small biz science partsClick image to enlargeThe Government of Canada has committed to provide an additional $600 million to support small and medium-sized businesses and their workers through its Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF).

“With the second wave underway, we’ve heard loud and clear that more support is needed,” said Mélanie Joly, federal minister of economic development.

“Businesses of all sizes have been hit hard by COVID-19, and the Regional Relief and Recovery Fund is here for them, protecting thousands of jobs across the country.”

The fund was developed to help support those who may not be eligible for other programs created as part of the Canadian government’s COVID response. Since the fund was launched in May, more than 12,000 businesses have been assisted, helping them keep their employees, cover costs, and protect almost 95,000 jobs across Canada.

This additional investment brings the total RRRF support to more than $1.5 billion.

Supporting regional economies

The RRRF has supplemented existing federal relief measures during the pandemic. Canada’s Regional Development Agencies (RDAs) such as FedDev Ontario are key to delivering targeted support to Canadians where it’s needed most.

$144.3 million of the newly announced money will also be distributed by the RDAs to Community Futures (CF) organizations in order to target businesses and organizations in rural communities across the country, leaving $455.7 million for small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and organizations facing financial pressure.

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TRUMPF opens smart factory in Chicago

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Precision by Dan’s

by Kip Hanson | photos courtesy of Dan’s Precision

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Canadian manufacturing sales up 3.4%

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Mark Sully area sales manager at DMG MORI Canada

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Bystronic adds to Western Canadian sales team

  

Bystronic Canada Ltd. has announced that Terry Matheson and Gannon McSween are joining as direct sales personnel for Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

Metal forming and fabricating in Italy


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Op-Ed: We need more women in the trades

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EMAG adds new Canadian sales rep

Jeff Moore has joined EMAG as regional sales manager to service the Canadian market.

CME's pre-budget wish list for manufacturing

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Ontario Skills Competition 2015 winners

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