Canadian startup news of the week (3/22/20)


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Top Stories of the Week

Canadian government refocuses innovation, procurement programs in fight against COVID-19(BETAKIT)

Canada’s Plan to Mobilize Industry to fight COVID-19 is meant to make it easier and faster to deploy resources to domestic manufacturers and businesses.

Federal $82 billion COVID-19 emergency response package to support businesses, workers(BETAKIT)

The measures outline $27 billion for Canadian workers and businesses as well as $55 billion to help business liquidity through tax deferrals.

Canadian tech CEOs: BDC loans, payroll subsidy not enough to stop COVID-19 bankruptcies(BETAKIT)

BetaKit has spoken with multiple CEOs under condition of anonymity about their thoughts on the situation.

Canadian innovation hubs close doors to help prevent the spread of COVID-19(BETAKIT)

Innovation hubs, incubators, and accelerators across Canada are shutting down or instituting work from home policies.

Here’s how #CDNtech companies are pitching in during COVID-19(BETAKIT)

This list will outline what Canadian tech companies are offering during the outbreak.

Startup Milestones


Caution due to COVID-19 is leading many tech companies to cut travel and encourage their engineers to work remotely. Many will be working from home for the first time.

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