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Message from the ICCC: Phase 2 begins in Italy towards economic recovery

Dear Members and Partners,

We continue to closely monitor the Coronavirus situation in order to inform you of new developments that could affect your business and your business relationships with your partners and customers in Italy.

Phase 2 in Italy : Economic recovery and export priority

In Italy, “Phase 2” to counter the coronavirus pandemic has just begun, announcing a gradual recovery in economic activity. Starting April 27th , manufacturing companies which export as well as the construction sector for public worksites can resume their activities by adopting the necessary security measures. Companies reopening their doors include some of Fca, Sevel and Ducati establishments in the automotive sector, and from May 4th, Ferrari, Whirlpool Napoli and Elica, the world leader in air-capture hoods.

As of May 4th, agriculture, fishing, wholesale trade, construction, manufacturing, as well as the fashion, glass, furniture and ore mining sectors will officially resume. Also, travel is granted with mandatory masking and members of the same family will be able to see each other again.

For the list of economic activities admitted to Italy, click here (in Italian, April 27, 2020).

Medical supplies manufacturing : Quebec appeals to businesses

The Quebec government has appealed to companies to support the production and distribution of medical equipment. To this end, Investissement Québec has just granted a $4 million loan to Medicom to accelerate the establishment of a plant in Montreal for the production of surgical masks.

Quebec companies that need support to increase their production capacity or manufacturing companies that have the capacity to quickly convert their facilities to meet the demand for medical supplies, such as gloves, gowns, disinfectants and masks, could play an important role in reducing the risk of shortages in the medium and long term.

They are invited to express their interest by writing to the email address:

Webinar on the agri-food industries in Italy and Canada during COVID-19

Experts from PwC Canada and PwC Italy will share their points of view and their knowledge of the markets with regards to issues presented by COVID-19, in order to help you in your decision-making and management processes.

This webinar will present the new realities and challenges of the Canadian and Italian agri-food industries.

When: Wednesday, April 29, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
RSVP: The activity is free, but registration is mandatory.

Please confirm your presence at Connie Russo: 514-803-4570, or Terry Marziliano: 514-993-2029

For more information and to connect to the webinar, click here.

ICCC survey: Listening to our members and partners

A month has passed since the first restrictions in Quebec to counter the coronavirus pandemic, impacting the overall economy and trade between Canada and other countries.

The ICCC wants to hear about your current and future challenges, in order to further support you in your international business strategies.

To access this short survey, please click here.

Awarding scholarships to the next generation in tourism, hospitality and restaurants

Despite the postponement of the annual awards ceremony of the Foundation of the Institut du Tourisme et de l’Hôtellerie du Québec (ITHQ), 51 students and graduates of the ITHQ were able to benefit from various merit scholarships valuing their work, determination and perseverance.

The ICCC is proud to have participated again this year by making a donation to support students in tourism, hospitality and restaurants to complete their projects.

Click here for all the scholarship holders and donors of the year 2019-2020.

Our team remains dedicated to answer all your questions and to assist you.

We invite you to visit our website and social media platforms frequently for the latest updates.

Thank you for your continued trust and stay safe.

The ICCC Team |