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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Food | Local businesses

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.

Think Local First is an easy, fun, free way to support locally owned businesses in Greater Victoria.

Local businesses

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.

To Go Toronto platform links to restaurants offering takeout & delivery

Food | General: Online communities and networks

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

Food | General: Online communities and networks | Local businesses

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

Local businesses

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?

Together Apart: Platform to support small businesses in the Ottawa region

Food | General: Online communities and networks | Local businesses

List & links to businesses that are open and what kind of service they are offering (gift cards, delivery, etc.)

Regina Public Library putting its servers to use crunching COVID-19 data

Policy leadership

Through a partnership with Folding@home, four of the RPL’s servers and five computers from its Digital Media Studio are hard at work crunching data that scientists around the world are using to research COVID-19.

Newfoundland libraries adapting to isolation world with move to digital

General: Online communities and networks | General: Sector resources | Policy leadership

Includes support in how residents can use virtual libraries to hold book clubs, learn things, go digital, etc.

Mississauga Library’s electronic collection to almost triple through sharing plan with Burlington and Hamilton: Over 151K total electronic titles available in agreement

Arts and Culture | General: Online communities and networks | Policy leadership

As part of the agreement, Mississauga library users could borrow up to 10 items in total from the Hamilton and Burlington electronic collections and place five more titles on hold. Mississauga library users would still be permitted to borrow 10 items from their local system, and place 20 titles on hold.

Saint John regional mayors leverage local network to set the stage for recovery through Rise Up SJ

Fundraising and volunteering | General: Online communities and networks | Policy leadership

This initiative sees a core group of local citizens, leaders, organizations and government representatives volunteering their time to ignite a community network to build advisory ecosystems for needs associated with health outcomes, food and housing security, business sustainability, and driving future demand for the region’s products and services.

Interactive map helps locate food resources across Toronto

Food

The google map hopes to increase access to good food for all.

City of Brampton resource list for local businesses during COVID-19

Local businesses | Policy leadership

City of Brampton compiled list of federal and provincial funding opportunities for local businesses to take advantage of for economic support during COVID-19 pandemic.

Downtown Kingston BIA provides resources to help support local businesses during pandemic

General: Sector resources | Local businesses

Downtown Kingston BIA provides resources regarding the local businesses and how they are adapting and how to support businesses that remain open in some capacity.

Neighbourhood Pods for Mutual Aid Resource Page for Toronto

Fundraising and volunteering | General: Crowdsourced tools and resources | General: Online communities and networks | Public health | Seniors | Social isolation

Shape My City has adapted their platform to map grassroots initiatives that are responding to COVID-19.

Platform for Newfoundlanders and Labradorians to maintain (metaphorical) close ties with their communities during physical distancing

General: Crowdsourced tools and resources | General: Online communities and networks | General: Tools for engagement | Seniors | Social isolation

A community-built website, neighbouring.org features a network of neighbours organizing to check on and take care of each other by telephone, text, email, doorstep deliveries, etc. Also includes tools for starting pods.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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