NATI’s COVID-19 Response

A Chance To Be Heard – New Member Survey

Your feedback is critical! Please take 3 minutes to complete this NATI member COVID-19 update survey. These surveys direct our advocacy efforts to support your business and the NL tech sector. The survey is open until Friday, July 10. Take the survey here.

Assistance From ACOA – Regional Relief And Recovery Fund (RRRF)

This week ACOA announced the Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF) that includes funding for business owners and support organizations that have not been able to sufficiently access other federal emergency support measures in light of COVID-19. The technology industry is one of the priority sectors identified for this program which assists with liquidity issues and working capital gaps that other programs have not addressed. This program provides 100% financing with flexible repayment windows and with an intention to flow the funding support rapidly for immediate assistance. Companies can apply for the RRRF if they have either:

  • Applied for other federal relief measures and have not been able to secure funds; or
  • Accessed COVID-19 relief measures and continue to experience hardship.

You can fill out an online application here, which is part of a streamlined, efficient process to support organizations. The deadline to apply for the RRRF is March 31, 2021.

More information is available on the ACOA website.

Donate Old Laptops, Tablets, Smartphones

Your gently-used equipment can help those who are a socially-isolated stay more connected and access needed services, especially during this precarious time of COVID-19.

So many of us take for granted the ability to call our family on a cell phone, look up information on a computer, make a doctor’s appointment, or access online services, especially during this time of crisis. Many vulnerable people in our community cannot access basic services, call 811, or apply for the Canadian Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) because they have limited or no access to technology.

If you have any laptops, tablets or smartphones that you or your organization are not using, consider donating them to the less fortunate in our community. NATI is helping facilitate these donations through the tech sector and our membership. If you have anything you would like to donate, be sure it is wiped it clean and ready to use.

Email [email protected] and we can connect you with a drop off location and time.

NATI: Minister Seamus O’Regan Webinar

Minister of Natural Resources, Seamus O’Regan joins NATI CEO Paul Preston and Board Chair Craig Rowe at a NATI webinar with panelists; Gina Pecore (CEO, Genoa Design), Andrew Sinclair (CEO, totaliQ), Christine Goudie (CEO, Granville Biomedical) and Gerard Duggan (VP, Vision33). Discussion included suggestions for stimulus programs for the NL tech sector during the COVID-19 crisis.

NATI Response To Wage Subsidy Stimulus

Advocating for our members: NATI responds to the wage subsidy stimulus. Click here to read NATI’s position.

Member Video Update By Paul Preston

In our third week of a Public Health Emergency, CEO Paul Preston provides an update on work at NATI and the continued priority of advocating for our members.

Resource Allocation And Expertise Sharing

NATI is offering to liaise between NATI member companies interested in participating in Staff Reallocation and Expertise Sharing programs. More information is available HERE or by contacting [email protected] 

Recorded COVID-19 Economic Outlook Webinar On Youtube

The Glen Hodgson presentation, COVID-19 Disrupting the Economic Outlook, that was the subject of our webinar on March 26, is now available on youtube.

Respond to our Survey

If you wish to complete NATI’s COVID-19 response survey, please click here.

NATI COVID-19 Pandemic Update – March 23, 2020

COVID-19 Pandemic Update from NATI – March 23, 2020

A Message From NATI CEO, Paul Preston

NATI Responds to Stimulus package

March 19, 2020: NATI Supports Stimulus Announcement – Prime Minister Announces COVID-19 Stimulus Package

Stay Connected

Members have been invited to join a NATI member Slack channel. If you haven’t received this invitation and wish to join, please contact [email protected].

Provincial Immigration Updates

Click here for latest provincial immigration information benefiting tech sector employers.

Helpline for Government of Canada Programs

Canada Business, part of Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) has front-line staff who can direct companies to appropriate Government of Canada Programs programs to help companies affected by COVID-19.

Canada Business 1-888-576-4444

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