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Covid19 / Coronavirus Resources

We had a pretty rough month. Being home isolated – especially if you have recently been laid off or lost some revenue and have to take care of kids staying home from school is not easy. We have decided to compile some help that is available to help you through this crisis. 

  • Wage subsidy:75% wage subsidy for businesses with revenue decreases of 15% or more, for up to 3 months, retroactive to March 15, 2020. The subsidy will apply on the first $58,700 of annual salary, or $847/week.
  • Emergency benefit: Taxable benefit of $2,000 a month for up to 4 months to workers who must stop working or working 10 hours or less a week due to COVID-19 and do not have access to paid leave, those who are sick with COVID-19, those taking care of a sick family member, and self-employed individuals, including contract workers.
  • Interest-free loans: Up to $40,000 in interest-free loans to small businesses and not-for-profit companies.
  • Defer tax filing: Businesses can defer the payment of any income tax amounts that become owing on or after today and before September 2020. The government will defer GST, HST, and customs duties until June 30, 2020.
  • Small Business Loans: BDC’s Small Business Loan Up to $100,000 Are you eligible? Canadian-based business Generating revenues for at least 24 months Good credit history You’ve reached the age of majority in the province or territory where you live.
  • Wellness Together Canada: Mental Health and Substance Use Support
  • Facebook will give $100M to small businesses (make sure to register)
  • Google Ads Will Give $340m Credit for SMBs

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and if you are like us working home with kids 

Amazon Leases 1.1m SQuare feet office space in Vancouver

Amazon had decided to go all out with its lease of 1.1m of square feet space downtown Vancouver.

Their office will take the entire block and will house thousands of IT workers right downtown Vancouver.

This is the first major deal for Amazon after it decided to back away from their HQ2 in New York City.

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Amazon employs over 6,000 employees in Canadian cities such as Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver.

Right now Amazon is using about 300,000 sq ft in Vancouver employing around 1,000 employees.

Amazon always claimed that it wants to add another 5,000 employees in Vancouver but with office space of 1.1m – it can easily house at least 10,000 employees.

The offices should be ready around 2022 / 2023.

Also recently Microsoft leased 69,000 sq ft and gaming company Kabam leased 105,000 sq ft. As you can see it is nowhere near Amazon’s 1.1m space.

UPDATED: IT Teacher in Quebec? You Might Need To Choose Between Your Religion or Your Job

UPDATE: The bill has now passed and is officially a law in the province of Quebec. Quebec’s bill 21 is the only jurisdiction in North America with a religion-based dress code, meaning you can fired for religious attire you wear to work. Quebec has also included a clause where so called “securalism police” will check in on work place to make sure no religious attire is worn, and “the targeted employee could be subject to disciplinary measures for failing to comply.” Hélène David, the Liberal critic that was against the horrendous bill in Quebec, said “It’s a sad day.”


Quebec government has announced that they have tabled the secularism legislation bill soon to come into full force in Quebec.

Francois Legault’s Coalition Avenir Quebec government has declared that they will ban the wearing of religious symbols by public sector employees in position of authority, such as teachers, prosecutors, judges, and police officers.

Position of authority is defined as the power to tell the other person what to do.

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That means when the bill becomes a law, and you decide to apply to work for the Quebec government in the position of authority, such as teachers, prosecutors, judges, or police officers – you will need to take off that kippa, turban, cross or hijab when showing up for work or risk losing a job.

Quebec Public Security Minister, Genevieve Guilbault, has announced that repercussions can be severe if you refuse to take off your religious garb. She said that:

“People can advise police services, like they do to have any other law applied. The law is the law.”

List of Quebec Public Sector Departments

  • Executive Council of Quebec
  • Secrétariat du Conseil du trésor
  • Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food
  • Ministry of Culture and Communications
  • Ministry of Economic Development, Innovation and Export Trade
  • Ministry of Education, Recreation and Sports
  • Ministry of Employment and Social Solidarity
  • Ministry of Families, Seniors and the Status of Women
  • Ministry of Finance
  • Ministry of Government Services
  • Ministry of Health and Social Services
  • Ministry of Immigration, Diversity and Inclusion
  • Ministry of International Relations
  • Ministry of Justice
  • Ministry of Labour
  • Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Regions
  • Ministry of Natural Resources and Wildlife
  • Ministry of Public Security
  • Ministry of Revenue
  • Ministry of Sustainable Development, Environment and Parks
  • Ministry of Tourism
  • Ministry of Transport
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Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, was taken aback by this populist decision by Quebec’s government saying:

It is unthinkable to me that in a free society, we would legitimize discrimination against citizens based on their religion.

Conservative leader Andrew Scheer usually never sides with liberals but on this Bill 21 he openly disagreed with Quebec government:

“Our party will always defend individual freedoms. I think a liberal, a society based on fundamental freedoms and openness, must always protect fundamental individual rights and should not in any way impede people from expressing themselves and in any way by infringing on those fundamental rights.”

In response to criticism, Quebec’s Immigration, Diversity and Inclusiveness Minister Jolin-Barrette said.

“Quebec is a nation. No one contests this reality and our fundamental right to decide our own future and the orientations of our society.”

Bloc Quebecois, political party in Canada devoted to Quebec sovereignty, has also decided to send a message to people in Canada to mind their own business by renting out the following bill board and putting it in Ottawa, not too far from the Canadian parliament.

Quebec government announced that there is nothing to worry about and they will work with everyone involved to make sure everyone is satisfied. The bill also includes so called “grandfather clause,” which means that if you were an employee before May 28, 2019 this law does not apply to you.

So if you are starting a new job on May 29, 2019 or after in the public sector in Quebec and do not want to part with your religious garments you might be fired because of your religion.

Harvey Levine, executive director at Quebec Jewish association, said that the new bill is “an assault on the fundamental rights and freedoms of Quebecers.

So now you need to decide whether to keep wearing that kippa or support your family financially. Decisions, decisions…

Which is the most innovative country in the world? Well, it’s not Canada

Israel and China are one of the few big movers in the new 2019 Bloomberg Annual Innovation Index.

The 2019 ranking process began with more than 200 economies. Each was scored on a 0-100 scale based on seven equally weighted categories such as R&D and high tech density, productivity, etc. After the process was done, Bloomberg published the top 60 economies that made it.

South Korea is in #1 spot for 6th year in a row. Germany came in second and Finland came in 3rd. The biggest gainers in the top 20 are Israel that jumped 5 spots to #5, Finland jumped 4 spots to #3 and China jumped 3 spots to #16 as well as the US moved 3 spots up to #8.

Canada jumped 2 spots to make it to #20. It scored very well on patent activity but not so well on R&D intensity and productivity.

Another big tech office opening in Toronto, to hire 800

Toronto tech scene just keeps on growing. The new company among many other companies like Microsoft, Pinterest and others, is Accenture – a leading global professional services company.

Accenture announced that they will be building a Technology Innovation Hub in the City of Toronto and will bring 800 jobs with it by 2020 (about 500 in Toronto, others spread out across Canada). This will help them compete and transform in the digital economy.

The jobs they will be hiring for will be mainly data scientists, designers, engineers, and roles in analytics.

Ontario Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade Todd Smith, front left, and Toronto Mayor John Tory hold Accenture’s industrial asset inspection drone as (L-R) Accenture’s Canada President Bill Morris, incoming President Jeffrey Russell, and CMHC CEO Evan Siddall look on at the launch of Accenture’s Canada Innovation Hub in Toronto, Ont. on Tuesday, November 27, 2018.
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Julie Sweet, Accenture’s chief executive officer — North America said:

“Our experience working with global clients across more than 40 industries has shown that continuous innovation is an imperative to succeed in the fast-changing digital economy.

With our network of innovation hubs, we are bringing innovation to our clients’ doorsteps, enabling them to harness the power of emerging technologies to transform their businesses.”

This is a great addition to an already amazing city and will bring the best of innovation talent together to be the city of disrupters.

46 Canadian Tech Startups That Raised Money Last 3 Months (04-07 2018)

We have been taking some deserved time off and neglected to update some VCs’ moves and money raised in the last few months or so (April – July 2018). Here is recap of what happened in Canadian tech when it came to raising money. Once again, Toronto and Montreal companies dominated the tech scene. Congrats to all!

* Any money raised over $10M are in bold letters. 

  • #paid, Toronto startp and world’s leading influencer marketing platform for authentic brand collaborations, raised $9m
  • Agreement Express, a Vancouver onboarding automation software for the financial services industry, received an undisclosed investment
  • Airy3d, a Montreal startup that brings 3D machine vision to any camera, all without sacrificing battery life, footprint, or image quality, raised US$10M
  • Alavida Health, a Vancouver company, offering treatment of alcohol use disorder that combines drug therapy and counselling, raised $2M
  • Algolux , a Montreal startup, empowers cameras to see more clearly and perceive what cannot be sensed with today’s imaging and vision systems, raised $10M
  • ApplyBoard, a Waterloo startup for an AI-enabled marketplace uniquely designed for international students to apply to study at the best institutions , raised $13M
  • Atomic Reach, a Toronto startup that provides content intelligence platform built to help marketers and agencies create high quality, consistent and profitable content, raised $3.4M
  • Auvik Networks, a Waterloo startup, most efficient & profitable way for MSPs to manage network infrastructure, raised $20M
  • AvenueHQ, a Vancouver startup brings together designers, marketers, engineers, writers, and other creative minds, to help marketing for REALTORS®, closed a $4.5M
  • Avrij, a Fredericton, New Brunswick company that develops a tool that lets you determine what online information is important to you, when you want to know it, and how , raised $1.2M
  • BenchSci, a Toronto startup, a reagent intelligence platform that transforms published data into relevant insights for materials and methods, raised US$8m
  • Breather, a Montréal startup that creates modern workspaces you can keep for hours, days or months — all to yourself, raised $45M in additional funding
  • Canary Medical, a Vancouver medical data company, raised an undisclosed amount
  • Coveo, a Quebec City, provider of intelligent and predictive search technologies, raised $100m
  • Cozystay Holdings, a Vancouver vacation rental platform targeting Chinese vacationers, raised $4M
  • Dooly.ai, a Vancouver startup capturing, sharing, and finding the information needed to close business made as easy as taking a note, raised $2M 
  • ecobee, a Toronto home automation company that makes thermostats for residential and commercial use, raised an additional $47M
  • Eddyfi Technologies, a Quebec company that develops and markets advanced eddy current and electromagnetic solutions, purchased M2M, a Paris, France manufacturer of ultrasonic
  • Elastic Path, a Vancouver company, the leader in ecommerce software that empowers the world’s best brands, closed a $43M in additional funding
  • Eventbase Technology, a Vancouver leading mobile event platform trusted by some of the world’s most recognizable brands, raised $6.5M
  • Fiix (formerly known as Maintenance Assistant), a Toronto startup that provides cloud-based maintenance & asset management software, raised raised $12M
  • inkbox, a Toronto startup, providing tattoo that lasts only 4-6 days, raised $13M
  • Instant Financial, a Vancouver startup, provides workers with access to their pay after every shift, raised $11.4M
  • Inversago Pharma, a Montreal biotech startup, raised $7M
  • League, a Toronto company that’s re-imagining employee health benefits, and is on a mission to empower people to live healthier, happier lives —every day, raised C$62M
  • LoginRadius, a Vancouver startup, helps companies deliver a connected customer experience, build an integrated marketing ecosystem, and centralize customer data , raised $17M
  • MedAvail, a Toronto pharmarcy company allowing automated dispensing and medication management technologies, raised $16.6M
  • MindBridge Analytics, an Ottawa analytics company using artificial intelligence to uncover material irregularities in data, raised $8.4M
  • Miovision, a Kitchener startup thtat creates intelligent solutions for in-house and outsourced traffic data collection, raised $15M
  • Motorleaf, a Montreal startup , that uses artificial intelligence to allow crop to grow themselves, raised USD$2.85m
  • NorthOne, a Toronto startup building Canada’s first mobile-first API-based banking platform that helps startups and small businesses bank, manage their finances, raised $2M
  • Polystyvert, a Montréal startup on a mission to recycle polystyrene (PS), also known as Styrofoam, raised C$11M in funding
  • Primal, a Kitchener startup that allows companies to use artificial intelligence to read and interpret text in any form , received $2.3M loan
  • Raven Telemetry, an Ottawa company, that helps manufacturers leverage their data, raised $6.1m
  • Ritual, a Toronto startup that allows social ordering from your favourite local restaurants and coffee shops, closed a $70M
  • SensorUp, a Calgary startup that empowers developers to build applications that connect with everything in the world, raised $2M
  • Stay22, a Montreal startup, providing map-based accommodation tool , raised $750K 
  • Strainprint Technologies, a Toronto startup that provides mobile app for medical cannabis, raised $3.8M
  • Terminal, a Toronto startup that helps businesses build and manage world-class remote technical teams, raised $10M
  • The Stars Group , gaming and online gambling company traded on Nasdaq and the Toronto Stock Exchange, purchased Sky Betting & Gaming, a British-based gambling company
  • TouchBistro, a Toronto company, providing an easy and smart iPad-based POS system for restaurants, cafes, bars, & more, raised additional C$72M
  • TripStack, a Toronto startup, providing customers with all 100,000 direct flights and the billions of missing itineraries in one search , raised $6M
  • Uberflip, a Toronto staartup , content marketing platform, closed a $32m 
  • Veerum, a Calgary startup, tackling a global, epidemic problem that sees $1.6 trillion wasted every year through capital project cost and schedule overruns, raised $3.9M
  • Xanadu, a Toronto startup trying to create the world’s first practical quantum computer, raised $9M
  • Zucara Therapeutics, a Toronto developer of the first once-daily therapeutic to prevent hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) in patients with diabetes, raised US$3.9m

Collision Conference is Moving To Toronto in 2019

Toronto has another thing to be proud of. One of the largest tech conferences is moving to Toronto in 2019.

The conference will be taking place over 4 day period at Enercare Centre in May 20-23, 2019. Collision has grown to over 25,000 attendees in five years. Originally hosted in Las Vegas, then moved on to NYC for few years, and then New Orleans, it is now coming to Canada.

Justin Trudeau, Canadian Prime Minister, was happy with the announcement

Welcome to Canada, Collision. I’m happy you chose Toronto to host North America’s fastest growing tech conference. Collision will bring even more energy and vision to Toronto’s tech scene.

The reason organized chose Toronto was for its diversity, its strong AI startup scene and the sheer size of IT companies operating in Toronto. By last count, there were 401,000 people employed in over 18,000 tech companies.

Paddy Cosgrave, CEO & organizer at Collision Conference pointed out

We are delighted to announce that Collision is moving to Toronto. There is such energy in the city, such an open, cosmopolitan and global atmosphere.

A new wave of Canadian founders are building companies not just out of Canada but all over the world. At the very moment when some countries around the world seem to be shutting their borders, when intolerance is on the rise, Toronto stands for diversity and inclusion.

 

The conference organizers said they will focus on AI, automation, connected vehicle, big data, software development and investment (possible block chain). They expect to bring over 90,000 attendees to Toronto over 3 years and have economy impact of around $147m.

Here are some high lights below from this year’s conference in New Orleans.