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: August 31, 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. When the COVID-19 pandemic started, they offered an all-time low rate to essential workers resulting in more than 1,500 community-donated room nights through their hotels. Currently, they are offering their guests the choice to either donate 25% of their stay to Variety, the Children's Charity, or receive 25% off their accommodations.  

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 donated 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 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 also launched "Collective Goods" as an alternate to traditional grocery shopping. Through https://www.collectivegoods.ca/ patrons can purchase meal kits, wine and beer, as well as donate pre-made meals to frontline workers or to the Vancouver Food Bank. They re-opened their dining experience as of June 1. 

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.

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 100,000 face shields 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 had an initiative called the Stay Home Box, where they were able to deliver thousands of boxes of fresh groceries and collect more than $17,036 in donations. They continue to offer online groceries on SPUD.ca. 

12. Meridian Farm Market

13. Victoria Harbour Ferry

  • Business Category: Transportation
  • https://victoriaharbourferry.com/
  • Ph: 250-708-0201
  • @vicharbourferry
  • Victoria Harbour Ferry offers electric and scenic tours, pub crawls, water ballet, and water taxis on the waterways of Victoria. After temporarily suspending their services due to COVID-19, they've re-opened their water taxi to select docks in the Inner Harbour and Gorge Waterway on a modified schedule and in accordance with WorkSafeBC guidelines. 

14. Frankie's Modern Diner

  • Business  Category: Foodservices
  • http://frankiesmoderndiner.com/
  • Ph: (778) 265-8575
  • @frankiesmoderndiner
  • Frankie's Modern Diner is a classic diner with a modern twist in downtown Vancouver that serves fresh, from-scratch cooking and mixes retro cocktails. Their full menu is available for either takeout or delivery through Skip the Dishes and DoorDash.

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 also produce hand sanitizer and in-turn donating it to not-for-profit organizations. They're hand sanitizer is for purchase by emailing handsani@patent5.ca. Also, through their online store Patent 5 is offering patrons their signature cocktails, pre-mixed, and available by delivery or pick-up. 

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 also 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. Their taproom and patio are currently open. They are also continuing to accept orders through curbside pickup and their online beer store with same-day delivery for addresses within city limits.

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 also 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. Their online store is open for skincare product orders which offers nationwide shipping and free local pickup. 

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 also started making 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. 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 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. In the early months of the pandemic, they made a $200 donation to five Winnipeg-based arts organizations that were impacted by COVID-19. They also made an additional $25 donation to those same organizations (in rotation) for every purchase of their in-stock items during that time. 

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-opened 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 and party bundles. 

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 and patio is open at 50% capacity, and the kitchen is continuing to offer orders for delivery and pickup. Recently they donated 50% of their weekly sales in addition to the proceeds from their donation jar to the Lebanese Red Cross. They also organized a Pay it Forward program at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, where they used donations to provide meals to our front-line 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’ve re-opened all four locations and are continuing to offer meals for pickup and delivery.

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". Their storefront is open, but they're encouraging patrons to pre-order online to ensure the availability of their goodies. 

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. They are currently open for dining, pick-up and city-wide delivery with their daily menu available 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. The studio is now open and accepting class bookings. 

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. Their "sugar shop" is open and accepting appointments from patrons. They're also continuing to offer 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. The Boutique location on Mulvey Ave East is open by appointment only and they're offering curbside pick-up Monday through Friday. Their online store remains open 24-7. 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. The family centre has re-opened and their online store remains open, offering delivery within Winnipeg. 

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. Their storefront is open and they're continuing to offer 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. Their taproom is now open, and they continue to offer delivery on kumbucha purchases and kumbucha making kits. 

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. 

31. Stone Angel Brewing

  • Business Category: Craft Distillery
  • https://stoneangelbrewing.com/
  • @stoneangelbeer
  • Stone Angel Brewing is a craft brewery and taproom located in Winnipeg. Their taproom is currently open and they're continuing to offer their products through home delivery service as well as curbside pick-up.

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
  • 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

  • Business Category: Foodservices
  • https://www.thehitchnpost.com/
  • Ph: 204-467-2544
  • @andersons_hnp_ranch
  • Anderson’s Hitch N’ Post Ranch is a premier banquet and wedding venue in rural Manitoba. During the early days of the pandemic, they offered curbside pick-up of home-cooked meals every Wednesday with a rotating menu each week. 

37. De Luca's Winnipeg

  • Business Category: Foodservices
  • http://www.deluca.ca/
  • Ph: 204-774-7617
  • @delucaswpg
  • De Luca's Winnipeg is a retail grocery store, deli, bakery, catering, and restaurant business with two locations in Winnipeg that offer private event bookings in addition to cooking classes. Their Portage Ave and South Landing locations are currently open to patrons and they're continuing to offer grocery delivery and curbside pick-up. 

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39. Duha Group

  • Business Category: Manufacturing 
  • http://www.duhagroup.com/
  • The Duha Group offers print and paper finishing products, such as fandecks, colour albums, colour cards, colour systems, as well as architect, designer, and specifier kits. They also have warehouse and distribution capabilities for their products. In light of COVID-19, they have launched an initiative called "Hand Sanitizer to Support COVID-19 Response Fund" where the profits from the purchase of hand sanitizer is donated directly to the Health Sciences Centre Foundation COVID-19 Crisis Response Fund: https://duhacovidrelief.com/

40. Bridges Golf Course

  • Business Category: Recreation
  • https://www.bridgesgolfcourse.com/
  • Ph: 204-735-3000
  • @bridgesgolfcourse
  • Bridges Golf Course is a premier golf facility located 15 minutes outside the City of Winnipeg off of Highway 2. They're home to a woodland golf course as well as a clubhouse and restaurants that also serves as a wedding and event facility. Like most events, their 2020 golf tournaments look a little differently this year. Knowing the cancellation or postponement of these tournaments would affect many local charities that use them as a driving force for their fundraising needs, they've created a way for these organizations to continue to raise funds. Until July 31, they have 1,000 green fees available where a $60 charitable donations will be donated to one of 10 participating groups. Learn more: https://www.bridgesgolfcourse.com/golf/charity-green-fee-promotion/

41. MedTech Wearables

  • Business Category: Retail and manufacturing 
  • https://www.medtechwearables.com/
  • Ph: 204-955-7950
  • MedTech is a supplier based out of Winnipeg that sells health and fitness tracking devices and Apps. They're supporting businesses navigating COVID-19 who are bringing staff back to the workplace with a personal temperature detecting smartwatch and accompanying business monitoring solution. The MedTech Wearables “Thermo” smartwatch is designed to assist in managing the risk of individuals experiencing fevers and the potential exposure to others in the workplace that may be associated. The technology features a medical-grade temperature sensor which automatically detects the wearer's skin temperature throughout the day and also on demand: https://www.medtechwearables.com/thermo-skin-temperature-tracking.html.

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 also manufacture masks, caps, and gowns for health care workers.

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. 

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 early days of the pandemic, they made and delivered food to local hospitals in the Mississauga region. Their storefront re-opened May 27. 

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 also converted their distillery to producing hand sanitizer. 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. Through their online store, 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. Delivery and curbside pick-up are available on all online orders. 

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 also donated a variety of PPE items to front-line workers, first responders and essential services.

10. Cambridge Mill

  • Business Category: Foodservices
  • https://cambridgemill.ca/
  • Ph: 519 624 1828
  • @cambridge_mill
  • Cambridge Mill is a restaurant, wedding venue, and corporate event facility located in Cambridge. They offer a seasonal menu that is comprised of locally sourced ingredients. During the pandemic, they also started a meal program for their employees and were donating approximately 1,500 meals per week. They've re-opened their outdoor dining area.

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.

12. Starvox Entertainment

  • Business Category: Entertainment
  • http://starvoxent.com/
  • @starvoxent
  • Starvox Entertainment presents high-quality theatrical productions in Toronto. As a result of COVID-19, their line-up of upcoming productions have been put on hold. However, they're reinventing the way patrons can view live, performance theater and art. They're launching a drive-in art exhibit June 18-28 that will feature the works of Van Gogh from the creators of Paris' Atelier Des Lumieres. The drive-in experience will include a 600,000 cubic feet projection of the artists' work, located on Yonge Street.

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 also 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 early days of the pandemic, Mr. Puffs showed 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 also have 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 more than $3 million in footwear to 350 hospitals and 600 independent healthcare teams in nine provinces. 

6. Pannizza

  • Business Category: Foodservices
  • http://www.pannizza.com/index.php
  • @pannizzaca
  • Pannizza is a restaurant with locations in Québec and Alberta that serves freshly baked Paninis and pizzas. Patrons choose their own ingredients on the spot and enjoy a freshly baked Panini in under three minutes, or a personalized pizza in under two minutes. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Pannizza has been offering their freshly made creations to the frontline staff working at Montreal’s 911-call centre.

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