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.
Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership launches an “adopt a local business” project
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”
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?
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
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
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
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
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.
City of Ottawa releases toolkit to help businesses reopen safely
Members of the Ottawa business community can access the toolkit online. It provides guidance on preparing your workplace, employees and operations to resume while ensuring physical distancing, and also provides links to official resources such as public health signage, sector-specific guidelines and government financial assistance programs. Information and resources will be updated regularly on the website as guidance from the Government of Ontario and Ottawa Public Health continues to evolve.
Reimagining the use of public space during pandemic in Montreal
The movement to take back Montreal’s streets for pedestrians during this time of social distancing is spreading rapidly across the city. From full-on car-free zones to family streets to superblocks, Montreal, like many cities around the world, is reimagining the use of public space during this pandemic at an unprecedented pace.
Radish is an online delivery cooperative based in Montreal that is looking to bring forth a more equitable relationship between restaurants, delivery drivers and consumers.
Radish enables restaurants, drivers and consumers on the platform to have a say in how the platform is operated. This is made possible by the cooperative nature, which means that each member is entitled to a vote in the direction of the organization. Restaurant delivery is being performed in an ethical and socially conscious manner.
The City of Edmonton has developed simplified guidelines for temporary patios, sidewalk cafes and outdoor retail spaces for businesses, along with a simple, no-fee form to register
Rules around temporary patios, sidewalk cafes and outdoor retail expansions are relaxed to create more space for customers in alignment with Alberta Health Services (AHS) guidelines. Until the end of 2020, businesses have the option to expand patio or retail space by following a set of guidelines and signing a declaration form.
An Edmonton musician is collecting donations for food banks and in return will create a piano/instrumental cover of a song request that will be posted online.
Keys For Covid is a music project launched in May 2020 in Edmonton, Alberta. This project aims to raise donations and provide relief to Canadians most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. All proceeds will go towards supporting Canadian food banks (with a focus in Alberta and Ontario). Inspired by virtual music concerts like #CanadaTogether, Keys for Covid hopes to bring amateur artists & musicians together to create music, and make a positive impact.
A new initiative in Brampton is providing food and meals to those in need
S.H.I.N.E. (Support, Help in Nourishing Everyone) is a new food initiative started at the start of the COVID 19 Crisis in Brampton by a group of volunteers who wanted to help shine some light and help those struggling financially and physically during COVID 19
A Business Improvement Area (BIA) is giving out PPE to member businesses to help keep staff & customers safe
Grimsby’s Downtown Improvement Area (DIA) board – with support from the Town of Grimsby –is helping frontline staff. Every business in the DIA area will receive two face shields – with an option to acquire more – to help with employee and customer safety. These shields were made by a local retooled business
Posters for businesses to clearly communicate how they are open — for pickup, delivery, online or in person
From Toronto’s Roncesvalles BIA, these signs can be put in the window of shops to clearly show their services
Friends’ Tab is a local wealth redistribution program aimed at helping Toronto’s Kensington Market neighbours in need.
If you need help, just say “put it on my Friends’ Tab” at participating locations. Each location has a sign up about what’s covered (e.g. up to $10 or $20 of your grocery bill, one coffee and one food item at a local coffee shop, essential repair expertise and materials, etc.). If you want to donate to help a neighbour you can donate by adding it on to your purchase at participating locations or donating at FOKM.ca
#YEGTechCares is a tech industry campaign asking salaried employees to give up the equivalent of one hour of their monthly salary and donate it to the Edmonton Food Bank.
Where possible, the companies the employees work for will match those donations.
Think Local First is an easy, fun, free way to support locally owned businesses in Greater Victoria.
Use the app to collect points, then redeem those points for discounts at locally-owned businesses. For instance, 50 points gets you $5 off your next purchase of $20 or more at the Dutch Bakery & Diner.
Volunteers in Toronto reach out by phone to the socially isolated
Listening to people helps keep them #healthyathome
IT and e-commerce platform helps restaurants self-manage delivery and takeout
By giving restaurants the tools to do it themselves, restaurants avoid the hefty commissions of current food delivery apps.
Downtown Moncton Centre-ville Inc. launches Covid-19 Re-Start Grant Program
This grant will support the purchase of required safety equipment which must be installed prior to re-opening. Businesses can apply to receive a maximum of $500. Under the program, only commercial property and business owners within the Business Improvement Area (BIA) will be considered.
ShopHERE provides Toronto businesses and artists with a quick, easy and no-cost way to get selling online right away
Leveraging Toronto’s technology community, the City of Toronto and Digital Main Street have brought together a range of partners to build and optimize online stores for Toronto’s independent businesses and artists at no-cost. Toronto’s independent small businesses and artists can access ShopHERE to get their online store built and launched with hands-on support throughout the entire process in just a matter of days.
Calgary to allow shops, restaurants to expand patios to allow for more social distancing during COVID-19 pandemic
Toronto taxi company charges $10 flat fee for delivery within 3 km
The company is presenting a viable option for restaurants while UberEats faces backlash for steep fees and commissions.
Affordable urban delivery service provided to merchants in Montreal
Available to neighbourhood businesses such as bookstores, hardware stores, bakeries, fruit markets. Non-perishable products can be delivered using this new, safe and affordable home delivery service. Delivery people on bikes will pick up orders one to five times a day depending on volume, and deliver them directly to clients’ homes. Maximum cost per item is maximum $5+ tax. Items picked up before 1 p.m. are delivered that same afternoon, after 1 p.m. are delivered the following morning.
City of Barrie will help restaurants with distancing by converting parking spaces to patios
The Mayor suggests that temporary seating areas could become permanent, creating more animated spaces throughout the City. If this pilot program is successful, it can be part of building more people-oriented public spaces.
Slider device allows businesses and customers to interact safely during pandemic
The simple device from a small Coquitlam fabrication company enables two people to carry out a transaction two metres apart.
To Go Toronto platform links to restaurants offering takeout & delivery
While dining areas are closed, the platforms has gathered a list of many Toronto restaurants that continue to prepare food with Toronto’s signature diversity.
Online directory shows local businesses open for business during pandemic
Support Retail is a free online directory that helps GTA shoppers find local small businesses OPEN for walk-in, pickup or delivery during the COVID-19 pandemic.
New crowdfunding platform to save small business in Ottawa
A pilot project in Ottawa hopes to boost their chances with community crowdfunding, which has emerged as a vital tool for the social impact sector. Could it provide a model for Main Streets across Canada?