From the Canadian Chamber of Commerce
In today’s global world, systems are more interconnected than ever. It stands to reason then, if a pandemic strikes in one part of the world, the opportunities for it to spread are that much greater.
Should COVID-19 escalate in Canada, some of the things businesses need to plan for include:
To help businesses prepare for and manage through a potential COVID-19 escalation in Canada, the Canadian Chamber has developed a brief guide source from a number of best practice documents and designed to assist business planning and continuity efforts. This tool includes links to the some of the most relevant and credible information, best practice tools and resources and can be found here Pandemic Preparedness Guide.
We will continue to update this information on our website so you may want to bookmark this page and visit it often http://www.chamber.ca/resources/pandemic-preparedness/
We also want to hear from you on how prepared you are and what other support you might need, so please take a few minutes to compete our brief (4 min ) survey on business preparedness.
The Public Health Agency of Canada has a useful page of resource including travel advice, updates and printable reference information. Also included is a reference sheet from the World Health Organization for workplaces.
Borden, Ladner, Gervais (BLG) LLP issued this article recently.
BDC shared their information for businesses.
Deloitte has a page of useful documents.
Fasken has uploaded information for employers and employees.
A few years ago, Calgary’s downtown flooded. The Calgary Chamber was in the frey of this crisis. Out of bad comes good, and the chamber created an award-winning emergency preparedness kit.
As the chamber says on their website: “Disasters big and small happen without warning, and being unable to provide your products and services to your customers can seriously hurt your business reputation. Having a plan in place before a disruption can make for a more effective response and faster recovery.”
The Canadian Federation of Independent Business has also created a useful resource specially for SMEs and their employees.
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