U.S. focused on easing vaccine patents, creating greater access to technology

A top U.S. trade official said Thursday the Biden administration remains committed to an easing of rules that protect the technology behind coronavirus vaccines so that they can be produced … Read More

Business groups urge Canada to scrap PCR test requirement, as U.S. border nears reopening

Boards of trade, chambers of commerce and tourism organizations both in the United States and Canada are calling on the Canadian government to scrap requirements to produce a negative COVID-19 … Read More

U.S. and Canadian business groups call for review of PCR test travel requirement

Boards of trade, chambers of commerce and tourism organizations both in the United States and Canada are calling on the Canadian government to scrap requirements to produce a negative PCR … Read More

Termination turmoil as workplace COVID-19 vaccine mandates take effect

Canada is facing a potential wave of terminations tied to mandatory workplace vaccine policies as a growing number of employers require workers to be fully inoculated against COVID-19 — or … Read More

Health-care capacity has cost Canada economically amid pandemic: report

Canada’s health-care capacity ranks among the worst of its peers and is a factor in economic losses during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a CIBC report. The report, titled “Low … Read More

Low health-care capacity cost Canada economically amid pandemic: report

Canada’s health-care capacity ranks among the worst of its peers and is a factor in economic losses during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a CIBC report. The report, titled “Low … Read More

Transat sees steady demand for winter travel despite fourth wave of COVID-19

Transat AT Inc. has seen steady customer demand since resuming flights earlier this summer, but the travel company said Thursday it still doesn’t expect to return to its pre-pandemic level … Read More

Transat reports steady demand for winter travel despite fourth wave of COVID-19

Transat AT Inc. has seen steady customer demand since resuming flights earlier this summer, but the travel company said Thursday it still doesn’t expect to return to its pre-pandemic level … Read More

WestJet announces employee COVID-19 vaccine mandate

Weeks after federal Transport Minister Omar Alghabra mandated that federally regulated airline employees must be vaccinated against COVID-19, the WestJet Group announced it will require all of its employees to … Read More

Couche-Tard hopes COVID-19 vaccine promotion will mitigate Delta challenges

By Staff The Canadian Press Posted September 1, 2021 1:31 pm Smaller font Descrease article font size –A Larger font Increase article font size A+ Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. hopes that … Read More

Alberta oil company requires workers be fully vaccinated or rapid test negative for COVID-19

Effective Friday, Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. will require everyone on its work sites to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or take a rapid test. This is an extension of the … Read More

‘Stay open’: Businesses urge provinces against lockdowns amid 4th wave of COVID-19

A group of Canadian businesses are calling on provincial governments to plan ahead and adopt “stay-open” strategies amid a fourth wave of COVID-19 that many experts warn is already on … Read More

Biotech firm expands to London, Ont. to produce material for PPE

A biotechnology research and development firm, which repurposes agricultural byproducts that would otherwise be disposed of, is expanding to London, Ont. BIOSA Technologies says it recognized a gap in the … Read More

COVID-19 vaccine passport system largely supported by Canadian business community

The Canadian business community appears to be largely supportive of the Quebec government’s move to impose the country’s first vaccine passport system. The Canadian Chamber of Commerce says vaccine passports … Read More

Ottawa extending multiple COVID-19 subsidies for workers, businesses amid Delta spread

Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland says the federal government is extending multiple COVID-19 benefits due to expire next month for an extra 30 days amid reopening delays and concerns about the … Read More

Bank of Canada joins growing list of employers looking to hybrid work model

The Bank of Canada will allow most of its staff to clock in up to half their hours remotely once public health guidelines allow it to fully reopen offices, a … Read More

Are fake vaccine cards being used to enter Canada?

The debate surrounding the need for COVID-19 vaccine passports continues, but it seems some people are already looking for ways around the system. There are multiple reports of fake vaccine … Read More

COVID-19: Events sector keeps eye on Calgary Stampede to see if mass gatherings can be held safely

The Calgary Stampede officially got underway on Friday and became the first legal mass gathering of people in Alberta since the COVID-19 pandemic hit the province nearly a year-and-a-half ago. … Read More

COVID-19: Quebec businesses want vaccine passport system to be simple, not a burden

By Staff The Canadian Press Posted July 9, 2021 3:23 pm Smaller font Descrease article font size –A Larger font Increase article font size A+ Montreal business owners are welcoming … Read More

The Canadian long-term care dilemma — where are we headed?

Two weeks after the pandemic saw long-term care homes go into quarantine in March 2020, Barbara Heuman sat on a lawn chair outside her husband’s room. She could only see … Read More

Goodfood reports record third quarter revenue amid growing grocery selection

Goodfood Market Corp. reported a net loss of $2 million despite revenue rising to a record $107.8 million in its third quarter, a 24 per cent increase compared with a … Read More

Canada ‘lucky’ no big hits taken from world’s largest ransomware attack: expert

Canadian companies are “lucky” that the world’s largest ransomware attack to date hasn’t affected them more substantially so far, one cybersecurity expert said. On Friday, IT software provider Kaseya was … Read More

COVID-19: Air Canada wants dismissal of $26M fine from U.S. over unpaid refunds

Air Canada is seeking the dismissal of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s US$25.5-million fine over the airline’s alleged failure to provide prompt refunds after cancelling flights amid the COVID-19 pandemic … Read More

COVID-19: B.C. businesses gear up as pandemic restrictions relaxed

The buzz of full restaurants and tills ringing will start to become familiar on Thursday as British Columbia largely returns to the rhythms of pre-pandemic life. While businesses are excited … Read More

Ottawa investing as much as $29M in company to make PPE mask material in Montreal

By Staff The Canadian Press Posted June 17, 2021 2:39 pm     Updated June 17, 2021 2:41 pm Smaller font Descrease article font size –A Larger font Increase article … Read More

Housing? Gas? Here are the sectors that may get more expensive amid rising inflation rate

With Canada’s annual inflation rate seeing a record increase last month, some economists say certain sectors will eventually level off as the economy recovers from COVID-19, while others might continue … Read More

COVID-19: Transat plans to offer flights to nearly 50 destinations this winter

By Staff The Canadian Press Posted June 16, 2021 10:31 am Smaller font Descrease article font size –A Larger font Increase article font size A+ Air Transat plans to offer … Read More

Ontario restaurants ‘scrambling’ to find new staff as some choose not to return

As Canadians get ready to storm the patios of freshly-opened restaurants across Ontario, some of the regular staff they once looked forward to seeing won’t be there to greet them. … Read More

Quebec reports 180 new cases, 1 death as COVID-19 pandemic carries on

Quebec is reporting 180 new COVID-19 cases and one additional death Friday as more pandemic-induced restrictions are relaxed in Montreal. The latest daily tally of new infections is the sixth … Read More

Quebec adds 180 new COVID-19 cases as Montreal bars welcome patrons back outside

Quebec is reporting 180 new COVID-19 cases and one additional death Friday as more pandemic-induced restrictions are relaxed in Montreal. The latest daily tally of new infections is the sixth … Read More

COVID-19: New Brunswick border town residents ready for U.S. travel to return

A lifetime resident of St. Stephen, Minnie Wormell says the New Brunswick town and neighbouring Calais, Maine, are borderline co-dependent. “We’re like one town all together,” she says. She and … Read More

Air Canada’s $10M bonuses ‘unacceptable’ while laying off staff, Trudeau says

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said it is “unacceptable” that Air Canada paid out some $10 million in bonuses to senior executives after laying off thousands of staff, refusing to grant … Read More

The U.S. border to Canada could reopen on June 22: reports

The Canada U.S. border has been shut down for more than a year amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, but according to a well-known immigration lawyer, that might be about to … Read More

10 things you need to know about B.C.’s COVID-19 restart plan

On Tuesday, British Columbia launched a restart plan laying out a post-COVID-19 pandemic life. Here are 10 big things to look forward to: Social gatherings Effective Tuesday, a social gathering … Read More

B.C. port communities could be impacted by U.S. cruise law, harbour authority warns

VANCOUVER – When the U.S. House of Representatives swiftly passed legislation amending a historical law that some say could have severe consequences for British Columbia’s port communities, it came as … Read More

Most Canadian workers want mix of remote, office options post-pandemic, survey says

A new survey shows Canadian workers are looking for flexibility when it comes to working in the office or remotely after the COVID-19 pandemic, but some have doubts about whether … Read More

Premier announces doubling of enforcement fines, 5-day sick leave benefit for Manitoba

Premier Brian Pallister says the province will implement a paid sick leave program in Manitoba. Pallister also said further public health restrictions will be coming later Friday. “The new Manitoba … Read More

Premier announces doubling of COVID fines, 5-day sick leave benefit for Manitoba

Premier Brian Pallister says the province will implement a paid sick leave program in Manitoba, a doubling of all enforcement fines and that further Pallister also said further public health restrictions … Read More

Air Canada reports $1.3-billion Q1 loss as pandemic continues to limit travel

By Staff The Canadian Press Posted May 7, 2021 8:59 am Smaller font Descrease article font size –A Larger font Increase article font size A+ Air Canada reported a loss … Read More

Air Canada urges Ottawa to lift hotel quarantine as it reports $1.3B Q1 loss

Air Canada called on Ottawa to ease travel restrictions as the airline, which reported a first-quarter loss of $1.3 billion, plans for its post pandemic recovery. “The current mandatory hotel … Read More

Ottawa consulting on stricter border measures, won’t stop flights from India

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is indicating the federal government is looking at additional COVID-19 measures to protect international borders but won’t stop flights into Canada from India. In an interview … Read More

Canada’s plans to deal with COVID-19 deficit, childcare spark questions

Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland‘s Budget 2021 plan to deal with the historic deficits created by COVID-19 spending are raising concerns from Conservatives that the targets are not clear enough. At … Read More

Liberals eye ‘lost generation’ risk with sweeping COVID-19 recovery plan

The federal Liberals are betting big that ambitious new spending programs like childcare and a potential economic reopening as early as July will be enough to prevent deep scarring on … Read More

B.C. could hit 3,000 new COVID-19 cases a day if contact trends don’t go down: health officials

COVID-19 variants are driving virus transmission to the point where the province could hit 3,000 new cases per day, if trends continue. New provincial modelling shows even if social gatherings … Read More

British Columbia set to unveil latest COVID-19 modelling data Thursday afternoon

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix are set to present the latest round of COVID-19 modelling at 2 p.m. PT, Thursday. The latest numbers are … Read More

Canadians will lose jobs amid COVID shutdowns, but may rebound ‘quickly’: employment minister

On the heels of promising new job numbers from Statistics Canada, employment minister Carla Qualtrough said Canadians can expect to see another dip in employment figures as new shutdown measures … Read More

COVID-19 opened ‘window of political opportunity’ to implement national childcare: Freeland

Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland on Thursday stressed the importance of childcare and early education, saying that the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic has created a “window of political opportunity” to … Read More

Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine won’t be the ‘workhorse’ in Canada’s rollout

A policy expert says the Canada’s Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine shipment timeline is the result of naivety and a lack of ambition, while an infectious disease physician says it … Read More

Canada still ‘a long way off’ from COVID-19 economic recovery, experts say

Nicki Laborie considers herself one of the “lucky” business owners in Toronto, who has been able to keep her businesses afloat during the COVID-19 pandemic. Laborie, who owns Toronto restaurants … Read More

Feds set aside billions to support health care systems under pandemic strain

The federal Liberals have introduced legislation to provide $7.2 billion to cash-strapped provinces, territories and municipalities, with more than half going to immediate health-care needs. Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland says … Read More

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