EDGE UP 2.0 is a program with Calgary Economic Development to provide training for 320 displaced oil and gas professionals for careers in tech.

CUIxYYC (Calgary) | Employment | Learning and education

EDGE UP (Energy to Digital Growth Education and Upskilling Project) is a multi-stakeholder program launched in Calgary in 2019 to test new approaches to skills development for workers to re-engage with technology jobs being created in all sectors of Calgary’s economy. The EDGE UP 2.0 program is led by Calgary Economic Development and delivered in partnership with the Information and Communications Technology CouncilUniversity of Calgary Continuing EducationSAITBow Valley CollegeMount Royal University, and Riipen. The program targets professionals displaced from the structural change in the oil and gas sector. Students are trained for in-demand information technology jobs including data analysts, full-stack software developers, information technology project managers, cybersecurity analysts, UI/UX Designers, Digital Marketing, etc. Details on the NEW EDGE UP 2.0 program and how to apply will be available June 2021. 

Bartenders Benevolent COVID-19 Support Fund has been established for those who have lost employment or reduced income

Fundraising and volunteering | Local businesses

The Bartenders Benevolent Fund is actively working with community members, industy organizations and our Board of Directors to create inclusive and empowering organizational policies, funding criteria and code of conduct. Considering the current impact of the novel COVID-19 on the hospitality industry, these processes are unfolding quickly and we continue to reevaluate on an ongoing basis.

The City of Edmonton is launching several environmental rebates and tools focusing on environmental upgrades over the summer to stimulate the economy.

Economic Recovery Plans | Local businesses | Policy leadership

This includes:

  • The Building Retrofit Accelerator rebate program facilitates renovations to improve energy efficiency in commercial and institutional buildings.
  • A solar rebate program to save up to $4,000 towards the installation of a solar electric system for their home
  • A rebate for residential and property owners interested in installing a Level 2electric vehicle charging station
  • an electric bike rebate program, which will let Edmontonians interested in buying an e-bike apply for rebates covering 30 per cent of the cost of the vehicle to a maximum of $750.

Toronto tech startup company hires restaurant staff to provide free meals for frontline workers

Local businesses

Toronto tech company ResQ has committed its services and resources to ensure that free meals are delivered to front-line workers and hospital employees by hiring restaurant staff that have been laid off.

Equitable “social” contractor non-profit in Toronto continues to deliver accessible services

Local businesses

Building Up is a small contractor non-profit that has maintained its operation throughout COVID-19 to provide reasonably-priced services as well as an equitable pre-apprenticeship program developed for those who face barriers in accessing employment.

Newfoundland-based charity’s social enterprise is distributing meals & training during pandemic

Food | Frontline services | Fundraising and volunteering

Stella’s Circle offers housing, counselling and employment services to people who face many barriers to fully participating in their community. One of the initiatives of the organization is through its social enterprise, the Hungry Heart Cafe, which employs Stella’s Circle participants, providing them with food services training and experience. Customers of the Cafe have been invited to add $2 to their bill which goes towards a program referred to as Meals Squared. Individual, nutritious meals are then made available at no cost for participants. During the Stella’s Circle response to the pandemic, 1000 meals have been distributed to date. Stella’s Circle is also putting tech in the hands of homeless clients, in an effort to bridge the digital divide

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.

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.

Hospitality union offers help as hotels considered as makeshift hospitals

Employment | Frontline services

As governments look to use hotels as makeshift hospitals for some COVID-19 patients, the union representing Canada’s hospitality workers says their members want to help. The union estimates up to 250,000 hotel workers will lose their jobs and 90 per cent of Canada’s hotels will close down amid the COVID-19 crisis. It also says the hospitality industry will be one of the last sectors to recover.

Windsor inside workers agree to redeployment, layoffs for idled city hall staff

Employment | Policy leadership

Hundreds of idled city hall staff are expected to be redeployed for needed community projects in the coming days, after CUPE Local 543 leadership off

Toronto charity helps health-care workers find temporary accommodation during COVID-19 crisis

Frontline services | Housing and homelessness | Local businesses | Social isolation

StayWell, a Toronto-based charity, has since last year helped patients who travel to Toronto for medical treatments find affordable places to stay. The charity partners with Sky View Suites to make hundreds of fully furnished units available for short-term rentals at a reduced price. With COVID-19 hitting all parts of the city and the province, the charity decided to expand this service to health-care providers.

City staff, school workers proposing ways to keep themselves busy and services functioning

Frontline services | Policy leadership | Public health

In Winnipeg, library and recreation centre employees, whose jobs have become temporarily obsolete in an unexpected pandemic, are stocking shelves for Winnipeg Harvest, or filling sandbags to save homes prone to spring flooding.

In response to COVID-19, Edmonton-based kitchen fabrication company has retooled to help local shops protect their staff & customers with safety screens/breath guards

Frontline services | Local businesses

Pulse Metalworks Ltd. is an Edmonton based, family owned operation that has building steel commercial kitchens throughout British Columbia and Saskatchewan for more than 15 years. They have repurposed their workshop to create safety screens for local business

Big Bike Giveaway partners with Squeaky Wheel Bike Co-op to give out free bicycles to low-income essential workers

Fundraising and volunteering | Local businesses | Mobility and transportation

London-based Squeaky Wheel Bike Co-op is a volunteer-supported, self-serve bike repair shop and Big Bike Giveaway is organized by a husband and wife team in London Ontario.

TOArtist Covid Response Fund

Arts and Culture

Established by the Toronto Arts Foundation and the Toronto Arts Council, this fund provides up to $1,000 in emergency relief for artists who are self employed and not eligible for EI through any other employer or any other bridge funding. The fund is open to artists who can demonstrate lost income due to cancellation of events, programs, workshops, classes, etc.

Virtual Youth Summit hosted by Canadian Council for Youth Prosperity and Opportunity for All Youth

Children | Employment | General: Online communities and networks | General: Sector resources | Learning and education

The April 2nd #ImpactCOVID virtual youth summit is a platform for youth to share how this ongoing crisis is impacting them and how the youth workforce development sector can better support them during this time.

Local BC Drag Queens Will Deliver Food And Wine To Your Door

Arts and Culture | Food | Local businesses

A local LGBTQ+ bar in Kelowna is having B.C. drag queens deliver food and wine right to your door. By changing the business model and keeping employees safe the restaurant is offering delivery service, but with a twist.

Niagara Region municipalities launch COVID-19 business impact survey

Employment | Local businesses | Policy leadership

Economic development departments from the Region of Niagara, the Cities of St. Catharines, Niagara Falls, Port Colborne and Welland, and the Towns of Lincoln and Fort Erie have jointly launched the Niagara Economic Rapid Response Team to assess and plan for the needs of the business community in the region, in light of COVID-19.

Supporting small business through coronavirus: ideas from experts and leaders across NYC

Local businesses | Policy leadership

Two dozen small business owners and small business experts provide recommendations on how city and state policymakers can help them survive this crisis for small business.

PACE Society — a peer-driven organization located in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver is providing support for current and former sex workers of all genders

Income support

Funding is prioritized to people of colour, Indigenous people, transgender individuals, and members of other marginalized communities.

Camp Tech digital marketing webinars for main street businesses

Employment | General: Sector resources | Learning and education | Local businesses

Camp Tech is running a series of free digital marketing webinars as part of the Ontario Digital Main Street Initiative, which helps businesses achieve digital transformation. The program is built around an online learning platform, structured training programs, and a digital service squad, who help main street businesses grow and manage their business through the adoption of digital tools and technology.

Funding to support coronvirus coverage in Canada for freelancers and local newsrooms

Fundraising and volunteering | Income support

The Independent News Challenge is partnering with the Facebook Journalism Project to ensure $1 million fund reaches independent news outlets in Canada.


Arts and Culture

The Greater Vancouver Professional Theatre Alliance (GVPTA) is collecting data in order to better understand the impact COVID-19 has had on arts and culture organizations across the province. Aggregate data will be shared with funders, and arts service organizations for regional, provincial, and national reporting.

Co-working space is holding online versions of their Learning Series and looking for ways to connect virtually.

General: Online communities and networks | Local businesses

Roundhouse, an Edmonton-based social enterprise and co-working space is offering “virtual coworking” during COVID-19. As a community hub for entrepreneurs and changemakers, they are rolling out a new suite of online programming “Roundhouse From Home”. They will be offering online versions of our Roundhouse Learning Series, Waffle Wednesday and even daily coworking chats. Check out the full schedule for more information.

Startup Calgary: COVID-19 Guidance & Resources

General: Sector resources | Local businesses

Startup Calgary has created a resource for the start-up community to navigate the impacts of COVID-19.

Coalition of small business owners calling on the Canadian government to consider a series of recommendations

Employment | Local businesses | Policy leadership

SaveSmallBusiness.ca is a grassroots coalition of small businesses across Canada united in their opposition to a debt-forward solution to the COVID-19 economic crisis. Suggestions include bailout plans, wage subsidies, grants, and other non-debt solutions.

Canadian companies that are hiring during this time

Employment | General: Crowdsourced tools and resources | Local businesses

A crowd-sourced list of employers who are hiring across Canada, organized by Unbounce, a Vancouver-based software company.

City of Winnipeg sets up business task force, looking at tax deferrals during COVID-19

Income support | Local businesses | Policy leadership

City of Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman announced a Mayor’s COVID-19 Business Task Force to help city businesses weather COVID-19, including the possibility of deferring property and business taxes.

Quebec offers free emergency daycare for healthcare workers

Policy leadership

Quebec is providing free emergency daycare services for the preschool and elementary-aged children of healthcare providers and other workers in essential services’ as the province implements measures to contain COVID-19.

City of Toronto offers free childcare for essential workers

Children | Policy leadership

Beginning March 30, City of Toronto will offer free child care on a 24-7 basis for children up to age 12 for any worker deemed essential by the province

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