- IMPORTANT NOTICE: The Canada Emergency Response Benefit application is now available. (April 1, 2020)
- Wage subsidy details hugely important for retailers and retail employees (April 1, 2020)
- View federal and regional updates
- RCC continues to push for details regarding yesterday’s wage subsidy announcement which allows any retailer or business who has seen at least a 30% decrease in revenue to be eligible for a 75% wage subsidy for its employees. (The 75% wage subsidy is available regardless of the size of the business or how many people it employs.) (March 31, 2020)
- Premier Ford has announced new Price Gouging Regulations, increasing penalties and fines on excessive pricing on necessary goods such as masks, gloves, protective equipment in relation to infections, non-prescription medication for the treatment of COVID-19, disinfecting products, personal hygiene products. (March 28, 2020)
- The Federal Government has announced new steps to support businesses. View details in our Regional updates section. (March 27, 2020)
- Alberta has announced closure of non-essential retailers (March 27, 2020)
- British Columbia announced additional COVID-19 measures (March 26, 2020)
- Message for retailers from CN Rail: Canada – United States border remains open to rail (March 23, 2020)
- The Government of Canada has released a list of helpful frequently asked questions on the new Temporary Wage Subsidy for Employers
- Open letter from Diane J. Brisebois, President and CEO, Retail Council of Canada (March 20, 2020)
- Ontario lifts time-of-day restrictions on deliveries and introduces 24-7 service to help keep good on store shelves (March 19, 2020)
- RCC and retail members met with Premier Ford to talk about the many ways in which retail is currently serving the varied needs of Ontarians. (March 19, 2020)
- Federal Government Announces that the Canada-U.S. border is closing to non-essential traffic. Shipments, trade and commerce will not be affected by the new restrictions at the border. The Government of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan, will provide an $82 billion aid package. (March 18, 2020)
Read RCC’s in-depth analysis of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan
View more information on Government of Canada website
- The Bank of Canada has advocated for retailers to continue to accepting cash to ensure Canadians can have access to the goods and services they need. The risks involved with accepting cash are the same as other commons surfaces, although it is not mandatory for Canadian businesses to accept cash. (March 18, 2020)
Retail Council of Canada is working closely with the retail industry and all levels of government and health agencies to ensure the health, safety and security of all employees, consumers and citizens. Retailers are playing a vital role in ensuring Canadians get the goods they need, when they need them. As The Voice of Retail™, RCC is here to help retailers navigate through this crisis as safely and as quickly as possible.
RCC members are invited to participate in calls and webinars where we talk with experts, provide the latest information about COVID-19, regional information and any suggested best practices for retailers provided from public health authorities. To receive notices about COVID-19 information sessions, members can subscribe or contact email@example.com.
Updates and current COVID-19 measures in place both federally and in each province and territory.
Many municipalities and utility companies have delayed their deadlines for property tax payments and utility bills.
Frequently asked questions from our members on working through COVID-19 and its operational challenges.
Multiple provinces have ordered the closure of non essential businesses. Find out if your business is an essential service.
RCC is here to assist retailers in finding employees, while also helping displaced workers find jobs.
RCC has prepared a checklist for RCC members to help them plan strategies for managing COVID-19.
Additional Resources and Impact on Retail
- Impact on Canadian Retailers: COVID-19 Voice of Canadians and impact to retailers (Deloitte)
- Payroll: Canadian Payroll Association on ROE coding
- Work-Sharing: Government of Canada Work-Share overview and contact
- Health and Safety: Best practices for retail stores during COVID-19 (RCC)
- Loss Prevention: Financial crime trend bulletin on COVID-19 related scams (RCC/CAFC)
- Resources: The business implications of coronavirus (KPMG)
- Labour, Employment & Human Rights: COVID-19: Workplace government updates: A cross-Canada review (Fasken)
- Impact on consumer behaviour: Key consumer behavior thresholds identified as the Coronavirus outbreak evolves (Neilson)
- Impact on supply chain: COVID-19: Managing supply chain risk and disruption – Coronavirus highlights the need to transform traditional supply chain models (Deloitte)
- Managing cash flow: COVID-19: Managing cash flow during a period of crisis – Coronavirus cash flow implications across extended supply chain (Deloitte)
- What you can do for your employees: Practical workforce strategies that help put your people first (Deloitte)
- Information for employers: What Employers Need to Know Right Now (Hicks Morley)
- Business response and planning: Pandemic Planning For Employers: Responding to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) (Fasken)
- Emergency planning: 8 steps for planning your emergency and disaster plan (BDC)
Health and Safety Posters
The Government of Canada has also provided posters on proper hand washing and more.
If you have specific questions, please contact the RCC team in your area:
- Pacific: Greg Wilson, firstname.lastname@example.org, 604-730-5254
- Prairies: John Graham, email@example.com, 204-926-8624
- Ontario: Sebastian Prins, firstname.lastname@example.org, 438-500-9372
- Quebec: Jean-Francois Belleau, email@example.com, 514-316-7659
- Atlantic: Jim Cormier, firstname.lastname@example.org, 902-818-7738
- Loss Prevention/Health & Safety/Accessibility, Sonny Brar, email@example.com, 416-467-3778
- Media: Michelle Wasylyshen, firstname.lastname@example.org, 416-418-2239
- President & CEO: Diane J. Brisebois, email@example.com, 416-801-3793