COVID-19 Support, Information & Resources

Magnet is here to help!

A letter from Magnet's Executive Director

By now, the spread of COVID-19 is having an impact on our work, families, businesses, and communities. Magnet has always focused on supporting our partners, job seekers, and employers across Canada by finding ways to help regions and communities collaborate to solve labour market challenges.


In these challenging times, Magnet will continue to support all of our users across Canada by:

  1. Curating a daily list of COVID-19 responses and resources for businesses and job seekers which can be found at our new website.
  2. As always, businesses can create free Magnet accounts to post employment opportunities and  access targeted content based on their organizational profile. This will now include information and links to COVID-19 related responses and economic support programs.
  3. As always, job seekers can sign up for an account to receive targeted employment opportunities and content on relevant support programs.
  4. Magnet will host a regular live webcast featuring experts discussing topics relevant to community organizations, companies, and job seekers. For information and announcements about upcoming live webcasts, keep an eye on our social channels.
  5. Stay tuned! In early April, Magnet will launch an online community of practice to allow experts across the country to connect, communicate and share best practices for addressing challenges in employment, training, workforce development, and economic recovery.

As this situation evolves, so will Magnet’s activities. Our goal during this difficult period is to be useful, add value and leverage the rich expertise, information and knowledge within our network

We firmly believe that when we emerge from this situation, which we will, that we will all be living and working in a different way. Our ability to come together digitally across sectors, regions and disciplines will become one of our nation’s strengths during the coming period of economic recovery.

Our thoughts are with all the members of the Magnet Community from across Canada.

Stay safe,

Mark Patterson

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Mark Patterson,
Executive Director

Daily National Updates

Updates for April 3, 2020

Federal Government:  The federal government announced an investment of $100 million to improve access to food for Canadians facing social, economic, and health impacts of the […]

Updates for April 2, 2020

Newfoundland The province announced that public exams for this school year are cancelled  Students will receive a grade to reflect their work to March 13  Discussions […]

Updates for April 1, 2020

Government of Canada  Today the federal government announced the details of the proposed Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy: The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy would apply at a […]

Updates for March 31, 2020

Government of Canada On March 20, 2020, the Government of Canada called on Canadian businesses and manufacturers to help deliver critical health supplies  The government has […]

Updates for March 30,2020

Nova Scotia  The government of Nova Scotia is encouraging landlords to defer rent payments for their commercial tenants for 3 months, spreading the deferred rent amount […]

Updates for March 27, 2020

Announcement from Government of Canada The government is increasing the small business wage subsidy to 75 per cent for qualifying businesses  Allow businesses, including self-employed individuals, […]

Updates for March 26, 2020

Newfoundland  The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador announced a public health state of emergency on March 18, 2020. As a result, some businesses have been ordered […]

The ongoing COVID-19 global pandemic will create stresses on businesses, job seekers, and community organizations across Canada. As an organization working across these groups, as well as with educators, policy makers, local chambers, and industry representatives, Magnet is committed to acting as a resource to ensure clarity around these developments.

Magnet acts as a flexible digital infrastructure that can host or direct users to relevant external resources, thereby allowing research, knowledge, and learning opportunities to scale.

Below are key features of the Magnet platform, and our various partnerships and initiatives, that will be valuable in:

Disseminating information affecting job seekers, employers, industry, and community organizations.

Hosting virtual informational and discussion sessions in partnership with business and industry associations to support navigating this situation and its long-term impact.  

Providing a digital collaboration platform where businesses and communities across Canada can exchange knowledge and information, allowing businesses of all sizes to pose questions and work together to navigate unique challenges. 

Enabling businesses and job seekers to continually connect through intelligent matching.

Informational webinars

In partnership with industry experts, Magnet will host a series of webinars to explain recent government developments and their implications for businesses and workers.

Communication and information sharing through the Magnet network:

For all users in our network, Magnet will leverage our various communications channels to share updates and information on changes to government programs.

Upcoming COVID-19 Webinars

The Magnet Network: Leadership Touchpoint

Over the coming weeks, Magnet’s Executive Director Mark Patterson will be hosting live, interactive conversations with leaders from the Magnet Network.

Leadership Touchpoint Volume 1: Manufacturing

With Jean-Pierre GirouxPresident of Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium (EMC)

April 9th, 2020 at 2:00 pm ET

Leadership Touch Point Volume 2: TBA

Check back for more information!

Leadership Touch Point Volume 3: TBA

Check back for more information!

Student Work Placement Program (SWPP)

The Magnet Student Work Placement Program (SWPP) will continue to support eligible employers with funding of up to $7,000 when they hire Canadian post-secondary students for work integrated learning (WIL) placements. Following a time of downturn, this program can be valuable in helping employers boost their capacity with young talent while offsetting costs.

Magnet Export Business Portal (MEBP)

The MEBP allows users to receive customized updates on funding, trade missions, business growth resources based on pre-set preferences. Users can be informed in real-time of new opportunities from partners such as Global Affairs Canada, Business Development Bank of Canada, and Export Development Canada. As new programs and changes to existing programs are introduced, the MEBP will be used as a channel to share information in a timely manner.

Community of Practice (COP)

Magnet is currently developing a Community of Practice, through which we will disseminate research and stories from the Future Skills Centre (FSC). The COP will also allow users to register as collaborators on the network to share resources and connect with potential partners based on common challenges and areas of interest. Similar infrastructure can support a digital space where businesses across Canada can connect, share resources, and collaborate to navigate the current challenge posed by COVID-19.

Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs)

The economic impact of COVID-19 is expected to be significant for SMEs across Canada and across sectors. Each of the programs outlined above can contribute to supporting SMEs through various developments and in recovering from long-term impacts of COVID-19. 

Specific Magnet tools that SMEs can leverage include:

  • Hiring students through SWPP to boost capacity and reduce costs.
  • Access to real-time information around the stimulus and aid initiatives as well as analysis and support from industry experts through the MEBP and Magnet communication channels. 
  • Opportunities to participate in online knowledge sharing and collaboration with businesses in different regions and sectors.

Magnet is committed to serving as a resource and supporting the efforts of Ryerson University and the Canadian government. By helping job seekers, businesses, and community organizations address current challenges, we can also create a strong foundation for long-term recovery and opportunity.