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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 Please note, companies continue to post job opportunities - check them out here.

Today's Highlights:

Note from Holland College Bioscience Technology Program regarding OJT Program, details here.

Listen to recording of Chamber Live webinar - Federal Government Supports and Business Resources - March 30 - with Sean Casey, MP, Charlottetown and Sean Fraser, MP, Parliamentary Secretary to Finance Minister - Click here.

Podcasts & Webinars

Excellence in Manufacturing is hosting two more Webinars (April 8th and 15th) - COVID-19 Labour Law Q&A. Click here.

Pharmaceutical Sciences Group is launching a
COVID-19 Response Webinar Series

April 9th, 2:00-3:00 ADT -
Part I: How to Adjust your GMP Facility Amid COVID-19
(Space is limited to 100, register today!)
Join Jeff Hartry, Director of Quality at Vita Health Inc. where he will outline the modifications to processes, procedures and practices in a pharmaceutical manufacturing site and discuss the various challenges that companies may face during this adjustment along with some considerations which they should make. Following his presentation, he will hold an interactive Q&A session where he will answer and address any questions attendees may have. Register here – They will ask you to create a membership profile before registering. You can choose a basic membership which is free. Then you can register for the free webinar. You will receive an email confirmation.

April 9th, 3:00 p.m. - Natural Products Canada Webinar - Forced to Focus - Brand and business strategist, Peter Drummond, believes smart entrepreneurs can use this time to dig deep into their business and discover their true competitive advantage to come out stronger than ever when things return to normal. He’s developed a special 90-minute workshop to help you use this time to prepare your business for growth. More details and register here. He also highlights five questions you should ask yourself right now.

What Employers need to know about COVID-19  Conference Board of Canada 

Wednesday, April 8th, 12:00 ADT
Register here for this free webinar.

Growing Pains - Matt George interviews David Campbell

  • COVID-19 Atlantic Canada & Natural Resources
  • COVID-19, Richard Saillant & Optimizing Economic Development

Listen on Spotify

Listen on Apple Podcasts

David Campbell - bio

Listen to recording of Chamber Live webinar - Federal Government Supports and Business Resources
 - March 30 - with Sean Casey, MP, Charlottetown and Sean Fraser, MP, Parliamentary Secretary to Finance Minister - Click here.

HR News, Resources & Downloadable Templates

We are building a library of downloadable templates that companies have generously shared which you can use as a guide:

Risk-informed decision-making guidelines for workplaces and businesses 

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.

Canadian Work Sharing Program - For instances where employee work hours are reduced

Service Canada - EI, wage subsidies, deferral of income tax payments, income assistance - Changes to Service Canada Centres

How to Apply for Canada Emergence Response Benefit

Payroll & COVID-19 - The Canadian Payroll Association - March 18

Workers Compensation PEI - FAQs - COVID-19 & Workers Compensation Claims

Employment Standards Act - Prince Edward Island

COVID-19 Self Assessment Tool

COVID-19 Self-Isolation - What to do/not do

6 Tips to respond to employee anxiety about COVID-19 - Canadian Mental Health Association

PEI BioAlliance Partners

Statement from NRC - Business Continuity during COVID-19

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

COVID-19 Response: Resources for Small Business - Natural Products Canada

NSERC Program Information related to COVID-19

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)

UPEI Updates - in-person classes now suspended

Holland College Updates - in-person classes now suspended

Financial Support & News

PEI Government:

All PEI Programs for Businesses - Updated regularly

Federal Government:

Canadian Government - Department of Finance 2020 News Releases

All Government of Canada Programs for Businesses - updated regularly

Federal Government COVID-19 Business Support Programs (as of March 30 2020) - user-friendly chart provided by Excellence in Manufacturing

Bakertilly - COVID-19 - Financial Options (as of March 27) - user-friendly summary

Canada's Economic Response Plan - overall plan that includes individuals, businesses and industries, updated regularly

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.

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.

The COVID-19 Challenges Procurement Program - NRC Industrial Research Assistance Program and Innovative Solutions Canada

The Pandemic Response Challenge ProgramNational Research Council of Canada

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.

Gowling WLG Insights - Special Edition - They have combined their most recent articles related to the pandemic and its impact on the Canadian business landscape.

BDC announces additional measures to provide relief for Canadian entrepreneurs - Includes working loans of up to $2M and deferment of currently loans less than $1M. Link to BDC Resources page for full list of support for entrepreneurs impacted by COVID-19 here.

Canadian Government News & Resources

Canadian Government COVID-19 News, Announcements and Resources

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada Programs - Innovation Solutions Canada has dedicated funding to help combat current and future outbreaks of novel coronavirus and other similar threats. Find out more about funding opportunities here.

Calling all suppliers – Help Canada combat Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

NSERC Alliance COVID-19 Grants - NSERC is providing up to $15 million in total support to stimulate collaborations between academic researchers and the public and not-for-profit sectors, and industry to address pandemic-related research and technical challenges. Support for up to $50,000 for one-year projects is being made available immediately.

Prime Minister announces support for small businesses facing impacts of COVID-19 - March 27

COVID-19 Canadian Tax Relief - Summary by Gowling WLG - March 26

Canada's plan to mobilize science to fight COVID-19 - March 23

List of diagnostics devices for use against Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Government of Canada COVID-19 Resources Page

Employment and Social Development Canada resource page

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): For business and employers

Risk-informed decision-making guidelines for workplaces and businesses 

Canadian Work Sharing Program - For instances where employee work hours are reduced

Service Canada - EI, wage subsidies, deferral of income tax payments, income assistance

Canada Revenue Agency - FAQs on Temporary Wage Subsidy

Canada's Economic Response Plan - Canada’s $27B COVID-19 initiatives

Health Canada expedites access to COVID-19 diagnostic laboratory test kits and other medical devices

COVID-19 - Information for Industry - Canadian Food Inspection Agency

COVID-19 measures, updates, and guidance - Transport Canada

List of hard-surface disinfectants to use against coronavirus (COVID-19) - Health Canada

Government of Canada - Public Works & Services Canada Tenders

Atlantic Canada Bioscience Partner News
Other Valuable Resources & Analysis
Hiring Students

BioTalent Canada's programs still available.

Venture for Canada wants to remind companies that they have students seeking work. They offer between $5000-7000 to hiring a student.

Still have a question? Please make sure to reach out to us.


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