An Update from us on COVID-19 Supports
- March 31, 2020 -
New information and programs announcements were relatively few today. All levels of government emphasized their gratitude for front-line workers and the critical need to conform to public health directives to practice social distancing.
Thank you to the Government representatives,
front line staff, truck drivers,
emergency crews, health care providers
and all those that are working
to keep goods and services available to everyone!
FROM: The Kensington and
Area Chamber of Commerce
Board of Directors & Staff
In order to help our communities stay healthy and safe, The Kensington and Area Chamber of Commerce has created a living Google document of Essential Service Businesses that are currently open, their hours, contact information and what services they are offering.

This document is public and can be edited by businesses or anyone in the community. We expect that this document will be used with the intent it is meant and that everyone understands it is just for information purposes and by no means can it be considered binding.

We invite you to edit and share any information you know. Help us to help you stay informed!
Do you have a Good News story to share about a business or someone in the community? We would love to hear it and share it!

We respect the difficulty and uncertainty of the economy due to COVID-19 but we want to celebrate those that are rising above the challenge.
Provincial Government Updates

The Province of Prince Edward Island  announced plans  to support children, students, families and teachers impacted by school and daycare closures due to COVID-19.

To ensure the health and safety of students, teachers and administration, all schools across Prince Edward Island remain closed for in-person classes until, at minimum, May 11.

Federal Government Updates

Today’s federal COVID-19 briefing focused primarily on the need for support in creating a made-in-Canada source of supply for critical medical equipment. The Prime Minister cited early contributions of Canadian manufacturers, including Irving and Stanfield’s, who have quickly pivoted with proposals to retool for the production of medical supplies like masks, testing kits, protective clothing and ventilators.
 
Local companies wishing to explore how they might contribute to creating domestic production of medical supplies and equipment can access  more information here .

Government of Canada Resource Pages Updated
The Government of Canada continues to update its resources page daily, but has now improved navigation of vital  COVID-19 resources  on a single page as well. From health to individual to business supports measures, this page houses links to the programs, FAQs and other data as well as access to a virtual assistant.   
Canada Business App
The Government of Canada also has the  Canada Business App   available through App Store and Google Play.

This app enables users to navigate government services, get recommendations tailored to your business, set up personalized notifications and find the answers you need to start up, scale up and access new markets.

Our Trucking Industry: Keeping Canadians Fed During COVID-19
 
As we all grapple with the impacts of COVID-19, there are unsung heroes that have helped keep supply chains open and flowing. Our long-distance truckers have been on the front lines, putting their own lives at risk to ensure Canadians are fed and watered through this difficult time. To the Canadian trucking industry, we thank you.
From the:
1.  The Government of Canada enabled Export Development Canada (EDC) to provide emergency liquidity for micro-, small- and medium-sized domestic companies:
  • Through the Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP), EDC will guarantee new operating credit and cash-flow term loans up to $6.25 million. The program cap for this guarantee will be a total of $20 billion for export sector and domestic companies. 
  • Businesses can access loans of up to $40,000 to cover non-deferrable costs such as payroll, rent, insurance and utilities, under the Canada Emergency Business Account. 

2.  We held two technical briefings over the past week with government officials to discuss how they can help SMEs through this crisis. If you were unable to attend, you can still access or share the recordings.

We're hosting a third technical briefing this Friday to discuss access to capital.

3.  Events Update:  Our Senior Director and Cannabis Policy Lead, Ryan Greer, is hosting a cannabis update video-conference on April 1 from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. EDT.  
  • Our Senior Director of International Policy, Mark Agnew, is hosting a supply chain update video-conference on April 1 from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. EDT.
As your Chamber, we are here for you and will continue to share relevant information as it becomes available. Please continue to reach out with your questions, comments and concerns.   

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