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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.

National Updates

Updates for the week of July 27, 2020

Federal Government:  The Prime Minister and the Premier of Ontario announced that COVID Alert, a new national mobile app, is now available to Canadians for free […]

Updates for the week of July 20

Quebec: As part of the economic recovery plan for the cultural sector, the provincial government announced grants totalling $33.5 million for the music industry, artists, musicians, […]

Updates for the week of July 13, 2020

Federal government: The federal government announced the Safe Restart Agreement, an investment of more than $19 billion to help provinces and territories safely restart their economies […]

Updates for the week of July 6, 2020

Newfoundland: The provincial government will invest $20 million to support digital learning by purchasing laptop computers for all teachers, and Chromebooks for all junior high and […]

Updates for the week of June 29, 2020

Prince Edward Island:  The Employment Development Agency will provide funding for an additional 200 employment positions to businesses in rural PEI, through the Rural Jobs Initiative  […]

Updates for the week of June 22, 2020

Federal Government:  The federal government announced the launch of the Canada Student Service Grant (CSSG), which will support post-secondary students and recent graduates as they volunteer […]

Updates for the week of June 15, 2020

Newfoundland:  The province announced nearly $13 million in funding to create jobs in the agriculture sector and assist farmers and producers  The funding is part of […]

Updates for the week of June 8, 2020

Newfoundland:  The province is now in Alert Level 3 (as of June 8, 2020)  Applications are now being accepted for the new Tourism and Hospitality Support […]

Updates for June 3, 2020

Manitoba:  The province is making an increased investment of $5.7 million in the Canada-Manitoba Job Grant program this year to better assist businesses with staff training […]

Updates for June 2, 2020

Manitoba:  The Manitoba government will be distributing $120 million to recognize the risks taken by front-line workers during the COVID-19 pandemic  The full list of eligible […]

Updates for June 5, 2020

Newfoundland:  The province announced the launch of a red tape reduction initiative to help alleviate some of the regulatory burden on the province’s business sector  The […]

Updates for June 4, 2020

Nova Scotia:  The province is providing additional support to agricultural businesses in Nova Scotia  In partnership with the federal government, the assistance includes a new COVID-19 […]

Updates for June 1, 2020

Ontario:  The provincial government has implemented measures to help those struggling with electricity bills  Initiatives include: $9 million for the COVID-19 Energy Assistance Program (CEAP) to […]

Updates for May 29, 2020

Federal Government:  The federal government announced new funding to provide critical support to Indigenous families and communities  The funding includes: $285.1 million to support the ongoing […]

Updates for May 27, 2020

Nova Scotia:  The province announced the next steps for re-opening the province  Effective June 5, most businesses required to close under the public health order can […]

Updates for May 28, 2020

Manitoba:  The Manitoba government has launched Student Jobs MB, a new and online tool to match students looking for job opportunities with employers throughout the province  […]

Updates for May 26, 2020

Manitoba:  The province is extending $4.6 million in direct and immediate financial support to low-income Manitobans with disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic through the new Disability […]

Updates for May 25, 2020

Federal Government:  Applications are now being accepted for Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance for small businesses  Applications will be accepted through the Canada Mortgage and Housing […]

Updates for May 22, 2020

Newfoundland:  The provincial government announced the deferral or waiver of a number of fees, as well as steps to reduce regulatory burden  The deferral of more […]

Updates for May 21, 2020

Federal Government:  The federal government announced $75 million in new funding for Indigenous organizations providing services to Indigenous peoples in urban centres and off reserve  This […]

Updates for May 20, 2020

Federal Government:  The federal government announced that application documents and updated criteria for Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) for small businesses are now available, and […]

Updates for May 19, 2020

Federal Government:  The federal government announced an expansion to the eligibility criteria for the Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) to include many owner-operated small businesses  The […]

Updates for May 15, 2020

Federal Government:  The federal government announced $450 million in funding to help Canada’s academic research community during the COVID-19 pandemic. The investment will: Provide wage supports […]

Updates for May 14, 2020

Federal Government:  Announced up to $469.4 million in new measures to support Canada’s fish harvesters  The federal government will launch the Fish Harvester Benefit, a program […]

Updates for May 13, 2020

Manitoba: The Manitoba government has partnered with the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters, the Manitoba and Winnipeg Chambers of Commerce, and North Forge Technology Exchange to support […]

Updates for May 12, 2020

Alberta:  To support businesses reopening during stage one of Alberta’s phased relaunch, the government is launching a new resource to help them keep their staff and […]

Updates for May 11, 2020

Federal Government:  The federal government announced new measures to support businesses  The federal government will:  Establish a Large Employer Emergency Financing Facility (LEEFF) to provide bridge […]

Updates for May 8, 2020

Prince Edward Island:  The province announced additional investments to support essential workers, small businesses, and the fishing and aquaculture industries For essential workers:  The province announced […]

Updates for May 7, 2020

Federal Government:  The Government of Canada announced that all provinces and territories have confirmed, or are in the process of confirming, plans to cost share wage […]

Updates for May 6, 2020

Newfoundland:  The province announced measures for eligible business clients:  Current deferral of loan payments has been increased to six months  The hiring eligibility for commercial Research […]

Updates for May 5, 2020

Federal Government:  Announced an investment of more than $252 million to support farmers, food businesses and food processors  Also announced that the government intends to propose […]

Updates for May 4, 2020

Federal Government:  The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today joined other global leaders to launch the Coronavirus Global Response  This online pledging event aims to initially raise […]

Updates for May 1, 2020

Newfoundland:  The province announced a number of initiatives to support businesses through the COVID-19 pandemic  In support of licensees, which includes lounges, bars and restaurants, effective […]

Updates for April 30, 2020

New Brunswick:  Job protection is now in place, retroactive to March 12, for those who are not able to work because they have COVID-19, are caring […]

Updates for April 29, 2020

Newfoundland:  The provincial government is providing compensation for private sector employers for continuation of pay to employees who were required to self-isolate for 14-days due to […]

Updates for April 28, 2020

Nova Scotia:  A new operating loan program is being introduced to help municipalities with financial losses due to COVID-19  The $380 million loan program, which was […]

Updates for April 27, 2020

Federal Government:  Applications for the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy opened today    Manitoba:  The governments of Canada and Manitoba will be supporting a project, which will […]

Updates for April 24, 2020

Federal Government:  The federal government has reached an agreement in principle with all provinces and territories to implement the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) for […]

Updates for April 23, 2020

Federal Government:  Announced more than $1 billion in support of a national medical research strategy to fight COVID-19 that includes vaccine development, the production of treatments, […]

Updates for April 22, 2020

Federal Government:  The federal government announced comprehensive support of nearly $9 billion for post-secondary students and recent graduates  This plan will help provide the financial support […]

Updates for April 21, 2020

Federal Government:  The Federal Government announced an investment of $350 million to support vulnerable Canadians through charities and non-profit organizations that deliver essential services to those […]

Updates for April 20, 2020

Ontario:  The governments of Canada and Ontario are investing up to $1 million in new funding to connect workers with in-demand jobs in the agri-food sector  […]

Updates for April 17, 2020

Nova Scotia:  Nova Scotia’s most vulnerable families, seniors and youth will receive additional support for food, shelter, basic necessities and staying connected during the province’s response […]

Updates for April 16, 2020

Federal Government:  The federal government announced new measures to support Canadian businesses:  Expanding the Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) to businesses that paid between $20,000 and […]

Updates for April 15, 2020

Federal government:  The federal government is changing the CERB eligibility rules to: Allow people to earn up to $1,000 per month while collecting the CERB  Extend […]

Updates for April 14, 2020

Federal Government:  The federal government announced additional support to address immediate health, economic, and transportation needs in the North. The government will:  transfer $72.6 million to […]

Updates for April 13, 2020

Manitoba:  The Manitoba government has engaged Manitoba-based business, 24-7 Intouch, to help businesses, not-for-profits and charities facing economic challenges due to COVID-19 connect with support programs  […]

Updates for April 9, 2020

Federal Government:  Statistics Canada released its monthly Labour Force Survey Prince Edward Island:  Announced a new $750,000 COVID-19 Strategic Fund for Agriculture under the Canada Agriculture […]

Updates for April 8, 2020

Federal Government:  temporary changes to the Canada Summer Jobs program  Changes to the program for this year include: an increase to the wage subsidy, so that […]

Updates for April 7, 2020

Federal Government:  Announced further progress under Canada’s Plan to Mobilize Industry to fight COVID‑19 that will help provide vital, made‑in‑Canada protective gear and medical equipment to […]

Updates for April 6, 2020

Federal Government:  Applications for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit are now open  Newfoundland: An amendment has been made to the Shops’ Closing Regulations to allow select […]

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 […]

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 Touchpoint Volume 2: Hospitality & Tourism

With Adam MorrisonPresident and CEO of OTEC

April 23rd, 2020 at 1:00 pm ET

Student Work Placement Program (SWPP)

The Magnet Student Work Placement Program (SWPP) will continue to support eligible employers with funding of up to $7,500 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.