June 24, 2020
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June 24, 2020

Your CFA Daily Update on COVID-19

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100 days since we started the Daily COVID-19 Update

It has been 100 days since the CFA started the Daily COVID-19 Update to keep our community of franchisors, franchisees, and suppliers across the country informed about what was happening across Canada during this unprecedented crisis.

Over the past 100 days the CFA has

  • Sent out 75 Daily Updates
  • Hosted 40 Webinars
  • Hosted 2 Virtual Franchise Canada Shows
  • Hosted 5 FranchiseSocials – with a 6th happening on Thursday June 25 at 4:00p
  • Hosted our 1st Virtual Franchise Week

Everyone here at the CFA will continue to work to ensure that you, our members, have access to the best information to help you through this difficult time.

Atlantic provinces agree to regional COVID-19 pandemic bubble

The four Atlantic provinces have agreed to open their borders to each other on July 3, the Council of Atlantic Premiers announced Wednesday in a news release. The agreement means travellers within the Atlantic provinces will not be required to self-isolate after crossing the borders. Visitors from other Canadian provinces and territories must adhere to the local entry requirements in place in each of the four jurisdictions. Other Canadian visitors to the three Maritime provinces who have self-isolated for 14 days may travel within the Maritime region, the release said. It is unclear whether this applies to all four Atlantic provinces, which include Newfoundland and Labrador.

BC entering Phase 3 reopening

British Columbia is further easing restrictions set in place to control COVID-19, meaning residents will be allowed to travel within the province as hotels, motels, resorts, spas, and RV parks look to reopen. Premier John Horgan announced Wednesday B.C. will gradually be moving into Phase 3 of its restart plan, after the province managed to increase activity without seeing a spike in the number of COVID-19 cases in recent weeks. Phase 3 of B.C.'s restart plan also means residents can travel within the province "safely and respectfully." 

Horgan said it is critical British Columbians continue with foundational health guidelines, which have helped with B.C.'s success in flattening its curve since March: physical distancing, wearing a mask when distancing is not possible, washing hands and staying home if sick. Gatherings with more than 50 people are still banned.

Entertainment venues like movie theatres can reopen under Phase 3, as can overnight camping in parks. Television productions can also start up again.


Franchise premises leases have been impacted by Gov't Lockdowns

NFI is helping CFA members save on Franchise sales overhead. Many leases will need to be restructured for franchisees to survive, and Operations Manuals need updating to meet COVID-19 Protocols.


Small Business BC Offering New Services to Help Entrepreneurs

Thanks to a partnership with the Government of British Columbia, Small Business BC is offering the following services to help support B.C. businesses as the economy restarts:

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Marketplace – To help entrepreneurs access the supplies they need to operate safely, the Ministry of Jobs, Economic Development and Competitiveness has partnered with Small Business BC to establish an online non-medical Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Marketplace. 

The marketplace is a searchable directory that can be used by businesses to easily locate a supplier with the necessary non-medical PPE to help them operate their business safely during the COVID-19 pandemic. All suppliers interested in being listed as a vendor in the non-medical PPE Marketplace can submit a request to be part of the marketplace.

B.C. Business COVID-19 Support Service – Delivered by Small Business BC in partnership with the Government of British Columbia and the Government of Canada, the B.C. COVID-19 Support Service provides information to B.C. entrepreneurs about supports available to them during COVID-19. This includes resources needed to help with restarting and safe operations during the pandemic. To access the B.C. COVID-19 Support Service, visit covid.smallbusinessbc.ca or call 1-833-254-4357 (HELP)

Ontario Extends Declaration of Emergency to July 15

The Ontario government has extended the provincial Declaration of Emergency to July 15, 2020. This extension was approved by the Ontario Legislature earlier today.

Windsor-Essex to enter Stage 2 reopening on June 25

Windsor-Essex to reopen and move into Stage Two tomorrow, with the exception of Leamington and Kingsville. These two towns are home to many of the province’s farms, which are currently experiencing outbreaks of COVID-19. Further, today, Premier Ford announced the implementation of the province’s three-point plan to reduce the virus’ transmission on farms and provide farmers the support they need to protect essential workers and ensure the province’s supply chains remain strong. The three-point plan consists of the following:

  1. Ongoing and expanded on-site testing, which includes the facilitation of on-site testing at agri-food businesses and community assessment centres to make proactive testing more timely and accessible. Further, Ontario is currently engaging employers to schedule more testing on farms.
  2. Access to employment benefits and support, which means that temporary foreign workers are entitled to the same benefits and protections as any other worker in the province. That includes workers’ compensation benefits through WSIB, protections afforded by the Employment Standards Act and in certain cases, temporary foreign workers may also be eligible to apply for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB).
  3. New public health guidance, which will allow positive asymptomatic workers to continue working as long as they follow the public health measures int heir workplace to minimize the risk of transmission to others. This guidance will provide clarity and assurance that local public health officials will assist with interpreting test results and developing a plan that ensures essential workers in the sector are able to return to work safely and meet the business-critical operational needs on a case-by-case basis.

IMF sharply downgrades outlook for global economy in face of COVID-19

The International Monetary Fund has sharply lowered its forecast for global growth this year because it envisions far more severe economic damage from the coronavirus than it did just two months ago.

The IMF predicts that the global economy will shrink 4.9 per cent this year, significantly worse than the three per cent drop it had estimated in its previous report in April. It would be the worst annual contraction since immediately after the Second World War.

For the United States, the IMF predicts that the nation's gross domestic product — the value of all goods and services produced in the United States — will plummet eight per cent this year, even more than its April estimate of a 5.9 per cent drop. This, too, would be the worst such annual decline since the U.S. economy demobilized in the aftermath of Second World War.

The IMF issued its bleaker forecasts Wednesday in an update to the World Economic Outlook it released in April. The update is generally in line with other recent major forecasts. Earlier this month, for example, the World Bank projected that the global economy would shrink 5.2 per cent this year.

Why some CERB recipients are getting smaller payments this month

Some Canadians are getting unwelcome surprises this month: smaller Canada emergency response benefit (CERB) payments than they expected.

CBC News is reporting that many people are confused by correspondence from the government advising them that they will not be eligible for the full $2,000 in June because the previously received an advance payment of $2,000 for the period of June 15, 2020 to June 28, 2020.

According to Employment Minister Carla Qualtrough some people received larger up-front payments than others when the aid program was launched. Those who were eligible for employment insurance (EI) received two payments when the CERB program began — they have now hit the maximum $8,000 for the initial four-month period.

As CERB was being rolled out, Qualtrough said the double deposits were not a mistake and that adjustments would be made through the course of the program. Other people had applied twice, through the EI and CERB streams, and ended up receiving extra payments.

WHO expects global coronavirus cases to reach 10 million within week

The World Health Organization expects global cases of COVID-19 to reach more than 10 million within a week. WHO director general Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the organization has documented 9.1 million cases of the virus around the world thus far, including more than four million cases last month alone.

Webinar Series On Demand


JUNE 25, 2020
AT 2:00 PM ET

Leadership Panel Discussion

MODERATOR: John Dehart, Hartify Franchise Brands

SPEAKERS: Lenka Whitehead, Oxford Learning Centres; Murray Oxford, Jani-King; Ryan Smolkin, Smoke’s Poutinerie

In only three short months, the COVID-19 pandemic has completely changed the way we work and do business. While no two businesses have been impacted in exactly the same way, this webinar will provide you with the opportunity to ask questions and gain insights and advice on how to lead through the next phases of change from experienced franchisors.








Feedback from our Members

“I would like to take this moment to express how amazing the CFA webinar series has been for myself and my stores. I am regularly sharing the information and enjoy the daily "break" around lunch time, basically having a nearly daily lunch and learn.”

 - Suzanne Howie, Franchise Support, Print Three Franchising Corp.

COVID-19's impact on the world is creating waves across all sectors and industries.

Every member of the CFA community is dealing with an issue that is affecting the world, our industries, our communities, our businesses, and our people.

We would like to hear from you if you have any topics, issues or questions to navigate turbulent times in order to support you further: 


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