Supporting local business has never been more important and will be integral to moving Canada’s recovery forward. We’re pleased to share some great news about RBC’s Canada United campaign, of which the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce is a proud founding partner.
Last week, the federal government announced a $12 million contribution to the Canada United Small Business Relief Fund, enabling many more businesses across Canada to receive a grant of up to $5,000 to cover expenses related to personal protective equipment (PPE), renovations to accommodate re-opening guidelines and developing or improving e-commerce capabilities.
The Ontario Chamber of Commerce, on behalf of the national chamber network, will start taking new applications from small businesses as of 12 PM CST, Monday, October 26, 2020.
“Small businesses are at the heart of Canada’s communities and we know that, over the last several months, they have been faced with mounting challenges due to the pandemic,” said the Honorable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade for the Government of Canada. “Like so many others organizations, companies and associations, the Government of Canada is proud to support Canada United and we remain steadfast in our commitment to supporting small and local businesses so they are well-positioned for recovery and growth in the months to come.”
Created by RBC in partnership with more than 70 leading brands, 15 Chambers of Commerce across the national network, and business associations across Canada, the Canada United movement is rallying support for local businesses amid the pandemic (including the fantastic Canada United weekend in August which contributed to more than $1 billion in debit/credit purchases by RBC clients alone!). Canada United gives every Canadian the chance to show their support through actions big and small. Here are just some of the campaign successes to date:
- 1,200+ relief grant applications submitted to date (through to October 19, 2020). Existing applications are under review by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce while we continue to accept additional applications. Grant recipients will be selected and funds disbursed within the next month. (NOTE: If you’ve already submitted an application for a grant, you do NOT need to apply again.)
- In just two months, more than 70 corporate brands, the national network of the Canadian Chambers of Commerce, and Canadian business associations rallied together in support of Canada’s small and local businesses. Cities across the country did their part, with 44 official proclamations in honour of the Canada United Weekend August 28 – 30.
- Canadians got behind the movement with likes, shares, video views and using #CanadaUnited over 50 million times which helped raise more than $2.1 million for the Canada United Small Business Relief Fund.