Government Support for Canadians & businesses
COVID-19 Business Support Grants
Ontario is helping businesses recover costs for personal protective equipment and providing extra support for businesses required to close or significantly restrict services as a result of provincial public health measures. Read more here!
Application Guide: https://www.app.grants.gov.on.ca/msrf/assets/guide.pdf
Application Link: https://www.app.grants.gov.on.ca/msrf/#/
Resources for Re-opening
Public Health Agency of Canada advice on public health measures for workplaces
- Guidance for workplaces and businesses operating during COVID-19
- Risk mitigation tool for workplaces and businesses during COVID-19
- Advice for essential retailers during COVID-19 pandemic
- Advice on cleaning and disinfecting public spaces during COVID-19
- Preventing COVID-19 in the workplace: Employers, employees and essential service workers
In addition, the following links are to specific resources for businesses to support their reopening:
- Reopening toolkit – Canadian Chamber of Commerce, Business Resilience Network
- Prevention infographics and posters – Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS)
- Resources to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace– CCOHS
- Pandemic tip sheets for specific occupations and industries – CCOHS
The Government of Canada is taking action to help businesses facing hardship as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. Read the full plan here.
What does this mean for businesses?
The Government will provide up to $27 billion in direct support to Canadian workers and businesses. These measures are being implemented in an effort to help stabilize the economy. There will be income support, flexibility for taxpayers, mortgage default management tools, among others, to help Canadians.
Here are the links to supports for business owners and their employees…HERE
Canadian Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) Program: will provide interest-free loans of up to $40,000 to small businesses and not-for-profits, to help cover their operating costs during a period where their revenues have been temporarily reduced, due to the economic impacts of the COVID-19 virus. For more information about this and other programs designed to support Canadian Business Check out this link: Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan.
On Thursday, April 16, the Prime Minister announced that the CEBA program will now be available to businesses with payrolls worth between $20,000 and $1.5 million. Up to $10,000 of the loan is non-repayable. Previously, the interest-free loan was for those with payrolls between $50,000 and $1 million.
Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) Program: The program will seek to provide loans, including forgivable loans, to commercial property owners who in turn will lower or forgo the rent of small businesses for the months of April (retroactive), May, and June. Implementation of the program will require a partnership between the federal government and provincial and territorial governments.
Canadian Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) Program: Businesses still unable to access CEWS funding may still be eligible for the originally announced 10% wage subsidy, which has much broader criteria and no specific application process. Details on the subsidy can be found here.
The CRA will allow all businesses to defer, until after August 31, 2020, the payment of any income tax amounts that become owing on or after today and before September 2020.
The Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP) will allow the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) and Export Development Canada (EDC) to provide more than $10 billion of additional support, largely targeted to small and medium-sized businesses. For information on this program go here.
Additional Support for Canadian Businesses from the Economic Impact of COVID-19: The Government of Canada is making additional investments to support Canadian businesses from the economic impacts of COVID-19. These new investments provide support to financial institutions and allow them to quickly provide credit and liquidity options for a range of businesses.
These measures are a part of the Government of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan, which provides direct support and tax deferrals to Canadian workers and businesses to help them in these difficult times.
Huron County Economic Development
Visit Huron County Economic Development for complete and up-to-date Huron County COVID-19 resources for small businesses. Please visit: https://www.huroncounty.ca/economic-development/