East Hants & Districts Chamber of Commerce News – June 24

Webinar Series for Businesses During COVID-19

The EHCC is organizing a series of FREE webinars that would benefit the business community during this time of social distancing. The idea is to provide the tools and knowledge for businesses to pivot the business platform, to be better prepared when the State of Emergency is lifted and to help them spend this time productively.   

We need your help!
The Chamber is looking for those who are experts in their field and who have content that would benefit small businesses in this time of crisis. 
Do you have information that could assist businesses during this time? 
Do have solutions that may help other businesses? 

If you’re interested in hosting a webinar for the business community, please email your topics with a brief outline of the content to info@ehcc.ca.

Chamber of Commerce Updated Board of Directors
As of our AGM on 06/24./2020, Our new board of directors is as follows:
President – Michael Blois
Past President – Amy Thomas            
1st Vice President – Glynn Irving  
2nd Vice President – Carrie McDougall
Treasurer – Ryan Tilley
Secretary – Sheila Bianchi

5 additional Directors:  
Pam McNeill
Brent McIsaac    
Michelle MacPhee           
Yun Trzebiatowski
Julie Gilby

Fall 2020 Workplace Education Programs!

The East Hants Chamber of Commerce is happy to announce that we will be offering our fall 2020 Workplace Education Programs online.
We are offering six, 40 hour essential business skills programs to business owners, managers and employees in the East Hants area. These training programs are valued at up to $5,000 and are offered to businesses either free or at a very low cost. Invest your time to learn skills essential for your business. Call today 902-883-1010, email info@ehcc,ca or visit our website for more information.

Fall 2020 programs  – Deadline for applications is Tentatively Set for September 7th, Applications will open June 22nd:

Program Start Dates.
Note: Start dates are set tentatively and are subject to change.


  • Dollars & ‘Sense’–Every Tuesday for 10 weeks starting September 22nd, 8:30 am –12:30 pm.
  • Transformational Leadership Level 2 – Every Wednesday for 10 weeks starting September 23rd, 8:30 am – 12:30 pm.
  • Strategic Marketing– Every Wednesday for 10 weeks starting September 23rd, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm.
  • Grow Your Business with Social Media– Every Friday for 11 weeks starting September 25th, 8:30 am – 12:00 pm.
  • Office 365 – Every Monday for 11 weeks starting September 21st, 8:30 am –12:00pm.
  • Project Management- Every Tuesday for 10 weeks starting September 22nd, 1:00pm –5:00 pm.

Applications will be available soon at https://www.ehcc.ca/upcoming-essential-business-skills-programs/

Join Us For a Virtual Coffee Hour, July 8th from 8am to 9am.

Please join us virtually with a cup of coffee from home or curbside delivery for a casual meeting with local businesses like yourself.

Reconnect,  discuss issues and share ideas. Hear what others have been doing during these uncertain times.

Wednesday July 8th 8-9 am.

Once registered you will receive a link to the event on Wednesday afternoon.

Please tell your friends, business partners and colleges. All are welcome!

Please RSVP Here.


Resources for Members

NSCC is now offering business support during the pandemic! see how they can help you by visiting them here.

Buying and Selling PPE Overview

Local Supply of PPE
Sangster’s Automotive in Elmsdale has a good supply of PPE: 
Surgical Masks – sold in 5’s, 10’s and 50’s – $1.75 each
KN95 Masks – sold in sets of 2 – $6 each
KN95 Masks – sold as 10 per package – $5 each
Nitrile Gloves – Powder free – 6ml thickness – box of 50 – $16.98 
Nitrile Gloves – Powder free – 8ml thickness – box of 50 – $21.98
Liquid Hand Sanitizer – 1L – 80% alcohol – WHO approved – $18.98
Instant Gel Hand Sanitizer – 236ml – $10
Face Shields – Plastic – $13.98

To assist businesses and other organizations in reopening and sourcing of Personal Protective Equipment (“PPE”), the Province has established the Nova Scotia Workplace PPE Supplier Directory.

Follow this link for a complete directory of PPE suppliers in Nova Scotia.

Resources for updates and guidelines.

As of 6/24/2020 Stephen McNeil has announced plans to open the “Atlantic bubble” meaning citizens of the Atlantic provinces may freely travel between the Atlantic provinces without isolation. for information can be found here.

As of June 16th, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has declared that the Canadian Government will be extending CERB benefits to those who cannot find or return to work because of covid-19 by 8 weeks. A recording of the press conference and related article can be found here.

On June 10, 2020, a new bill was tabled in the House of Commons that will allow the Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry to issue orders to extend various deadlines for federal businesses, not-for-profits, cooperatives, and boards of trade. 
Bill C-17 affects the following acts administered by Corporations Canada: 

  • Canada Business Corporations Act 
  • Canada Not‑for‑profit Corporations Act 
  • Canada Cooperatives Act 
  • Boards of Trade Act

The bill grants authority to extend the period for holding annual meetings and, for boards of trade, the deadline for filing annual summaries. 

Atlantic Premiers In Discussion For Atlantic Bubble, Information Here

Approved plans for reopening by the Nova Scotia government can be found here: www.novascotia.ca. This will get updated as industry sector plans get approved. 

A general resource page for reopening with links to info and government guidance can be found here: www.novascotia.ca/reopeningnovascotia