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Phase 3 - Started June 1
REMINDER TO COMPLETE YOUR OPERATIONAL PLAN and have it accessible at all business locations.

Public Notice Resources for use by all businesses
PEI Staycation Campaign

The Islanders Staycation campaign will officially kick off on June 11. The plan is to start by promoting Staycations with Islanders and as borders open and travel restrictions are reduced, the focus will include campaigns in those areas.

The PEI Government is currently working on gathering an inventory of which tourism businesses will open and the creation a website for Islanders to explore Staycation ideas across the province.

Now is the time to explore our Island! Make a PEI bucket list of things you want to see and do this summer and do them! Go Explore, Stay, Dine, Play and Photograph your Staycation!
Islanders Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions
To celebrate World Environment Day, Minister Natalie Jameson thanked Islanders for their continued efforts to reduce the Island’s greenhouse gas emissions and fight climate change.

Between 2017 and 2018, in Prince Edward Island, there was a reduction of about 25,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions according to the latest information. This is roughly the equivalent of taking 5,400 passengers vehicles off the road for one year. 

Read Full statement HERE
Prime Minister Announces Supports for Canadians with Disabilities to Address Challenges from COVID-19
The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced support to help Canadians with disabilities deal with extra expenses during the pandemic.

This support includes a special one-time, tax-free payment to individuals who are certificate holders of the  Disability Tax Credit  as of June 1, 2020, as follows:
  • $600 for Canadians with a valid Disability Tax Credit certificate. 
  • $300 for Canadians with a valid Disability Tax Credit certificate and who are eligible for the Old Age Security (OAS) pension.
  • $100 for Canadians with a valid Disability Tax Credit certificate and who are eligible for the OAS pension and the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS).
Combined with the special payments of $300 for Canadians who are eligible for the OAS pension and the additional $200 for those eligible for the GIS, all seniors with a valid Disability Tax Credit certificate will receive a total of $600 in special payments. People who are eligible for this special payment will receive it automatically.

Read Full Release HERE
June 4th - Canadian seniors to receive special payment in early July
The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced that seniors eligible for the Old Age Security (OAS) pension and the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) will receive their special one-time, tax-free payment during the week of July 6. Through this measure and others, the government is providing nearly $900 more for single seniors and more than $1,500 for senior couples, on top of their existing benefits, to help these vulnerable Canadians with extra costs during the pandemic. 
Seniors eligible for the OAS pension will receive a payment of $300, and those also eligible for the GIS will receive an additional $200, for a total of $500. Allowance recipients will also receive $500. This $2.5 billion in financial support will help Canadian seniors cover increased costs caused by COVID-19, and give them greater financial security in this time of crisis.

Read Full Release HERE
Canadian Chamber of Commerce (CCC) releases Roadmap to Recovery

This takes a comprehensive look at the challenges facing our economy and identifies 51 specific recommendations governments should adopt to overcome the challenges identified. Canada was prepared to do whatever it took to ensure we made it through this pandemic, and we need to apply the same mindset to repairing our economy. 

Over the coming weeks, CCC will be delving into each of the nine key challenges specifically and examining how businesses are being affected. 

CCC prepared a toolkit with key messaging, social media posts and images to help you amplify these recommendations through your own channels. 
CBRN Small Business Relief Fund

Small businesses have persevered. They have had to make changes to survive this pandemic. Now, they are ready to look to the future. The future may require new marketing tactics. It may require investments in new technology. Whatever the future brings, we’re betting that $10,000 could come in handy for a number of your members. The CBRN Small Business Relief Fund, made possible through the generosity of Salesforce, was officially   announced May 25th .

For 62 businesses across Canada, the CBRN Small Business Relief Fund will be a one-time $10,000 grant to do something for their business that will help set the course for the future; the possibilities are open. 

We’ve developed a social media kit, including posts, images and videos (to come), to help you share this opportunity with your members. You can   access that here .

The application process for the CBRN Small Business Relief Fund runs from June 1 to 12.