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Resources For Business During COVID-19 Pandemic

April 17, 2020

Updated as of September 1 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. 

WAGE SUBSIDY PROGRAMS 

Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy – What it means for Canadian Business

Claim Period March 15 – July 4th As a Canadian employer whose business has been affected by COVID-19, you may be eligible for a subsidy of 75% of employee wages for up to 12 weeks, retroactive from March 15, 2020, to June 6, 2020.   Canadian Businesses can apply starting April 27th through the portal on the Canada Revenue Agency Site  

Claim Period July 5th – November 2 Eligible employers who had any drop in revenue can now quality for the wage subsidy, starting with the claim periods that began July 5. Learn More.

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

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE: 

Canada Emergency Business Account – Financial Support For Small business 

The CEBA will provides 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. 

Repaying the balance of the loan on or before December 31, 2022 will result in loan forgiveness of 25 percent (up to $10,000). 

Ontario-Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance Program – The OCECRA will provide forgivable loans to eligible commercial property owners experiencing potential rent shortfalls because their small business tenants have been heavily impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. 

Canada United Small Business Relief Fund
The Canada United Small Business Relief Fund will be managed by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce on behalf of the national Chamber network in support of other chambers and partners to help small Canadian businesses with their recovery efforts as a result of COVID-19.

If awarded, a relief grant can be used for any of the following activities:

  • Purchasing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as masks, face shields, and latex gloves.
  • Renovating physical space to adhere to local, Provincial or Federal reopening guidelines.
  • Developing or improving e-commerce capabilities for your business.

Successful applicants will receive a relief grant of up to $5,000. We intend to support local businesses of all kinds from across the country (from retailers to barbershops to farmers).

Fed Dev Ontario
The Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF) provides financial contributions (interest-free loans) to help support fixed operating costs of SMEs, where business revenues have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The Fund, valued at more than $962 million nationally, is delivered by Canada’s six regional development agencies.  In Bay of Quinte it will be delivered by Trenval

Trenval Local Financing Assistance – COVID-19 Response. Recovery. Resilience 
Trenval has committed an additional $400,000 in business financing as a second phase to help financially stabilize existing and future loan clients who do not qualify for any existing support. Phase II “Recovery” loans open to a maximum of $20,000 and are for fixed costs up to six months to assist local businesses. 

Large Employer Emergency Financing Facility (LEEFF) to provide bridge financing to Canada’s largest employers, whose needs during the pandemic are not being met through conventional financing, in order to keep their operations going.  This is a bridge loan available to large and midsize companies with revenues of $300M+ and require funding in excess of $60M.  Eligible companies must have significant operations in Canada.  Additional details to come on eligibility and the application process. 

Canadian Chamber of Commerce: Canadian Business Resilience Network - Small Business Relief Fund 

Business Development Bank Of Canada 
Support for entrepreneurs impacted by the coronavirus COVID-19   

Farm Credit Canada  Our Response to Covid-19 

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

National Research Council –  The COVID-19 Challenges Procurement Program: NRC Industrial Research Assistance Program and Innovative Solutions Canada  Register (this program is designed to assist firms that have not qualified for other Federal subsidies).  

Next Generation Manufacturing – COVID-19 Project Funding 

Ontario Centres of Excellence – COVID-19 Collaboration Platform & Voucher Program 

Grow Agri-food e-Business During COVID-19 – Funding is available now for Agri-Food Open for E-Business Targeted IntakeEligible applications are received and assessed on a continuous basis, while funding is available.   The Agri-Food Open for E-Business initiative will help food producers, farmers markets, retailers, garden centres, greenhouses, nurseries, and agricultural associations develop online business, providing consumers with greater access to a wide variety of food and agriculture products. 

Addressing Labour Supply and Training Challenges – Funding Intake 

 The governments of Canada and Ontario are investing up to $1 million in new funding to connect workers with in-demand jobs in the agri-food sector to keep the nation’s supply chains strong and store shelves stocked during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (the Partnership), the federal and provincial governments will provide support that will help people connect with job opportunities in the sector quickly. This program would help primary agriculture, food processing companies and grocery retail to recruit and train workers who are important to keeping the essential food supply chain functioning. 

Program information is available here: http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/cap/labour_supply_training.htm 

GOVERNMENT OF CANADA 

Government of Canada : Support for Business  

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

Canada’s Regional Development Agencies – COVID-19 Assistance 

Canada Business App Adds Dedicated COVID-19 Tile 
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.  

National Research Council – Covid-19 Response  

  1. The COVID-19 Challenges Procurement Program: NRC Industrial Research Assistance Program and Innovative Solutions Canada  Register (this program is designed to assist firms that have not qualified for other Federal subsidies).  
  1. The Pandemic Response Challenge Program: National Research Council of Canada  Register  

ONTARIO GOVERNMENT 

June 16, the Ontario Government has released a tool kit to help employers Learn how to create a plan to help protect workers and others from novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).   

Ontario Providing Employers with Workplace Safety Guidelines – Press Release, April 30th  & The 61 sector-specific guidelines are available here from Ontario’s health and safety associations. 

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  

Ontario Helping Businesses Overcome the Unique Challenges Created by COVID-19  

The Ontario government is launching the COVID-19: Tackling the Barriers website to help businesses overcome the unique challenges created by the global pandemic. Businesses working to retool their operations to produce health-related products, or those that want to continue their operations in this new environment of physical distancing, can submit any potential roadblocks to the website. The province is prepared to allow temporary changes to provincial rules and regulations in order to remove any barriers that are hindering business and negatively impacting Ontario’s supply chain. 

HOW YOUR BUSINESS CAN HELP – see our dedicated post 

HUMAN RESOURCES LINKS AND INFORMATION  

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 LINKS AND INFORMATION 

Health and Safety Excellence program:https://www.wsib.ca/en/healthandsafety  

WSIB COVID-19 link  

Canadian Centre for Occupational Health & Safety – Free Resources  

Workplace Safety & Prevention Services Helpful Tips and Tools 

Find PPE suppliers 

Before your business reopens, review sector-specific guidelines to identify personal protective equipment (PPE) and supplies to keep your employees and customers safe. Supplies are in high demand and the needs of frontline health care workers and first responders will continue to be prioritized. 
https://covid-19.ontario.ca/how-your-organization-can-help-fight-coronavirus/#find-ppe 

HAND AND HARD SURFACE SANITIZERS  

MENTAL HEALTH LINKS 

FOOD SAFETY  

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada | Government of Canada   

COVID-19 Logistics & Border-Related Labour Questions 
Over the past few weeks, AAFC have received many questions related to labour issues, in particular Temporary Foreign Workers (TFWs). AAFC are aware that Labour and TFWs remain an important area of concern for the sector. The FAQ related to labour and TFWs can be found at this LINK.  

CFIA expectations on the prevention of and response to suspected and confirmed cases of COVID-19 by operators  

New expectations for operators have been posted on the CFIA website about preventing and responding to COVID-19 in establishments regulated by CFIA.  

The document outlines steps that the CFIA expects operators to take to address exposure risks for both the establishment and CFIA employees.  

This document is not intended for meat slaughter and processing establishments. Separate CFIA guidance about preventing and responding to COVID-19 in meat slaughter and processing establishments exists.  

FOOD & BEVERAGE ONTARIO:   

COVID-19 Updates  

WEBINARS, TRAINING AND COURSES 
See our dedicated post 

OTHER BUSINESS RESOURCES:  

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.   

Business Development Bank Of Canada  
Business continuity plan and templates for entrepreneurs  

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

Export Development Canada  

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 

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  

OTHER COVID-19 LINKS:  

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 Belleville – Response and Updates/Announcements 
City of Quinte West – Response and Updates/Announcements 
Municipality of Brighton – Response and Updates/Announcements 

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