(File) Contact Tracing Survey
In a study commissioned by Senators Donna Dasko, Rosemary Moodie and Colin Deacon, 80% of Canadians would use a mobile device tracking app to notify them and others of exposure to COVID-19, and help all Canadians in the fight against COVID-19. A further 65% of respondents think the app should be mandatory, equaling those who'd take the vaccine once available. Privacy issues are a key concern amongst respondents as well, but it is clear that there is an increasing sense of urgency to both protect public health and get the economy moving again.
(File) Op-Ed: "Why we need a national contact-tracing app", The National Post
Catch this latest opinion piece by Senators Colin Deacon, Rosemary Moodie and Judith Seidman in the National Post. The Senators discuss why it's imperative that politicians and public health officials across the country work together in advance of a second wave of COVID-19 to support the widespread implementation of a single national exposure notification app.
Global News: Coronavirus- Survey suggests majority of Canadians would use contact tracing app to curb spread
Nova Scotia senator Colin Deacon and his colleagues want to see a tracing app developed to fight the pandemic and allow the Canadian economy to grow again.
Startup financing is a critical component in supporting the growth of Canadian companies. Through angel investments, tax incentives, and a variety of other support structures, we can uplift Canadian entrepreneurs while fostering a culture of innovation, growth, and prosperity across the country and around the globe. Senator Deacon is committed to facilitating disruption and championing diverse Canadian innovators to catalyze economic growth across sectors and put Canada on the map as a leader in the global marketplace.
(File) Equity Tax Credit: Background and Reference Material
In this background document prepared by the Office of Senator Colin Deacon, Canada's unique ability to catalyze new levels of economic growth in the digital and innovation economy is discussed. This potential can be maximized by unlocking the private capital of a growing number of angel investors who can help to support and propel the innovation and success of a constant stream of high growth startup companies. To read more about how this potential can be unlocked, click here.
Small Business Workshop
Small Business Working Group
April 2020: Small Business Workshop
The first of two Small Business Workshops organized by Senators Colin Deacon, Lucie Moncion and Howard Wetston concerning financial services for small businesses during COVID-19. Featuring presentations from Michael Ferencich, Senior Vice President at RBC, Henry Han Regional Director, Government Relations at CCUA (Canadian Credit Union Association) and Sylvain Dupuis Vice-President Principal Investments at Desjardins Capital.
June 2020: Small Business Workshop
Welcome to the Senate's second workshop looking at financial services for small businesses during COVID-19, organized by Senators Deacon, Moncion and Wetston. Last week, Senators and staff heard from traditional suppliers of liquidity: banks and credit unions. This week, we heard from leaders in the equity and investment sectors: Janet Bannister, Managing Partner at Real Ventures, Andrew Graham, Co-Founder and CEO at Borrowell, and Som Seif, President and CEO of Purpose Investments. Find out how they have been able to support businesses during the crisis, and their roles in jump starting small businesses in the recovery.