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Message from the ICCC: Reopening of economic activities in Italy

May 5th, 2020

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.

Reopening of economic activities in Italy : Economic recovery and export priority

Last week, business activities resumed for companies in the export sector and construction industry, as of today, the majority of Italian companies have been allowed to reopen their doors. Companies operating in the following sectors have been permitted to resume operations: agriculture, fishing, agrifood, textile, pulp and paper, pharmaceutical, metalwork, electronics, wholesale and retail trade, automotive, transport, postal service, manufacturing, hospitality, fashion, glasswork, furniture, publishing, IT, financial services, insurance and mineral extraction.

In general, most regions in Italy have followed Phase 2 of the Italian government’s reopening plan, however, some have added additional measures, notably favouring travel, urgent financing of the transport infrastructure and the isolation of certain citizens. Travel between regions is still prohibited at this time.

Gradual resumption of activities in Quebec

The Quebec government announced a plan to reopen the economy of certain regions, which will be phased in over several weeks. As of today, retail businesses with an exterior entrance will be able to resume their activities, with the exception of those located in Greater Montreal, which will be able to reopen as of May 11th. Retail supply chain businesses will be able to resume operations on the same dates.

Starting on May 11th, all construction sites can resume activities, as well as the industry’s supply chain businesses. Manufacturing companies in all regions of Quebec will also be able to resume their activities on May 11. However, they must at all times throughout the day limit staff per shift on a given site to a maximum of 50 workers and 50% of the employees exceeding the limit of 50 workers.

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Annual general meeting of ICCC members

Members of the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Canada are invited to the annual general meeting, which will take place on Wednesday June 3 at 6:00 p.m. via video conference. Members must register by email to Connie Russo (, they will receive the link to the video conference and password to access the meeting.

For more information, click here.

Prosecco training for wine agencies with A3 Québec – Some places still available

A3 Quebec is launching a series of training webinars for alcohol agency representatives entitled « La grande tournée », with sommelier Michelle Bouffard. As partners, the ICCC and Prosecco DOC invite you to the first 60-minute training, on May 7th.

RSVP by writing to A link will be sent to you upon registration.

To start to whet your appetite, click here!

WINE&TRAVEL ITALY wants to bring a touch of Italy @ home

During the coming months, Wine and Travel Italy wants to provide you with stories of Italy’s beautiful regions, its culture, its food and its people. We will share stories of how our vineyards are preparing for the 2020 season. We will provide authentic recipes which you can try at home with suggested wine pairings. We will explain the importance of authentic and protected ingredients and products that make Italy so unique. Sharing these rich traditions with you now, will prepare you for your future trip but more importantly will allow you to savour Italy, today, right from you home. Click here.

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 |