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Bus maker NFI Group to idle a majority of its facilities, laying off some staff

WINNIPEG — NFI Group Inc. says about 6,500 employees will be affected by idling a majority of its facilities for a two-week period starting March 30, if not sooner, as it works to deal with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Restaurant royalty income funds suspend distributions, stop dine-in operations

Restaurant royalty income funds suspend distributions, stop dine-in operations

BURLINGTON, Ont. — A pair of royalty income funds are suspending distributions as restaurants across the country close to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Statistics Canada says wholesale sales rose 1.8 per cent in January

Statistics Canada says wholesale sales rose 1.8 per cent in January

OTTAWA — Statistics Canada reports wholesale sales rose 1.8 per cent to $65.2 billion in January, boosted by the motor vehicle and motor vehicle parts and accessories and the miscellaneous subsectors. Economists had expected a decline of 0.

SIR Royalty Income Fund suspends distributions, stops dine-in operations

BURLINGTON, Ont. — SIR Royalty Income Fund, which has a portfolio of 60 restaurants in Canada, is suspending its distributions as it stops dine-in restaurant operations at all of its locations.
NY airports, hospitals feel pressure as virus alarms grow

NY airports, hospitals feel pressure as virus alarms grow

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the state is scouring the globe for medical supplies and scouting temporary hospital locations as the coronavirus crisis grows.

Grocers offer $2/hour raise to workers during COVID-19 pandemic

Metro and Loblaw are raising wages for grocery store and distribution centre workers by $2 per hour during the COVID-19 pandemic. Metro and the union that represents Loblaw workers say the wage boost is retroactive to March 8.
Business Council of Canada calls on Trudeau to do more about COVID-19 pandemic

Business Council of Canada calls on Trudeau to do more about COVID-19 pandemic

A group representing Canadian business leaders is calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to take more decisive action to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Restaurants ask government for help to stay afloat amid coronavirus shutdowns

John Yuen spent Friday clearing out the fridge at his Italian restaurant and wondering how he'd manage to scrounge up about $12,000 for his April rent payment after shutting his doors indefinitely earlier this week.

Ottawa to exempt temporary foreign workers from some COVID-19 travel rules

OTTAWA — The federal government says it will exempt temporary foreign workers from some COVID-19 travel restrictions because of their importance to the Canadian economy.

B.C. provincial health officer assures health-care workers in COVID-19 fight

VANCOUVER — British Columbia's provincial health officer offered support Friday to health-care workers in the province that has the highest number of COVID-19 cases, saying there are enough supplies for them to safely do their jobs. Dr.