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DigiBC COVID-19 Weekly Update

DigiBC COVID-19 Weekly Update
15 May 2020 by DigiBC

DigiBC recognizes that our members are having an array of business challenges during this crisis, ranging from a few issues to very significant business threats. As your trade association, we are working to ensure our industry, as diverse as it is, comes out of this in the most positive way possible. Our weekly updates will have pertinent information on government policies, industry responses, and tips on getting through this challenging time. Please feel free to contact us if there is something you think should be included or if there's an issue that your business would like help with. We are here for you! Please note, the info from each of our weekly updates gets consolidated into our COVID-19 Member Resources.

Week of May 15, 2020

Government Announcements / Policies / Funding

  • Additional Support for Large & Medium-Sized Businesses - May 11
    The federal government will offer support to those businesses affected by COVID-19 to help protect middle class jobs and safeguard the economy.
  • Government Announces Help for Employers to Meet Labour Needs - May 12
    The federal government launched a new, temporary policy that will drastically reduce the time it takes for a temporary foreign worker to start a new job. A worker who is already in Canada and secured a new job offer can get approval to start working in the new job, even while their work permit application is being processed.
  • BC Centre for Disease Control COVID-19 Survey - May 13
    Tell the BCDC about your experience during the pandemic. This survey is the first of several activities that will strengthen the government's understanding and response to the impacts of COVID-19 to date (social, economic, mental wellness and community wellness). Survey link is open until May 31.
  • Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy Extension - May 15
    Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced that the government will extend the CEWS by an additional 12 weeks to August 29, 2020. Extending the program will give workers greater confidence that they will continue to get the support they need during these difficult times.
  • Prime Minister Announces Support for Research Staff in Canada - May 15
    The Prime Minister announced there will be $450 million in funding to help Canada’s academic research community during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • K-12 Students to Have Optional In-class Instruction Starting June 1 - May 15
    Parents will have the choice of bringing their children back to class on a part-time basis as part of BC’s Restart Plan, with the goal of returning to full-time classes in September 2020, provided it is safe to do so.

Industry-Related News

Signal Boosting / #GiveBack / How Can I Help?

  • East Side Games throws down the gauntlet! They pledged $1,000 to the DigiBC Fundrazr campaign with Backpack Buddies. Can your company match them? Click here for more info on this fantastic cause!

Companies Currently Hiring

Upcoming Virtual Events of Interest

May 20 - Legal Primer for the Creative Tech Sector: Returning to the Workplace
Presented by EA and Fasken, this leadership-level webinar is for current DigiBC and Anim&VFX member companies. Not a member but would like to attend? Click here for details on becoming one.

May 21 - ACM SIGGRAPH Webinar: Working From Home in VFX

Youth Innovation Showcase Events
May 19 - Bridging the Physical and Digital Worlds Through VR/AR
May 21 - Building Your Idea: Learn to Code & Create Your Own Virtual Reality World
May 26 - Build Yourself into the Social Fabric of a New Post-Corona Economy