As we work to reopen Canada, Postmedia is committed to leveraging the 125+ Postmedia brands and over 17 million monthly unique visitors on our digital platforms to support local businesses in the communities we serve.
Through Postmedia Supports, we are offering a Local Marketing Grant Program as another way to strengthen our communities and help boost economic growth, one business at a time.
The program has two components:
A full marketing grant program to select businesses in the hardest hit sectors of our economy, including, but not limited to the Restaurant, Tourism and Hospitality sectors
A match program whereby local businesses can apply for matching media investments from $500 to $15,000 to complement their new programs
Our local experts will work directly with you to understand your business, set goals and implement a thoughtful marketing strategy to help grow your business.
Grants ranging from $500-$15,000 per month per client are available for the months of June, July and August 2020 to registered Canadian businesses, not for profit and charity organizations that operate within 100 km of the communities we serve.
Province opens applications for infrastructure funding to build stronger communities
June 25, 2020
The Province is now accepting applications from local governments, community groups and First Nations for nearly $160 million in infrastructure grants to help strengthen communities throughout British Columbia.
The funding targets projects ranging from recreation and cultural centres to drinking water and wastewater facilities.
In partnership with the Government of Canada, the funds are being made available as part of the second intake of the Community, Culture and Recreation (CCR) infrastructure stream and the Rural and Northern Communities (RNC) infrastructure stream, both part of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Plan.
“Investment in infrastructure is an investment in people. We saw with the first intake in 2018 that there was huge demand for upgrading arenas, building new community centres and improving natural disaster resiliency,” said Selina Robinson, B.C.’s Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. “Projects like these will strengthen communities by bringing people together, celebrating our province’s diversity and improving services to support economic growth.”
The provincial and federal governments are investing up to $58.7 million under the RNC program and up to $100.6 million under the CCR program.
Prime Minister announces support for students serving their communities and opportunities to gain paid work experience
June 25, 2020 - Ottawa, Ontario Post-secondary students and recent graduates are facing unique and unprecedented challenges because of COVID-19. There are fewer jobs, and many co-op, internship, and community service placements have been cancelled. At the same time, not-for-profits are seeing an increased demand for their services and thousands of Canadians who want to be a part of the solution, which opens up opportunities for students in their communities.
The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced the launch of the Canada Student Service Grant (CSSG), which will support post-secondary students and recent graduates as they volunteer to serve in their communities’ COVID-19 response and gain valuable experience at the same time. The CSSG will provide these volunteers with a one-time payment of between $1,000 and $5,000 based on the number of hours they serve. To find not-for-profit organizations looking for help during the pandemic, post-secondary students and recent graduates can use the new I Want to Help platform, which also launched today.
Transforming former industrial sites into vibrant new neighbourhoods an opportunity to boost economic recovery
OPINION: We have more than 6,000 registered brownfield sites in B.C. with active potential for redevelopment sitting derelict and underutilized. Many cities have successfully redeveloped large, former industrial lands in prime locations with strong economic impacts.
With COVID-19 restrictions slowly being lifted in B.C., it is time for the new normal. But what exactly is the new normal? In the urban development sector, it could mean transforming underutilized, former industrial land across the province into inclusive, affordable, climate-positive communities for generations to come.
While the economic fallout is forcing federal and provincial governments to develop policies for stimulating the economy, revitalization of our cities on underutilized lands is a tried and true method to boost our economy and provide transformative benefits to our cities and quality of life. Many cities have successfully redeveloped large, former industrial lands in prime locations, including Hudson Yards in New York City, Porto Nuova in Milan and Canary Wharf in London, creating complete, new waterfront communities with strong economic impacts.