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May 25, 2020
By Ground Water Canada

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Ottawa – A new, government-funded program from the Canadian Chamber of Commerce will allow any vulnerable small or medium-sized business, not-for-profit or charity immediately connect with experienced accounting and tax professionals.

The program, called the Business Resilience Service (BRS), is run through the Canadian Chamber’s Canadian Business Resilience Network in collaboration with Ernst and Young (EY) and with support from Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada and Imagine Canada.

The program, delivered to organizations free of charge, will:

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  • provide guidance on program options and eligibility
  • rapidly direct businesses – including enterprises involving Indigenous peoples, women and diverse groups – to the most appropriate support organizations
  • help organizations make decisions to support recovery plans
  • provide real-time insights and feedback to policymakers

The BRS program, co-ordinated by EY, will be provided for four weeks from May 25, and will involve support from approximately 125 business advisors from across the accounting profession. Organizations can access the BRS seven days a week by calling 1-866-989-1080.

“CPAs speak the language of business,” said Perrin Beatty, president and CEO of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. “They understand the financial pressures on small to medium-sized businesses, not-for-profits and charities and are uniquely qualified to help them navigate federal and regional support programs and help their organizations survive the economic impacts of COVID-19.”

For more information, businesses can visit the Business Resilience Service website or call 1-866-989-1080.