Chamber of Commerce Launches Canada United

August 25, 2020
By Bob Peters

Cornwall Ontario –  Cornwall residents are invited to join the Canada United movement by buying and dining local from August 28th to 30th, 2020.

Canada United 2020

Canada United is the latest effort to celebrate and support local businesses.  The national movement is being organized by RBC, along with Chambers across the country and more than 50 of Canada’s leading brands and business associations, to rally Canadians to “show local some love” by buying, dining and shopping local.

“The Cornwall & Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to partner with RBC and the Ontario Chamber of Commerce to help support our local businesses by encouraging people to shop or dine locally,” said Shannon Lebrun, President of the Cornwall & Area Chamber of Commerce. “Anything we can do to help our enterprises recover is essential.”

Chance to Win $10,000

Shoppers who participate in the Canada United weekend will have a chance to win one of 25 $10,000 cash prizes. Simply shop or dine local at eligible businesses, August 28, 29 and 30 and then go to the Canada United website to complete an entry form that includes your name, contact info, and confirmation that you’ve made an eligible purchase. A random draw will be held after the contest ends.

Small Business Relief Fund

Canada United is also creating a fund to help local businesses deal with the pandemic.

Canadians are also encouraged to watch the Canada United videos online at, like posts from @GoCanadaUnited on social media and use #CanadaUnited to demonstrate their support. For each of these actions until August 31st, 2020, RBC will contribute 5 cents up to a maximum contribution amount of $2 million to the new Canada United Small Business Relief Fund, while working with government and corporate partners to source additional contributions to the Fund during the campaign. The Fund will provide small businesses with grants of up to $5,000 to cover expenses related to personal protective equipment (PPE) renovations to accommodate re-opening guidelines and developing or improving e-commerce capabilities.

“Our small and local businesses need us right now.  They’ve shown incredible resilience through the pandemic and now, they need our support to recover,” said Johanne Delves, Vice President Commercial Banking for Eastern Ontario, Royal Bank of Canada.  “Canada United Weekend is a wonderful opportunity for every Canadian to show local businesses some love. Together with partners such as the Cornwall Chamber of Commerce, we can make a difference and help move Canada’s recovery forward.”

The program intends to support small Canadian businesses of all kinds from across the country. The Ontario Chamber of Commerce will administer the Canada United Small Business Relief Fund on behalf of the national Chamber network. Small business owners interested in the program can visit to learn more about grant application details, including eligibility criteria and to apply.

“We are all in this together,” said Greg Pietersma, Executive Director of the Cornwall & Area Chamber of Commerce. “Take a moment to show support for the wonderful small businesses that are our neighbours.”

More information is a available on the Canada United website:

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