Together with our members, partners and our COVID-19 Pandemic Recovery Leadership Council we are committed to creating real solutions to help Canadian businesses and the Canadians they employ beat COVID-19 and return to economic health.
We believe the most direct route to recovery will be through:
- Widespread vaccination and vaccine acceptance
- The broad use of rapid testing and contact tracing
- A commitment to best practices on public health measures
The business community can play an important leadership role in making sure Canada has a viable economic plan to recover its damaged and transformed economy.
Resources and Tools
Back to Work and Vaccinations
If your business chooses to implement a mandatory vaccine policy, we recommend you consult with legal experts to ensure you are aware of the rights of your business and your employees. This includes how you collect data from your employees, even on a voluntary basis such as asking whether they have received one or two doses, if they intend to be vaccinated in the future or if they prefer not to disclose.
Domestic Biomanufacturing Capacity
Canada cannot maintain the status quo on its life sciences policies. We need to focus our approach to ensure that we have a greater ability to address the needs of future health threats and pandemics. Creating a commercial and policy environment that promotes the life sciences sector, and is integrated into global supply chains will drive a robust domestic production capacity.
Click here to read what it will take to get us there.
Reopening the Workplace
While getting through the immediate phase of the pandemic is top of mind for businesses and government, it is critical to start to plan now for the workplace of the future. Planning now will mean companies are better placed to accelerate a return to normal operations, which will ultimately generate business activity.
Click here to read more about the four areas where businesses and government need to act when it comes to reopening the workplace.
Support for the Hardest Hit Sectors
As Canada’s economy begins to open up this summer, the reality is that the hardest hit sectors will still require a longer runway for recovery. They were hit first and will be the last to recover.
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Travel Restart Framework
Canada cannot afford to wait until after the pandemic is over to develop the travel restart plan given, the lead-time required for implementation. In executing a roadmap, government needs to present a plan that is underpinned by three traits: clarity in its intent and objectives rather than based around outlier issues; trustworthiness that is it based on solid evidence that it will protect the health of Canadians; and predictability that the plan is durable and will only be changed under well telegraphed circumstances.
Click here to read our six principles to guide the approach to the travel restart.
Health Credentials Framework
Although the future path of the pandemic is not predictable as variants of concern emerge, we are heading into a new way of documenting health status as other countries move ahead with plans for health credentials. Canada needs to accelerate its efforts to ensure that we do not fall behind other jurisdictions as well as to enable a resumption of economic activity. However, Canada’s approach to health credentials cannot repeat the patchwork that has created confusion for Canadians on other issues during the pandemic.
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Workplace Recovery and Accelerating Vaccine Deployment
Businesses want to get their operations back on track before the mass vaccination campaign is completed. This includes companies that have a customer-facing environment and businesses that want to enable their workforce to come back into the office. Governments and businesses have a role to play in accelerating the deployment of vaccines. This includes using expedited distribution models and building confidence amongst employees and the general population.
In this edition, Mark is joined by T&T supermarkets CEO Tina Lee to discuss their response to the pandemic, the push to get Canadians vaccinated & much more.
Cambridge Chamber of Commerce President & CEO, Greg Durocher & Ian Mclean, President & CEO of the Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce join Perrin for a special episode of the Business of Business to discuss the rapid testing program they have launched, the importance of rapid testing getting rolled out Canada wide & much more.
Jeff Macoun, President & COO of Canada Life & member of our COVID-19 Recovery council shares how Canada Life is ensuring their employees have a smooth transition to our “new normal”.
In the first episode of our Business Led Recovery Interview Series, CAE’s Senior Vice President of Public Affairs, Global Communications and Corporate Social Responsibility, Hélène V. Gagnon Joins Mark for a discussion the role rapid testing and vaccinations are taking in our recovery, how CAE is utilizing them & more.
Innovation in Overdrive: How one Canadian SMB scaled at superspeed to teach the world through the pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic forced many Canadian SMBs to rethink the way they operate just to survive. But some saw the earliest days of the pandemic as an opportunity to innovate. For the team at Ottawa’s Blindside Networks, their quick thinking—and quicker scaling—helped them to ensure millions of people around the world were getting a quality education, even as classrooms sat empty.
Over the past year, amidst a global pandemic and an economic crisis, Uber pivoted to encourage consumers to stay home and stay safe. In these extraordinary circumstances, frontline workers trusted Uber for a safe ride, restaurants leaned on Uber Eats to transition their operations to delivery and takeout, and drivers and delivery people acted as everyday heroes to move essential items to Canadians coast to coast.