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COVID-19: Webinars in Response to Business Issues and Challenges

Faced with the effects of COVID-19 on the region’s economy, Québec International (QI), the Chambre de commerce et d’industrie de Québec (CCIQ) and the Jeune chambre de commerce de Québec (JCCQ) have joined forces to inform and support entrepreneurs. In this context, for the past few weeks, the three organizations have offered various webinars focusing on, among other things, the measures implemented by the three levels of government (municipal, provincial and federal), stimulus programs and the economic outlook.

In addition to the themed webinars, on May 5, the Minister of Economy and Innovation Pierre Fitzgibbon; the Deputy Premier Minister, Minister of Public Security and Minister Responsible for the Capitale-Nationale Region Geneviève Guilbault; and the Minister of Labour, Employment and Social Solidarity and Minister Responsible for the Mauricie Region Jean Boulet were invited in two webinars to discuss about the challenges and issues that await the business community during this gradual economic recovery.

For May 14, QI and the CCIQ invited the Minister for Regional Economic Development and Minister Responsible for the Chaudière-Appalaches, Bas-Saint-Laurent and Gaspésie–Îles-de-la-Madeleine regions Marie-Eve Proulx to answer questions from businesspeople.

Wishing to act proactively and support businesses impacted by the pandemic, President and CEO of Québec International Carl Viel underscored how important it is for the agency to work closely with partners and governments:

“The partnership between the CCIQ and JCCQ brings the three organizations together so that they can collaborate with the various levels of government and work as a team to assist and support businesses during this crisis. The Québec City region, now more than ever, stands out for its strong ability to coordinate and mobilize to meet the needs of businesses and, especially, listen to the needs of entrepreneurs who are greatly affected by the situation.”

“Since the start of the crisis, we have brought the voice and concerns of the business community to the various levels of government. We feel that discussions like those with Ministers Geneviève Guilbault and Jean Boulet significantly contribute to the economic management of the pandemic. We are proud to collaborate with the Jeune chambre de commerce de Québec and Québec International for these webinars. The collaboration shows our desire to rally to maximize the support we can provide Québec businesses,” said Mélanie Kéroack, Interim President and Chief Executive Officer.

“With the challenges we are currently experiencing, adaptation, collaboration and sharing are key components. The JCCQ is also proud to work with the Chambre de commerce et d’industrie de Québec and Québec International in a situation that is a chance to support the business community more strongly. We have received a positive reception from the various levels of government. They are attentive to our concerns and they support our businesses to the best of their ability,” said Stéphanie Gervais, CEO.

To see the webinar from May 5 with Ministers Geneviève Guilbault and Jean Boulet: https://youtu.be/0QZMWSmkDQU

About the Chambre de commerce et d’industrie de Québec

The Chambre de commerce et d’industrie de Québec (CCIQ) brings together more than 4,700 members to raise awareness, mobilize and act to promote the economic development of its members and community. As the largest group of businesspeople in eastern Quebec, it is the privileged voice of the Quebec business community and primary mouthpiece for the regional business community.

About the Jeune chambre de commerce de Québec 

The Jeune chambre de commerce de Québec (JCCQ) is a group with more than 500 young businesspeople from the Québec City region with an average age between 20 and 40 years old. Its mission is to be a collegial network and create personal and professional development opportunities for dynamic businesspeople. The JCCQ wants to provide accessible, rewarding tools and opportunities to entrepreneurs, young professionals and students in the Québec City region. It aims to integrate these young businesspeople and foster their development.

About Québec International

Québec International contributes to the economic development of the Québec City metropolitan region and its growing international reputation. As a regional economic development agency, Québec International promotes business growth, supports key sectors and attracts talent and investment to the region. For more information, visit www.quebecinternational.ca.