For Immediate Release:

Canada United to Support Local Businesses and Accelerate Small Business Recovery

Created by RBC in collaboration with the national network of Chambers of Commerce and over 50 corporate partners to support local businesses as part of the nationwide movement

THUNDER BAY, July 30, 2020:  The Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce is proud to be part of Canada United, a national movement to support local businesses in communities across the country. As part of the movement, RBC has brought together more than 50 of Canada’s leading brands, Business Associations, and the national Chamber network to rally Canadians to “show local some love” by buying, dining and shopping local. 

“We are pleased to support the Canada United movement and help bolster businesses in and around our community. Small businesses are the backbones of our local economies and key to thriving communities,” says Charla Robinson, President of the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce.  “The COVID-19 pandemic has created unprecedented challenges for businesses in Thunder Bay. We need to continue to support small businesses that create jobs and support families here at home.”

Thunder Bay citizens are encouraged to watch the Canada United videos online at GoCanadaUnited.ca, like posts from @GoCanadaUnited on social media and use #CanadaUnited to demonstrate their support. For each of these actions until August 31, 2020, RBC will contribute 5 cents up to a maximum contribution amount of $2 million to the new Canada United Small Business Relief Fund, while working with government and corporate partners to source additional contributions to the fund during the course of the campaign.

The Fund will provide small businesses with grants of up to $5,000 to cover expenses related to personal protective equipment (PPE) renovations to accommodate re-opening guidelines and developing or improving e-commerce capabilities.  Small business owners who are interested in the program can visit https://tbchamber.ca/canadaunited/ to learn more about grant application details, eligibility criteria, and to apply.

Canadians are invited to join the Canada United movement by buying and dining local, including celebrating and supporting local businesses during the Canada United Weekend from August 28 to 30, 2020.

“We feel privileged to stand shoulder to shoulder with the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce and alongside government, corporate Canada, and other business associations throughout Canada as we rally around Canada at a time when it matters most,” says RBC Vice President Matt Simeoni.  “Canada United is a movement that calls on all Canadians to put our shoulder behind our business community by buying local and I take great pride in knowing that Thunder Bay is a community that knows what ‘it means to come together and lean on one another when needed.”

The Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce' advocacy work is made possible thanks to the generous support of our

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