Edmonton-based tech company creates digital registration system for office reopening

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VisitorBay is a digital visitor management tool that allows for an automated sign-in process that is more secure than traditional paper methods. Before COVID-19, the company launched a digital registration system for clients that would see the end of paper sign-in sheets left out in the open for all to see. A few weeks into COVID-19, company founders Brett Carrier and Ricardo Casanova knew there was an opportunity to adapt their product to help companies.

The City of Kitchener, with the Waterloo Region Small Business Centre & area municipalities,have launched a Business Recovery Outreach Program

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This free program, which was geared to supporting small business of all kinds, including restaurants, retail, personal services and hospitality businesses, provided tailored resources to local entrepreneurs and small business owners. Through the program, City of Kitchener staff conducted interviews with a cross-section of local small businesses as they began to plan for reopening and recovery. Based on their unique circumstances, each participating business owner was provided with suggestions on programs and services available to assist them in their recovery efforts. The City will publish a Business Recovery Toolkit available to all business, free of charge.

Buy Local Ottawa: Links to support Ottawa’s small and locally owned businesses as the local economy reopens 

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Ottawa’s small and locally owned businesses are woven into the fabric of the city. To help support as the local economy reopens, useful links and resources are assembled on this page.

  1. #MyOttawa Pass is Ottawa’s very own local savings passport, complete with an impressive collection of discounts and offers from businesses across the city.
  2. Shop Ottawa is an online directory of local businesses, products and services.
  3. Local Eats Ottawa offers a compiled list of Ottawa restaurants offering food delivery or pickup.
  4. SavourOttawa.ca is a one-stop site on how to buy locally produced food and beverages in the Ottawa region.
  5. Together-Apart.ca is a resource for the residents of this city to find local spots to order from and support.
  6. Edible Ottawa to ensure that local food communities remain strong.
  7. Love Local Delivery to order from Ottawa’s best independent, locally owned and operated food businesses! Easy Scheduled & On-Demand delivery provided by dedicated, carefully vetted and smart-serve trained drivers.
  8. And links to local BIAs that offer detailed information on local business offerings


The City of Ottawa, in consultation with Ottawa Public Health, has created the Business Reopening Toolkit

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The kit includes signage and resources, sample policies for businesses, Sector specific information (Restaurants and food services; Construction; Retail; Arts, culture, festivals and events; Manufacturing; Offices; Healthcare providers and personal services; Agriculture; Outdoor recreation; Child Care and Day Camps

The Halifax Partnership and Halifax Regional Municipality are developing Economic Response and Recovery plans – meant to be changed and updated to address the evolving needs of the business community in real-time.

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Victoria’s Economic Recovery Strategy « Victoria 3.0 » – Recovery Reinvention Resilience – 2020-2041

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Victoria 3.0 has three main goals. The first and immediate focus is on supporting businesses to adapt to a new normal and become more resilient in light of experiences and lessons learned during the COVID-19 pandemic. COVID-19 has shown us how precarious our small businesses and our local economy are.  The South Island Prosperity Partnership has created a Rising Economy Taskforce with 13 subcommittees that cover all aspects of our regional economy. Victoria 3.0 is meant to be complementary to and nestle within this important regional work.

Beer Company donates 135,000 facemasks to restaurants across Canada, plus re-opening kits that include hand sanitizer, sanitizer towers, social-distancing signage and support in going contactless with menus through QR-Code coasters, tent cards and point-of-sale integration.

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Labatt is also supporting the safe re-opening of restaurants and businesses as a corporate partner to roll out the POST Promise — a private sector-led program that allows business owners to sign a declaration to uphold five key steps to help prevent the spread — and through brand initiatives, including Stella Artois’ Rally for Restaurants gift-card program.

City of Montreal sets out a $22M plan with 20 impressive actions for its inclusive and green economic recovery: including nightlife, arts&culture, social economy, responsible purchasing, delivery services, street vibrancy, data, temp use of vacant space & more.

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The plan is the result of major mobilization from Montréal’s business community and has three objectives:

  • Stabilizing and supporting the economy, short term
  • Reinventing the city’s economic development
  • Mobilizing all partners for green and inclusive economic development

The full plan is available in French and a summary in English


The City has implemented a number of initiatives to support local businesses and the community to reopen and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, including $575,000 in economic stimulus grants.

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The City’s webpage includes guides to reopening, virtual town halls, links to applications for grants, etc.

Transforming a Restaurant into an Outdoor Market using simple furniture designs

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A restaurant in Dallas is coping with the pandemic by leveraging Better Block’s approach to adaptive urbanism. The Better Block crew had constructed several wooden market stalls that were going to be used for a pop-up outdoor market in the Allen project. Now, they’ve used them to turn Oddfellows into an actual outdoor market, stocking the shelves with the restaurant’s stock and selling neighbors staples that may be difficult to find at the stores that remain open.

Architecture Sans Frontières Québec apporte un soutien technique aux entreprises montréalaises pour s’adapter aux mesures de distanciation physique et de santé

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Grâce au financement de la Ville, l’organisme aidera plus d’une centaine de commerçants dans le besoin à adapter leurs établissements à se conformer aux mesures de distanciation sociale et de santé émises par les autorités de santé publique. L’ASFQ produira également un guide d’adaptation commerciale, dont la sortie est prévue en juin. Jusqu’en octobre, une équipe de professionnels prêtera main forte en effectuant des audits et des adaptations de santé pour les petites entreprises indépendantes afin de réduire les risques de propagation du COVID-19.

Restaurants Canada holding a series of « Rapid Recovery Series Sessions »

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10 sessions designed to help operators reopen, reinvent, and rebuild their businesses. All sessions will be recorded and sent out to registrants post-series. Sign up to secure your spot and ensure on list to be sent a recording.

Restarting Restaurants, Food Services & Retail webinars for Downtown Victoria businesses

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Run a restaurant or food service business? Have questions about reopening and operating safely during COVID-19? Join us Wednesday, June 10th 10AM – 11:30AM for a FREE Q&A session. The expert panel includes the Chief Medical Officer for Island Health and the BC Restaurant and Food Association. These sessions are co-hosted by the Downtown Victoria Business Association and Community Micro Lending. As we adjust to living and working with COVID-19, we’re offering two sessions to help businesses reopen and operate safely: Two webinars planned:
Restarting Restaurants & Food Services on Wednesday, June 10th 10AM – 11:30AM
Restarting Retail on Thursday, June 11th 11AM – 12:30PM

Toolkit for Reopening Canada’s Economy

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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.

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

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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 Quebec government has developed a toolkit for reopening businesses safely

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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

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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

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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

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

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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.

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

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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.

Guide created to help reopening of small events and venues

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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.

City of Ottawa releases toolkit to help businesses reopen safely

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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.

Downtown Moncton Centre-ville Inc. lance le programme de subventions Covid-19 Re-Start

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Cette subvention appuiera l’achat d’équipement de sécurité requis qui doit être installé avant la réouverture. Les entreprises peuvent présenter une demande maximale de 500 $. Dans le cadre du programme, seuls les propriétaires de biens commerciaux et d’entreprises de la zone d’amélioration des entreprises (BIA) seront pris en considération.

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