All united by a rainbow (of hope)

published on April 7, 2020
Montréal Partners What's New in Montréal

We’re seeing rainbows everywhere in Montréal: children’s drawings taped in windows, iIlluminated buildings and bridges – even a giant rainbow roaming the streets of some neighbourhoods. A symbol of hope and solidarity, these rainbows show the city’s commitment to acting responsibly now to ensure a bright future later.

Social distancing measures, cancelled events and business closures are making this a difficult time for many organizations and businesses. All over Montréal, we are seeing lots of great initiatives to help companies and communities through these tough times. Here are just a few examples of local stakeholders coming together for the greater good.

Hotel Association of Greater Montréal: L’opération solidarité

Despite facing unprecedented challenges, many Montréal hoteliers have come together to offer respite to healthcare personnel in metropolitan-area hospitals at very affordable prices. This initiative allows healthcare workers on the frontline of the crisis to eliminate unnecessary travel and limit the risk of spreading the virus while getting a restful night’s sleep. And, of course, hotels have been implementing heightened sanitary measures for several weeks already.

The Montreal Restaurant Workers Relief Fund

The goal of the Montreal Restaurant Workers Relief Fund (MRWRF) is to provide emergency economic assistance to restaurant employees facing hardships due to the closures of bars and restaurants. Managed by a team of restaurant workers, McGill University law students and non-profit experts, they are working diligently to ensure that funds collected are distributed responsibly to workers in need.

MT Lab’s catalogue of solutions

To find solutions to the challenges posed by the COVID-19 crisis, MT Lab, Montréal’s incubator for tourism industry startups, is connecting businesses and community groups with innovative startups ready to adapt their products and services to provide concrete solutions for specific needs. The catalogue of solutions on MT Lab’s website provides an extensive list (in French only, for now) of startups offering services to help businesses and communities through the crisis.

Answering the call to assist health care workers

Several local companies are retrofitting their production processes to respond to calls for assistance to avoid shortages in medical equipment. Commercial printers the Phipps Dickson Integria Group Inc. (PDI) on the West Island of Montréal answered Bauer Hockey's call to action and has begun producing protective visors for healthcare workers. FZ Engineering, a Montréal-area company specializing in 3D printing, is designing a prototype to manufacture life-saving ventilators. E2IP Technologies in Lachine adapting this production to produce 1,000 protective visors a day, using materials it already had in inventory.

MTL+Ecommerce launches #COVIDSUPPORT campaign 

MTL+Ecommerce is Canada's largest monthly e-commerce conference, gathering some of the best and brightest experts in digital marketing, e-commerce, technology and innovation. Given that in-person gatherings are not possible for the time being, the organization switched gears to launch their #COVIDSUPPORT campaign. It invites companies to mobilize and share initiatives to concretely assist retailers, businesses and startups to find solutions to the economic crisis linked to the COVID-19 pandemic. These companies can offer a range of offers and services from free subscriptions or technology demos, to consultation and trainings sessions to delivery and payment solutions. Their growing list of initiatives can be found on the #COVIDSUPPORT page.

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