Immediate Business Supports & Resources

Updated: Mar 24, 2020

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General Resources for Canadian Businesses:

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

Export Advice: https://www.tradecommissioner.gc.ca/offices-bureaux-internationaux.aspx?lang=eng

Flexibility Filing Taxes: The Canada Revenue Agency 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 https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/economic-response-plan.html#business

Canadian Chamber of Commerce Resources: http://www.chamber.ca/resources/pandemic-preparedness/

Public Health Office Contacts: http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/common/system/services/phu/locations.aspx

WHO - Preparing your workplace: https://www.who.int/docs/default-source/coronaviruse/getting-workplace-ready-for-covid-19.pdf?sfvrsn=359a81e7_6

Webinar: Managing the impact on global supply chains by Export Development Canada: https://www.edc.ca/en/events/webinar/managing-impact-on-global-supply-chains.html

The AgriHR Toolkit: https://hrtoolkit.cahrc-ccrha.ca

Community Futures Development Corporations (available by phone and email)

Supporting Employees

  • Work Sharing Program: Work-Sharing (WS) is an adjustment program designed to help employers and employees avoid layoffs when there is a temporary reduction in the normal level of business activity that is beyond the control of the employer. The measure provides income support to employees eligible for Employment Insurance benefits who work a temporarily reduced work week while their employer recovers. Work-Sharing is a three-party agreement involving employers, employees and Service Canada. Employees on a Work-Sharing agreement must agree to a reduced schedule of work and to share the available work over a specified period of time. https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/services/work-sharing.html

  • Employment Insurance: The Government of Canada will waive the one-week waiting period for people who are in quarantine or have been directed to self-isolate and are claiming for Employment Insurance (EI) sickness benefits, at an estimated cost of $5 million. The Government of Canada will also introduce enhancements to the Work-Sharing Program at an estimated cost of $12 million to help employers who are experiencing a downturn in business due to COVID-19, and their workers. We are exploring additional measures to support other affected Canadians, including income support for those that are not eligible for EI sickness benefits. https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/programs/ei/ei-list/working-while-claim.html

Calling All Suppliers

Are you a business that can supply products and services in support of Canada’s response to COVID-19? Canada wants to hear from you: https://buyandsell.gc.ca/calling-all-suppliers-help-canada-combat-covid-19

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

Business Credit Availability Program

  • The program will further support financing in the private sector through the BDC and EDC. Under this program, BDC and EDC will enhance their cooperation with private-sector lenders to coordinate financing and credit insurance solutions for Canadian businesses.

  • This will allow BDC and EDC to provide more than $10 billion of additional support to businesses.

  • The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) is lowering the Domestic Stability Buffer requirement for domestic systemically important banks by 1.25% of risk-weighted assets, effective immediately. This action will increase the lending capacity of Canada’s large banks and support the supply of credit to the economy during the period of disruption related to COVID-19. The release of the buffer will support in excess of $300 billion of additional lending capacity.

  • Contact: tradeadvisor-conseiller@edc.ca / 1-800-229-0575

Farm Credit Canada

Recent Announcements

“Trudeau unveils $27-billion in aid, $55-billion of tax deferrals in coronavirus response”

Bankers’ Acceptance Purchase Facility

In order to support the continuous functioning of financial markets, the Bank of Canada (Bank) is announcing its intention to launch the Bankers’ Acceptance Purchase Facility (BAPF).  The Bankers Acceptance market is one of Canada’s core funding markets and a key source of financing for small- and medium-size corporate borrowers.


Standing Term Liquidity Facility

In the coming weeks, the Bank of Canada will launch the Standing Term Liquidity Facility (STLF). Announced in November 2019, the STLF complements the Bank’s current tools for the provision of liquidity and will strengthen the Bank’s efforts to enhance the resilience of the Canadian financial system. Under the STLF, the Bank could provide loans to eligible financial institutions in need of temporary liquidity support and where the Bank has no concerns about their financial soundness.


Canada’s big banks to allow mortgage payment deferrals:


Canada’s big six banks will allow mortgage payment deferrals for up to six months as part of extraordinary measures to help customers struggling with the financial impacts of the novel coronavirus pandemic.

More information from each financial institution (information courtesy of County of Brant)

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