The PEI BioAlliance offers the latest news and resources further to COVID-19 pandemic which are relevant to our community. We will update this page as new information becomes available. The PEI BioAlliance Staff is working virtually during this time, so please feel free to reach out to us if you have a specific question, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note, companies continue to post job opportunities - check them out here.
Weekly Huddle: Bioscience companies are welcome to join weekly Bioscience Company Huddles on GoToMeetings, Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. for 20 minutes, hosted by PEI BioAlliance. Discussions include operational and HR challenges and exchange of best practices during COVID-19 pandemic. Past topics have covered operational plans amid easing restrictions, use of PPE, bringing back home-based workers, challenges for service technicians and employees required to travel in and out of province. Please RSVP by email: email@example.com.
Renew PEI Together:
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Emerging European Trade Opportunities for Atlantic Canada Webinar Series: New sectoral and market opportunities are emerging in Europe on several fronts: improved market access provided by the CETA, supply chain disruptions and innovations, and market demand shifts due to COVID-19. Webinars will feature current market research and business development intelligence presented by OCO Global. Details
June 4, 10:00 a.m.: BioNova Boost Virtual Information Session - MNP, national accounting, tax and business consulting firm, will navigate provincial and federal programs announced to support businesses through the COVID-19 pandemic. Register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Supporting Mental Health During Pandemic - Dr. Bill Howatt - Listen to his webinar here. Dr. Howatt, a behavioural scientist, is known as one of Canada’s top experts in mental health issues in the workplace and has more than 30 years of experience in the field of mental health, addiction, and HR consulting most recently focusing on psychological safety in the workplace. He is a highly-respected columnist for the Globe and Mail and Chronicle Herald, author, clinician, consultant and speaker.
Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium Webinars:
University of Guelph: Leading Through Crisis Series Various dates
Growing Pains - Matt George interviews David Campbell
David Campbell - bio
PEI BioAlliance News
PEI Bioscience Industry answers the call to battle COVID-19 - (Press Release) April 16
PEI Bioscience Industry answers the call to battle COVID-19 - (eNews version) April 16
Labs race to produce tests that show where COVID-19 has already been - The Globe and Mail - March 23 - Affinity Immuno (excerpt)
PEI Bioscience company gets $355K to adapt technology to detect COVID-19 - March 20 - Fieldetect:
Premier King speaks to PEI BioAlliance - March 20
Premier King speaks with BioVectra CEO - March 18
National Research Council News
NRC Response to COVID-19 - NRC is working with their partners as part of the collective effort to help find solutions to the COVID-19 outbreak. Check out their programs: COVID-19 Challenge Program and Industrial Research Assistance Program
Natural Products Canada
COVID-19 Response: Resources for Small Business - Natural Products Canada
BioFoodTech is open for business to provide essential services to clients. Lab samples are accepted 10 AM-noon, Mon-Fri. Some employees are working from home, so please call or email as required. (@BioFoodTech Twitter feed)
PEI Government & Chamber of Commerce
Links to all programs for Self Employed and Businesses - Updated regularly
ACOA Earmarks $110 for SMEs - May 14
Genome Canada leads $40M genomics initiative to address COVID-19 pandemic - April 23 - $40 million for the Canadian COVID-19 Genomics Network (CanCOGeN), led by Genome Canada, to coordinate a COVID-19 viral and host genome sequencing effort across Canada. This research will help track the virus, its different strains, and how it makes people sick in different ways, providing valuable information to public health authorities and decision-makers as they put in place measures to control the pandemic. The results of this work will be available to researchers globally to support additional research, including Canadian vaccine development efforts.
$250M more for the innovation economy - Ottawa is adding $250 million in new money to the National Research Council of Canada’s Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP) for pre-revenue Canadian companies.
All Government of Canada Programs for Businesses - updated regularly
Canada's Economic Response Plan - overall plan that includes individuals, businesses and industries, updated regularly
COVID-19 - Information for Industry - Canadian Food Inspection Agency
COVID-19 measures, updates, and guidance - Transport Canada
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency - The Government of Canada has announced that all Regional Development Agencies, including ACOA, will apply a deferral of three months on all payments due to the government, as of April 1, 2020.
Business Development Bank & Export Development Canada
New BDC Co-Lending Program finalized, will be gradually rolled out by financial institutions - This is part of the Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP) new loans to help fund SME operational cash flow needs amid COVID-19.
What Canadian exporters need to know about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Export Development Canada
Under the federal government’s new Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP), Export Development Canada (EDC) and the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) can now provide more than $10 billion of additional financing to customers facing economic challenges caused by COVID-19. Canadian businesses in all sectors and regions gain access to credit through EDC, BDC and private sector lenders.
BDC Resources page for full list of support for entrepreneurs impacted by COVID-19 here.
Goods & Services Canada
Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
National Research Council
The COVID-19 Challenges Procurement Program - NRC Industrial Research Assistance Program and Innovative Solutions Canada
The Pandemic Response Challenge Program - National Research Council of Canada
Advanced Manufacturing launches Innovative Solutions to Fight COVID-19 - has invested more than $21M in projects - samples included in article - May 3
Advanced Manufacturing Supercluster launches funding program to help scale response to COVID-19 - Next Generation Manufacturing Canada (NGen), the industry-led organization leading Canada’s Advanced Manufacturing Supercluster, will invest $50 million to support companies as they prepare to produce critically needed technologies, equipment, and medical products to aid in the fight against COVID-19.
We are building a library of downloadable templates that companies have generously shared which you can use as a guide:
- COVID Operational Plan Template
- Standard Operating Procedure - Monitoring Body Temperature
- Employee Screening Survey
- Log for Monitoring Body Temperature
- Monitoring Body Temperature - Suggestions for Thermometers
- Visitor Screening
- COVID-19 Acknowledgement
PEI Government Resources
Employment Standards Act - Prince Edward Island
COVID-19 Self-Isolation - What to do/not do
Federation Government Resources
Canadian Work Sharing Program - For instances where employee work hours are reduced
AgrFood Immigration Pilot - AAFC
Compliance Safety and Security in the time of Covid19 - Apr2020 - Slides feature a checklist of items to consider
Excellence in Manufacturing HR Resources - All info is now open to non-members. Sign up and you will receive a link to access an accumulating list of HR resources that reflect the challenges companies are facing amid COVID-19.
Payroll & COVID-19 - The Canadian Payroll Association - March 18
6 Tips to respond to employee anxiety about COVID-19 - Canadian Mental Health Association
BIONB COVID-19 Resources - updated regularly
BioNB BioFlash - March 23 - Atlantic BIOCON postponed until Sept 10-11, 2020.