Category Archives: Economic

'Huge relief': Small businesses welcome Ottawa's commercial rent relief program, despite concerns

After more than a month of closures due to COVID-19, small business owners and commercial landlords got welcome news from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Friday. Trudeau announced Ottawa had come to an agreement with the provinces and territories on a national commercial rent subsidy plan. For hairstylist Olivia Braido, owner of Lavish Salon in…

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What you need to know before ordering groceries online; phone bill shock: CBC's Marketplace cheat sheet

Miss something this week? Don’t panic. CBC’s Marketplace rounds up the consumer and health news you need. Want this in your inbox? Get the Marketplace newsletter every Friday. The coronavirus can live up to several days on some surfaces, but experts say there’s no reason to worry about the groceries you bring home. CBC News shows you how basic hygiene…

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'Heart-wrenching': Canadian flower farmers forced to throw out months of work amid pandemic

Some Canadian flower farmers are grappling with the unimaginable: throwing heaps of flowers and months of work away as COVID-19 restrictions lead to an unprecedented drop in sales at a time when business should be booming. After non-essential businesses were closed across Canada in March due to the pandemic, adjustments to allow garden centres to open were…

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Trudeau pledges $62.5M for fish and seafood sector amid mounting food supply concerns

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced $62.5 million for Canada’s fish and seafood sector amid mounting concerns over the state of the country’s food supply.  Seafood processors and fisheries are worried about whether they’ll have the labour they need — including enough temporary foreign workers — to fill out their workforce, while others have called for delays…

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