Premier announces initiatives to support COVID-19 specific needs
Premier Dennis King today announced two key initiatives to engage Islanders and the business community in identifying opportunities to address economic and supply challenges stemming from COVID-19 and support Islanders who need help now.
The recently established Premier’s Economic Recovery Council, a strategic business working group made up of individuals from across business sectors, will leverage the experience, knowledge and ingenuity of the business community to advise the Premier on the issues being faced by the business community and opportunities as the province looks down the road to economic recovery.
“We want to work closely with businesses – those who drive our economy and have been responsible for our recent economic strength as a province – so that we are doing everything we can to minimize the economic impacts of COVID-19 on our province and looking to the future when we can set a course for recovery and return to normal,” said Premier King.
The initial Council held its first virtual meeting on Saturday and will continue to meet as required through the duration of the pandemic. The Council will consult broadly with other businesses and across all business networks as part of the “all-hands-on-deck” model.
As part of government’s efforts to support this initiative, the Premier also launched PEI Sourced Solutions, an online portal to help Island residents and businesses meet the challenges of the pandemic, including the need for medical supplies, virtual care services, or to share ideas on how the province can help businesses and industries weather the impacts of COVID-19.
“Islanders are innovative and resourceful, and we continue to see them stepping up to support each other during this unimaginable time. The new online portal will help connect provincial efforts and community supports so that we are ready and able to respond to the continued needs of our province going forward. It’s by working together that we will get through this,” added Premier King.
PEI Sourced Solutions identifies the province’s potential supply challenges and important services required to support communities. Through the portal, Islanders – individuals and businesses – will be able to identify opportunities for government to procure required goods and services, as well as share creative solutions on how to direct resources and explore new ways of doing business to support COVID-19 specifc needs. The province will review all submissions and work with individuals and businesses to provide solutions.
Islanders can access the online portal at www.princeedwardisland.ca/sourcedsolutions starting March 31 at 8 a.m.
Executive Director, Communications and Public Affairs
Office of the Premier