Update from the Office of the Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade

Minister Ng, and Prime Minister Trudeau joined SheEO and women entrepreneurs to mark the occasion. Minister Ng also joined women entrepreneurs in a roundtable hosted by StartUP Canada. Read more about how supporting women entrepreneurs is our government’s top priority in this Financial Post interview with Minister Ng.

Read more about how inclusive international trade will be key to the global economic recovery in this op-ed from Claire Citeau and Nadia Theodore.

Across government, we have been working to ensure Canadian families, workers, and small businesses have access to the support they need through the pandemic, and are laying the groundwork for safer communities and a sustainable, inclusive recovery.

Thank you, and looking forward to sharing updates with you again in two weeks.


  1. To help slow the spread of COVID-19 and safely reopen our economy, download the COVID Alert App.
  2. Visit our government’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan website for information about supporting your employees and your business.
  3. Contact your local financial institution. Since we know most small businesses have a relationship with their local financial institution already, we’ve worked with the financial sector to increase their lending capacity to support you in this challenging time. They are an excellent first resource.
  4. Consult the Canadian Business Resilience Network, a partnership between our government and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce to help your business prepare, persevere and prosper through this crisis.
  5. Check out the new PPE Supply Hub – Canadian businesses in need of personal protective equipment, and businesses looking to sell these supplies can go to this hub to connect.
  6. Make the POST Promise to show employees and customers that you take COVID-19 prevention seriously by practicing key health and safety steps and maintain a safe workplace.
  7. Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety – for a free online course to provide businesses with all the information they need to reopen safely.

Source: PCMA