Giant Tiger Stores Proud to Partner with POST Promise as part of its ongoing commitment to keeping Canadians safe during COVID-19

TORONTO, Nov. 10, 2020 /CNW/ – In advance of Canada’s busiest retail season, Giant Tiger is continuing to champion efforts to keep its customers and employees safe by joining a national initiative called POST Promise as a founding partner.

POST Promise/Promesse APRES is a national, bilingual private sector-led initiative designed to help Canadians confidently and safely shop and work during the COVID-19 pandemic. Businesses who “make the promise” commit to implementing five key actions, which were developed in consultation with the Public Health Agency of Canada, to help stop the spread of COVID-19.  Participating businesses are able to display the POST Promise logo which will indicate to their customers that they are doing their part to protect everyone’s health and safety.  Each week hundreds of thousands of Canadians shop or work at businesses that have made the POST Promise.

As part of the national retailer’s commitment to keeping its local communities safe during this challenging time, Giant Tiger was one of the very first companies to join the POST Promise shortly after the program launched in June.  Each of the over 250 Giant Tiger locations nation-wide proudly display POST Promise signage throughout its stores.

“Providing a healthy and safe place for Canadians to shop for exactly what they need and want for their families is our number one priority,” said Paul Wood, President and CEO of Giant Tiger Stores Limited.  “We’ve taken numerous steps from the onset of the pandemic, based on guidance from public health authorities, to help maintain a safe and healthy in-store shopping environment. Partnering with POST Promise is just one of the many ways that our over 250 stores across Canada can publicly demonstrate our unwavering commitment.”

“POST Promise is proud to partner with Giant Tiger who has been a leader in health and safety since the start of this pandemic and shares our deep commitment to keeping our local communities safe,” said Laura Hearn, President & Executive Director of the POST Promise. “As we head into the most important retail season of the year this November and December, it is even more critical that Canadian businesses come together to do everything possible to protect both the safety of consumers as well as our local economies. I thank Giant Tiger for its tremendous support and encourage all businesses to make the POST Promise.”

“As consumers continue to be concerned with health and safety due to rising COVID-19 cases in different regions of the country, it is more important than ever before to ensure measures are in place to keep customers and employees safe.” said Diane J. Brisebois, President & CEO of Retail Council of Canada. “Business across the country are joining POST Promise to help restore confidence and protect Canadians. Together, we must safeguard the most important economic buying season and the Retail Council of Canada applauds Giant Tiger for doing its part to help keep its customers and employees feeling safe – especially during this holiday shopping period.”

About The POST Promise

POST Promise/Promesse APRES is a national, bilingual private sector-led initiative, in collaboration with various levels of government,  designed to help Canadians confidently and safely shop and work in local businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. Businesses who “make the promise” commit to implementing five key steps, which were developed in consultation with the Public Health Agency of Canada, to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Participating businesses are able to display the POST Promise/Promesse APRES logo – a national symbol that acts as a clear indication they are doing their part to protect their customers’ and employees’ health and safety.  The Post Promise is run by a national not-for-profit corporation that was built specifically for this effort. To learn more about the POST Promise initiative, visit www.postpromise.com.

About Giant Tiger 
Giant Tiger is the leading Canadian-owned family discount store, committed to providing on-trend family fashions, groceries and everyday household needs. The privately held company has over 250 locations across Canada and employs over 10,000 team members. You can also shop online at gianttiger.com. All Giant Tiger locations are locally owned or operated by a team member who knows the community. The friendly stores with the iconic yellow logo are not only where Canadians shop more and spend less, but also are proud to be known as retailer of choice. #GTCommunityProud #GTCanadaProud

For media inquiries, please contact:
Laura Hearn
President & Executive Director
POST Promise
E: lhearn@postpromise.com 
P: (647)213-4631

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Burlington grant program will help 59 businesses

Inhalt.com

Fifty-nine businesses will share close to $125,000 as a result of the Burlington Safe Restart program.

The grant is geared to provide some necessary relief to local businesses that have been adversely affect by COVID-19.

Burlington’s business support organizations, known as Team Burlington (Burlington Economic Development, Burlington Chamber of Commerce, Burlington Downtown Business Association, Aldershot Village BIA and Tourism Burlington), developed the plan and partnering with the City of Burlington and POST Promise, launched the Burlington Safe Restart COVID-19 Business Relief Grant on September 29.

“The Burlington Safe Restart Program will help ease some of the financial impacts that COVID-19 has had on our business community,” said Anita Cassidy, Executive Director, Burlington Economic Development. “The importance of restarting the economy and rebuilding consumer and employee trust was something Team Burlington was hearing loud and clear from our business community, and we knew we needed to find a way to provide direct, hands-on support. We are thrilled that The City of Burlington has stepped up to support our business community. Additionally, the partnership with POST Promise has equipped us to ensure our businesses are doing everything they can to protect themselves, their employees, and their customers, and I’m thrilled to have them on board.”

The response to the program saw more than 95 applications received in the two-week application window that closed on October 13. Future phases of the program are expected.

The businesses that receive funds fall across a broad range of industries including hospitality, retail, health, wellness and sports. 

The money can be used towards related COVID-19 costs such as PPE and renovations to physical space to allow businesses to properly adhere to public health guidelines.

As part of the eligibility requirements, recipients are also required to make the POST Promise, a private sector-led initiative that provides essential information on how to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

A complete list of Burlington businesses that will receive the funds, and the amount, can be found at bedc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/List-of-companies-that-received-the-Burlington-Safe-Restart-Grant.pdf

Chamber, Economic Recovery Task Force launch ‘POST Promise’

Lethbridge Herald

A new campaign sponsored by the Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce and the Lethbridge Region Economic Recovery Task Force is encouraging local business owners to make the “POST Promise” to help build consumer confidence that all necessary steps are being taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The local effort is part of a national POST (People Outside Safely Together) Promise campaign where businesses can make a pledge to take five key steps to keep consumers safe by helping foster environments where physical distancing is maintained, washing and sanitizing of hands occur regularly, workplaces are being kept clean and disinfected, people are being encouraged to stay home if unwell, and where respiratory etiquette, including the wearing of masks, is being followed when recommended,

Businesses making the POST Promise can register their commitment to these principles online at the Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce and receive a special POST Promise logo to display for customers. They will also gain access to free resources to help create a safe environment for their employees and customers.

Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce CEO Cyndi Vos said the city’s economic recovery from COVID continues to be slow in some sectors, and businesses should be looking to do anything they can to reassure customers they are making every effort possible to prevent the spread of the disease in their management practices.

“We are excited to get this going with the Recovery Task Force,” she said, “and this is just to showcase there are many businesses out there already doing these five steps. But to boost consumer confidence, knowing that you’re part of this program and to display the (logo) badge – it’s just to let consumers walking into your building know you’ve done all these five steps.”

Consumer confidence is everything, said Vos, when it comes to maintaining a business in these times when cases of COVID-19 appear to be on the rise in recent weeks.

“That is the big step moving forward,” she confirmed, “knowing that we are taking all these steps seriously. Certain industries have (rebounded) and certain industries are still struggling. So I wouldn’t say that it is at equal balance across the board; especially with the limitations on how many people you can have in a space while respecting social distancing. People are starting to get out and about, but there are people that avoid going into a place if there is any level of uncertainty. So what this recognition does; it gives that consumer who is looking and is aware of that certainty the business is putting protocol into place.”

For more information on the POST Promise program visit http://www.postpromise.com. Those business owners wishing to pledge their commitment to the promise can contact the Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce directly.

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The City of Burlington is encouraging businesses to join the POST Promise

Inhalton, September 29, 2020

The City of Burlington is encouraging business to join the POST Promise to help get customers to return.

The POST Promise is a self declaration that shows a business is working to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. The goal is to inspire resident confidence in the health and safety precautions of a business to help get the local economy back on track. The campaign was started by a group of Canadian business associations.

Once completed, a business is provided with the necessary communication and implementation tools to educate employees on the five key steps to workplace safety, which were created to be consistent with what has been recommended by the Public Health Agency of Canada.

Businesses that make the promise will be able to use and prominently display the POST Promise logo which is a nationally recognized symbol of a business’ commitment to doing their part to protect their customers’ and employees’ health and safety as COVID-19 restrictions ease. Participating business can also purchase a kit which will include additional communication tools like window decals, posters and tent cards which can be used to further build awareness of their commitment within their place of business.

To help encourage others, the City of Burlington is participating in the POST Promise with City Hall and all public facilities displaying the campaign’s logo.

Ford of Canada joins POST Promise in an effort to help protect Canadians and support business recovery

Ford Motor Company of Canada, Ltd. has joined an impressive roster of Canadian businesses championing a new national initiative called POST Promise designed to help protect Canadians as they return to public spaces and workplaces.

Launched in June, thousands of businesses across Canada have already made the POST Promise, with more joining every day. Each business commits to following five key actions that were developed in consultation with the Public Health Agency of Canada to help prevent the spread of COVID 19. These actions include: maintaining physical distancing; staying home if unwell; wearing a mask when required and practicing respiratory etiquette; cleaning and disinfecting regularly; and, washing and sanitizing hands.   Businesses that make the promise are then able to display the POST Promise logo in their storefront – a clear indication to employees and customers that they are doing their part to protect Canadians’ health and safety.  

Ford of Canada has joined the initiative as a Founding Partner and has encouraged its dealer network across the country to consider making the “POST Promise,” to support the initiative and the necessary 5 key actions of the POST Promise platform.  Participating dealers will proudly display the POST Promise logo in prominent locations throughout their stores.

“The POST Promise Program reinforces Ford of Canada’s belief that the health and safety of our employees and customers comes first,” says Jim Hartford, Vice President Marketing and Sales, Ford of Canada.  

“POST is thrilled to have the support of Ford of Canada and its dealer network,” said Laura Hearn, President & Executive Director of the POST Promise. “By taking a leadership role with this critical initiative, Ford is demonstrating its unyielding commitment to keeping its customers and staff safe during this unsettling time, as well as being a good corporate citizen for the sake of all Canadians. I hope that other large Canadian companies will be inspired to also join this national movement.”  

“I congratulate Ford of Canada for taking this important step to help rebuild confidence in our stores and workplaces,” says Goldy Hyder, President and CEO of the Business Council of Canada and POST Promise Board Member. “Getting the economy back on track safely and responsibly requires the joint efforts of government and the private sector and we applaud all businesses that are doing their part to let Canadians know they can confidently return to public spaces and help support their local economies.”

About The POST Promise

The POST Promise is a private sector-led initiative, in collaboration with various levels of government, designed to help Canadians confidently and safely take the first steps back into public spaces and the workplace. Participating businesses receive important education and training as to how they can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and are able to display the POST Promise logo which is a nationally recognized symbol of a business’ commitment to doing their part to protect the public’s health following COVID-19. A national, not-for-profit organization called the POST Promise Corporation was established in June 2020 to provide governance and ongoing operational and financial management of the POST Promise program. The POST Promise a self-declaration – it is NOT a “certification” or “approval” from any regulatory body. All businesses are still required to follow the laws and recommended guidelines from their local public health office and government bodies.  To learn more about how businesses can join the POST Promise initiative, visit www.postpromise.com.

About Ford Motor Company of Canada, Limited

Ford of Canada’s operations include a national headquarters, three regional offices, three vehicle assembly and engine manufacturing plants, two parts distribution centres, two R&D sites, and three Connectivity and Innovation centres. Ford employs approximately 8,000 people in Canada, while an additional 18,000 people are employed in the more than 400 Ford and Ford-Lincoln dealerships across the country. For more information, please visit www.ford.ca.

BOMA Webinar: Bringing Confidence Back to Commercial Real Estate

Earlier this week, Laura Hearn, President & Executive Director at POST Promise Promesse APRES joined Salvatore (Sal) Iacono, Executive Vice President, Operations Cadillac Fairview and BOMA Canada for an important discussion about Bringing Confidence Back to Commercial Real Estate. Watch it here

Stopping the spread of COVID-19, one small business at a time

(Toronto Sun)

After months of closures and uncertainty, Canadians are starting to get out of their homes and back into their local shops and restaurants. But the fears and anxiety about the spread of COVID-19 continue to weigh heavily.

That stress is compounded by the confusion born from inconsistent approaches to closing down and reopening our economy across the country. Many people still don’t feel confident going out, and small businesses are suffering.

Public health and government guidance may vary by region, but there is one indicator every Canadian can look for to know they are safe. The POST Promise logo in a storefront window is becoming a nationally recognized symbol of a businesses’ commitment to doing their part to protect the health and safety of their customers and employees as COVID-19 restrictions ease.

Participating businesses commit to following five steps to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. These steps include maintaining physical distance, washing and sanitizing hands, keeping workplaces clean and disinfected, telling employees to stay home if unwell, and practicing respiratory etiquette, including wearing a mask when recommended.

Businesses that make the POST Promise receive important information as to how they can help prevent the spread of COVID-19, and they have direct access to the latest and most up-to-date government and public health information.

Across Canada, thousands of businesses are already participating, with more joining every day. The POST Promise is free and for the common good! The program has been designed to help consumers feel confident that the coffee shop, hardware store, or chiropractor’s office is aware and doing what they can to help slow the spread. Businesses can only use and display the POST Promise logo after receiving the COVID-19 health and safety information, and committing to the five steps.

The POST Promise is a private sector-led initiative, in collaboration with various levels of government, designed to help Canadians confidently and safely return to public spaces and the workplace. Organizations and associations representing more than 100,000 businesses across Canada have already endorsed the POST Promise. Our partners include the Business Council of Canada, Retail Council of Canada, Restaurants Canada, the Building Owners and Managers Association, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, and the Canadian Global Cities Council.

Perhaps even more importantly, our members are mom-and-pop shops in small towns and big cities in every corner of this resilient country. By the time the first snow flies, you will find POST Promise signs on every Main Street in Canada, at your favourite diner, antique shop, and grocer.

We want to thank the businesses across Canada that have made the POST Promise. You are leaders in keeping your customers and employees safe as our communities reopen. We welcome more businesses, of all sizes and industries, to make the POST Promise by going to postpromise.com.

We all have a role to play in keeping our communities safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. Look for the sign, and if you don’t see it, help spread the word. Let’s stay healthy, support local businesses, and get our economy moving again, together.

Laura Hearn is the President and Executive Director of POST Promise.

Town of Fort Eerie Supports POST Promise

FORT ERIE (Press Release) As public spaces and workplaces across Canada begin to reopen, thousands of businesses are coming together to build confidence and awareness to keep customers, employees and communities safe. The Town of Fort Erie is joining this initiative by partnering with the POST Promise to support local businesses.

Cadillac Fairview Makes The POST Promise for Workplace Health and Safety

(Full Release) To continue its commitment towards workplace health and safety, Cadillac Fairview (CF) is leading efforts to help curb COVID-19 and reestablish consumer confidence by committing to the POST Promise.

The POST Promise is a private sector-led initiative, in collaboration with various levels of government, designed to help Canadians confidently and safely take the first steps back into public spaces and the workplace.

Participating businesses receive essential information on how to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, and voluntarily commit to following 5 key actions and practices which were created in alignment with safety measures recommended by the Public Health Agency of Canada:

  1. Maintain physical distancing.
  2. Stay home if unwell.
  3. Practice respiratory etiquette.
  4. Clean and disinfect regularly.
  5. Wash and sanitize hands.

Businesses who “make the promise” are then able to display the POST Promise logo which will act as a clear indication to employees and customers that they are doing their part to protect Canadians’ health and safety as COVID-19 restrictions ease.   

“Cadillac Fairview is committed to ensuring the safety of our employees, guests and clients during this unprecedented time,” says Sal Iacono, Executive Vice President of Operations, Cadillac Fairview. “This program is an important step towards a healthier recovery period for CF and Canadian businesses everywhere and we’re proud to be a part of it.”

The POST Promise launched in early June and organizations representing more than 100,000 businesses across Canada, and all levels of Government, have already endorsed this initiative.

“We are incredibly grateful to Cadillac Fairview for supporting the POST Promise and helping to build awareness of this important initiative.” said Laura Hearn, President & Executive Director of POST Promise. “By making the promise, and encouraging others to do the same, Cadillac Fairview is not only keeping its shoppers and employees safe, but also taking a leadership role in helping to restart the economy.”

To learn more about how businesses can join the POST Promise initiative, visit www.postpromise.com.

About Cadillac Fairview

Cadillac Fairview is one of the largest owners, operators and developers of best-in-class office, retail and mixed-use properties in North America. The Cadillac Fairview portfolio is owned by the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, a diversified global investor which administers the pensions of more than 323,000 active and retired school teachers. The real estate portfolio also includes investments in retail, mixed-use and industrial real estate in Brazil, Colombia and Mexico.

Valued at over $31 billion, the Canadian portfolio includes over 35 million square feet of leasable space at 68 properties in Canada, including landmark developments, such as Toronto-Dominion Centre, CF Toronto Eaton Centre, CF Pacific Centre, CF Chinook Centre, Tour Deloitte and CF Carrefour Laval.

About The POST Promise

The POST Promise is a private sector-led initiative, in collaboration with various levels of government, designed to help Canadians confidently and safely take the first steps back into public spaces and the workplace. Participating businesses receive important education and training as to how they can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and are able to display the POST Promise logo which is a nationally recognized symbol of a business’ commitment to doing their part to protect the public’s health following COVID-19. A national, not-for-profit organization called the POST Promise Corporation was established in May 2020 to provide governance and ongoing operational and financial management of the POST Promise program. The POST Promise is NOT a “certification” or “approval” from any regulatory body. All businesses are still required to follow the laws and recommended guidelines from their local public health office and government bodies.