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CWCC Pulse E-Newsletter August 13th, 2020

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A Message from Dana Burdenuk, General Manager:


Good afternoon,
I recently had the pleasure of being interviewed by Jason Bavington of Midnight Illusions Ltd. for the DUX Local City Guide Video Blog to share how our team here at CWCC has creatively and effectively supported our members through COVID and beyond. I had a lot of fun chatting with Jason - check out our video here!
In July, Chambers of Commerce and Boards of Trade across the country launched Canada United, a nationwide small and local business campaign encouraging Canadians to buy local. 
Canada United is offering small business relief grants of up to $5,000 to help small Canadian businesses with recovery efforts as a result of COVID-19. The grant funds will grow over the next several weeks as every video watched and social post liked from Canada United will result in a 5¢ contribution from RBC and other partners. Funds can be used for PPE, renovations, or e-commerce capabilities. Let's spread the word and show our local businesses some love! Visit GoCanadaUnited.ca for more info. #CanadaUnited
Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me any time with questions or comments at chamber@cwchamber.ca.
Keep healthy and please stay connected!
Canada United Shop Local Show Love


Mark Agnew Addresses Aluminum Tariffs On BNN Bloomberg 
Canadian Chamber of Commerce Senior Director of International Policy Mark Agnew, appeared on Bloomberg Markets with Amanda Lang to discuss the U.S. reimposing tariffs on Canadian aluminum and the need to address fundamental international trade issues. Watch the interview here
Historic Agreement Delivers Over $230 Million for Child Care
Safe Restart Agreement Will Support Ontario’s Plan to Safely Reopen Child Care and Early Years Programs
The Ontario government, in partnership with the federal government, is providing $234.6 million in funding to keep children and staff safe in child care and early years settings. This funding will help support enhanced cleaning costs as well as health and safety requirements set out to support the reopening of licensed child care and early years programs. This funding is in addition to the Ontario government's continued commitment to stabilize the child care sector as many Ontarians return to work. Read more here
Investing in the Future of Ontario's Tourism Industry
Government’s investment will support projects and experiences so that the province is well positioned for recovery from the COVID-19 outbreak
The Ontario government is investing $1.5 million through the new Tourism Economic Development Recovery Fund and offering promotional incentives at provincial attractions to help the province's tourism industry and welcome back visitors after the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more here
Nominations are Now Open for Canada’s Volunteer Awards 2020
The Call for Nominations for Canada's Volunteer Awards will be open from August 6 until September 30, 2020. Now is your chance to recognize the impact that outstanding volunteers, not-for-profit organizations, social enterprises and socially responsible businesses create in your communities, especially now during this uniquely challenging time in Canada.
Do you know an individual or an organization making a difference in your community? Nominate them to receive an award to recognize their significant contributions!
For more information, or to learn more about the nomination process, contact us at 1-877-825-0434 or Info-cva-pbc@hrsdc-rhdcc.gc.ca.
Canadian Economic Dashboard and COVID-19 Update
After increasing by nearly one million in June, employment rose by 419,000 in July as businesses and workplaces affected by COVID-19-related restrictions continued to reopen. Gains in July were concentrated in part-time work and among women, with almost one-half of the net increase reflecting higher employment in wholesale and retail trade, and accommodation and food services. Read more here
Government of Canada temporarily sets a minimum unemployment rate for the Employment Insurance program
Since the beginning of the pandemic the Government of Canada has taken action to provide Canadians with the health and financial support needed to help contain the spread of COVID-19. Since it was launched, the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) has been an important income support for over 8.5 million Canadians and their families, who have had to stop working due to the pandemic. As the country continues to gradually and safely restart the economy, over 1.6 million Canadians have been able to return to work. However, we know that not all sectors are re-opening at the same pace. That’s why the Government is preparing to transition as many Canadians as possible back to the Employment Insurance (EI) system at the end of month. Read more here
Canadian Chamber of Commerce Response To The Port Of Montreal Strike 
We have been actively engaged with ministers’ offices on behalf of our members on the urgent need for a resolution to the Port of Montreal strike given the current economic climate. We, along with other industry associations, have called on the federal Minister of Labour to facilitate a resolution of the negotiations between the longshoremen and the Maritime Employers Association (MEA) to ensure the continuation of port activities. This issue requires the government’s full attention to preserve jobs and protect Canada’s economy. We continue to monitor the situation closely and engage with government and industry.


Upcoming Events

Ribbon Cutting
August 29th 11am
735 Tower St. S., Fergus
We are excited to announce the ribbon cutting of Brighten Up. Join us to celebrate with them! Register here.
CWCC Local Biz Night at the Grand River Raceway
September 16th
5:30 PM to 10:00 PM
Bring your friends, family or co-workers and have a FUN and SAFE night of Networking and Horse Racing!!
Tickets include:
  • Dinner catered by Hangry Harry's Food Truck
  • Your business gets a horse assigned to cheer for in the Local Biz Night Race at 9 pm!
  • Official Photo with your group
  • Reserved seating for Local Biz Night attendees
  • Gates open at 5:30 pm
  • Food will be available at 6:00 pm
  • Racing starts at 6:30 pm with the Local Biz Night Race happening at 9 pm
Cost $45 per person, plus tax
Early bird tickets available until August 21, 2020 at $40 per person, plus tax
*limited space available*
Get your tickets today here.
Venue Generously Sponsored by the Grand River Raceway.
Meet the Employer Advisor
by Beyond Rewards Inc. Human Resource Consulting
Find out how to get assistance with your WSIB Program (Online Event)
September 30th, 8:30am
Speaker: Jessica Persaud
Jessica Persaud is an Employer Specialist with the Office of the Employer Adviser, an arm's length agency of the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development. Serving Waterloo Region and Wellington/Grey/Bruce/Huron counties. As an Employer Specialist, she provides advice, education and representation to smaller employers regarding issues related to Workplace Safety and Insurance.
She brings over 20 years of experience of representing both employers' and workers' rights and responsibilities under the Workplace Safety & Insurance System in Ontario. Prior to joining the Ministry in 2007, she worked as an advocate and program co-ordinator for a small not-for profit registered charitable organization. She is
also paralegal in good standing with the Law Society of Ontario.
Jessica resides in the beautiful Hespeler Village in Cambridge Ontario, with her partner Ian, their 3 wonderful children Owen, Logan and Simone, and a very rambunctious cat.
This webinar will also be joint with the Centre Wellington Chamber of Commerce and the Minto Chamber of Commerce.

Recovery Activation Program (RAP)

The brand new Recovery Activation Program (RAP) was created by the Toronto Region Board of Trade & World Trade Centre Toronto to provide support for businesses to address the conditions that COVID-19 has created. RAP is an immersive, online program focused on helping businesses accelerate recovery by enhancing digital connectivity.
With the support of a $7.7 million investment from the Government of Canada and Government of Ontario, RAP is now expanding to businesses of all sizes throughout the province. CWCC is a marketing partner for RAP, helping to ensure that local businesses from our community can benefit from the customized services, workshops, and mentorship that this complimentary program offers. The program brings $40K in training at no cost to your business!
Interested in learning more? Click here to sign up today.

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Or call: 1-800-MEMBERS (636-2377), 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., to speak with a member care specialist.

July's Renewing Members

Align Pedorthics
BDO Canada LLP
Best Western Plus Fergus Hotel
Body Mechanik
Brew House On The Grand
Caressant Care
Centre Wellington Remedy's RX
Cox Creek Cellars Inc.
Fifth Avenue Collection Jewellery
Games on Tap Board Game Cafe
Mark Martin Complete Home Exteriors
Mosaic Spa
The Ostic Group
Precision Pools by Triple A Pools Ltd
Right at Home Canada-Guelph
Rock Drywall Interiors Ltd.
Ward Hearing Centre Inc.



Member Milestones & Community Support

Upcoming Blood Donation Event - August 27th, 2:30-7:30pm CW Community Sportsplex, Fergus. Please note this is on an appointment-only basis at this time (unfortunately walk-ins will still not be accommodated). If you or anyone you know is able to come in and donate at this upcoming or future events in Fergus, please book your appointment online at blood.ca or call 1-888-2-donate!
Fergus Legion launches memorial banner program
The Fergus Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion is inviting local businesses or families to consider purchasing a memorial banner in honour of our local Veterans. The goal of this initiative is to engage our local community in honouring and remembering our local veterans.
For more information or to sponsor a banner, contact Brian Bielby, bielby626@gmail.com, (519) 843-5662. Click here for the banner program application form.


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