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UPDATES FROM YESTERDAY:

 

Yesterday, the Prime Minister and Minister of Finance announced the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB). This will provide $2,000 a month for up to 4 months to Canadians who are not receiving a paycheque due to COVID-19. To make it simpler for people applying , we’ve combined our two measures previously announced (the Emergency Care Benefit and the Emergency Support Benefit) – the CERB means Canadian workers, entrepreneurs small business owners will get the financial support they need ten days after applying for this benefit. The Application Portal will be launched in early April. This benefit applies to employees, entrepreneurs, small business owners – and you will qualify for it if you have lost your job, or you’re not being paid because you have to stay home to self-isolate, to watch your kids because of school closures, or to care for someone who is sick. To learn more about the benefit, please read the News Release.

 

MORE KEY SUPPORT MEASURES FOR CANADIANS TO DATE:


  • Provide additional flexibility to support businesses as necessary through EDC, BDC, Farm Credit Canada and the Canada Account.
  • Support the mortgage financing market in Canada through enhancements to the CMHC.
  • Increase the Canada Child Benefit by $300 per child for the 2019-20 benefit year. Qualifying parents will receive the extra amount as part of their May payment.
  • Provide a temporary wage subsidy for three months to eligible small employers. Eligible employers include those eligible for the small business deduction, unincorporated employers, certain partnerships, non-profit organizations and charities.   
  • Provide a special payment under the GST credit to low and modest income families.
  • Help prevent shortages of patented drugs or medical devices.
  • Increasing the protection of Canadians’ savings by providing the Minister of Finance with the flexibility to increase the CDIC’s deposit insurance limit.
  • Support provinces and territories with a COVID-19 Response Fund including one-time funding of $500 million through the Canada Health Transfer.
  • Introduce a pause on the repayments of Canada Student Loans for six months.
  • Reduce the minimum RRIF withdrawal to help protect seniors’ retirement savings.

WHERE TO START:

 

Whether you are self-employed, a small business owner, or an entrepreneur – you shouldn’t have to worry about having to lose your business or your job.

 

To get the help you need: 

  1. Visit our website for businesses for information about supporting your employees and your business. It is constantly updated as the COVID-19 crisis evolves.
  2. Contact your local financial institution. Since we know most small businesses have a relationship with their local financial institution already, we’ve worked with the financial sector to increase their lending capability to support you in in this challenging time. They are a good first place to start for help.
  3. Download the Canada Business App to find tailored supports to address your needs in the face of COVID-19.
  4. Consult the Canadian Chamber of Commerce’s pandemic preparedness guide to help prepare you business in the days and weeks to come.

 

THE TEAM:

 

For assistance at any time, please reach out to the team member below who represents your regionBased on the current volume of email, if you reply to this email directly without copying the appropriate regional team member, my response may be significantly delayed.

 

 

 

Nous vous remercions de suivre nos mises à jour. Comme toujours, veuillez nous faire savoir si vous souhaitez être retiré de notre liste, ou si vous avez des contacts qui devraient y être ajoutés.

 

Afin de vous faire parvenir les informations dont vous avez besoin pour faire face à cette incertitude et de vous donner la possibilité de poser des questions sur la manière dont notre gouvernement peut soutenir votre entreprise, nous continuons à organiser régulièrement des conférences téléphoniques. Si vous, ou quelqu'un que vous connaissez, souhaitez participer à ces appels, veuillez remplir ce formulaire Google en indiquant votre nom, votre adresse électronique et votre organisation.

 

Vous pouvez trouver des mises à jour et des informations en direct sur la réponse du Canada à COVID-19 ici : https://www.canada.ca/le-coronavirus/.

 

Vous pouvez trouver des informations sur notre aide aux petites entreprises ici : https://www.canada.ca/COVID-19-entreprises/.

 

Le Service d'information de l'Agence des services frontaliers du Canada est désormais accessible 24 heures sur 24, 7 jours sur 7. Pour obtenir les informations les plus récentes concernant les voyages et les affaires transfrontaliers, veuillez appeler le 1-800-461-9999.

 

Nous nous en sortirons en travaillant ensemble. Si vous êtes un fabricant ou une entreprise canadienne qui peut aider le Canada à répondre aux besoins en fournitures médicales, votre aide est nécessaire. Veuillez visiter ce site web pour en savoir plus et soumettre une proposition.

LES MISES À JOUR D'HIER :

Hier, le Premier ministre et le ministre des Finances ont annoncé la Prestation d'urgence canadienne. Cette prestation permettra de verser 2 000 dollars par mois pendant une période maximale de 4 mois aux Canadiens qui ne reçoivent pas de chèque de paie en raison de la COVID-19. Afin de simplifier la procédure de demande, nous avons combiné les deux mesures annoncées précédemment (la prestation pour soins d'urgence et la prestation de soutien d'urgence). La Prestation d'urgence canadienne signifie que les travailleurs et les entrepreneurs canadiens qui sont propriétaires de petites entreprises recevront le soutien financier dont ils ont besoin dix jours après avoir demandé cette prestation. Le portail de demande sera lancé au début du mois d'avril. Cette prestation s'applique aux employés, entrepreneurs, propriétaires de petites entreprises – et vous y aurez droit si vous avez perdu votre emploi, ou si vous n'êtes pas payé parce que vous devez rester à la maison pour vous isoler, pour surveiller vos enfants en raison de la fermeture des écoles, ou pour vous occuper d'une personne malade. Pour en savoir plus sur cette prestation, veuillez lire le communiqué de presse.

 

PLUS DE MESURES DE SOUTIEN ESSENTIELLES POUR LES CANADIENS À CE JOUR :

 

  • Offrir une plus grande souplesse pour soutenir les entreprises au besoin par l’entremise d’EDC, de BDC, de Financement agricole Canada et du Compte Canada.
  • Soutenir le marché des prêts hypothécaires au Canada en améliorant la SCHL.
  • Augmentation de l’Allocation canadienne pour enfants de 300 $ par enfant pour l’année de prestations 2019-2020. Les parents admissibles recevront le montant supplémentaire dans le cadre de leur paiement de mai.
  • Accorder une subvention salariale temporaire pendant trois mois aux petits employeurs admissibles. Les employeurs admissibles à la déduction pour petites entreprises sont les employeurs non constitués en société, - certains partenariats, les organismes sans but lucratif et les organismes de bienfaisance.
  • Offrir un paiement spécial en vertu du crédit pour la TPS aux familles à revenu faible et modeste.
  • Aider à prévenir les pénuries de médicaments ou d’appareils médicaux brevetés.
  • Accroître la protection de l’épargne des Canadiens en offrant au ministre des Finances la possibilité d’augmenter la limite d’assurance-dépôts de la SADC.
  • Soutenir les provinces et les territoires avec le Fonds de réponse à la COVID-19, y compris un financement ponctuel de 500 millions de dollars par le biais du Transfert canadien en matière de santé.
  • Instaurer un moratoire de six mois pour les remboursements des prêts d’études canadiens.
  • Réduire le retrait minimum d’un FERR pour aider à protéger l’épargne-retraite des personnes âgées.

 

PAR OÙ COMMENCER :

 

Que vous soyez travailleur indépendant, propriétaire d'une petite entreprise ou entrepreneur – vous ne devriez pas avoir à craindre de perdre votre entreprise ou votre emploi.

 

Pour obtenir l'aide dont vous avez besoin :

 

  1. Visitez notre site web destinés aux entreprises pour obtenir des informations sur le soutien à vos employés et à votre entreprise. Il est constamment mis à jour en fonction de l'évolution de la crise la COVID-19.
  2. Contactez votre institution financière locale. Comme nous savons que la plupart des petites entreprises ont déjà une relation avec leur institution financière locale, nous avons travaillé avec le secteur financier pour augmenter leur capacité de prêt afin de vous soutenir dans cette période difficile. Elles constituent un bon point de départ pour obtenir de l'aide.
  3. Téléchargez l'application Entreprises Canada pour trouver des soutiens adaptés à vos besoins et questions spécifiques sur la COVID-19.
  4. Consultez le guide de préparation à la pandémie de la Chambre de commerce du Canada pour vous aider à préparer votre entreprise dans les jours et les semaines à venir.

 

L'ÉQUIPE :

 

Pour obtenir de l'aide à tout moment, veuillez contacter le membre de l'équipe ci-dessous qui représente votre région. Compte tenu du volume actuel de courriels que nous recevons, si vous répondez directement à ce courriel sans copier le membre de l'équipe régionale approprié, notre réponse pourrait être considérablement retardée. :

 

  • Simon Beauchemin, directeur des politiques –  [email protected]
  • Ivana Spasovska, Assistante spéciale principale, Affaires régionales et relations avec les parties prenantes (Ontario) – [email protected]
  • Ryan Nearing, Attaché de presse et conseiller régional (Atlantique) –  [email protected]
  • Zach Nixon, Assistant spécial, Affaires régionales (Ontario) –  [email protected]
  • Youmy Han, Assistante spéciale, Affaires régionales (Ouest et Nord) –  yo[email protected]
  • Arevig Afarian, Assistante spéciale, Affaires régionales (Québec) –  [email protected]

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22nd September 2016

convenience store retailers support crackdown on illegal tobacco sales in new brunswick

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New Brunswick convenience store retailers are supporting a crackdown on illegal tobacco sales in the province in a new partnership between the Atlantic Convenience Stores Association and New Brunswick Crime Stoppers. The partnership announcement was made at the same time the association released a new study showing that illegal cigarette sales in the province remain high.“The provincial government’s new Contraband Enforcement Unit is on the right track and is starting to make an impact, but

30th August 2016

illegal cigarette sales in nova scotia too high

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Convenience store retailers in Nova Scotia say that the illegal sale of tobacco products undermines the health, safety and well-being of communities, and that illegal sales in the province are too high.In a study released by the Atlantic Convenience Stores Association, illegal cigarettes accounted for 20 per cent of almost 4,000 cigarette ends collected from 29 sites across Nova Scotia in June and analyzed. The presence of illegal cigarettes ranged from 6.5 per cent to 33.8 per cent at the sites

13th August 2016

retailers not celebrating 10 years of gasoline regulation

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It was ten years ago that the then government of Bernard Lord legislated petroleum price regulation in New Brunswick. Fast forward to a milestone anniversary of regulation this week and some pundits are celebrating its “success” and how consumers have benefited from lower gas prices.Well, gasoline retailers in the province aren’t celebrating. And while the sky may not have fallen as critics of regulation were warning 10 years ago, the economic picture is far from rosy.Most consumers don’

22nd April 2016

atlantic c-store news april 2016

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Budget updates…All of the Atlantic provincial budgets have been tabled. It’s tough times fiscally for all of the provinces and there’s a mix of good news and not so good news for the c-store industry coming from the budgets.First off was New Brunswick. The good news is that the government announced that it was going ahead with the creation of a dedicated Contraband Enforcement Unit to crack down on the illegal tobacco trade in the province. Bad news is that the tobacco tax was raised immed

20th December 2015

atlantic c-store news december 2015

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Retail excellence honoured at the 2015 Retail Convenience Awards GalaAtlantic Canada’s convenience store industry recognized industry excellence at the Atlantic Convenience Stores Association’s 7th annual Retail Convenience Awards Gala held at Casino Nova Scotia in Halifax in early November.Sponsored by Atlantic Lottery Corporation, the awards recognize excellence in six categories: President’s Excellence, Emerging Excellence, Innovative Beverage, Innovative Food, Innovative Product, and I

5th November 2015

best in atlantic canada’s convenience store industry celebrated

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Halifax, November 5, 2015: Atlantic Canada’s convenience store industry recognized industry excellence at the Atlantic Convenience Stores Association’s 7th annual Retail Convenience Awards Gala held at Casino Nova Scotia in Halifax last night.The convenience store industry in Atlantic Canada employs an estimated 28,300 people full and part-time at 3,300 convenience store locations across the region, and generates more than a half-billion dollars in annual sales.Sponsored by Atlantic Lottery

29th October 2015

more than 20 per cent of cigarette butts found at four ns high schools illegal product

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HALIFAX, October 29, 2015: A new study released by the Atlantic Convenience Stores Association found that illegal cigarettes accounted for 22.5 per cent of the samples of cigarette ends collected at popular smoking areas near four Nova Scotia high schools.“The provincial government banned flavoured tobacco because they were concerned about underage smokers,” says Warren Maynard, of CST Ultramar, of Halifax, Nova Scotia. “Yet, it appears the problem of organized crime targeting underage you

6th October 2015

is the provincial government losing millions in tobacco taxes to illegal cigarette sales

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New study shows illegal cigarette sales should be a concern to everyoneSt. John’s, NL [October 6, 2015]: New research commissioned by the Atlantic Convenience Stores Association shows that illegal cigarettes could account for more than 10 per cent of all cigarettes smoked in Newfoundland.“This is the second year that we’ve studied the prevalence of illegal cigarettes in Newfoundland and both studies indicate that it’s likely more than 10 per cent,” says Mike Hammoud, president of the a

15th September 2015

acsa – september 2015 newsletter

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Atlantic c-stores recognized as important part of communityOn August 26, the ACSA held its fourth annual Convenience Store Day in the four Atlantic provinces. As part of the annual event, more than 125 community leaders and politicians volunteered for 20-minute shifts at 49 plus convenience stores throughout the region, raising money for local charity.  This year’s event raised over $50,000 for Crime Stoppers Nova Scotia and Children’s Wish Foundation NFLD, NB, NS and PEI.Much of the ne

21st August 2015

illegal cigarette sales in new brunswick remain high

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Presence of illegal cigarettes at 11 high schools tested averages 26 percentNew Brunswickers are busy buying illegal cigarettes according to research findings released today by the Atlantic Convenience Stores Association.Illegal cigarettes accounted for 24 percent of almost 4,000 cigarette ends collected from 27 sites across New Brunswick in late May/early June and analyzed. The presence of illegal cigarettes averaged 26 percent at 11 high school sites tested.Overall findings are considered to b

7th May 2015

gas pump climate change warning labels

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The ACSA submitted the following letter to Moncton Mayor George LeBlanc in response to their recent resolution to encourage the use of point-of-sale gas pump climate change warning labels.May 7, 2015Mayor George LeBlancCity of Moncton655 Main StreetMoncton, NB E1C 1E8Via email: [email protected]: Gas pump climate change warning labelsDear Mayor LeBlanc:The Atlantic Convenience Stores Association is a not-for-profit organization representing the business interests of Atlantic

26th April 2015

n.s. government’s flavoured tobacco ban an attack on small business owners

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Barely two weeks’ notice before major ban takes effectHALIFAX [May 26, 2015] – Hundreds of hard working convenience store owners across the province will suffer significant losses at the hand of the provincial government due to its hostile approach to new legislation.Giving convenience store owners only 14 days to clear inventory before a major flavoured tobacco ban takes effect at the end of May amounts to an extreme penalty against small business owners by a government trying to score

22nd April 2015

nova scotia flavoured tobacco ban start date unreasonable, costly to industry

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40 days simply not long enough to clear wholesale and retail productHALIFAX – [April 22, 2015]: The timing of plans by the Government of Nova Scotia to ban most flavoured tobacco products starting May 31st is unreasonable say convenience store retailers.“I have flavoured tobacco inventory that will take at least six months to clear,” says Tony Diab, a Dartmouth convenience store owner. “That’s the way the business works. The government wants to start its ban in 40 days. That’s going

16th March 2015

acsa extremely disappointed with nova scotia tobacco access act amendments

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The Nova Scotia government has tabled amendments to the Tobacco Access Act that will ban almost all flavoured tobacco products. Mike Hammoud, president of the Atlantic Convenience Stores Association, says that there is no basis in reality for doing this.“The big issue was the candy-flavoured tobacco products that were clearly targeting minors,” says Hammoud. “But then they take a sledgehammer to the issue and ban virtually everything that is flavoured, including menthol.”“There is no e

23rd January 2015

retailer profile: margie boone

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Margie Boone has been a part of the convenience store industry all her life, beginning at the young age of 13 working in small mom & pop shops. Over the last five decades, Margie has steadily advanced her career to taking on management of various Ultramar sites. These days Margie can be found managing Kenmount Corner Store in St. John’s, Newfoundland.What is Margie’s secret to a successful and happy career in the convenience store industry?“It’s the people” says Margie. “One of t

20th November 2014

atlantic c-store news – november 2014

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Atlantic Retailers Participate in National Lobby DayAtlantic retailers including: Ramona Roberts, Terry Moore, Warren Maynard, Craig Pardy, Dennis Kim and Nick Pitre joined retailers from across Canada in Ottawa on September 16 as part of the Canadian Convenience Stores Association’s National Lobby Day. The retailers met with their regional members of parliament from all parties to create awareness of issues impacting the c-store industry.The Atlantic retailers were consistent in their messagi

6th November 2014

best in atlantic canada’s convenience store industry celebrated at 2014 retail convenience award

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Best in Atlantic Canada’s convenience store industry celebrated at 2014 Retail Convenience Awards[Halifax, November 6, 2014] Atlantic Canada’s convenience store industry recognized industry excellence at the Atlantic Convenience Stores Association’s 6th annual Retail Convenience Awards Gala held at Casino Nova Scotia in Halifax last night. The convenience store industry in Atlantic Canada employs an estimated 25,900 people full- and part-time at 3,012 convenience store locations across the

10th April 2014

atlantic c-store news – april 2014

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Holding the line on tobacco taxesFiscal 2014 – 2015 budgets have been tabled in the Atlantic provinces and the ACSA is pleased that three of the four provinces held the line on increasing tobacco taxes.“There is reliable evidence that increasing tobacco taxes without strengthening penalties for illegally selling tobacco has little effect on reducing smoking and increases black market demand for illegal smokes,” says ACSA president Mike Hammoud. “You’re just shifting demand underground

22nd January 2014

atlantic c-store news – january 2014

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ACSA gears up for pre-budget consultationsEach year, provincial finance ministers hold pre-budget consultations. The ACSA has always actively participated in this process, meeting personally with finance ministers, attending public consultation meetings, and submitting briefs.This year will be no different and the ACSA will be focusing on several issues, including: a) the negative impact of increasing tobacco taxes to try and increase government revenue; b) cracking down on contraband tobacco as