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Manitoba, May 28 (Canadian-Media): Launch of Manitoba Student Jobs MB, a new online tool by the Manitoba government was announced May 28 by Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister to facilitate matching students looking for job opportunities to employers with workforce needs throughout the province, media reports said.
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With safe and secure technology and designed to protect user privacy Student Jobs MB, is simple and free to use, allowing students to be matched with and to apply for multiple jobs with the click of a button.
This tool expedites the hiring process of private-sector employers, not-for-profit organizations and governments to post jobs and connect directly with students encourages student summer employment offered through the Student Temporary Employment Program, the Conservation Green Team and Urban/Hometown Green Team partners.
Student Jobs MB will be the primary source used by the province to connect students with government employment opportunities.
This new tool will complement the Summer Student Recovery Jobs Program, launched on April 24 supports employers in hiring high school and post-secondary students by making $120 million available for an hourly $7 wage subsidy, up to a maximum of $5,000 per student.
The Summer Student Recovery Jobs Program is open to students aged 15 to 29, with an employment period from May 1 to Sept. 4. Employers can be subsidized to hire up to five students. To date, 793 employers offering 1,841 student jobs have responded to the program.
“As Manitoba restores services safely during the COVID-19 pandemic, students can be an important resource to help employers reopen,” said Economic Development and Training Minister Ralph Eichler. “This easy-to-use online tool will allow students to find jobs in their communities and will help employers connect with quality applicants.”
#Canada; #CSBC; #RetailSector; #Covid19Pandemic; #CanadianChamberOfCommerce; #StatisticsCanada
Ottawa, Mar 27 (Canadian-Media): It was confirmed by the recent Canadian Survey on Business Conditions (CSBC), the first large-scale survey to capture the impacts of COVID-19on retail sector, that Canadian retail sector is the hardest hit by COVID-19 pandemic, Canadian Chamber of Commerce reports said.
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The CSBC is the first large-scale survey to capture the impacts of COVID-19 being faced by Canadian retailers.
As a non-essential service, the retail sector that has traditionally relied on physical in-store contact felt the affects of closures and social distancing from the very beginning of the crisis.
While other sectors such as construction and recreation have caught up, the wholesale and retail sector actually experienced greater job losses (-374,000).
The effects of the pandemic on companies involved in the retail sector includes Revenue loss and ability to remain open; Staff layoffs and reduced hours; Innovation and Resiliency
As far as Revenue loss and ability to remain open is concerned, according to the survey 47.7 percent of retailers had lost more than 30 percent of revenue in the first weeks of the crisis, and of that, 27.7 percent had experienced a decrease in excess of 50 percent. Within this context, 40 percent of retailers indicated they would have to close over 3-6 months if social distancing measures remained in place.
Staff layoffs and reduced hours, according to survey, 50 percent of retailers said have had to lay off staff, and 55 percent said they had to reduce staff hours. In a similar vein, the April 2020 Labour Force Survey showed that 582,000 jobs were lost in the wholesale and retail trade sectors over the first two months of the crisis, a staggering 20.2 percent loss. Over the same period, there was a 31 decrease decrease in hours worked.
Innovation and Resiliency revealed by the survey said almost 30 percent of Canadian retailers introduced innovations in their business practices such as maintaining business connections virtually, working from home for their employees, and e-commerce. The latter was of particular interest to retailers, who have been testing online services at more than twice the rate of the national average (27.8 percent versus the national average of 11.6 percent).
As for reopening and recovery, 1 in 4 retail businesses indicated they have concerns with finding, recruiting and retaining talent going forward, and almost 50 percent said they could resume normal operations within a month.
"However, it is not going to be an easy road ahead. This is not going to be like previous economic recoveries where first impacted sectors are first back. We as consumers will need to support the resiliency of the retail businesses and employees to ensure the best recovery for the sector possible,” said Leah Nord, Canadian Chamber of Commerce’s Senior Director of Workforce Strategies and Inclusive Growth.
The Canadian Chamber of Commerce helps build the businesses that support our families, our communities and our country by influencing government policy, by providing essential business services and by connecting businesses to information they can use, to opportunities for growth and to a network of local chambers, businesses and decision-makers across the country at all levels of government, as well as internationally.
Headquartered in Ottawa, Statistics Canada, formed in 1971, is the Canadian government agency that provides statistics to help better understand Canada, its population, resources, economy, society, and culture and in informed decision making.
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Ottawa, May 25 (Canadian-Media): Canada's investment of $3 million in the Business Resilience Service, a four-week trial project subject to extension, to help entrepreneurs and small business owners in need of financial planning advice was announced May 25 by Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade, media reports said.
Mary Ng. Image credit: Twitter handle
The service will also be open to not-for-profit organizations and charities.
The hotline is a national, bilingual service operated by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and small business owners as of May 25 with pressing financial needs can call 1-866-989-1080 (toll-free) seven days a week, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (ET).
125 members of Chartered Professional Accountants Canada (CPA Canada) will be available to provide customized financial guidance to the smallest business owners and help them make the best decisions for their business as they navigate this crisis.
Questions about tax regulations and the implications of COVID-19, would be answered by the advisors, as well as inform business owners about government support programs that best fit their unique circumstances.
Due to unprecedented challenges faced by the small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic the, Government of Canada introduced the largest relief package in our country’s history including the Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA), the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS), the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA)
In addition to broad support programs, targeted measures to help artists and athletes, innovative and high-growth businesses, Indigenous-owned businesses, women entrepreneurs, farmers and agri-food businesses, and more have also been introduced.
#Ontario; #FirstVirtualActionCentre; #Covid19PandemicImpact; #EconomyRecovery
Ottawa, May 24 (Canadian-Media): Ontario's first Virtual Action Centre was announced May 22 by Ontario Premier Doug Ford, Christine Elliott, Ontario Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, and Monte McNaughton, Ontario's Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development, media reports said.
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An online counselling and training portal, Ontario's first Virtual Action Centre, aims to support laid off and unemployed hospitality workers, and help apprentices by providing grants to purchase tools, protective equipment and clothing for their trade, along with forgiving previous loans to purchase tools.
This new program was created to mitigate the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on many business owners, workers, and families as well as the hospitality workers and our skilled tradespeople, who were hit hardest and "will ensure they're ready to get back on the job and play an important role in our economic recovery," said Ford.
Ontario Tools Grant of $2.5 million in 2020-21 and $7.5 million in 2021-22 and ongoing is being provided by the government to facilitate new eligible apprentices purchase the equipment they need to start their careers. The distribution of the funding amounts would be: $1,000 motive power sector trades; $600 in construction and industrial sector trades; and $400 in service sector trades.
The eligibility for this new grant requires the apprentice to complete level 1 training on or after April 1, 2020; an active registered training agreement; and been registered as an apprentice for at least 12 months.
An amounting to more than $10 million in outstanding loans owed by apprentices for tool purchases, made through the Loans for Tools Program, made at the beginning of their careers are also being forgiven by the government.
An investing of nearly $2 million was made by the government to open a Virtual Action Centre in partnership with UNITE HERE Local 75 aimed to provide up to 7,000 unemployed workers in the hospitality sector.
They would have access to a wide range of services and supports online and over the phone, including: Stress management and mental health resources through video conferencing; Immediate health and safety online training for workers who return to work at designated quarantined sites; Technical skills online training; Online training to upgrade English language and digital skills; and Peer group facilitation and employment preparation through videoconferencing.
The Virtual Action Centre would be operated by UNITE HERE, a union representing workers in hotels, restaurants, racetracks and casinos, laundry and food service companies, airport concessions and apparel, textile and general manufacturing and distribution centers.
"This new virtual platform will make sure that those workers are supported as we gradually reopen the province and prepare our $35 billion tourism sector to welcome visitors back," said Lisa MacLeod, Ontario's Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries.
"We are very grateful and proud to work with the provincial government to ensure that people are provided with support and the opportunity to upgrade their skills and get back to work as soon as possible, " Guled Warsame, President of UNITE HERE Local 75.
#CanadaBusiness; #Shopify; #WorkFromHomeModel; #RemoteWork
Ottawa, May 21 (Canadian-Media): Ottawa-based e-commerce company, Shopify, which became Canada's most valuable company earlier this month, will have staff work from home as much as possible even after the ending of COVID-19 pandemic, media reports said.
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The CEO of Shopify, Tobi Lutke said in a tweet that this company has become digital by default.
With more than 5,000 employees, Shopify helps other businesses set up online stores, including at several floors of its modern headquarters in a downtown Ottawa highrise.
In January a plan was announced by Shopify to open a four-floor, 6,500-square-metre office in Vancouver.
Brittany Forsyth, Shopify's chief talent officer, said in a statement it's going to keep "recruitment hubs" in those cities and others such as Toronto, Montreal and Waterloo, Ont.
"COVID is challenging us all to work together in new ways. We choose to jump in the driver's seat, instead of being passengers to the changes ahead," Lutke wrote.
As of late last year, data on how many Canadians work remotely was not collected by Statistics Canada.
With more employees interact in a virtual space, the importance of location of employment has begun to fade.
#CanadaPost; #ecommerce; #OnlineCommunication; #SlowerParcelBusiness; #MailOperationsDecline
Ottawa, May 21 (Canadian-Media): Intense e-commerce competition causing slower growth in Canada Post's parcel business and its decline in mail operation due to an ongoing shift toward online communication resulted in a Canada Post's loss of $153 million before tax in 2019, media reports said.
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Although last year more than 7.7 billion pieces of mail and parcels were delivered, Canada Post said that packages require different resources than mail delivery.
This has caused a block in its profits as tech giants such as Amazon are expanding their reach.
"Parcels processing and delivery requires more technology, space in buildings and vehicles, and time interacting with customers, making it significantly more costly than sorting and delivering letters," Canada Post said in a release after markets closed Wednesday.
Although there was a surge in the number of addresses receiving daily mail and parcel service numbering to 168,000 in 2019, Canada Post said, residents and businesses increasingly chat, advertise and do business digitally.
Canada post said that immediate impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Canada Post is not obvious in the numbers released Thursday, but it said its business could significantly be affected in 2020 and, possibly, going forward.
Amid border closures and travel controls, surging consumer demand has also seen a drop in corporate orders.
Residential deliveries have been at the same pace as the drop in business-to-business parcels due to online ordering items by house-bound Canadians, Purolator Inc. chief executive John Ferguson had said late March.
The Canada Post Group of Companies, which owns the vast majority of the profitable Purolator, reported a loss of $23 million before taxes for 2019, compared with a loss of $118 million 2018. The net loss in 2019 was $14 million compared with a net loss of $93 million in 2018.
Purolator itself showed a before-tax profit of $152 million, a roughly five percent decrease from $161 million of black ink in 2018.
Canada Post said its parcels revenue climbed by $232 million last year, topping $2.73 billion to exceed revenue from letters, bills and statements for the first time.
The revenue from transaction mail dropped by $69 million, or 2.5 percent, year over year to $2.71 billion.
There was a decrease in postal service's direct marketing revenue by $32 million or three percent to generate roughly $1.1 billion.
#Ontario; #MIX; #NonMedicalManufacturingCompanies; #OntarioTogetherFund
Ottawa, May 19 (Canadian-Media): Ontario government and Medical Innovation Xchange (MIX) are collaborating to provide non-medical manufacturing companies free support and essential supplies and equipment for health care facilities during COVID-19, media reports said.
MIX is Canada's first industry-led hub for med-tech start-ups and aims to help young domestic medical technology companies navigate the specific challenges in the healthcare sector.
By collaboration with MIX, the government plans to drive innovation in the sector, create jobs and build Ontario's domestic medical supply chain to ensure the province's self-sufficiency for a future health crisis, said Vic Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade.
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MIX members' medical advisory services, including assistance in navigating regulatory hurdles and increasing efficiencies, can be accessed by non-medical manufacturing companies that have received funding through the Ontario Together Fund, or a Purchase Order with the Province of Ontario.
These opportunities would enable the companies to accelerate the delivery of much needed medical supplies and products to the front lines.
Ontario government has launched the $50 million Ontario Together Fund to support the development of proposals submitted by businesses and individuals through the Ontario Together web portal and help businesses retool their operations.
Review of all submissions received through the portal is in process and prioritized to focus on solutions that can respond to where the need is greatest and can be implemented quickly.
#AirCanada; #Covid19Pandemic; #LayOffs; #HugeLosses
Ottawa, May 16 (Canadian-Media): Collapse of air industry due to COVID-19 pandemic, caused Air Canada to reduce its workforce by 50 to 60 percent effective June 7 according to a memo sent by Air Canada to all its employees, media reports said.
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"Sadly, today the hard truth is that by every indicator we have available to us, we believe that we will be materially smaller for at least three years," Craig Landry, Air Canada's executive vice-president of operations, said in the memo.
Approximately 20,000 people would be affected by this downsizing, Air India said in a statement Friday evening.
At a minimum, layoffs will reach half of the current payroll numbering 19,000 and could go as high as 22,800.
In an attempt to minimize the number of layoffs, Air Canada is also planning to slash the flight attendants' schedules, and asking them to go on leave for up to two years or resign with travel privileges.
There was no direct response by Air Canada to questions if it would drop the wage subsidy program, extended through August by Ottawa, allowing employees to be rehired.
Although Air Canada's contribution to the wages of the most workers, the airline has been constantly contributing toward pensions and benefits that cost the company more than $1 billion last quarter.
Expected estimates reveal that even if the traffic picks up slightly before year's end, the recovery will be slow, with at least three years of subpar earnings, Calin Rovinescu, Air Canada CEO said last week
#Canada; CEWS; #COVID19; #EconomicResponsePlan; #WorkSharingProgram
Ottawa, May 15 (Canadian-Media): An announcement was made May 15 by Canada's Finance Minister Bill Morneau that the government of Canada will extend the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) by an additional 12 weeks to August 29, 2020, media reports said.
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Currently, the CEWS is in place for a 12-week period, from March 15 to June 6, 2020. Extending the program will give workers greater confidence that they will continue to get the support they need during these difficult times.
Government of Canada introduced CEWS through Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan to support Canadians and protect jobs during the global COVID-19 pandemic, to help businesses keep employees on the payroll and to re-hire workers previously laid off, so that the businesses are able to bounce back following the crisis.
In addition, Morneau also announced the approval of regulations to extend eligibility for the CEWS to the partnerships that are up to 50 percent owned by non-eligible members; indigenous government-owned corporations, as well as partnerships between indigenous governments and eligible employers; registered Canadian Amateur Athletic Associations; registered Journalism Organizations; and non-public colleges and schools, including institutions that offer specialized services, such as arts schools, driving schools, language schools or flight schools.
The Government also intends to propose legislative amendments to enable CEWS to meet its objectives which include providing flexibility for employers of existing employees who were not regularly employed in early 2020, such as seasonal employees; ensure that the CEWS applies appropriately to corporations formed on the amalgamation of two predecessor corpora includetions and better align the treatment of trusts and corporations for the purpose of determining CEWS eligibility.
The CEWS is a key measure in the Government of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan, a comprehensive plan to help ensure that Canadians can pay for essentials like mortgages, rent and groceries, and to help businesses continue to pay their employees and their bills during this time of uncertainty. Since its introduction, the wage subsidy has helped nearly 2 million Canadians keep or return to their jobs.
The government continues to assess and respond to the impact of COVID-19, and stands ready to take additional actions as needed to stabilize the economy and mitigate the impacts of the pandemic.
The government has taken action to support Canadian businesses through the outbreak of COVID-19, with targeted new initiatives that:
#Canada; #FreeTaxClinics; #CRA; #CommunityVolunteers; #CVITP; #Covid19Pandemic
Ottawa, May 12 (Canadian-Media): Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of National Revenue, announced May 12 that virtual tax clinics would be held on an interim basis to help those that rely on this service while still following physical distancing guidelines due to COVID-19 pandemic, media reports said.
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Owing to the closure of many free tax clinics caused by COVID-19 pandemic, the introduction of these free virtual tax clinics, with new flexibility to receive and authenticate documents, have community volunteers to file taxes for eligible people.
This service will be offered by local organizations, in partnership with the Canada Revenue Agency’s (CRA) Community Volunteer Income Tax Program (CVITP) and the joint CRA and Revenu Québec Income Tax Assistance – Volunteer Program.
The tax filing season has been extended from April 30 to June 1, 2020 due to Canadians facing hardship as a result of COVID-19.
Penalties and interest will not be charged if payments are made by the extended deadline of September 1, 2020.
CRA is working with partner organizations to make sure these virtual clinics are safe and secure and that private information is protected.
Volunteer tax programs help people with low and modest incomes and a simple tax situation. who are looking for support during tax season. Trained volunteers prepare income tax and benefit returns free of charge.
During the 2018-2019 year CVITP program alone with more than 19,000 volunteers and 3,500 community organizations filed over 835,200 tax returns for individuals across Canada, and helped over 741,400 individuals.