Supporting main streets in Quebec City through “Solidarity Dollars” to alleviate the precariousness of businesses during COVID19.

Fundraising and volunteering | Local businesses | Main Street

This group has created a local currency so that the contributors’ investment can be returned directly to participating businesses. This currency will be available in paper or digital form through the Wyse Wallet app. 
The project will consolidate the achievements of the commercial arteries and allow citizens to participate concretely in the recovery by investing in hyperlocal entrepreneurship. Let us be # solidairespournosartères!

The Big Spend is a one day activity (July 25) to encourage purchases at local businesses to revive the local economy with a goal of getting 1M Cdns involved

General: Online communities and networks | Local businesses | Main Street | Recovery

3 STEPS TO BE PART OF THE BIG SPEND

1. BUY LOCAL

On July 25, make an intentional purchase at a local small business of your choice.

2. REPORT YOUR SPEND

Add your name to our Big Spend list*, so we can map spending across Canada and track the economic impact we’re making together.

*the Big Spend List will go live on the site closer to the big day.

3. SHARE THE NEWS

Share a story or photo about where you made your Big Spend on Facebook or Instagram! Use hashtag #TheBigSpend 

This initiative encourages local business recovery and support. In addition, it has set aside August 28-30 for a national buy local weekend and will provide grants of up to $5K for businesses

Fundraising and volunteering | General: Sector resources | Local businesses
The Canada United Small Business Relief Fund was established by RBC in collaboration with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce and the support of other chambers and partners to help small Canadian businesses with their recovery efforts as a result of COVID-19. Local businesses can also apply for grants of up to $5K that can be used for
  • Purchasing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as masks, face shields, and latex gloves
  • Renovating physical space to adhere to local, Provincial or Federal reopening guidelines
  • Developing or improving e-commerce capabilities for your business

 

Ground Floor Pop-Up Toolkit ​ A resource for landlords & storefront activators to create win-win dynamics on the path to recovery from COVID-19

General: Sector resources | Local businesses | Re-opening

Are you interested in creating (or hosting) a pop-up but are not sure where to start?

In the wake of COVID-19 Wallplay has created a toolkit on how vacant spaces can be repurposed for public good. Wallplay has been facilitating pop-ups since 2013, we helped pioneer the “vacant space as pop-up venue” model and we are excited to share what we’ve learned.

City of Mississauga COVID-19 Response Continues: Recovery Framework Guiding Document to Support Reopening & Recovery

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

The City worked closely with Peel Public Health to develop the framework. The recovery framework was developed based on best practices in other jurisdictions and identifies four pillars of recovery:

  • Community
  • Economic
  • Finance
  • Corporate

Mississauga’s Buy Local Campaign

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

Mississauga Made is an online initiative inspired to support and promote local businesses across the City. During these difficult times, we encourage our residents to stand together and support locally-based businesses, services
and talents in our community.

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

General: Sector resources | Local businesses | Policy leadership | Recovery

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.

The Town of Canmore’s Economic Recovery Plan focuses on business retention and survival during and post-pandemic to help our local economy bounce back with resilience.

Local businesses | Policy leadership | Re-opening | Recovery

On June 2, Council approved capital funding from the Tax Stabilization Reserve for Economic Development recovery support to those businesses most impacted by the pandemic for a total of $281,000 and moved to establish a Business Recovery Taskforce that includes members of our business community, Town Council, and the Canmore Business Association (CBA) and appoints one or two members of Council to the Taskforce.

The Town of Newmarket Mentorship Access Program (MAP) provides businesses access to a directory of fellow business leaders who are open to providing mentorship on items such as business planning, marketing, employee engagement and more.

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

This program seeks to augment the business owners’ expertise with an objective partner in brainstorming and business planning.  Business owners wishing to connect with a mentor should do so by filling out the form at www.newmarket.ca/bac

City of Ottawa’s Innovation Pilot Program (IPP) provides companies the opportunity to test and quickly deploy their technology innovations in real-life testing environments with the City or one of its economic development partners

Local businesses | Policy leadership | Recovery

The City of Ottawa’s Innovation Pilot Program (IPP), managed by Economic Development Services (EDS), is shifting its focus towards COVID-19 economic recovery efforts. This new focus, the Recovery Stream, provides companies the opportunity to test and quickly deploy their technology innovations in real-life testing environments with the City or one of its economic development partners. The program provides companies with valuable feedback on their innovations, prior to scaling and production.

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

Food | General: Online communities and networks | General: Sector resources | Policy leadership | Re-opening

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 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.

Local businesses | Policy leadership | Re-opening | Recovery

Victoria’s Economic Recovery Strategy “Victoria 3.0” – Recovery Reinvention Resilience – 2020-2041

Local businesses | Policy leadership | Recovery

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.

#Lights-On: Recovery and Reboot in Live Entertainment brings together leaders and experts in business, economics, public policy, public health and arts organizations to begin the important work of supporting the live entertainment sector in its recovery by building issue-specific strategies and practices.

Arts and Culture | General: Sector resources | Local businesses | Policy leadership

This project includes a series of outreach activities organized by Ryerson’s School of Creative Industries, the Toronto Arts Council and the Toronto Arts Foundation, with support from the City of Toronto, Mass Culture, TO Live, Canadian Actors’ Equity Association, SOCAN and the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts.

The government of British Columbia is acting on a longstanding liquor policy recommendation to help bars and restaurants survive the challenges of COVID-19.

Local businesses | Policy leadership | Re-opening

Wholesale liquor pricing for bars and restaurants has long been a liquor policy recommendation as one that would go a long way to improve operations for licensed establishments.

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.

Local businesses | Re-opening

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.

Vancity, LOCO BC, and business organizations throughout the Lower Mainland are launching a program to promote the purchase of gift cards from local businesses in partnership with Support Local BC. 

Local businesses

The site launched initially with businesses from the Greater Victoria region and has currently sold more than $22,000 in gift cards for 172 businesses. With this partnership with Vancity and LOCO BC, the platform is expanding to include businesses through Metro Vancouver and in Squamish, and is expected to connect consumers to hundreds of local businesses. To join the platforms, businesses can sign up at no cost. The sign up process takes about two minutes to fill out the form and businesses will be added to the site quickly. Gift cards are available for purchase in $10, $25, $50 and $100 denominations.

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.

Local businesses | Policy leadership

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

 

CBRN Small Business Relief Fund will help 62 small Canadian businesses recover and support their resilience, for a total of $620,000 in funds.

Local businesses | Main Street

Businesses can use the $10,000 grants to support their recovery efforts, including paying salaries, acquiring safety and personal protective equipment for staff, replenishing materials or paying for the measures required to adapt business models to the economic impacts of COVID-19. To be eligible to apply, businesses must:

  1. Be a for-profit company; and,
  2. Belong to a chamber of commerce, board of trade or association that is a member of the Canadian Business Resilience Network; and;
  3. Have between 2 and 50 employees; and,
  4. Have been in business for 2 years as of March 1, 2020; and,
  5. Have an annual revenue between $150,000 CAD and $5,000,000 CAD; and,
  6. Have been negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic; and
  7. Meet the other eligibility criteria set out in the program’s terms and conditions.

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.

Local businesses | Main Street | Policy leadership | Re-opening | Street activation | physical distancing

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

Independent movie theatre in Toronto “sells” seats to raise needed funds to survive COVID19-related closure.

Arts and Culture | Fundraising and volunteering | Local businesses | Main Street

To help keep the community engaged and to ensure the Fox Theatre in Toronto’s Beach neighbourhood will still be in business once the virus restrictions are lifted, a fundraising campaign was started by the theatre. For $150, plus taxes, community could purchase a plaque with their name on it to be put on seats at the historic theatre. The Fox posted information about the sale on their website and within a short amount of time all 251 seats were “sold”. The theatre later sold naming rights for other parts of the building.

City of Quebec launched a currency to encourage purchases from local merchants

Local businesses | Main Street

Quebec City residents can buy “packages” of the local currency in various denominations that can be redeemed for 20-60% more than their purchased cost. Within a few hours the entire packages on offer had been sold out raising over  $ 130,000 for local businesses.

Ma Zone Québec is a transactional platform for discovering Quebec-based local entrepreneurs and local products and services.

General: Online communities and networks | Local businesses

There is recognition that even if you want to buy local, sometimes it’s difficult to find products and services. The objective of this platform is to favor local purchases in a simple, practical and friendly way to really allow a change in consumption habits. The mission of Ma Zone Québec is also to participate in the influence of our local entrepreneurs. Ma Zone Québec is a showcase that challenges itself to make the people behind the products and services known. Craftsmen, entrepreneurs, creators, founders, they are the ones who must be highlighted and made discover their inspiring stories.

Toronto’s ‘rescue operation’ for restaurants includes fast-tracked approvals, more space for patio dining

Local businesses | Main Street | Parks and public space | Policy leadership | Re-opening | physical distancing

Called “CafeTO”, the city program is identifying sidewalk and right-of-way space, including “parklets,” adjacent to bars and restaurants that can be made available for outdoor dining with physical distancing to ensure minimal chance of virus infection. The normal patio approval process will be dramatically streamlined, city council will be asked to waive fees, and the Ontario government is agreeing to help quickly address any liquor licensing issues

Architecture Without Borders Québec providing technical support to Montréal businesses to adapt to physical distancing/health measures

Local businesses | Re-opening | physical distancing

With funding from the City, the organization will assist more than one hundred merchants in need with help adapting their establishments to comply with social distancing and health measures issued by public health authorities. The ASFQ will also produce a commercial adaptation guide, slated for release in June. Until October, a team of professionals will lend a hand by carrying out health audits and adaptations for small independent businesses in order to reduce the risks of spreading COVID-19.

Restaurants Canada holding a series of “Rapid Recovery Series Sessions”

Food | General: Sector resources | Local businesses | Re-opening

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

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

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

Patios Everywhere program will help local restaurants reopen safely in Barrie

Local businesses | Main Street | Parks and public space | Policy leadership | Re-opening | physical distancing

This program is in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and will support local restaurants by providing flexibility to restaurant owners while at the same time ensuring safety standards and measures remain in place. The Patios Everywhere Program is intended to address patios that are outside of the downtown Business Improvement Area (BIA).

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.

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.

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