the profits.

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