The weekend of August 28 to 30 has been proclaimed Canada United Weekend in Sault Ste. Marie.
And Rory Ring, who is the chief executive officer for the Chamber of Commerce, confirmed that mayor Christian Provenzano and Sault city council are supporting the Canada United movement that encourages buying and dining local.
“We’re grateful to the mayor and to council for supporting this endeavor,” Ring relayed.
“We know that they recognize the importance of our local small business community and its contribution to the fabric of our economic and social well-being,” Ring added.
Canada United is an initiative spearheaded by the Royal Bank of Canada and supported by the Chamber of Commerce network across Canada.
As part of the movement, RBC has brought together more than 50 of Canada’s leading brands in a call to ‘show local some love’ for Canada’s homegrown local businesses.
A highly visible Canada United online campaign is helping build a fund that will provide small businesses with grants of up to $5,000 to cover expenses related to personal protective equipment (PPE) renovations to accommodate re-opening guidelines and developing or improving e-commerce capabilities.
Each time Canadians watch the Canada United videos online at GoCanadaUnited.ca, like posts from @GoCanadaUnited on social media and use #CanadaUnited, from now until August 31, RBC will contribute 5 cents, up to a maximum contribution amount of $2 million, to the new Canada United Small Business Relief Fund.
“As a Chamber, we are excited to be a part of Canada United, to help local small businesses and Canada’s economy come back strong,” noted Ring.
“The business community still has some big hurdles to overcome in order to get back on track, and COVID-19 has demonstrated just how fragile the economy really can be.
“I think our local businesses have given consumers a reason to be proud. Local businesses have stepped up protect jobs and to support the community and each other. Many businesses have transitioned to help provide PPE and support front line and health care workers,” Ring concluded.