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Resources For Business During COVID-19 Pandemic

March 17, 2020

Updated as of April 8 2020

Quinte Economic Development has compiled a list of resources for local businesses affected by the current pandemic and global health crisis. This list of resources will be continually updated as we receive information on programs.

Follow us on social media for announcements as new programs are announced.

During this time our staff is available to answer questions and provide assistance as required. Please don’t hesitate to contact us.  If you operate a tourism related business, please see Bay of Quinte Regional Marketing Board’s additional list of resources. 


Government of Canada : Support for Business 

The Government of Canada : Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Resources for Canadian businesses · 

Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy – What it Means for Candian Businesses 
Application portal available in 3-6 weeks through the Canada Revenue Agency Site 

• Revenue decreased by a minimum of 15% due to pandemic for March, and 30% for April and May compared to same months in 2019 or for average of period of Jan/Feb 2020
•Reapply for subsidy each month
•75% subsidy up to a maximum per employee of $847 per week.
•Non publicly funded companies of all sizes can apply
•Applications opening soon through Canada Revenue Agency
•Employers repaid wages from CRA, funds available in approx. 6 weeks
•Employers encouraged to recall laid off employees
•Employers encouraged to make every effort top up extra 25% if possible
•Severe consequences for fraud 

Temporary Wage Subsidy for Employers, available to companies who are not eligible for the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy – Frequently Asked Questions 

Canada’s Regional Development Agencies – COVID-19 Assistance 

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

National Research Council – Covid-19 Response 

The Federal Government requires supplies – Find out what they need 

Health Canada’s list of “hard-surface disinfectant products meet Health Canada’s requirements for emerging viral pathogens. List Here


Ontario’s Action Plan: Responding to COVID-19  

Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade 
COVID-19 Ontario Specific Supports (March 23, 2020) 

Regional Opportunities Tax Credit – Bay of Quinte is an eligible region 

Ontario List of Essential Workplaces – Updated April 3, 2020 

Stop the Spread Business Information Line Now Open at 1-888-444-3659
The Province of Ontario has launched a toll-free line 1-888-444-3659 to provide support to Ontario businesses who have questions about the province’s recent emergency order to close at-risk workplaces following recommendations by Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health.  FULL DETAILS

Ontario Together: help fight Coronavirus 
We welcome help from businesses and organizations who can supply emergency products and innovative solutions to support our response to COVID-19. How you can help  

New $50 million Ontario Together Fund will support the development of essential equipment and supplies 


Support for entrepreneurs impacted by the coronavirus COVID-19 
Business continuity plan and templates for entrepreneurs 

Recorded Webinar How to cope with the impacts of COVID-19 on your business  


Our Response to Covid-19 


EDC stands ready to support Canadian exporters impacted by COVID-19  

Updated FAQs: what Canadian exporters need to know about the coronavirus 

The expanding coronavirus (COVID-19) threat 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Managing the impact on global supply chains 


Employment and Social Development Canada:Covid-19 
Employment & Insurance Canada – How to complete a record of employment   

Note to employers for ROE’s
Service Canada Employer Contact Centre now have a pre-recorded message stating the following in regard to ROE’s and Coronavirus: 

  • Use Code D (Injury/Illness) if the employee is sick/quarantined – Do not add comments  
  • Use Code A if there is a shutdown/shortage of work related to Coronavirus – Do not add comments 
  • Use Code E (Quit) or N (LOA) if the employee is not sick or quarantined but is absent due to other Coronavirus concerns 
  • Only add comments when absolutely necessary 

Employment & Social Development:  Work-Sharing Program 


Health and Safety Excellence program: 

WSIB COVID-19 link 

Canadian Centre for Occupational Health & Safety – Free Resources 




See our dedicated post


Canadian Banks  
Contact your bank. Canada’s banks have made a commitment to support businesses and individuals through these difficult times in a responsible, fair, and compassionate way. To help provide some stability for businesses through this time of uncertainty, the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) is lowering the Domestic Stability Buffer requirement, releasing more than $300 billion of additional lending capacity for Canadian financial institutions.  

Next Generation Manufacturing – COVID-19 Project Funding

Ontario Centres of Excellence – COVID-19 Collaboration Platform   

Ontario Chamber of Commerce:Covid-19 Pandemic Preparedness Toolkit 
The Canadian Chamber of Commerce: “COVID-19 Pandemic Preparedness for Business” 
Canadian Chamber of Commerce: Canadian Business Resilience Network  
World Health Organization:Business and Employees 
Supply Chain Canada: The Coronavirus Impact on Global Supply Chains – Link to Webinar Presentation 

MaRS – Covid-19 collection of tools and tactics for business 


World Health Organization: Covid-19 
Ontario Government: Covid-19 Self Assessment Tool 
Government of Canada: Public Health Agency Covid-19 
Hastings & Prince Edward CountiesHealth Unit 
City of BellevilleResponse and Updates/Announcements
City of Quinte West Response and Updates/Announcements
Municipality of BrightonResponse and Updates/Announcements

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