February 9, 2021
Dear Members and Partners,
The coronavirus pandemic has completely changed the state of the global economy and of trade between Canada and the world. The ICCC is here to help you get through this difficult period, by supporting you and your international business strategies.
SERVICE AND TOURISM INDUSTRY
Reopening of Restaurants, Shops and Museums in much of Italy
Since the beginning of February, the restrictions linked to the pandemic in Italy have been largely relaxed across almost the entire country, with the exception of 5 regions which remain in a red zone. Bars and restaurants, which until now could only offer take out orders, will be able to welcome customers in their dining rooms until 6 p.m. however capacity will be limited and diners must be physically distanced from each other. Museums as well as many other tourist attractions have also reopened their doors to the public, however there are conditions in place to ensure the safety of visitors. Learn more here. (article in Italian)
Prosecco DOC and Sports, a Winning Combination
The Prosecco DOC Consortium, which has a rich history of supporting professional sports, is an official partner of the 2021 Alpine Skiing World Championships in Cortina d’Ampezzo. To celebrate the 46th edition of the Championships, the consortium has designed a special bottle of Prosecco DOC, ready to be uncorked at the podium after every event. Prosecco DOC has also launched the #ThrowbackThursday project, a weekly series broadcast every Thursday on their social networks, which allows fans to relive some of the most iconic moments in the history of the Alpine Skiing World Championships including archive images and exclusive interviews with athletes discussing their journey with the sporting event. To learn more, click here.
DIGITIZATION | 4.0 SECTORS
Competency Centers Dedicated to Technology Transfer throughout Italy
In 2018, Italy’s National Center of Excellence was created to promote technological transfers from the world of research to that of business. From Milan to Genoa, and Rome to Naples, eight centers have now been created, financed, and have also began the construction of showrooms and pilot plants for companies, particularly in the digitization and 4.0 sectors (Industry 4.0, Manufacturing 4.0, digital technology, cyber security, advanced robotics and artificial intelligence, green technologies, etc.) despite the slowdowns caused by the pandemic. These eight national competence centers will be part of the network of European Digital Innovation Hubs (EDIH), pending approval by the European Commission next spring. Learn more here.
Quebec Relaxes Certain Lockdown Restrictions
After six weeks of closure, non-essential businesses, shopping centers, hair salons, as well as museums were allowed to reopen their doors on Monday, February 8th. Outdoor gatherings are again permitted in small groups, and other rules are being relaxed in six regions. However, gatherings and home visits remain prohibited. Interregional travel is still discouraged, and mandatory work-from-home continues. The curfew in effect since January 9 is also maintained throughout Quebec, but it will be postponed by 90 minutes in six regions, which will revert orange in the province’s colour coded system. For more information, click here.
“Immobilier : comment rebondir en 2021 ?” – Partner Event
The Italian Chamber of Commerce in Canada presents the online event “Immobilier : comment rebondir en 2021 ?” organized by l’Institut de développement urbain du Québec (IDU) and PwC Canada, on February 11, 2021 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. As a partner of the ICCC and sponsor of the event, PwC Canada allows you to benefit from the free registration reserved for our members and partners with the promo code PWCITAL21! For more information, click here.
NEWS FROM MEMBERS
Delmar Invests in a New Product for the Veterinary Sector
Delmar Chemicals, a leading company in the field of innovative active pharmaceutical ingredients, has just received authorization from the Office of Controlled Substances at Health Canada allowing it to invest in the production of a new line of steroid-based products intended for veterinary care. This new activity will generate annual revenues of more than $ 25M for export to the United States and Europe and allow the company to protect its highly qualified personnel but also to create new jobs. Read more, here.
Muraflex: Italian style, Made in Canada
Founded in 2009, Montreal-based Muraflex has carved out an important place for itself in the North American market. In an interview with Corriere Italiano, President of Muraflex, Fernando Petreccia, discusses the company which is specialized in the design, manufacturing and installation of structures, walls and glass partition panels for work spaces. Read more here.
Bijouterie Italienne is Recruiting a Customer Experience Coordinator
Located in the heart of Montreal’s Little Italy, Bijouterie Italienne (www.bijouterieitalienne.com) has been synonymous with quality and integrity for 60 years. Its values of trust and expertise are the engine of its success. Its culture creates an atmosphere in which customers and employees feel appreciated and happy, making Bijouterie Italienne a rewarding place to work. Join the team as a Customer Experience Coordinator! Learn more, here.
THE ICCC IN THE MEDIAS
“Economic Recovery with Italian Flavour”, Interview with Carmine D’Argenio in the Corriere Italiano
Carmine D’Argenio, talks to us about his new functions and responsibilities as the new Chair of the Board and President of the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Canada (ICCC), during an interview with the Corriere Italiano. It was also an opportunity for our new president to underline the importance of the role of the Chamber in the economic recovery of Quebec. Read more, 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