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International, Society

HuffPost Canada and HuffPost Quebec closing

HuffPost Canada and HuffPost Quebec will not publish content anymore, according to a statement the outlet posted on its website on Tuesday. “As of March 9, HuffPost Canada will no longer be publishing content. Existing content will be maintained as »

Economy

Toronto lost $8.35 billion in economic activity due to COVID-19 pandemic

Toronto lost $8.35 billion in economic activity from tourist spending due to the travel restrictions and lockdowns caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to an analysis Destination Toronto released on Thursday. The analysis found that the industries most affected by »

Politics

Ottawa announces it will extend rent and wage subsidies into June

The federal government announced today that the Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy and Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy will remain unchanged and be extended from March 14 until June 5, 2021. According to a press release from the Department of Finance Canada, »

Economy, Society

British Columbia grant program offers businesses funds to grow online store

The British Columbia government has launched a new grant program to help small and medium sized businesses market their products online. A press release from the government says it is investing $12 million to help businesses launch or update their »

Society

Toronto enacts new measures to stop spread of COVID-19 in workplaces

Toronto will begin reporting workplace outbreaks of COVID-19, according to an announcement from Toronto Mayor John Tory on Monday afternoon. In a news conference, Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health Dr. Eileen de Villa explained that starting on Monday, Toronto Public »

Economy, Society

New Brunswick initiative encourages residents to vacation within province 

The government of New Brunswick announced on Wednesday a new initiative to encourage its residents to vacation within the province.  The initiative, called the Explore NB Travel Incentive program, was created in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to help stimulate »

Health

Some Quebecers to be allowed to work in offices starting this weekend

Quebec’s Labour Minister Jean Boulet announced on Wednesday that the Quebec government is allowing businesses in the private sector to bring up to 25 per cent of their workforce back into offices starting this Saturday. The Quebec government suggested prioritizing »

Society

VIA Rail temporarily lays off about 1,000 workers amid pandemic 

Canada’s national passenger railway service VIA Rail is temporarily laying off about 1,000 union workers due to the impact COVID-19 has had on the travel industry, the company announced in a press release Wednesday. The layoffs will take effect on »

Economy, Society

Air Canada suspending service on domestic regional flights

Air Canada is indefinitely suspending service of 30 domestic regional routes and closing eight stations at regional airports across Canada, according to a press release from the company on Tuesday. “These structural changes to Air Canada’s domestic regional network are »

Economy, Society

Canadian government invests $30 million to support Quebec tourism industry

The Canadian government is investing $30 million to support Quebec’s tourism sector,  according to a press release from the Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions (CED) on Tuesday.  Out of the $30 million of funding, $13.5 million will be given »