Fast Five For Business: March 24 Update

March 24, 2021

The Winnipeg Chamber’s Director of Policy, Colin Fast, highlights five things Winnipeg businesses should be aware of this week:

Manitoba remains in Code Red

After hinting that more restrictions on business activity could be reduced as early as this week, the provincial government confirmed on Tuesday that Manitoba will remain in Code Red for at least an additional three weeks. Only minor changes impacting businesses were announced, including raising the maximum capacity for retailers to 500 people (or 50%, whichever is smaller), and increasing capacity for weddings and funerals to 25 people. The province will also relax the rules for drive-in events to allow people to leave their vehicles while still observing social distancing. Read More.

New support for the hospitality industry

The Manitoba government is investing $8 million for the creation of a new Hospitality Relief Sector Program to provide financial relief to Manitoba’s accommodation and tourism sector. The new program, to be administered by the Manitoba Hotel Association and the Manitoba Lodges and Outfitters Association, will provide funding to hotels and full-time licenced resource tourism operators for fixed costs that have not been covered by other relief programs. The Winnipeg Chamber continues to encourage the province to consider other sector specific relief programs to assist those businesses that have been impacted disproportionately by the pandemic. Read More.

Three reasons why to connect with civic leaders

While pandemic restrictions might keep us physically apart, the critical business of building relationships goes on at this year’s virtual Civic Leaders Dinner on Thursday, April 15th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. This annual series brings together the Mayor, City Council, senior administrators and community leaders to engage in meaningful dialogue about our city.

So why should you attend this year’s event? Here are three key reasons:

  1. Share your organization’s challenges and opportunities with the Mayor and City Council so they can make more informed decisions about how to help move our city forward.
  2. Ask senior civic administrators the critical questions you need answers to in order to grow your business, or present new ideas for how you can help the city grow more efficiently.
  3. Grow your network by connecting with other community leaders like business owners and executives from some of our city’s leading companies and non-profit organizations.

For more information visit: https://winnipeg-chamber.com/event/civic-leaders-virtual-dinner/.

Catch up on the State of the City

The impact of the pandemic on community organizations, local businesses and the city’s operations was the highlight of Mayor Brian Bowman’s 2021 State of the City address, presented by the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce on March 19th. The Mayor and Chamber Chair Shreeraj Patel also spoke about major changes taking place within the city’s transit system, the possibility of changing emergency services to have more options available for dispatch for people in need, and the city’s efforts to fully embrace diversity and human rights. Catch up with the replay it here.

RBC identifies nine key trends for the post-COVID world

During the past year we’ve all spent a lot more time at home, a lot more time on our laptops, and a lot more time in our sweatpants. But as the pandemic hits the one-year mark and we begin to see the signs of economic recovery, it’s a good time to ask how this experience might change business going forward. RBC’s Thought Leadership group has identified nine key trends they see that will impact employers, employees and consumers going forward. From digital learning to micro-giving to investing more in our homes and our health, the decade ahead could be filled with changes and opportunities for business. Read more.