Navigating COVD-19: Government Updates

Publié septembre 29, 2020

This page will be updated as new information becomes available. We encourage you to check back on a regular basis to stay informed.

Restaurants Canada is engaging with governments across the country to ensure the concerns of the foodservice community are addressed as part of evolving responses to COVID-19. Below is a summary of current relief measures at the federal and provincial levels.

Reopening Plans Tracker

Stay updated on how and when each province is planning to permit restaurants to reopen: This tracker provides weekly updates on government announcements and activities across the country related to lifting restrictions and reopening the economy.

Raising the Voice of Foodservice: Feeding the Recovery

Working together with Restaurants Canada, all levels of government can help foodservice businesses continue playing an integral part of the social and economic fabric of communities across the country. Together we can raise awareness about how critically important the restaurant industry is to Canada’s recovery from COVID-19. Learn more at: feedingtherecovery.ca.

Navigating COVID-19: Federal and provincial government resources

Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS)

In response to the ongoing advocacy efforts of Restaurants Canada, the federal government has extended the eligibility period for the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy, the Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy and Lockdown Support until Oct. 23, 2021, and is increasing the rate of support that businesses can receive during the period between Aug. 29 and Sept. 25, 2021.

 

Extending The Work-Sharing program

We have extended the maximum duration of the Work-Sharing program from 38 weeks to 76 weeks for employers affected by COVID-19. This measure will provide income support to employees eligible for Employment Insurance who agree to reduce their normal working hours because of developments beyond the control of their employers.

 

The Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS)

Provides a direct and easy-to-access rent and mortgage subsidy of up to 65% of eligible expenses to qualifying businesses, charities and non-profits. This support is available directly to tenants.

 

Lockdown Support

Qualifying organizations that have been significantly restricted by a mandatory public health order issued by a qualifying public health authority can receive an additional 25% of rent support through the Lockdown Support.

The combined effect of the rent subsidy and the Lockdown Support is that hard-hit businesses, non-profits, and charities subject to a lockdown can receive rent support of up to 90%

 

The Highly Affected Sectors Credit Availability Program (HASCAP)

Provides businesses heavily impacted by COVID-19, access guaranteed, low-interest loans of $25,000 to $1 million to cover operational cash flow needs.

HASCAP is available to businesses that operate in sectors such as tourism and hospitality, restaurants, and those that primarily rely on in-person services.

The program is available at some participating financial institutions. Other participating financial institutions will deploy the program progressively over the days that follow.

For a full list of federal support for businesses, click here.

BANK SUPPORT PAGES

Below you will find direct links to the COVID-19 section of each of the banks below and information on how you can get in touch with them.

GRANTS

Small and Medium Enterprise Relaunch Grant

Funding for small- and medium-sized businesses, co-ops, and non-profits impacted by COVID-19 to offset a portion of their costs.

 

TESTING & VACCINES

Rapid Testing Program

Employers and service providers can apply to implement a rapid COVID-19 testing program in their organization.

 

Providing paid COVID-19 vaccination leave

All working Albertans are eligible for paid, job-protected leave to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

 

Small Business Advice

Talk to a small business strategist at Business Link for one-on-one coaching, advice, and information on COVID-19 resources and supports.

 

To connect with a Business Link strategist:

Submit your question online or contact them directly:

Toll free: 1-800-272-9675 (Canada only)

TTY: 1-800-457-8466 (For the deaf or hard of hearing)

Hours: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed weekends and statutory holidays)

 

Guidance Documents

Workplace guidance documents to help businesses reopen and resume operations safely.

 

Public Health Measures

Mandatory, provincewide restrictions are in effect to protect the health system and slow the spread of COVID-19.

For a full list of provincial support for businesses, click here.

B.C. Business COVID-19 Support Service

The B.C. Business COVID-19 Support Service provides information and support to business owners to help navigate challenges from COVID-19. 

Advisors are ready to help, Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm.

Call 1-833-254-4357

Email: covid@smallbusinessbc.ca

 

COVID-19 Support for Businesses Guide

The COVID-19 Supports for Businesses Guide is a comprehensive resource about government and private sector financial supports.

This guide is updated regularly to reflect new supports and information.

<<Download Guide>> 

 

GRANTS

Small and Medium Sized Business Recovery Grant

The Small and Medium Sized Business Recovery Grant provides grants of $10,000 to $30,000 to support eligible B.C. businesses that employ between two and 149 B.C. residents or sole proprietorships and partnerships with fixed costs related to tangible assets, and have experienced declines in revenue since March 2020.

  • An additional $5,000 to $15,000 grant is available to eligible tourism-related businesses
  • As of March 4, 2021, a business is required to demonstrate only a 30% revenue loss in any one month between March 2020 to the point of application
  • The program runs until Aug. 31, 2021

 

Launch Online Grant Program

The Launch Online Grant program provides grants up to $7,500 to eligible B.C. businesses to create an online shop and/or improve their e-commerce experience to attract new local customers and expand to new markets.

  • The grant will pay for up to 75% of eligible expenses
  • Up to 30% of the grant funds are reserved for rural, Indigenous, Black and people of colour owned businesses
  • The funds must be used to hire B.C.-based companies to do the online store development

In response to a high number of applications, the B.C. government is investing an additional $30 million in the Launch Online Grant program.

Applications are open until September 30, 2021, or until the funds have been fully subscribed.

 

BC Employer Training Grant

The BC Employer Training Grant offers employers 100% of eligible training costs, up to a maximum of $10,000 per participant per fiscal year, to support British Columbians that are employed or have been employed in sectors impacted by COVID-19.

For a full list of provincial support for businesses, click here.

Latest Provincial Recovery Updates

Manitoba Economic Support Centre

Many businesses and not-for-profits in Manitoba are facing significant challenges due to COVID-19. If you’re one of them, the Manitoba Economic Support Centre is here for you.

Call us to learn more about provincial and federal support programs like wage subsidies, loans, rent assistance, hiring students, and the new Manitoba Gap Protection Program.

Dial 1-888-805-7554 today to speak with a service representative at the Manitoba Economic Support Centre.

Dine-in Restaurant Relief Program 

The Manitoba government has announced an additional $2 million to expand the Dine-in Restaurant Relief Program, administered by the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce in partnership with the Manitoba Restaurant and Foodservices Association.

The Dine-in Restaurant Relief Program was initially funded by a $5 million grant and was designed to provide a rebate to dine-in restaurants that shifted to a delivery model due to Critical (red) level restrictions of the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System.

For a full list of provincial support for businesses, click here.

Latest Provincial Recovery Updates

Explore NB Travel Incentive Program – Summer 2021

The Explore NB Travel Incentive Program Phase 3 encourages Atlantic Canadian residents to travel and spend in New Brunswick between May 27, 2021 – October 31, 2021

The incentive program permits individuals to claim up to $1,000 of eligible expenses for a maximum refund of 20% ($200). Receipts will be considered for eligible accommodations, food and drinks, activities and travel (please see the Eligible and Ineligible Expenditures table)

LOANS & MORTGAGES

Small business owners impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic can apply for working capital loans up to $100,000 through the NB Small Business Emergency Working Capital Program.

  • Accessible to small businesses employing 1 to 49 employees, including sole proprietors/self-employed, with sales of less than $10 million in the most recent fiscal year.
  • Examples of sectors that would benefit from this support include restaurants, full-time & seasonal tourism operations, service sectors, and self-employed business owners impacted directly by the pandemic.
  • The loans are funded by Government of New Brunswick and are administered by the Community Business Development Corporation (CBDC). Applications can be completed online.

General provincial health information about COVID-19

Latest Provincial Recovery Updates

Tourism and Hospitality Support Program

The Tourism and Hospitality Support Program is a short-term program offered by the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador and delivered by the Department of Industry, Energy and Technology to assist eligible tourism and hospitality-based operators impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Eligible tourism and hospitality operators will be eligible for a contribution of $2500 or a contribution calculated at five per cent (5%) of a total loss of sales in 2020 over 2019, up to a maximum of $50,000.

Tourism and hospitality-based operators meeting eligibility criteria may apply, including operators that received funding through the first THSP program offering (June 2020 – March 2021).

Please note: Application deadline for the Tourism and Hospitality Support Program is September 30, 2021.

Guidance for Restaurants and Lounges

It is important to monitor the public health guidance from the Department of Health and Community Services as the situation can change quickly. Please check www.gov.nl.ca/covid-19, which is updated daily.

Guidance applicable to all workplaces including restaurants and lounges can be found at https://www.gov.nl.ca/covid-19/files/Guidance-for-Workplaces.pdf. Licensed food premises must abide by the requirements of the provincial Food Premises Regulations.

Latest Provincial Recovery Updates

Licensed establishments are now permitted to sell liquor products with takeout and delivery orders.

Home delivery of alcohol with food purchases for takeout or delivery is permitted by those licensed establishments that have a valid Food Safety Permit. Only employees of the licensee may deliver alcohol with food. More information for licensees (PDF).

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Digital Assistance Program for Small Business

The Digital Assistance Program for Small Business connects eligible businesses with digital consultants for services like website development, digital marketing strategies and e-commerce tools, up to a value of $5,000. Small businesses that qualified for the Small Business Impact Grant Part 3 are automatically qualified for the program. Applications from eligible businesses will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis.

LABOUR

  • Ensuring more Nova Scotians can access the internet to work from home, by providing $15 million as an incentive to providers to speed up projects under the Internet for Nova Scotia Initiative and complete them as soon as possible.

Halifax Municipal updates

General provincial health information about COVID-19

Latest Provincial Recovery Updates

Supports for businesses include:

Restaurant and food services health and safety during COVID-19

Find resources, best practices and information to help keep your workers safe and healthy, and your business in operation, during COVID-19.

Businesses: Get help with COVID-19 costs

Find out if your business is eligible for grants to help with the cost of property taxes, energy bills and extra support if you have to close or significantly restrict services because of provincial public health measures.

RENT / UTILITIES

  • Electricity cost relief as the government sets electricity prices for time-of-use customers at the lowest rate, known as the off-peak price, 24 hours a day for 45 days

TAXES & OTHER GOVERNMENT PAYMENTS

Jobs Training Tax Credit

The temporary Ontario Jobs Training Tax Credit will help workers get the training they need.

It will provide up to $2,000 to individuals with eligible training expenses in 2021. This measure would provide about $260 million in support to 230,000 Ontario individuals.

Learn more about the tax credit.

For a full list of provincial support for businesses, click here.

Latest Provincial Recovery Updates

LOANS & MORTGAGES

Special Situation Fund

Available for businesses that don’t qualify for any federal program.

Emergency Working Capital Financing

A financing program has been developed to provide emergency working capital financing to assist PEI’s small business during this unprecedented economic disruption to business, caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. This new loan program is to assist qualifying companies to maintain normal business operations during these difficult times.

Eligible applicants can apply to receive a working capital loan of up to $100,000 with a fixed interest rate of 4% per annum to be used to assist with fixed operating costs (including payroll, rent, utilities etc) with principal & interest payments deferred for a minimum of 12 months.

TAXES & OTHER GOVERNMENT PAYMENTS

Apply for the Tourism Activation Grant

The intent of the Tourism Activation Grant program is to provide tourism businesses with a non-repayable financial contribution toward eligible expenses to assist with capital and/or maintenance costs associated with opening for the 2021 season.

COVID-19 Special Leave Fund

The COVID-19 Special Leave Fund is a temporary support for workers and self-employed people who are unable to work due to illness or COVID-19 testing or self-isolation requirements, and who do not qualify for the Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit

Emergency Working Capital Financing

A financing program has been developed to provide emergency working capital financing to assist PEI’s small business during this unprecedented economic disruption to business, caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Employers: COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions

As part of the provincial response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Government has announced a new Emergency Contingency Fund as an initial step to help support Island businesses.

Tourism Assistance Loan Program

A funding program has been developed by the Province of PEI to support the PEI Tourism Operators through a joint partnership of Finance PEI and Tourism PEI.

Tourism Interest Relief Program

The Tourism Interest Relief Program announced by the Province of Prince Edward Island will provide assistance to Island tourism operators through a joint partnership of Finance PEI and Tourism PEI.

Emergency Working Capital Financing

A financing program has been developed to provide emergency working capital financing to assist PEI’s small business during this unprecedented economic disruption to business, caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. This new loan program is to assist qualifying companies to maintain normal business operations during these difficult times.

Eligible applicants can apply to receive a working capital loan of up to $100,000 with a fixed interest rate of 4% per annum to be used to assist with fixed operating costs (including payroll, rent, utilities etc) with principal & interest payments deferred for a minimum of 12 months.

RENT / UTILITIES

Broadband Fund for Businesses

The Prince Edward Island Broadband Fund provides financial assistance to local Prince Edward Island internet service providers (ISPs), communities and businesses for the installation of infrastructure for enhanced broadband services. Through this program, partnerships and collaborations are encouraged and support is provided for increased service levels, improved access and consumer choice for connectivity.

Commercial Lease Rent Deferral Program

To support small and medium-sized businesses, landlords are encouraged to defer rent payments from their commercial tenants for 3 months, spreading the deferred rent amount over the rest of the lease term.

LABOUR

Employee Gift Card Program

The Government of Prince Edward Island has partnered with Sobeys on the PEI Employee Gift Card Program.  This is a temporary program put in place to offer a $100 Sobeys gift value to any employee, living and working on Prince Edward Island, who has received a lay-off notice as a direct result of the impacts associated with COVID-19. The application form is to be completed by the employer, who will then distribute the gift card letters to affected employees.

Emergency Income Relief for the Self-Employed

The Emergency Income Relief Fund is a temporary program put in place to support the self-employed who have been significantly affected by COVID-19.

Emergency Relief – Worker Assistance Program

he Emergency Relief – Worker Assistance Program is a temporary program to provide financial support to employers to assist their employed workers who have been impacted by reduced hours at work as a result of COVID-19.

General provincial health information about COVID-19

Latest Provincial Recovery Updates

The following measures have been announced to help businesses impacted by COVID-19:

LOANS & MORTGAGES

  • The announcement of the Concerted temporary action program for businesses (PACTE) offering financial support to businesses experiencing difficulties obtaining supplies of raw materials or products (goods or services) or whose ability to deliver products is halted or reduced.
  • $2.5 billion dollars to help and support businesses with cash flow in loans and loan guarantees.
  • $50,000 minimum help, granted through Investissement Québec. Small and medium businesses from all sectors are eligible, as long as their cash flow problems are related to COVID-19.
  • Flexibility measures respecting the terms and conditions of loans already granted by Investissement Québec or through the local investment funds

TAXES & OTHER GOVERNMENT PAYMENTS

General provincial health information about COVID-19

For a full list of provincial support for businesses, click here.

Latest Provincial Recovery Updates

Business Response Team: Call: 1-844-800-8688 or supportforbusiness@gov.sk.ca

 

Saskatchewan Tourism Sector Support Program No. 2 (STSSP 2)

The STSSP 2 has a new eligibility period and provides financial assistance for tourism businesses that have seen a significant drop in sales revenue as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic

Re-Open Saskatchewan Training Subsidy (RSTS) Program

Funding to support training for businesses to avoid layoffs, maintain operations and prepare for the phased re-opening of Saskatchewan’s economy.

Food Service Delivery Cap

The Government of Saskatchewan is temporarily capping delivery and online ordering fees charged to restaurants.

For a full list of provincial support for businesses, click here.

General provincial health information about COVID-19

General provincial health information about COVID-19

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