covid-19 recovery blog series headerFederal and provincial governments have launched several stimulus programs to help businesses gain access to additional cash and financing options to evolve their cash flow planning and strategic investments.

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The Last Straw Distillery in Vaughan is Transforming its Production Line to Make Hand Sanitizers

hand santizer bottles on a tableThe Vaughan-based Last Straw Distillery is one of the latest businesses to transform its actual line of production to make much-needed hand sanitizers.

“The hand sanitizer approval actually came through on Sunday (March 29). I guess Health Canada was looking through the weekend to process all these applications,” said Mike Hook, one of the distillery’s founders.

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Smart Growth: SmartVMC, Vaughan, Ontario

VMC renderingJust the promise of a subway station is enough to launch serious development. More than a decade ago, the TTC committed to building a station in Vaughan, at the northern end of Toronto’s University Line extension. This announcement provided the fuel for an enormous development called Vaughan Metropolitan Centre (VMC). The project’s ambition is plainly stated in the name—nothing less than a new urban area in the sprawling suburbs of Vaughan. 

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Markham-based Flato Developments Supporting Ontario Communities in the Fight Against COVID-19

flato truck with PPE suppliesMARKHAM, April 2, 2020 /CNW/ – The COVID-19 pandemic has put a significant strain on all healthcare institutions and hospitals resulting in an increased need for donations to help protect workers. As a response to this crisis, the team at Flato Developments, a builder and land developer of commercial and residential communities, has begun distributing personal protective equipment (PPE) in the form of KN95 and surgical masks to front line workers serving communities across southern Ontario.

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Newmarket Headquartered AirBoss Announces US$96 Million Contract for FlexAir™ PAPR System from FEMA to Help Battle COVID-19

AirBoss flexair hooded capeNEWMARKET, Ontario, March 31, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — AirBoss of America Corp. (TSX: BOS) (the “Company” or “AirBoss”) today announced that AirBoss Defense Group (“ADG”) has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for the manufacture and sale of 100,000 FlexAir™ Powered Air Purifying Respirator (“PAPR”) systems, 600,000 filters, and related accessories.

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covid-19 recovery blog series headerThe Canadian federal government has announced its economic response plan to COVID-19, including multiple new and rapidly evolving financial support programs to help SMEs through the coronavirus pandemic. This article highlights the available federal and provincial government funding programs to help employers in York Region through these extraordinary times.

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Government of Canada Boosts Wage Subsidy to 75% for Small, Medium Businesses to Avoid Layoffs During COVID-19 Crisis

Covid 19 Economic Response PlanePrime Minister Justin Trudeau today announced more help for small and medium-sized businesses to keep employees on the payroll during the COVID-19 crisis, including a 75 per cent wage subsidy and guaranteed interest-free loans.

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Richmond Hill-Based Lalonde, Paterson & Associates Provide Work-From-Home Solution to Jewish Humanitarian Organization

Ve'ahavta LogoLalonde, Paterson & Associates (“LP&A”), an IT Managed Services provider has provided a total Work-From-Home solution for Ve’ahavta, a Jewish humanitarian organization, which included utilizing LP&A’s in-house RMM (real-time monitoring and management) software solution and Microsoft Office 365 via cloud computing to allow staff to be able to work safely at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Vaughan Headquartered SmartCentres Offers Government and Health Authorities Free Space to Support COVID-19 Efforts

SmartCentres COVID-19 update signTORONTO, March 23, 2020 – SmartCentres REIT, one of the largest real estate companies in Canada, announced that it is offering rent-free use of a total of up to 1-million square feet of space in 200 shopping centres across the country, as well as its land, parking lots and signage, to all Canadian governments and health care authorities, effective immediately, to assist in their COVID-19 support efforts.

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Vaughan-based Drone Delivery Canada could deliver medical supplies, blood samples during COVID-19 crisis

Drone carrying a parcelFor drones, a pandemic could be their time to shine.

Vaughan-based Drone Delivery Canada said it’s in discussions with the federal government to review drone regulations, given all that’s happening with COVID-19, so that suburban, rural and remote communities have quicker access to medical and pharmaceutical supplies, or send blood samples to laboratories while limiting person-to-person contact.

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Richmond Hill-Based iSIGN Media Contributes its Safety Alert Messaging to Provide the Public with Instant Mobile Alerts for COVID-19

caricature of mobile techRICHMOND HILL, March 23, 2020 — iSIGN Media Solutions Inc., a leading provider of interactive mobile proximity marketing and public security alert solutions, today announced the offer of free use of its Safety Alert Messaging (“SAM”) solution to all levels of medical, health and emergency responders across Canada for the next six months.

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Alidade Group and Mackenzie Innovation Institute Announce Partnership: Focus to Create HIT Talent for the Canadian Healthcare Market

Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital in York RegionAlidade Group, a healthcare IT (HIT) advisory and workforce solutions organization, and Mackenzie Innovation Institute (Mi²), a collaborative fostering the use of technology to improve patient outcomes, have announced a partnership to create sustainable access to local Canadian HIT expertise.

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