Advocacy / CADSI News
April 29, 2020

COVID-19 Membership Update - Don’t miss our Defence Industry Check-In! PPE & Sanitization Needs, Wage Subsidy & Commercial Rents, BDC & EDC Effectiveness

Dear Member,    

Please find below CADSI’s latest update as we keep you informed of policy decisions and news affecting your business during the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Don't miss our Defence Industry Check-In this Thursday!  

Join us for a Member-only call this Thursday, April 30 at 3 pm EDT to...  

  • Hear the latest information about federal programs and policies in response to COVID-19.  
  • Learn how your company can access government support.  
  • Share the challenges your business is facing due to COVID-19. 
  • Get answers to your most pressing business and government-related questions. 

Register now on our events page! (link: 

Share Your PPE and Sanitization Needs with Public Safety Canada 

Public Safety Canada wants to better understand the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) needs of critical infrastructure sectors, including defence and manufacturing. It has launched a survey to capture more in-depth data regarding supply and demand of PPE, including sanitization products and COVID-19 testing kits. Participate before May 1, 2020 at the link below.  

Prior to completing the survey, please ensure you have reviewed guidance regarding the use of PPE in your jurisdiction as well as PHAC guidance on Risk-informed decision-making guidelines for workplaces and businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic (Link:  

The results of the survey will help Deputy Minister and Cabinet understand the gap between supply and demand for non-medical PPE in the workplace once the economy starts to reopen, and then help in addressing any shortfall.

Have you recently been denied by EDC and BCD? We can help!

EDC and BDC have rolled out new funding programs and CADSI has secured a commitment from government that defence companies and are now eligible for these services. 

We are continuing to work with government to get you the support you need.  

  • Has your company tried to access EDC or BDC programming?  
  • Have prior issues or obstacles been removed as claimed?  
  • Are there new obstacles preventing you from accessing programming?  

Please let Mindy Pearce know by emailing so CADSI can resolve these issues.   

Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy Now Accepting Applications 

Eligible businesses are now able to apply for the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS). The subsidy is intended to help businesses re-hire workers and prevent further job losses due to COVID-19. Support will be retroactive to March 15 and cover up to 75% of wages for up to 12 weeks. Direct deposits and cheques are expected to arrive with businesses in early May.  

Visit the CEWS website here for more information. (Link: 

CADSI is committed to keeping you informed. If you need more information on a topic that hasn’t been covered in our updates or if CADSI can assist you in any way, please email Mindy Pearce at  


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