Small Biz is stepping up to the plate – here’s a directory to help you #shoplocal during the pandemic

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Small businesses all across Canada have been impacted significantly during these uncertain times. But more than ever we are seeing the small business community’s resilience, creativity and commitment to serving, so it’s not surprising that so many of them are stepping up during the pandemic in unique and philanthropic ways. We’ve compiled just a few of our favourite ways to shop local, support small and learn more about small businesses in your area who are doing great things in light of COVID-19.

We also want to hear from you! Let us know about small businesses doing big things in your area. By commenting below you can send us your nominations for local businesses in your area that you think deserves the spotlight.

We're witnessing some cool and inspirational small business in action. Local shops have answered the call to social distancing measures in innovative and savvy ways. During uncertain and unprecedented times, these stories are hopeful and heartwarming. Check out these local shops' ingenuity: 

Last updated: May 27, 2020

British Columbia

1. Accent Inn

  • Business Category: Hospitality
  • https://www.accentinns.com/
  • Ph: 1-800-663-0298
  • @accentinns
  • Accent Inn is a hotel chain in British Columbia. Throughout the pandemic, they’re offering their accommodations at an all-time low rate to essential services workers.

2. Starfish Medical

  • Business Category: Manufacturing
  • https://starfishmedical.com/
  • Ph: 1 (877) 822-3537
  • Starfish Medical is based out of Victoria, BC and Toronto, ON. They design, develop and manufacture innovative medical devices and have started manufacturing ventilators to help address an expected shortage due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s estimated they’ll produce 7,500 ventilators.

3. Leisure The Brand

  • Business Category: Retail
  • https://www.leisure-thebrand.com/
  • @leisure_thebrand
  • Leisure The Brand is a business based out of Victoria that makes ethically sourced womenswear. In the midst of the pandemic, they’ve altered production to make masks for essential workers with their goal of supplying 100 masks per week. When possible, they’ve also started to making masks for public purchase. Through their online store, patrons can choose to purchase three non-medical masks to donate to organizations in need, including essential workers. Leisure The Brand is also donating 10% of their April clothing sale to the Global Coronavirus Relief Fund.

4. Say Mercy!

  • Business Category: Foodservices
  • https://www.saymercy.ca/
  • Ph: (604) 423-3624
  • @saymercyyvr
  • Say Mercy! is a restaurant in Vancouver that offers Italian-American cuisine. During the pandemic, they've launched a "Staff Meal" program which provides meals to individuals who've lost their job, are home with kids and no time to cook, or are are missing restaurant-quality food. They have $5-$10 meals available on their website and are also accepting requests through direct message on Instagram.

5. Joconde Patisserie

  • Business Category: Foodservices
  • http://joconde.ca/
  • @jocondepatisserie
  • Joconde Patisserie is a dessert and pastry catering business that specializes in custom cakes and sweets. Based in Vancouver they are offering pick-up and delivery services for their creations in addition to Canada-wide shipping via their online store. 

6. Discovery Organics

  • Business Category: Foodservices
  • https://www.discoveryorganics.ca/
  • Ph: 604-299-1673
  • @discovery_organics
  • Discovery Organics is an independent organic and fair trade produce store based in Vancouver. During the pandemic, Discovery Organics continues to offer local delivery. They also have been donating their product to the Quest Food Exchange, which has a program to redistribute the surplus of quality foods to those in-need throughout the Lower Mainland. 

7. Bateson’s Martial Arts and Northwest Jiu-Jitsu Academy

  • Business Category: Service
  • https://batesons.ca/
  • Ph: 604-789-9901
  • @batesonsmartialarts @nwjjamapleridge
  • Bateson’s Martial Arts and Northwest Jiu-jitsu Academy, located in Pitt Meadows, is a non-contact, non-competitive Martial Arts School. During the pandemic, they have partnered with School District #42 to provide local children in-need with food and supplies. They have helped eight families within the School District. They also recently started offering live video classes using Zoom. 

8. Packright

  • Business Category: Manufacturing
  • http://www.packright.com/
  • Ph: 604-468-4305
  • @packrightmfg
  • Packright is a company based in Langley that makes custom packaging for the food industry from PET plastic. During the pandemic, they’ve modified their production to manufacture PPE face shields for front-line workers, producing an estimated 35,000 face shields per day that are MDEL licensed. For more information, visit: https://packrightshield.com/

9. Seana's Mason Jar Delectables

  • Business Category: Retail
  • https://www.seanasdelectables.com/
  • Ph: 604-961-0622
  • @morethanjustsoups
  • Seana’s Mason Jar Delectables is an online company based in Maple Ridge that sells dry layered goods in mason jars, such as barbecue rubs, cookie mixes, flavoured drinks, soups, specialty teas, and dog biscuits. They also offer monthly tea and meal prep subscriptions. During the pandemic, Seana’s is offering curbside pick-up in Maple Ridge as well as Canada-wide shipping options.

10. Molecule Sports Canada

  • Business Category: Retail
  • https://www.moleculesports.ca/
  • Ph: 604-420-1160
  • @moleculesportscanada
  • Molecule Sports Canada is a retailer in Vancouver that makes and sells cleaning solutions for sporting equipment. During the pandemic, they’ve expanded their product line to now include Molecule Hand Sanitizer which ships Canada wide.

11. SPUD Grocery

  • Business Category: Foodservices
  • https://stayathome.spud.ca/
  • @spudalberta
  • SPUD stands for Sustainable Produce Urban Delivery. They are an online organic food delivery company that services four urban areas in Western Canada: Vancouver, Victoria, Edmonton, and Calgary. During the pandemic they have started an initiative called the Stay Home Box, which is a grocery box being delivered in both Vancouver and Calgary. Patrons can purchase a Stay at Home Box for themselves, for a friend, or choose to purchase one and donate it to someone in need. In addition, $3 from every Stay at Home Box will be donated to causes that are supporting front line workers and organizations supporting community members in need.

12. Meridian Farm Market

Alberta

1. YYC Growers and Distributors

  • Business Category: Agriculture
  • https://www.yycgrowers.com/
  • Ph: 403-719-GROW (4769)
  • YYC Growers and Distributors is an organization that connects local produce from Urban/SPIN farmers and entrepreneurial food growers with residents of Calgary and the surrounding area. During the pandemic, they’re continuing their ordering, delivery and curbside pickup services for their Harvest Boxes with physical distancing measures in place.

2. A Little Confetti Shop

  • Business Category: Retail
  • https://alittleconfetti.ca/
  • @alittleconfettishop
  • A Little Confetti Shop is an online party boutique with an office based in Calgary. Their online store remains open and they’re offering free delivery within Calgary. They’re offering Petite Party Boxes - a family-sized collection of party essentials to make a child’s at-home birthday special.

3. Bite Grocer and Eatery

  • Business Category: Foodservices
  • https://biteyyc.com/
  • @biteyyc
  • Bite Grocer and Eatery is a grocer and everyday eatery based out of Calgary. They are currently open from 9am to 7pm daily, and are continuing to offer both curb-side pickup or delivery options. 

Manitoba

1. Patent 5 Distillery

  • Business Category: Craft Distillery
  • https://www.patent5.ca/
  • Ph: 204-808-8614
  • @patent5distillery
  • Patent 5 Distillery is based in Winnipeg and produces gin, vodka, whisky and specialty spirits. Since the outbreak of COVID-19, they’ve modified production to produce hand sanitizer and in-turn donating it to not-for-profit organizations. Recently, they've started offering hand sanitizer for purchase by emailing handsani@patent5.ca

2. The Baltic Brothers

  • Business Category: Craft Distillery
  • https://balticbros.com/
  • Ph: (204) 292-1472
  • @balticbros
  • The Baltic Brothers is a Winnipeg-based wine and spirits distillery. As the COVID-19 pandemic has unfolded, they’ve altered their business to make hand sanitizer for first responders.

3. Little Brown Jug

  • Business Category: Craft Distillery  
  • https://littlebrownjug.ca/
  • Ph: 204-500-0441
  • @littlebrownjugbrewing
  • Little Brown Jug is a craft beer distillery in Winnipeg. They’ve now made an online beer store available with same-day delivery for addresses within city limits or curbside pickup.

4. Farmery Brewery 

  • Business Category: Craft Distillery 
  • https://www.farmery.ca/
  • Ph: (204) 777-0909
  • @farmerybrewery 
  • Farmery Estate Brewery is a craft distillery in rural Manitoba that grows their own hops and barley to make beer. During the pandemic, they've started producing affordable hand sanitizer which has been delivered to front line workers in health care facilities, government offices, public offices, police stations, fire halls, and First Nations communities. It's also now available for purchase at qualified retailers such as Sobeys. 

5. Myuz Artistry

  • Business Category: Retail
  • https://www.myuzartistry.com/
  • Ph: 204-306-8502
  • @myuzartistry
  • Myuz Artisty is an esthetics company based in Winnipeg. In the midst of the pandemic, they’ve cancelled their service appointments, but the online store is open for skincare product orders. Myuz will be donating $45 to the Children's Rehabilitation Foundation with the purchase of each Myuz Beauty Box. They’re also offering personal consultations via FaceTime.

6. Skinth Solutions

  • Business Category: Retail
  • https://skinthsolutions.com/
  • @skinthsolutions
  • Skinth Solutions is an online company based in Winnipeg. They make and sell canvas goods. In light of the pandemic, they’ve re-outfitted their business to make masks for the general public, producing 120 masks and donating more than $700 to charity thus far.

7. Organic Tan Winnipeg

  • Business Category: Retail
  • https://www.organictanwinnipeg.ca/
  • @organictanwinnipeg
  • Organic Tan Winnipeg is an airbrush tan studio and beauty products distributor based in Winnipeg. As of June, they have re-opened their services at 50% capacity. They're continuing to offer next-day delivery from their online store, which includes items such as at-home tanning and teeth whitening kits.

8. Floodway Print Co

  • Business Category: Retail
  • https://supportlocal.floodwayprintco.com/
  • @floodwayprintco
  • Floodway Print Co is a Winnipeg-based company that makes and sells custom printed t-shirts and apparel. They’ve just launched a campaign called #StayStrongWPG where $10 from the sale of every t-shirt is donated to a local small business.

9. Diamond Gallery

  • Business Category: Retail
  • http://diamond-gallery.com/
  • Ph: 204-488-9813
  • @diamondgallerywinnipeg
  • The Diamond Gallery is a family-owned jewelry store in Winnipeg. The Diamond Gallery has re-opened their storefront by appointment only. They continue to offer curbside pick-up and free local delivery of their in-stock merchandise. They've made a $200 donation to five Winnipeg-based arts organizations that have been impacted by COVID-19. They've also committed to making additional $25 donations to those same organizations (in rotation) for every purchase of their in-stock items. 

10. Pineridge Hollow

  • Business Category: Foodservices
  • https://www.pineridgehollow.com/
  • Ph: 204-777-3881
  • @pineridgehollow
  • Pineridge Hollow is a restaurant and boutique shop located in rural Manitoba. Their restaurant, patio, and store reopened as of May 4. Tuesdays through Saturdays they're also continuing to offer both meal and grocery delivery and curbside pick-up. 

11. Sweet Impressions

  • Business Category: Foodservices
  • https://www.sweetimpressions.ca/
  • Ph: 204-237-0743
  • @sweetnutfree
  • Sweet Impressions is a nut-free bakery located in Winnipeg. Their storefront is re-opening June 2. Their online store will remain open where they’re offering delivery and curbside pickup. They’ve also created special stay-at-home offerings, including at-home cookie decorating kits, birthday bundles, and health hero gift boxes.

12. Jenna Rae Cakes

  • Business Category: Foodservices
  • https://jennaraecakes.com/
  • Ph: 1-204-691-4222
  • @jennaraecakes
  • Jenna Rae Cakes is a boutique bakery with two locations in Winnipeg. Their online store remains open for Canada-wide shipping on Tuesdays and orders for curbside pickup. They’ve also extended their online presence to include delivery by Skip the Dishes.

13. Black Market Provisions

  • Business Category: Foodservices, Retail
  • https://www.blackmarketwpg.com/
  • @blackmarketprovisions
  • Black Market Provisions is a relatively young but well-loved Winnipeg hub for unique home goods and fresh, local groceries and meals. They’re offering curbside pickup of online orders during the pandemic, and work with local resources to coordinate food delivery and donations for the most vulnerable members of the community.

14. Yafa Café

  • Business Category: Restaurant, Foodservices
  • https://www.yafacafe.com/
  • @yafacafe
  • Yafa Café is a Winnipeg-based restaurant offering a delicious variety of “Arabic street dishes” in a colourful and cozy environment. While the dine-in area may be closed for now, the kitchen is open for delivery and pickup. They have also recently opened their patio with the imposed and necessary social distancing and sanitary standards. Yafa has also created its own Pay it Forward program, where donations are used to provide hearty meals to frontline health care workers across the city.

15. Zinn Farms

  • Business Category: Foodservices
  • https://www.zinnfarms.com/
  • @zinn_farms
  • Zinn Farms is located 20 minutes west of Winnipeg. Family-owned and operated, Zinn Farms is committed to sustainable and ethical agriculture and is now offering home delivery within Winnipeg while social distancing measures are in place to combat COVID-19.

16. Nuburger

  • Business Category: Restaurant, Foodservices
  • https://www.ilovenuburger.com/
  • @ilovenuburger
  • NuBurger offers mouthwatering gourmet burgers at four locations across Winnipeg. They’re currently limiting meals to pickup and delivery only in the wake of the pandemic, but are offering 30% off pick-up orders to hospital workers and medical personnel in thanks to the “many frontline people deserving a gesture of appreciation for their selfless efforts at this time.”

17. High Tea Bakery

  • Business Category: Foodservices
  • https://highteabakery.com/
  • Ph: 204-775-0264
  • @highteabakery
  • High Tea Bakery is a bakery in Winnipeg that offers "time-honoured classics with a contemporary twist". During the pandemic, they have been accepting online pre-orders and offering curbside pickups every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday.  

18. Frenchway Café

  • Business Category: Foodservices
  • http://www.frenchway.ca/
  • Ph: 204-421-9002
  • @frenchwaycafe
  • Frenchway Café is a Winnipeg-based bakery that specializes in authentic french baking and fresh food. During the pandemic, they remain open for pre-orders, curbside pick-up, and local delivery, featuring their daily menu on their Instagram and Facebook pages. They are also donating unsold bread to Winnipeg Harvest.  

19. Snak Shak

  • Business Category: Foodservices
  • https://snakshakselkirk.weebly.com/
  • Ph: 204-482-6937
  • @snak_shak
  • Snak Shak Dairy Bar is an ice cream and restaurant located in the City of Selkirk. During the pandemic, they are open for pre-orders and curbside pick-up. They've also been donating food and snacks to the Selkirk Emergency Department at the Selkirk Hospital to support front line workers. 

20. Frank's Pizza

  • Business Category: Foodservices
  • http://www.frankspizza.ca/
  • Ph: 204-482-7922
  • @frankspizza204
  • Frank's Pizza is a pizza restaurant with a location in Selkirk and Winnipeg that offers all menu items on a homemade pizza dough. During the pandemic, they are offering pre-order, curbside pick-up, and online orders. They've also purchased and donated iPads to Betel Home and Red River Place, two senior homes in the City of Selkirk, so the residents have the opportunity to FaceTime their loved ones at this time.

21. Drop in Dance Winnipeg

  • Business Category: Service
  • https://www.dropindancewpg.com/
  • @dropindancewpg
  • Drop in Dance Winnipeg is Manitoba’s first drop-in style dance studio, established to create an inclusive and welcoming space for dancers of all ages and abilities. While the studio itself is closed during the COVID-19 pandemic, classes are now being held virtually and paid by donation; a portion of these donations goes to the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba.

22. Aevi Spa Salon Boutique

  • Business Category: Service
  • https://www.aevi.ca/
  • Ph: 204-777-1190
  • @aevi_winnipeg
  • Aevi Spa Salon Boutique is a spa, salon and boutique in Winnipeg. During the pandemic, they have launched an online boutique for patrons. Aevi reopened to customers the week of May 4. 

23. Bare Body Sugaring

  • Business Category: Service
  • https://www.barebodysugar.com/
  • Ph: 204-297-8234
  • @barebodysugaring
  • Bare Body Sugaring is a business in Winnipeg that specializes in hair removal using the sugar waxing method. During the pandemic, they are offering at-home sugar kits and other at-home beauty essentials through their online store as well as curbside pickup and local delivery options. 

24. Anne Mulaire

  • Business Category: Retail
  • https://annemulaire.ca/
  • Ph: (204) 231-1433
  • @annemulaire
  • Anne Mulaire is a French-Métis Fashion Designer with a Boutique store location in Winnipeg. During the pandemic, the boutique’s online store remains open. Anne Mulaire has also started their own COVID-19 relief project, making non-medical cotton masks for healthcare workers and for purchase through their website. Also available is a facemask DIY kit where materials are sent to the purchaser to make four of their own masks for a custom fit. Part of the proceeds from all masks sales are donated towards community organization and health care facilities in need, and patrons can also choose to donate one of Anne Mulaire’s medical masks through an online purchase as well.

25. Danny’s Barbecue and Smokehouse

  • Business Category: Foodservices
  • https://dannyswholehog.ca/
  • Ph: 204-344-5675
  • @dannyswholehog
  • Danny’s Barbecue and Smokehouse is a BBQ business in Stonewall that offers catering, whole hog BBQ, meats, barbecue sauces, and pick-up meals. During the pandemic, Danny’s has family meals, meats and product available for pre-order, curbside pick-up, and delivery on Wednesdays and Fridays including rural Manitoba. They have also recently launched an online store for orders. 

26. Nest Family Centre and Store

  • Business Category: Retail
  • https://nestfamilystore.com/
  • Ph: 204-453-8160
  • Nest Family Centre and Store is a family centre located in Winnipeg that provides education and services for active and expectant families, in addition to having a family store. While their storefront is temporary closed during the pandemic, their online store remains open. They are offering free delivery within Winnipeg on orders over $35, free delivery in Manitoba on orders over $75, and free delivery within Canada on orders over $100. 

27. Wall Street Slice

  • Business Category: Foodservices
  • https://www.wallstreetslice.com/
  • Ph: 204-221-7272
  • @wallstreetslice
  • Wall Street Slice is a pizza restaurant in Winnipeg that makes New York style pizza from scratch and serves it up either by the slice or a whole pie. During the pandemic, their menu, including beer, wine and ciders, are available for either curbside pick-up or delivery.

28. Sleepy Owl Bread

  • Business Category: Foodservices
  • https://sleepyowlbread.ca/shop/
  • Ph: 204-417-6444
  • @sleepyowlbread
  • Sleepy Owl Bread is a mom and pop bakery located in Winnipeg that makes bread and pastry from scratch. They reopened their storefront May 6 and are encouraging online pre-orders for pick-up.

29. Wolseley Kombucha

  • Business Category: Foodservices
  • https://wolseleykombucha.com/
  • Ph: 204-615-0595
  • @wolseleykombucha
  • Wolseley Kombucha is Manitoba’s first local kombucha company, making and selling fermented teas. During the pandemic, Wolseley Kombucha is offering curbside pick-up and delivery on kumbucha purchases, kumbucha making kits in addition to hosting free Zoom webinars to teach patrons how to brew their own at home. Their taproom is now open Wednesdays through Saturdays. 

30. Barn Hammer Brewing

  • Business Category: Craft Distillery
  • http://barnhammerbrewing.ca/
  • Ph: 204-979-9749
  • @barnhammerbrewing
  • Barn Hammer Brewing is an independently owned local brewery and taproom located in the West End of Winnipeg. During the pandemic, they have modified their services to include home delivery and curbside pick-up. Their taproom is currently open Tuesdays through Saturdays. 

31. Stone Angel Brewing

  • Business Category: Craft Distillery
  • https://stoneangelbrewing.com/
  • @stoneangelbeer
  • Stone Angel Brewing is a craft brewery and taproom located in Winnipeg. During the pandemic they’ve temporary closed their taproom to sit-down traffic and have started offering their products through Skip the Dishes as well as their own online pre-order, curbside pick-up, and delivery services.

32. dcontruct

  • Business Category: Retail
  • https://www.dconstruct.ca/
  • Ph: 888-817-2946
  • @dconstructjewelry
  • dconstruct is based out of Winnipeg. They design and sell handmade, eco-friendly items from recycled resin. They’ve recently launched a virtual store where clothing, accessories, jewelry, home and beauty items can be purchased online.

33. Rae and Dot Studio

  • Business Category: Retail
  • https://www.studiorae.ca/
  • Ph: 204-229-0014
  • @rae.and.dot.studio
  • Rae and Dot Studio is an event stationary design company based out of Winnipeg. They’ve created postcards that have pandemic and social distancing messages on them, such as “I miss your face”, “Spread love, not germs”, and “Social distancing makes the heart grow fonder”, encouraging patrons to send some fun mail during this time.

34. Chaeban Ice Cream

  • Business Category: Foodservices
  • https://chaeban-ice-cream.myshopify.com/
  • @chaeban_ice_cream
  • Chaeban Ice Cream is a vegan and gluten friendly ice cream parlor that sells coffee and ice cream (that’s made from scratch). During the pandemic, they’re delivering ice cream pints to Chaeban Ice Cream Club members.

35. Fété

  • Business Category: Foodservices
  • https://my-site-109387-100404.square.site/
  • Ph: 204-942-7087
  • @feteicecreamcoffee
  • An ice cream parlor in Winnipeg that makes ice cream from scratch and sells other sweet treats as well as coffee. During the pandemic, they’re online store is open for orders with curbside pick-up options available. They recently reopened their storefront for pints, scoops, and coffee. 

36. Anderson's Hitch N’ Post Ranch

Ontario

1. Q Design Centre

  • Business Category: Retail
  • https://qdesigncentre.com/
  • Ph: 1-888-385-8523
  • @qdesigncentre
  • Q Design Centre is based out of Mississauga and makes custom drapes, shades and pillows. In response to the pandemic, they’ve transformed their business to manufacture masks, caps, and gowns for health care workers. Q Design Centre has also started a Go Fund Me page for those wishing to make a monetary donation towards the initiative, specifically for the purchase of fabric to make the masks, caps, and gowns.

2. Tilley 

  • Business Category: Retail
  • https://www.tilley.com/ca_en/
  • Ph: 1-800-363-8737
  • @tilleyofficial
  • Tilley hats and travel clothing are primarily manufactured out of Toronto. During the pandemic, they have started to manufacture non-medical masks and gowns for hospitals to help support healthcare workers. They also have been making masks and face shields for purchase by the general public through their online store, with 10% of the proceeds being donated to COVID-19 relief. To-date they have shipped more than 10,000 isolation gowns and masks. 

3. Go Oil Canada

  • Business Category: Service
  • https://gooil.ca/
  • Ph: 1-833-466-4520
  • @gooilcanada
  • Go Oil Canada is a mobile oil change service operating in Winnipeg, Toronto, Edmonton, Ottawa, Calgary, Red Deer and Saskatoon. They’re still offering their mobile services throughout the pandemic and are providing free oil changes to health care providers.

4. Laven Labels and Trims

  • Business Category: Service
  • https://laven.com/
  • @lavenlabels
  • Laven Labels and Trims is family-owned manufacturer in Markham that makes labels, tags, and trims for brand name clothing distributors such as Nike and Canada Goose. During the pandemic, they are working alongside their clients to create labels for PPE garments like hospital gowns and masks. 

5. Fragola 

  • Business Category: Foodservices
  • https://shopfragola.com/
  • @shopfragola
  • Fragola is an online baby food store that offers freshly made, nutrient rich baby food that is shipped Canada-wide. During the pandemic Fragola has been making and delivering baby food free of charge for families in need in addition to collecting donations to further support that initiative. 

6. Watan Kabob

  • Business Category: Foodservices
  • http://www.watankabob.com
  • @watankabob
  • Watan Kabob is a restaurant in Mississauga that serves Afghan cuisine. During the pandemic, they've been making and delivering food to local hospitals in the Mississauga region. 

7. Culinary Adventure Co.

  • Business Category: Foodservices
  • https://culinaryadventureco.com/
  • @culinaryadvco
  • Culinary Adventure Co. is family owned and operated neighborhood food tour and culinary adventure experience which offers services in Winnipeg, Toronto, and Ottawa. During the pandemic, they've launched "Food Tours in a Box" through their website, which has an array of food items from local small businesses and serves between two to four people. 

8. Dillon’s Distillers

  • Business Category: Craft Distillery
  • https://dillons.ca/ 
  • Ph: 905-563-3030
  • Dillon's Distillers is a craft distillery in Beamsville that makes spirits, one batch at a time. During the pandemic, they've converted their distillery to producing hand sanitizer on a full-time basis. To-date they've provided more than 30,000 litres and delivered approximately 1,500 hospitals, long-term care homes, shelters, police, and fire and EMS departments across Ontario free of charge. Their online store remains open where the general public can purchase Dillon's Distillers' hand sanitizer or make a $20 donation supporting the initiative to provide it to essential workers free of charge. 

9. Score Promotions

  • Business Category: Retail
  • http://www.scorepromotions.ca/
  • Ph: 416-661-7779
  • @scorepromotions
  • Score Promotions is a promotional products distributor that provides customized, branded products to companies so they can market their business. Their head office is located in Toronto. During the pandemic, Score Promotions has donated a variety of PPE items to front-line workers, first responders and essential services.

10. Cambridge Mill

11. Cornerstone Physiotherapy Toronto

  • Business Category: Service
  • https://www.cornerstonephysio.com/
  • Ph: 416-595-5353
  • Cornerstone Physiotherapy Toronto has grown since opening its doors in 2008 with two founding physiotherapists to a team of 12 that services the mid-town, downtown Toronto, North York and Burlington communities. During the pandemic, Cornerstone is offering virtual physiotherapy sessions: https://www.cornerstonephysio.com/virtual-physiotherapy/. They have also been offering free, virtual physiotherapy sessions to frontline healthcare workers and food-service workers in Ontario.

Québec

1. Portes Bourassa

  • Business Category: Manufacturing and Installation
  • https://www.portesbourassa.com/
  • Ph: 450-474-4924
  • @portesbourassa
  • Portes Bourassa specializes in fabricating and installing wooden front and garage doors. They have adapted their manufacturing to make protective visors for essential service workers and are currently making an estimated 4,000 visors per day. Their storefront reopened on April 20. 

2. Copper Branch

  • Business Category: Foodservices
  • https://eatcopperbranch.com/
  • @copperbranch
  • Copper Branch is a vegetarian/vegan restaurant that uses 100% plant-based ingredients. They have approximately 45 locations across Canada in Alberta, Ontario, and Québec. In addition to offering online orders, they have also been making and delivering plant-based meals to front-line workers.

3. Mr. Puffs

  • Business Category: Foodservices 
  • https://www.mrpuffs.com/en/
  • @mrpuffscanada
  • Mr. Puffs is a vegan and peanut-free bakery and coffee shop based in Montreal that specializes in the Greek pastry, Loukoumades otherwise known as "Puffs". During the pandemic Mr. Puffs has shown their appreciation for front line workers by bringing their desserts to many hospitals in Montréal and the South Shore region of Québec.

4. Ecksand

  • Business Category: Retail
  • https://www.ecksand.com/
  • Ph: 514-804-7263
  • @ecksand
  • Ecksand is an ethical bridal and fine jewelry company based out of Montreal. During the pandemic, they’ve been using their printers to make reusable medical-grade face shields and donating them to hospitals across Canada.

5. Ardene Foundation

  • Business Category: Retail
  • https://www.ardenefoundation.org/
  • The Ardene Foundation is a not-for-profit organization associated with the Ardene clothing store. They organize and facilitate an array of fundraising initiatives alongside their local and global partners, and the broader Ardene community. In light of COVID-19, they’ve been donating footwear and socks to healthcare professionals across Canada. To-date they’ve donated approximately 25,000 pairs of shoes and socks to more than 75 hospitals across six provinces.

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