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  • COVID-19 Advocacy

    The safety, health and well-being of our community is of utmost importance during this especially challenging time. We all can play an important role in slowing the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and hopefully limiting the impact on regional business functions. 

    While the current health crisis has temporarily changed the way we do business, our commitment to collaboration and promotion for the advancement of the St. John's region remains as strong as ever. We are a resilient region with a shared dream of prosperity for all.

     

    Federal Government

    • *Update* Wage Subsidy increased to 75%

      •  Board Chair Andrew Wadden has spoken with Minster Seamus O'Regan on behalf of the membership to advocate for increased wage subsidy. Click here to read letter.

    • Board Chair Andrew Wadden has spoken with Minster Seamus O'Regan on behalf of the membership

    • Staff have been in touch with MP Seamus O'Regan's office 

    • Staff have been working closely with the Canadian Chamber of Commerce advocating for business relief

    • Board has convened a COVID-19 Task Force with a member from the Federal Government 

     

    Provincial Government

    • Board Chair Andrew Wadden has written a letter to the Premier regarding commercial landlords and tenants. Click here to read

    • Board Chair Andrew Wadden has written a letter to the Premier.  Click here to read

    • NL Business Coalition sent letter to Premier Ball. Click here to read

    • Board has convened a COVID-19 Task Force with members from the Provincial Government

     

    City Hall

    • Update: Board Chair Andrew Wadden reached out to Mayor Breen requesting tax relief for business and we are thankful the City has answered by way of not charging interest on property taxes up to and including August 31.    

    • Board issues press release requesting tax deferrals

    • COVID-19 Task Force also includes member from the City of St. John's

     

    Task Force

    Purpose of COVID-19 Task Force: share information, stay in the loop and have a direct line of communication with all levels of government.

    • Directors Doug Wright, Cox & Palmer, Janice Connors, KPMG

    • Member Craig Rowe, ClearRisk

    • Member Tamara Vatcher, Training Works

    • Mt. Pearl-Paradise Chamber of Commerce, Wanda Palmer

    • CBA Chamber of Commerce, Heather Howard

    • Federal Government, ACOA, Amanda Handrigan

    • Provincial Government, TCII, Judith Hearn and Gillian Skinner and Finance Doug Trask

    • City of St. John's Elizabeth Lawrence

    • Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Labour, Mary Shortall

    • St. John's Board of Trade, Rhonda Tulk-Lane and Brandon Ellis 

     

     

    Board Chair Andrew Wadden reached out to Mayor Breen requesting tax relief for business and we are thankful the City has answered by way of not charging interest on property taxes up to and including August 31.