Halifax Chamber of Commerce supports business during pandemic

Posted on September 01, 2021 | Sponsored Content | 0 Comments

From the outset of the pandemic, as the federal government moved to provide financial support to Canadians and the businesses they rely on, the Nova Scotia Business & Labour Economic Coalition (NSBLEC) has served as a direct channel between government and the business community.

Since its founding by Halifax Chamber President and CEO Patrick Sullivan in March 2020, this dynamic approach has helped deliver concrete results, like boosting the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy to cover 75 per cent of wages – up from 10 per cent – and redesigning the federal government’s commercial rent subsidy to be more accessible and generous.

What’s more, after several conversations with key stakeholders, during and outside NSBLEC meetings, the Nova Scotia government updated its liquor licensing regulations to allow restaurants and bars the inclusion of cocktails and mixed drinks for delivery and take-out.

As well, thanks to the input, hard work and dedication of many NSBLEC member businesses and the voices of Nova Scotians across the province, the Coalition played a part in the introduction of the new provincial paid sick leave program.

For many business members and the wider business community, the third wave was the most difficult, as it forced many closed for a second and third time. With input from the NSBLEC, the Small Business Impact Grant (Part 3) provided support to many of those feeling the greatest impact.

The NSBLEC also had major roles to play in setting up the Halifax Convention Centre as a vaccine clinic and in providing rapid testing kits for employers and employees to use at their workplaces.

The NSBLEC has heard from government that they have been a key contributor to rapid policy-making and clear communication to its members. Going forward, continued constructive dialogue at NSBLEC meetings will be a key part of Nova Scotia’s strong economic recovery.

Representing 1,800 businesses and over 65,000 members, the Halifax Chamber of Commerce is committed to advocating for economic conditions that enhance members’ prosperity. •

Founded by Halifax Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Patrick Sullivan in March 2020, the Nova Scotia Business & Labour Economic Coalition helped deliver measurable results for Chamber members throughout the pandemic and is a key part of Nova Scotia’s economic recovery.

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