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COVID-19 

Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce has compiled the latest information available on the different initiatives undertaken by the Canadian federal and Ontario governments to assist small businesses overcome the economic reversals they are facing because of the COVID-19 shutdown. This information will be updated periodically.


You can find live updates and information about Canada’s response to COVID-19 here: http://canada.ca/coronavirus/.

You can find information about our supports for small businesses here: 
http://canada.ca/covid-19-business.  

 

Department of Finance: Details on Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy

https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/news/2020/04/government-announces-details-of-the-canada-emergency-wage-subsidy-to-help-businesses-keep-canadians-in-their-jobs.html

https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/news/2020/04/the-canada-emergency-wage-subsidy.html

Canada Emergency Response Benefit

https://www.canada.ca/en/services/benefits/ei/cerb-application.html

Canada Revenue Agency – Income tax filing and payment dates: CRA and COVID-19

https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/campaigns/covid-19-update/covid-19-filing-payment-dates.html

CBSA information line

The Border Information Service (BIS) is an automated telephone service that provides general information in English or French on CBSA programs, services and initiatives. Officers are available 24 hours per day 7 days per week. Toll-free: 1-800-461-9999

COVID-19: Statement from the FCAC Commissioner

https://www.canada.ca/en/financial-consumer-agency/corporate/covid-19-statement-from-commissioner.html

External Links:

Food & Consumer Products of Canada – COVID-19 Operations Best Practices for Industry:

http://www.fcpc.ca/COVID-19-Operations-Best-Practices-for-Industry

Canada’s Premiers—Provinces and territories: Taking action on COVID-19

https://www.canadaspremiers.ca/covid-19/

Prime Minister announces new partnerships with Canadian industries to fight COVID-19

https://pm.gc.ca/en/news/news-releases/2020/03/31/prime-minister-announces-new-partnerships-canadian-industries-fight

Canada Border Service Agency’s (CBSA) Border Information Service (BIS)

https://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/contact/menu-eng.html

Health Canada—COVID-19

https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19.html

Canadian Chamber of Commerce—COVID-19 Webinars

COVID-19: SME Technical Briefing, Federal Employment and Wage Support Programs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hvcv6IGftQI&feature=youtu.be

COVID-19: Canada-U.S., Border and International Trade

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ZxmN_MW0L0&feature=youtu.be

BMO COVID-19 Update

https://www.bmo.com/main/personal/bmo-branches-coronavirus-update/

CIBC COVID-19 Support

https://www.cibc.com/en/personal-banking/advice-centre/covid-19/financial-assistance.html

Canada’s Premiers—Provinces and territories: Taking action on COVID-19

https://www.canadaspremiers.ca/covid-19/

Key Information Tools / Outils:

Small Business BC

COVID-19: Supports for Small Businesses in B.C. :  https://smallbusinessbc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/COVID-19-Small-Business-Supports-1.pdf

Resources for small businesses affected by COVID-19: https://smallbusinessbc.ca/article/resources-for-small-businesses-affected-by-coronavirus-covid-19/

BC Economic Development Association: #COVID19 Resources for BC Businesses

https://www.bceda.ca/covid19_business_resources.php

City of Mississauga’s Economic Development Office (EDO): COVID-19 Response

https://www.thefutureisunlimited.ca/covid-19/

Canadian Chamber of Commerce: Pandemic Preparedness

http://www.chamber.ca/resources/pandemic-preparedness/

Prime Minister announces new partnerships with Canadian industries to fight COVID-19

https://pm.gc.ca/en/news/news-releases/2020/03/31/prime-minister-announces-new-partnerships-canadian-industries-fight

Additional Support for Canadian Businesses from Economic Impact of COVID-19

https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/news/2020/03/additional-support-for-canadian-businesses-from-the-economic-impact-of-covid-19.html

75% wage subsidy announcement

https://pm.gc.ca/en/news/news-releases/2020/03/27/prime-minister-announces-support-small-businesses-facing-impacts

Canada Emergency Response Benefit

https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/news/2020/03/introduces-canada-emergency-response-benefit-to-help-workers-and-businesses.html

Business Credit Availability Program

https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/programs/financial-sector-policy/business-credit-availability-program.html

Resources for Canadian businesses: COVID-19

https://www.canada.ca/en/services/business/maintaingrowimprovebusiness/resources-for-canadian-businesses.html

Call to Action: Canadian manufacturers needed to help combat COVID-19

https://www.canada.ca/en/services/business/maintaingrowimprovebusiness/manufacturers-needed.html

Innovative Medicines Canada: Statement on Canada’s Drug Supply

http://innovativemedicines.ca/statement-canadas-drug-supply/

Prime Minister announces more support for workers and businesses through Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan

https://pm.gc.ca/en/news/news-releases/2020/03/18/prime-minister-announces-more-support-workers-and-businesses-through

 

Stay Connected

A dedicated COVID-19 tile has been added to the Canada Business App, providing links to government announcements and information for businesses. More information about the App can be found at www.canada.ca/business-app .

ISED’s social media team remains available to support and to amplify regional content as appropriate. They can be contacted at ic.scmssocialmedia-mediassociauxscsm.ic@canada.ca

Business Supports

Department of Finance - Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan: Support for Canadians and Businesses

https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/news/2020/03/canadas-covid-19-economic-response-plan-support-for-canadians-and-businesses.html

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Resources for Canadian businesses /

https://www.tradecommissioner.gc.ca/campaign-campagne/ressources-entreprises-COVID-19-business-resources.aspx?lang=eng

Work-Sharing Program - Temporary special measures

https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/services/work-sharing/temporary-measures-forestry-sector.html

What Canada’s Regional Development Agencies are doing to help business during the COVID-19 pandemic

HTML - PDF version

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) – Employment and Social Development Canada

https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/corporate/notices/coronavirus.html

Export Development Canada COVID-19:

https://www.edc.ca/en/campaign/coronavirus-covid-19.html

Business Development Bank of Canada – Support for Entrepreneurs impacted by coronavirus :

https://www.bdc.ca/en/pages/special-support.aspx?special-initiative=covid19

Canadian Chamber of Commerce – Pandemic Preparedness for Business

http://www.chamber.ca/resources/pandemic-preparedness/

World Health Organization COVID-19 -  Business and Employees

https://www.epi-win.com/advice-and-information/business-and-employees

Council of Canadian Innovators – COVID-19 Slack Channel (you must create an account)

http://bit.ly/COVID19SlackChannel

Canadian Federation of Independent Business - keeping you and your employees safe

https://www.cfib-fcei.ca/en/tools-resources/covid-19-coronavirus-business

Canada Revenue Agency - Helping Canadians with the economic impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic

https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/campaigns/covid-19-update.html

Exemptions to travel restrictions to protect Canadians and support the economy

https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/news/2020/03/canada-provides-update-on-exemptions-to-travel-restrictions-to-protect-canadians-and-support-the-economy.html

Prime Minister announces support for farmers and agri-food businesses under Canada’s response to COVID-19

https://pm.gc.ca/en/news/news-releases/2020/03/23/prime-minister-announces-support-farmers-and-agri-food-businesses

Expedited access to disinfectants, hand sanitizers and personal protective equipment to help limit the spread of COVID-19, as well as swabs for testing

https://healthycanadians.gc.ca/recall-alert-rappel-avis/hc-sc/2020/72623a-eng.php

Save Small Business.ca

https://savesmallbusiness.ca/

The Canadian Franchise Association (CFA) is providing regular Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates and resources for the CFA member community to stay informed and be prepared.

https://www.cfa.ca/covid-19/

COVID-19 subscription for Public Health Updates:

https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/corporate/stay-informed-stay-connected/public-health-updates/subscribe.html

List of 74 business and services categories deemed Essential Services in Ontario: PDF 



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