Canada's sport, recreation, and fitness industries have been significantly and directly impacted by the extraordinary and never-before seen challenges of a viral pandemic spreading across our country and throughout the world. In response to this unprecedented situation, a number of initiatives have been announced by national, provincial and local governments that are or will be offered shortly to support these businesses and their employees.
Below you will find an aggregated list* of what is currently available at all levels of government and within each province. Whether you are an operator, staff member or supporter of a sport, recreation or fitness business that has been negatively impacted by COVID-19, we hope this list can be helpful in supporting your efforts to navigate through the very uncertain times we currently face.
Export Development Canada (EDC) is a financial Crown corporation dedicated to helping Canadian companies of all sizes succeed on the world stage. As international risk experts, we equip Canadian companies with the tools they need – the trade knowledge, financing solutions, equity, insurance, and connections – to grow their business with confidence. Underlying all our support is a commitment to sustainable and responsible business.
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What is the Canadian Business Resilience Network?
The Canadian Chamber of Commerce established the Canadian Business Resilience Network to bring together its vast network of over 450 chambers of commerce and boards of trade, and over 100 of Canada’s leading business and industry associations, including the Business Council of Canada, the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business and Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters, to help the business community prepare, persevere and, ultimately, prosper as we collectively face the COVID-19 pandemic.
1. Shopify has created a list that outlines many of the COVID-19 support programs that are being offered to small businesses throughout the world. This list might be helpful for you if you currently do business in other countries as well**.
2. Sport Law and Strategy Group - https://sportlaw.ca/webinar-series/
3. Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) - https://www.cfib-fcei.ca/en/small-business-resources-dealing-covid-19
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Blog and photos by Caroline Wiley. Caroline bridged her 20+ years of professional experience in the sport and recreation industry together with her passions for photography and supporting women in sport to create SeeWhatSheCanDo. Her vision is to create a welcoming space where active women find a sense of belonging within a local community, see themselves in an authentic and awe-inspiring way and find resources to help them be their best active selves.
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