On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) assessed COVID-19 as a pandemic, leading to a rapid increase in issued travel bans and cancelled events. The spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus has impacted supply chains and people’s ability to work at the office, putting enormous pressure on collaboration and communication software and the businesses that help install and maintain them.

All of IT Business Canada’s stories and podcasts covering COVID-19’s impact on the industry can be found here. For a running list of cancelled or postponed tech events, click here. If you want to learn more about Canada’s efforts tracking the outbreak, visit the federal government’s website.



Hashtag Trending Jan 12- House Republicans to grill Big Tech; Phony managerial titles to avoid paying overtime; Flights grounded

Canadian Government announces a hybrid work model for the Federal Public Service

Nine in ten Canadian nonprofits consider digital transformation efforts a top priority in updating business processes – report

New Salesforce tool to help businesses manage their reopening strategies

Toronto digital signage platform helping businesses monetize digital signs

Interac’s new feature tracks Canadians expenses with a musical twist

Hashtag Trending, June 15, 2021- Bitcoin jumps more than 20 per cent; Second dose vaccine booking issues; Microsoft employees slept in data centres

Microsoft and Toronto non-profit partners to help firms set up workplace rapid screening program in as little as a week

Cyber Security Today, March 24, 2021 – More tax scams, more COVID scams and why Microsoft SMB has to be locked down

Cyber Security Today, March 19, 2021 – A new ransomware report, don’t take shortcuts with code and why firms must limit administration access rights

Cyber Security Today, March 12, 2021 – More on Exchange Server vulnerabilities, criminal groups blocked from using secure messaging service and warning about sex toys

Ontario announces $2.5 million investment in wearable contact tracing device

Reflections on Strategic Marketing USA: We are all In this together

Ontario-based tech company launches free QR-based contact tracing tool across Canada

Nova Scotia and PEI will adopt COVID Alert, says Health Canada

Quebec to adopt COVID Alert amid rising cases

Ontario’s construction industry shows supports for COVID-Alert, but also seeks wearable alternative

Canadian governments are dragging their feet in deploying forecasting solutions, says software firm CEO

Coffee shop owner says Shopify saved her business, suggests other business owners take advantage of free tools

Half of Canadian businesses unprepared for technological changes due to the pandemic: survey

IBM Canada to help Celero move its infrastructure services onto a hybrid cloud environment 

Amazon was the only major publisher in Canada to report ad revenue growth during COVID, according to new report

Nearly a third of businesses are not ready to reopen right now, says Salesforce survey

Avant Analytics report reveals 86% increase in UCaaS sales during COVID-19

Digital media seeing some upward momentum, but recovery remains slow

Global spending on cloud-based web conferences set to hit $4.1 billion in 2020

IBM launches Watson Works to help businesses return to the office safely

Technology issues remain a major barrier to productivity for more than 33% of remote working Canadians

Canada shines in global hacking competitions to address COVID-19 business challenges

Ottawa and Queen’s Park launch $57.6M program to help small businesses boost online sales

Businesses are ‘upping their content game’ as they shift to digital marketing, expert says

The ‘new normal’ workplace calls for greater focus on employee well-being

Google Canada says it will expand ShopHere program across Canada

Shopify announces money management solution Balance and a ‘Buy Now, Pay Later’ option

Surveys show conflicting support by Canadians for COVID-19 tracing app

Mastercard to provide free cybersecurity assessments to small Canadian businesses

Shopify launches its own mobile shopping app

DMZ and Oxford Properties come to the aid of OneEleven’s members

eBay Canada waives selling fees to help small-scale Canadian businesses expand online

Don’t rush into e-commerce because of COVID-19, says expert

Canada’s economic relief efforts are a good start, but tech scale-ups demand clarity around eligibility

Shopify invites developers to participate in app challenge to help businesses fighting COVID-19

CompTIA takes its certification exams online amid COVID-19 pandemic

Cyber Security Today – Income tax scams, COVID-19 voicemail scams, protect your websites and do you remember Dooley Wilson?

Telus invests $3.5B in Alberta for wireless and wireline network capacity boost

Give employees rules on how to choose videoconferencing platforms

Telus Health helps Canadian doctors conduct virtual visits with patients through new conferencing capabilities

Google mobility report shows tanking foot traffic across Canada

eBay launches program to help SMBs move their business online

Essential industries are getting CIRA’s cybersecurity services for free

Working from home: nailing down your home network

IBM to provide nine free cloud offers in response to COVID-19

Telus says it’s providing free high-speed internet to low-income families for 60 days in response to COVID-29

Cyber Security Today – Still more COVID-19 scams, Tupperware hack and beware of free Best Buy USB sticks

Ontario-based tech firm to mass-produce 3D-printed face shields for healthcare workers

Canadian ICT spending could shrink by 5 per cent in 2020: IDC

Cyber Security Today – The latest news on COVID-19 scams, and how GE was victimized when a supplier was hacked

COVID-19: Provincial health hotlines and telehealth options

A quick guide for businesses navigating Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan

Your devices are germ magnets – here’s how to keep them clean

An open letter to our audience – COVID–19: A balanced approach to carrying on

ServiceNow introduces four emergency response apps to help customers manage the COVID-19 pandemic

Suddenly working from home and need a solution that works? Here are some options

Cyber Security Today – COVID-19 scams continue, here’s how to avoid them

Microsoft closes all retail locations due to COVID-19 concerns

Only a select few are allowed to build apps related to COVID-19, says Apple

Maple launches free online screening and consultation solution in response to COVID-19

Hashtag Trending – WWDC goes remote; ISPs and data caps; on-site workers at Google, Facebook

Cyber Security Today – Avoid this COVID-19 map, get Wise about this phoney website, a big payday for crooks and women in cybersecurity

Hashtag Trending – Unlimited sick days for Amazon workers; Twitter forcing employees to work from home; U.S. bill threatens privacy

Hashtag Trending – Cleaning your smartphone; Clever social media use in China; Quantum computing breakthrough

How IT leaders can prepare for COVID-19 challenges

Hashtag Trending – Coronavirus update; Robot lawyer to the rescue; Twitter bans discriminatory remarks

Google bolsters G Suite Hangouts with enterprise features amidst coronavirus outbreak

In response to COVID-19, Cisco is handing out free 90-day Webex business licenses

Coronavirus ‘decimated’ device manufacturing in February, says IDC