All COVID-19 Stimulus Funding Available in Your Region, In One Place

UPDATED THURSDAY, MAY 28 AT 12 PM EDT

With new COVID-19 stimulus announcements coming out every day, it can be difficult for businesses, municipalities, other organizations to keep track of what’s out there to support their operations. 

Funding committed by the Government of Canada to date has reached more than $770B. In addition to launching new programs, the Government is revising its existing set of incentives. For example, the deadline to apply to the highly-popular Broadband Fund has been extended to June 1, and the Strategic Innovation Fund, NRC-IRAP, and Innovation Superclusters have been instructed to prioritize projects that fight COVID-19.

These changes come as the Canadian economy continues to struggle under the impact of COVID-19. Last week alone, 6,000 businesses and organizations turned to Fundingportal to find the latest updates on incentives and how to get them. In an effort to make it easier for your organization to find incentives in these uncertain times, we have prepared a list of all COVID-19 incentives for Canadian organizations announced since last week, organized by region. 

HOW TO GET FUNDING USING FUNDINGPORTAL

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FEDERAL PROGRAMS

Agriculture and Agri-food Sector

  • NEW. $9.2M for Youth Employment. This money will enhance the Youth Employment and Skills Program (YESP) and fund up to 700 new positions for youth in the agriculture industry. YESP will provide agriculture employers up to 50% of the cost of hiring a Canadian youth up to $14k.
  • CEBA for Farmers. The Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) program was modified to enable farmers without payroll to access a $40k interest-free loan. Farmers who do not qualify for CEBA can look into applying for the Regional Relief and Recovery Fund.
  • Agri-Food Pilot. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is now accepting applications under this program to help employers in the meat processing, mushroom and greenhouse production, and livestock-raising industries fill ongoing labour needs for full-time, year-round employees.
  • $200M for Dairy Loans. The Canadian Dairy Commission’s borrowing limit has been increased from $300M to $500M.
  • $100M Agriculture and Food Business Solutions Fund. This new fund will help proven, viable companies through unexpected business disruptions. Applications will be assessed on their merit and will be supported to a maximum of $10M.
  • $469.4M for Fish Harvesters. The new $267.6M Fish Harvester Benefit provides income support for this year’s fishing seasons to eligible self-employed fish harvesters and sharespersons crew who cannot access the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS). The $201.8M Fish Harvester Grant provides grants to fish harvesters impacted by the pandemic, and who are ineligible for the Canada Emergency Business Account or equivalent measures.
  • $77.5M Emergency Processing Fund. This new program will help food producers access more personal protective equipment, adapt to health protocols, automate or modernize their facilities, processes, and operations, and respond to emerging pressures from COVID-19. Additional EI measures are also available.
  • $125M AgriRecovery Initiative. This program will help producers faced with additional costs incurred by COVID-19.
  • $50M Surplus Food Purchase Program. This new program will help redistribute existing and unsold inventories to local food organizations serving vulnerable Canadians.
  • Increased AgriStability Payments. The Government is working with provinces and territories to increase interim payments from 50% to 75% through AgriStability.
  • Changes to AgriInsurance. The Government is exploring expanding this program to include labour shortages as an eligible risk for the horticultural sector.
  • $62.5M for Fish and Seafood Sector. The new Canadian Seafood Stabilization Fund will help businesses access short-term financing.
  • $50M in Sectorial Support. The federal government will provide support of $1.5k for each temporary foreign worker employed by farmers, fish harvesters, and all food production and processing employers to ensure isolation period requirements are fully met. The funding is conditional on employers not being found in violation of the mandatory 14-day isolation protocols or any other public health order. This program will be available as long as the Quarantine Act is in force and the isolation protocol is followed.

Transportation Sector

  • $331.4M in Waived Fees for Airports. Rents paid on ground leases for the 21 airport authorities that form part of the National Airport System and that pay rent to the government are waived for March through to December. PortsToronto, which operates Billy Bishop City Airport, will receive comparable treatment.

Energy and Cleantech

  • $2B for the Energy Sector. The Government is investing this money to create and protect jobs and important environmental benefits, as well as make available new tailored credit solutions for SMEs. The targeted actions are expected to retain and create approximately 10,000 well-paying jobs.
  • $1.72B for Orphan and Inactive Oil and Gas Wells. This money will flow to the Governments of Alberta, Saskatchewan, and BC, as well as the Alberta Orphan Wells Association.
  • $750M for GHG Reductions in the Oil and Gas Sector. Natural Resources Canada will create a new repayable loan program to work with conventional and offshore oil and gas companies to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs). A portion of these loans will be convertible to grants.
  • Cleantech Funding. SDTC, Canada’s largest cleantech funder, is providing an immediate increase in funding to all previously-supported projects. They also tweeted that they are available to support cleantech startups.

Publishing and News Sectors

  • Expanded Tax Credit Program. News publishers and media organizations that receive support through the ‘Aid to Publishers’ grant of the Canada Periodical Fund will now qualify for the Canadian journalism labour tax credit.
  • $30M in Canceled CRTC Fees. The CRTC will not issue letters requesting payment for Part I licence fees by broadcasters for the 2020–21 fiscal year.
  • Simplified Applications. Canadian Heritage will simplify the application process for its Canada Book Fund and Canada Periodical Fund. 
  • Tax Measures. The Independent Advisory Board on Eligibility for Journalism Tax Measures is now in place.

Innovation and Procurement

  • $15M for Women Entrepreneurs. This money will be distributed to pre-existing recipients under the Women’s Entrepreneurship Strategy.
  • $450M for Researchers. Funding of up to $847 per individual per week will be provided to universities and health research institutes as a wage subsidy. In addition, up to 75% of eligible costs related to maintaining essential research activities will be supported.
  • $250M for IRAP. NRC-IRAP, Canada’s most important grant program for industrial R&D, will receive this money to support innovative firms that do not yet have revenue or are in the early stages of development. The deadline to apply is Apr. 30.
  • Refocusing Key Programs. Flagship programs, including the Strategic Innovation Fund (SIF), NRC-IRAP, and Innovation Superclusters, are now mandated with prioritizing projects that fight against COVID-19. $192M in funding has already been committed under SIF to biotech companies AbCellera and Medicago, which are working on drugs and vaccines against the virus. Fundingportal has extensive experience applying to these funds — book a consultation now.
  • $50M in Manufacturing Supercluster Funding. NGen is investing this money to support manufacturers in rapidly responding to the COVID-19 pandemic through procurement activities.
  • $2B to Support for Manufacturers. The Government’s new “Plan to Mobilize Industry to Fight COVID-19” will help manufacturers to rapidly scale up production or re-tool their manufacturing lines to develop products that help fight the virus.
  • Innovation Challenge. The National Research Council (NRC) will organize a COVID-19 Challenge Program to address a range of medium-term public health needs. The program will bring together government, academics, and private sector partners.
  • Procurement. Public Works and Government Services Canada has put out an urgent call to procure Canadian-made products and solutions required to fight the pandemic.

Broadband and Regional Development 

  • $962M Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF). This new program is available through Canada’s six Regional Development Agencies (RDAs) (FedDev Ontario, Western Economic Diversification, Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions, ACOA, FedNor, and CanNor). It is mostly aimed at businesses unable to access other COVID-19 measures.
  • Broadband Fund Deadline Extended. The CRTC’s Broadband Fund deadline has been extended from March 27 to June 1. Fundingportal’s grant writers are available now to get your application in on time.
  • $675M for Regional Development. The RDAs will use this money to provide bridge financing support to businesses unable to access broader support measures.
  • $287M for Rural Regions. The Community Futures Network will receive this funding to support rural communities and businesses.
  • $15M for Northern Businesses. Businesses in Yukon, Northwest Territories, and Nunavut will receive funding to assist with operating costs. Funding will be distributed through CanNor.
  • Support for SMEs and the Tourism Sector. Affected tourism operations and SMEs that have previously secured funding from RDAs can contact their local office to receive additional funding and more flexible arrangements. Companies that have not previously secured funding from these agencies may still be able to access funding to stay in business. Fundingportal’s grant writers have extensive experience with regional development programs. Book a free consultation today.

Employment Stability

  • Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy. A 75% wage subsidy will be made available to qualifying individuals businesses, nonprofits, and charities for March 15-August 29. To qualify, employers must show their monthly revenues have fallen by at least 30% year-over-year (15% for March). Wages covered will be capped at $847/ week/ employee. The Government is also proposing that eligible employers be entitled to receive a 100% refund for certain employer-paid contributions to EI, the Canada Pension Plan, the Quebec Pension Plan, and the Quebec Parental Insurance Plan. Applications are now being accepted through the CRA’s website and money began to flow on May 5.
  • Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB). This taxable benefit will provide $2000 a month for up to four months to workers who lose their income due to the pandemic. It is available to workers and those who are self-employed and stopped working due to COVID-19. Applications can now be filed on Canada.ca/coronavirus. Low-income essential workers will also be provided with a temporary salary top-up.
  • Canada Summer Jobs Program Update. Private and public sector employers can now receive up to 100% of the provincial or territorial minimum hourly wage for each employee. The end date for employment is extended to Feb. 28, 2021. Employers can now adapt their projects and job activities to support essential services and can hire staff on a part-time basis.
  • Temporary Wage Subsidy. This program provides employers with a 10% temporary wage subsidy for a three-month period. Employers can receive up to $25,000. Applications are not required; employers can reduce their current payroll remittance of federal, provincial, or territorial income tax to send the CRA by the amount of the subsidy immediately. Applicants can also apply to the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy.
  • Special Work-Sharing Measures. Under the Work-Sharing program, EI-eligible employees receive income support while temporarily working reduced workweeks. The maximum duration of work-share agreements has been extended to 76 weeks. Employers and employees must apply together. 

Business Financing  

  • Large Employer Emergency Financing Facility (LEEFF). LEEFF will 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. Applications are now being accepted.
  • Rental Assistance. The government has reached an agreement in principle with all provinces and territories to implement the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) for small businesses. This program lowers rent by 75% for small businesses that have been affected by COVID-19. The program works by providing forgivable loans to qualifying commercial property owners to cover 50% of three monthly rent payments that are payable by eligible small business tenants who are experiencing financial hardship during April, May, and June. Applications opened May 25.
  • $32.5B for the Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA). This new program, available through Export Development Canada (EDC) and private lenders, provides small businesses and nonprofits with interest-free loans of up to $40k to help cover their operating costs. To qualify, applicants need to demonstrate they paid $20k-$1.5M in total payroll in 2019. Repaying the balance of the loan on or before Dec. 31, 2022 will result in loan forgiveness of 25% (up to $10k). As of April 9, organizations can apply directly through their banks or credit unions. On May 19, CEBA’s eligibility criteria was expanded to include many owner-operated small businesses.
  • Mid-Market Financing Program. This new BDC program will provide loans of $12.5M to $60M to medium-sized businesses with annual revenues of approximately $100M. Interested businesses should apply at their regular bank. Guarantees of up to $80M will also be made available.
  • $20.1M in Loans for Young Entrepreneurs. Futurpreneur Canada, a national nonprofit that provides financing, mentoring and support tools to entrepreneurs aged 18-39, will use this money to provide ongoing lending to young entrepreneurs.
  • $10B for Financing and Credit Solutions. The new Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP), administered by BDC and EDC, provides $10B in additional financing and credit insurance solutions for businesses. Credit-worthy businesses seeking financing to support their operations and maintain jobs can contact their existing BDC, EDC or private bank account manager to obtain a loan at current market rates. This program has now been expanded to support medium-sized businesses with larger financing needs, beginning with companies in the energy sector.
  • $20B Loan Guarantee for SMEs. EDC will guarantee new operating credit and cash flow term loans that financial institutions extend to SMEs, up to $6.25M.
  • $20B Co-Lending Program for SMEs. The Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC), together with financial institutions, will co-lend term loans to SMEs to support their operational cash flow requirements. Eligible businesses can obtain incremental credit amounts up to $6.25M per loan. Eligible financial institutions will conduct the underwriting and manage the interface with their customers.
  • Additional Measures to Increase Liquidity. 
    • Export Development Canada (EDC) has more flexibility to provide exporters with support through loans, guarantees or insurance policies. 
    • The Bank of Canada has cut the interest rate to 0.75%.
    • Canada’s large banks have an additional $300B in lending capacity.
    • A new Bankers’ Acceptance Purchase Facility supports financing for SMEs. 
    • The government’s bond buyback program is broadened. 
    • Shorter Term Repo operation terms are temporarily in place for interbank funding. 
    • A Standing Liquidity Facility will be launched in the coming weeks. 
    • The Government will purchase up to $50B of insured mortgage pools through the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) under the Insured Mortgage Purchase Program.  
  • More Credit for Farmers. 
    • Farm Credit Canada will have access to an additional $5B in lending capacity for producers, agribusinesses, and food processors.
    • All farmers who have an outstanding Advance Payments Program (APP) loan due on or before April 30 will get an additional six months to repay the loan. This represents $173M in deferred loans.
    • Applicable farmers with outstanding interest-free loans can apply for an additional $100k interest-free portion for 2020-21, as long as their total advances remain under $1M.

Taxes and Deferments

  • Relief for the Tourism Sector. Tourism operators in national parks, historic sites, and marine conservation areas can defer payments on commercial leases and licences of occupation without interest until Sept. 1.
  • Sales Tax Deferments. GST and HST remittances and customs duty payments are deferred to June 30.
  • Deferred Tax Payments. Businesses can defer the payment of any income tax amount owing to August 31.

Communities, Culture and Indigenous Groups

  • $75M in New Funding. This money will go to Indigenous organizations providing services to Indigenous peoples in urban centres and off reserve.
  • $350M Emergency Community Support Fund. Starting on May 19, charities and nonprofits requiring financial assistance to address the pandemic can apply for funding from United Way Centraide Canada, the Canadian Red Cross, and the Community Foundations of Canada.
  • $500M COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund for Cultural, Heritage and Sport Organizations. This money helps address the financial needs of affected organizations. The money is now being distributed to past recipients through Canadian Heritage’s partners: the Canada Council for the Arts, the Canada Media Fund, FACTOR, Musicaction, and Telefilm Canada.
  • $306.8M for Indigenous SMEs. The funding will provide approximately 6000 Indigenous-owned businesses access short-term, interest-free loans and non-repayable contributions through Aboriginal Financial Institutions.
  • New Horizons for Seniors Program. Those who have already secured funding from this program can redirect the money to support COVID-19 efforts.
  • $305M for Indigenous Communities. A new distinctions-based Indigenous Community Support Fund will address immediate needs in First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Nation communities.
  • $50M for Shelters and Sexual Assault Centres. This funding will support the capacity of organizations to manage outbreaks in their facilities.
  • $157.5M for Homeless Shelters. This money will flow through the Reaching Home Program.

PROVINCIAL PROGRAMS

AB 

  • Support for the Tourism Sector. Operators in the hospitality sector can keep their tourism levy amounts for the period between March 1 and Dec. 31.
  • Funding for Front-line Nonprofits. Money from the Community Initiatives Program Project-based grant is being reallocated to the Community Initiatives Program Operating grant to help struggling front-line charities and nonprofits maintain their core operations and provide services during the pandemic.
  • $25M in Support for Hog and Potato Farmers. The interim payment under AgriStability is increased from 50% to 75%0.
  • $5M Agriculture Training Support Program. This Program helps employers in the food supply chain provide necessary training to new domestic employees. The maximum government contribution under the program is $2k per new employee, up to a maximum of $50k per employer.
  • Utility Relief. Farm and small commercial customers can defer bill payments for electricity and natural gas until June 18.
  • $1B Site Rehabilitation Program. This new program will provide grants to oilfield service contractors to perform well, pipeline, and oil and gas site reclamation work. It is expected to create about 5,300 direct jobs and lead to the cleanup of thousands of sites. This program will launch on May 1 and will provide funds in $100M increments.
  • $50M Emergency Isolation Support Program. Those who must self-isolate and do not have other sources of revenue can access a bridge support payment of $1,146. This fund has now closed. 
  • $2M Charitable Donation Matching Program. Donations to eligible charities will be matched by the Government until May 31.
  • Layoff Rules. The maximum time for a temporary layoff is increased from 60 to 120 days. This change is retroactive to March 17.
  • Protection for Employees. Employees caring for children or ill or self-isolated family members due to COVID-19 will have access to unpaid job-protected leave. The 90-day employment requirement is waived and leave length is flexible.
  • Support for the Forestry Sector. Timber dues are deferred by six months.
  • $3M for Nonprofits. Organizations will use these funds to provide additional food assistance.
  • Tax Relief for the Tourism Sector. Hotels and other lodging providers can delay paying the tourism levy until Aug. 31 for amounts due on or after March 27.
  • Corporate Income Tax Deferral. Payments are deferred until Aug. 31, but businesses must continue to file their tax returns. Utility payments are also deferred. Education property taxes are also deferred for six months, and then will be reverted and frozen to last year’s level. WCB premiums are deferred one year. 50% of the premium will be covered by the government for SMEs when it is due.
  • Support for the Energy Sector. 
    • Emissions Reduction Alberta (ERA) has provided applicants under its $50M Natural Gas Challenge a two-week extension to file their full project proposals. It has also announced that more funding is on its way to support technologies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
    • The Government will provide $113M in industry relief through its Energy Regulator, grant 1-year extensions for oil and gas tenures, and loan $100M to the Orphan Well Association.
  • Corporate Income Tax Deferral. Payments are deferred until Aug. 31, but businesses must continue to file their tax returns. Utility payments are also deferred.
  • $60M for Community Support. Municipalities, charities, and nonprofits that provide social services will receive this money in support of their response to COVID-19.
  • $500M for Frontline Support. This funding will support public health officials.

BC

  • UPDATED. $120M for Oil and Gas Site Remediation. BC received this money from the federal government and will allocate it as follows: $100M for the Dormant Sites Reclamation Program, $15M for the Orphan Sites Supplemental Reclamation Program, and $5M for the Legacy Sites Reclamation Program. Applications for the first program opened on May 25 and the program was nearly fully subscribed on its first day.
  • $10M for Tourism. 59 B.C. community-destination marketing organizations (DMOs) severely impacted by COVID-19 travel restrictions will receive this money.
  • Support for Aquaculture and Seafood Companies. The latest intake of the B.C. Agri-Business Planning Program is open to applications and has been expanded to include aquaculture and seafood companies in developing COVID-19 business recovery plans.
  • $50M 2020 Northern Capital and Planning Grant. This money will go to local governments to help address their infrastructure needs and as they prepare for major resource and economic development.
  • $25M B.C. Northern Healthy Communities Fund. This program, which will be administered through the Northern Development Initiative Trust, will help communities as they prepare for major economic development. It will be available to local governments, First Nations, and nonprofits to support local delivery of critical services.
  • Temporary Layoff Period Extended. The Government has extended the temporary layoff period to 16 weeks for COVID-19 related reasons, up from 13 weeks.
  • Funding for Broadband. The $50M Connecting British Columbia program now includes a funding stream to help internet service providers with immediate network equipment upgrades to rapidly improve capacity and internet speeds in underserved communities.
  • Emergency Benefit for Workers. People whose ability to work has been affected by COVID-19 will be able to apply for the $1k B.C. Emergency Benefit for Workers (BCEBW) starting on May 1.
  • Property Tax Relief. The Province is reducing most commercial property tax bills by an average of 25%.
  • Funding for Sport. Sports organizations will be able to access $5M in funding through viaSport.
  • $3M for Arts and Culture. The new Arts and Culture Resilience Supplement, administered by the BC Arts Council, will provide eligible applicants with a supplement of up to $15k in early April to help them pay their bills. Starting in April, the Council will also provide operating clients a 50% advance on 2020-21 funding to help with their cash flow and will extend application deadlines, relax reporting requirements, and allow organizations to use funding to cover immediate needs like rent and utilities.
  • Emergency Leave. Affected workers can now take unpaid, job-protected leave, retroactive to Jan. 27.
  • $5B Package Announced. $2.8B will support people and services, while $2.2B will provide relief to businesses.
    • The B.C. Emergency Benefit for Workers will provide a $1000 payment to those whose ability to work is compromised. 
    • Effective immediately, businesses with a payroll over $500k can defer their employer health tax payments until Sept. 30.
    • Tax filing and payment deadlines for the provincial sales tax (PST), municipal and regional district tax, tobacco tax, motor fuel tax and carbon tax are also deferred until Sept. 30.
    • Business and light- and major-industry property classes will see their school tax cut in half.
  • Funding for Childcare Providers. Childcare centres that remain open will receive compensation to counteract reduced enrolment. Centres that close will receive support for fixed operating costs.

MB

  • Manitoba Works Capital Incentive. This new program uses tax increment financing to stimulate economic development. Businesses can apply for funding if they are ready to make a minimum capital investment of $10M in a specific property, which will be designated for tax increment financing benefits.
  • $10M for Green Team Grants. The Government is doubling the amount invested under this program in 2019 to support community organizations, municipalities, and provincial parks delivering projects this upcoming summer. Green Team grants are awarded to nonprofits and municipal governments to hire youth and young adults to work on community projects between May and August.
  • $500M Manitoba Restart Program. This program will focus primarily on infrastructure projects.
  • Stable Funding for Municipalities. The Government has confirmed that funding will be maintained for municipalities. $172.6M will go toward operations, and $137M toward infrastructure. The province is also speeding up the pace of funding with 75% flowing now and 25% in the fall.
  • $120M for SMEs. The Manitoba Gap Protection Program (MGPP) is available to any business that has fallen into a gap in failing to qualify for the various federal government COVID-19 assistance programs and wage subsidies. The province will advance each eligible business the non-interest bearing forgivable MGPP loan of $6k. The loan will be forgiven on Dec. 31, 2020, if the recipient attests at that time that it has not received any major non-repayable COVID-19 federal supports. The portal to apply to this program is now live.
  • $160K Food Purchasing Platform. Direct Farm Manitoba is a new software platform that will allow Manitobans to order food online from local producers and farmers’ markets.
  • $37M for Employers. The Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba is returning a $37M surplus to provide financial relief to eligible employers. In May, eligible employers will receive a credit to their account based on 20% of their 2019 premium. To be eligible to receive the surplus, employers must have fulfilled their payroll reporting responsibilities for 2019 and paid a WCB premium in 2019. Employers can still report their 2019 payroll to receive the surplus distribution.
  • $5M COVID-19 Research Fund. This new fund will support a clinical trial to determine if a commonly used drug can safely be used as a treatment for COVID-19.
  • $15M for Mask Procurement. The Government is seeking local manufacturers able to develop an accelerated process to scale the manufacturing of masks.
  • Deferred Fees and Charges. Provincial fees and charges are deferred until Oct. 1.
  • Insurance Affordability. The government is accelerating the removal of $75M of annual PST related to insurance payments from residential and business properties, effective July 1.  
  • $100M for Procurement. A new portal has been launched asking businesses to manufacture and supply essential products and services.
  • Tax Filing Deferred. Tax filings and payments are deferred until Aug. 31. There is also a two-month deferral for small businesses that remit up to $10k in Manitoba payroll tax or $10k in sales tax.
  • Employment Stability. A temporary exception is giving employers more time to recall laid-off employees. Any period of layoff occurring after March 1 will not be counted toward the eight-week period after which a temporary layoff would become a permanent termination.
  • $27.6M for Childcare Workers. A new $18M grant program will help affected early-childhood educators, in addition to $7.6M to support licensed childcare centres, and $2M for capital grants. 

NB

  • Working Capital. Small business owners are eligible for loans up to $200k. Principal on the loan will not be required for up to 12 months. Medium- and large-sized employers can receive working capital up to $200k through Opportunities NB.
  • Employment Stability. Legislation will be introduced to provide affected workers with an unpaid leave of up to 15 weeks.
  • Payment Deferments. WorkSafeNB is deferring the collection of assessment premiums for three months. The interest rate will be eliminated to align with the three-month deferral. On a case-by-case basis, the Government will also defer loan and interest repayments for existing business loans with government departments for up to six months.
  • One-time Benefit. A one-time $900 benefit will be provided by the Red Cross to those who lost their employment or had to close their business.

NL

  • $25M Tourism and Hospitality Support Program. Eligible small and medium-sized tourism operators will be able to apply for a one-time, non-repayable working capital contribution of either $5,000 or $10,000, dependent on gross sales.
  • Fee Deferral. A number of fees have been deferred or waived for businesses.
  • Electricity Credit. General service customers including businesses and other organizations whose rates are based on Holyrood fuel costs will receive a one-time credit on their bills as early as July. Interest is also waived on overdue accounts for a 15-month period starting June 1.
  • $300k Students Supporting Communities Program. This program provides a $3,500 grant to organizations to hire students to help seniors and other vulnerable groups facing social isolation during the pandemic.
  • Loan Deferrals. Loan payments under the Innovation and Business Investment Corporation’s Business Investment Fund have been deferred by six months.
  • R&D Hiring. The hiring eligibility for commercial R&D projects will be temporarily increased to up to six positions between April 1 and Sept. 30.
  • Support for R&D. Contribution levels have been temporarily increased for eligible project applications under R&D commercial and Business Development Support. Eligible costs will now be covered up to 75%, up from 50%, for applications approved between April 1 and Sept. 30.
  • Credit Unions. Credit unions can now offer the Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) program.
  • Cellular Service Call Extended. The deadline for the second call for proposals to expand cellular service has been extended to June 30.
  • Job Protection. Employees who take a leave of absence due to COVID-19 are now entitled to leave without pay and job protection.
  • $120M for Community Organizations. This money will help these organizations continue their operations.
  • Funding for Childcare. Financial assistance will be made available to childcare centres until April 30. 

NS

  • NEW. $230M for Infrastructure. The Government is investing this money in roads, bridges, school repairs and museum, courthouse, and hospital renovations. This money will help stimulate the economy.
  • $380M in Loans for Municipalities. A new operating loan program available through the Municipal Finance Corporation is being introduced to help municipalities with financial losses due to COVID-19.
  • COVID-19 Small Business Credit and Support Program. This new program, which will launch Apr. 29, will act as a temporary stream for small businesses to access credit, cash grants, and support delivered through participating credit unions. To be eligible, businesses must have a payroll less than $20k in the previous fiscal year and have experienced a decline in revenue from sales of at least 15% in March or at least 30% in April, May, or June.
  • $20M Worker Emergency Bridge Fund. This program will provide a one-time, $1k payment to the self-employed and laid-off workers who do not qualify for EI. More details will be announced this week.
  • $20M Small Business Impact Grant. Eligible small businesses and social enterprises will receive a grant of 15% of their sales revenue — either from April 2019 or February 2020, up to a maximum of $5k. More details will be announced this week.
  • Rent Support. Retail and commercial landlords are encouraged to defer lease payments for three months for businesses that had to close. Landlords who participate should register before Apr. 3 to claim losses of up to $5k per month.
  • $161M for SMEs. This money will address cashflow and access to credit.
  • Government Payments Deferred. All government loan payments and small business fees are deferred until June 30.
  • Small Business Loan Guarantee Program. This program, administered through credit unions, will defer payments until June 30. Additionally, it will now be easier for businesses to get up to $500k. 

NT

  • Funding for Artists. Professional artists and arts businesses, nonprofits, and collectives can apply for $3k-$5k in funding.
  • $4M Support for Entrepreneurs and Economic Development (SEED) Program. This program will help support economic recovery efforts.
  • $2.7M in Rent Relief. Rent relief is available to all holders of existing recreational, commercial, and mining surface dispositions on public land for April 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021.
  • $86k in Support for Community Futures Development Corporations. This money will allow the CFDCs to defer loan payments for their clients.
  • $8.78M for Airlines. Northwest Territories’ passenger-based airlines that offered scheduled service during the COVID-19 pandemic will receive this funding on a formula-basis.
  • Funding for Recycling. Recycling depots and processing centres are eligible for a one-time payment of $5k to help offset costs directly associated with loss of income to operators since their closure on March 19 due to COVID-19.
  • Procurement. The Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment is now accepting funding applications from local businesses and artists interested in manufacturing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), as well as other non-medical products.
  • Loans. The Government has opened a second intake of applications for low-interest loans to support businesses through the pandemic. Applications will be accepted and reviewed on an ongoing first-come-first-served basis. Working Capital Loans of up to $25k (or more if need is clearly addressed) are available through the NWT Business Development and Investment Corporation (BDIC).
  • $8.3M Package. This package will support people, businesses and communities. Measures include waiving airport fees, interest relief on tax returns, liquor and cannabis buybacks, and waiving food establishment permits.
  • $13.2M Economic Relief Package. This money will flow in part to businesses through loans and fee reductions.

NU

  • Small Business Support. Eligible businesses can apply for a grant of up to $5k.

ON

  • $2.25M for Farm Workers. The second intake of the Agri-food Workplace Protection Program is now open to help farmers enhance health and safety measures to prevent the spread of the virus. The funding will be used for initiatives like purchasing personal protective equipment, enhanced cleaning and disinfection, and redesigning workstations. Support is also available for farmers who experience unexpected costs for housing and transportation as a result of a COVID-19 outbreak among on-farm employees.
  • $2.25M for Meat Processing Plants. The Agri-food Workplace Protection Program will provide funding to implement COVID-19 health and safety measures in provincially licensed meat plants, including purchasing additional personal protective equipment, redesigning workstations, supporting employees who require mandatory isolation, and work-site mobility and transportation. OMAFRA will begin accepting applications on May 12 and will expedite the approval process.
  • Temporary Relief on Electricity Costs. The Government is deferring a portion of Global Adjustment (GA) charges for industrial and commercial electricity consumers that do not participate in the Regulated Price Plan for the period starting from April 2020. This will provide temporary immediate relief on monthly electricity bills in April, May, and June.
  • $2.5M for Online Agri-Expansion. 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. Funding will range between $5k and $75k per application.
  • $1M for Agri-Food Jobs. The Place to Grow: Agri-Food Innovation Initiative – Addressing Labour Supply and Training Challenges program, administered by OMAFRA, will 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.
  • $15M Tax Deferral for Northern Ontario. Businesses and people in parts of Northern Ontario that are outside of municipal boundaries can defer their property taxes 90 days.
  • $12M for Mental Health. This money will expand online and virtual mental health supports and provide support to Ontario Provincial Police personnel.
  • $50M Ontario Together Procurement Portal. The Government is seeking suppliers of in-demand medical products, as well as innovators (virtual mental health services, supply chain resiliency monitoring, and financial planning and advising for small businesses) that can help Ontarians.
  • $304M Residential Relief Fund. Money will flow to hospitals, frontline workers, long-term care homes, retirement homes, residential facilities,emergency shelters, people with developmental disabilities, and Indigenous communities.
  • $17B Action Plan. A new plan providing tax and other deferrals was released. Read more about the plan here.
  • $200M for Social Services. This money will go to municipalities and social services organizations. The funds will be distributed by municipal service managers. 
  • Removing Barriers for Manufacturers. The Government is working with manufacturers to redeploy capacity towards the production of essential equipment.
  • Employment. Employees in isolation or quarantine or that need to miss work to care for children can secure job-protected leave.

PE

  • COVID-19 Workspace Adaption Assistance Fund. This program helps small businesses purchase and install protective measures, such as plexiglass dividers or handwashing stations to safeguard employees and customers. Businesses can receive up to $2k and the program will be retroactive to March 16 to support businesses that have already put measures in place to operate safely.
  • Prince Edward Island Fish Emergency Loan Program. This Finance PEI Program will provide loans up to $25k to harvesters at 4% interest over a five-year term. The principal will be deferred for the first 18 months. In addition, the Department of Fisheries and Communities will pay interest on behalf of the borrower for the first 18 months.
  • Interest Relief Program. This program will support fish harvesters with up to 12 months of interest relief and service debt costs on a maximum of $250M at an average interest rate of 5%. Fish harvesters that can demonstrate a 30% or more decrease in fish-related revenues for the 2020 fishing season will be eligible. 
  • COVID-19 Workspace Adaption Assistance Fund. This program will help small businesses purchase and install protective measures such as plexiglass dividers or handwashing stations to safeguard employees and customers. Businesses can receive up to $2k and the program will be retroactive to March 16.
  • $66M for the Tourism Industry. New financing options, interest relief, and additional funding for marketing are available. In particular, $50M will be available through a tourism assistance loan facility through Finance PEI, with maximum financing of up to $1M at 4% interest available for working capital. Both the principal payments on the loan, as well as interest, will be deferred for the first 18 months.
  • $750k Strategic Fund for Agriculture. This program will help commodities and small processors adapt to the pandemic. In addition, all agriculture programs are currently being reviewed to ensure they meet the sector’s most pressing needs.
  • Jobs for Youth. The deadline to apply to this program has been extended to Apr. 30.
  • COVID-19 Business Adaptation Advice Program. The program will cover the entire cost for businesses and entrepreneurs, up to $2,500, to hire a professional to provide advice and support on how to adapt or recover from the impacts of the pandemic.
  • Tax Deferments. Provincial taxes and fees are deferred until Dec. 31. There is also interest relief for the 2020 tax year.
  • $1M COVID-19 Special Situations Fund. This fund will provide up to $1k to individuals who do not qualify for existing support programs.
  • $40M Emergency Contingency Fund. This new fund supports workers and small businesses affected by the pandemic.
  • Procurement. The new PEI Sourced Solutions online portal will help meet demand for supplies.
  • Support for Nonprofits. Nonprofits with COVID-19-specific needs can apply for funding through the United Way, which was given a $250k budget.
  • Grocery Gift Cards. The new Employee Gift Card Program enables employers to provide laid-off employees with a $100 Sobeys gift card. 
  • $4.5M for Small Businesses. Community Business Development Corporations will provide financing to small businesses and entrepreneurs.
  • Emergency Relief Worker Assistance Program. Employers are asked to help identify workers who have experienced a significant reduction in their work hours. Workers can get up to $250 per week.
  • Emergency Income Relief. This Innovation PEI program provides the self-employed with a $500 per week lump sum.
  • Emergency Working Capital Financing. This Finance PEI program provides support for small businesses through a capital loan of up to $100k with a fixed interest rate of 4% per annum.
  • $2M for Childcare. Early-learning centres will be able to apply to a fund to maintain spaces.

QC

  • UPDATED. $100M in Support for Training. The new Programme actions concertées pour le maintien en emploi (PACME) provides support for training staff (for example, on health measures or telecommuting best practices). 100% of eligible costs will be reimbursed, up to $100k. The wages of trainees will be reimbursed up to a maximum of $25/hr for 25-100% of their time. The Business stream of this program has reached capacity.
  • $13.9B for Infrastructure. The Government is moving up its planned infrastructure spending and will increase its budget from $11B to $13.9B.
  • $450k for Aquaculture. This funding will support those affected by COVID-19.
  • NEW. $10M for Scientific and Technological Projects. This money will flow for COVID-19 related projects under the Programme innovation, Programme de soutien aux organismes de recherche et d’innovation, and the Fonds de recherche du Québec.
  • $22M in Support for Private Daycares. Funding will be disbursed on a formula-basis.
  • Credit for Health Contributions. Employers will receive a credit on their contributions to the Fonds des services de santé for employees on forced leave.
  • $5M in Additional Support for Community Organizations. This funding will support vulnerable communities.
  • Funding for the Agriculture and Agri-Food Sector. The Financière Agricole du Québec will provide loans of up to $50k to businesses to help them continue their operations. Loans will be repaid over 10 years, and no payments will be made for the first 12 months.
  • $45M for Recruiting Agricultural Workers. This money, administered by the Union des producteurs agricoles (UPA) and AGRIcarrières, will help attract agricultural workers.
  • $250k for Nonprofits in Ville-Marie. The Fonds local d’urgence conjoint pour les organismes de Ville-Marie will provide funding to local community organizations.
  • $60M in Support for the Forestry Sector. Volumes harvested in public forests as of March will only be billed in September.
  • Support for Workers. The new Programme incitatif pour la rétention des travailleurs essentiels (PIRTE) will offer workers with modest revenues a payment of $100 per week for a 16-week period.
  • $150M in Loans for SMEs. The new Aide d’urgence aux petites et moyennes entreprises program will provide loans under $50k to support SMEs affected by COVID-19.
  • $40M for Essential Services in Isolated Areas. The new Programme d’aide pour le maintien des services aériens régionaux essentiels en période d’urgence sanitaire will support the transportation of essential merchandise and affected people in isolated areas.
  • $10M for Volunteers. The Soutien à l’action bénévole program receives this additional funding for its 2020-21 intake, effectively doubling its budget.
  • $287M for Frontline Workers. Health and social services employees working directly with people affected by COVID-19 will get an 8% bonus on their salaries. Those in the same sectors who are not qualified will get 4%.
  • FLI. Reimbursement of loan and interest on loans under the Fonds locaux d’investissement (FLI) is deferred by three months.
  • $2.5M for Victims of Violence. This additional funding will go to women’s shelters.
  • Temporary Support for Businesses. The new Programme d’action concertée temporaire pour les entreprises (PACTE) will provide loan guarantees or loans of a minimum of $50k to businesses, cooperatives, nonprofits, and social enterprises that are facing liquidity issues. 
  • Temporary Support for Workers. The new Programme d’aide temporaire aux travailleurs (PATT COVID-19) (PATT COVID-19 Temporary support program for workers) provides financial support for workers who are not admissible to employment insurance programs and are currently affected by isolation measures. Employees can directly apply to this program without assistance from their employer.
  • Tax Measures. The government will defer most tax filing deadlines to June 30. Tax credit filings and reimbursements will be accelerated.
  • Support for Artists. Emergency support is available to artists through the Conseil des arts et lettres du Québec.

SK

  • $400M Accelerated Site Closure Program (ASCP). This program will reclaim the life of up to 8,000 inactive wells and facilities.
  • $300M for Highways. This money will be used to stimulate the economy.
  • $2B for Infrastructure. A new $7.5B, two-year capital plan has been announced to stimulate economic recovery from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. This infrastructure funding represents a $2B increase over the government’s existing capital plan.
  • $50M Saskatchewan Small Business Emergency Payment (SSBEP). This program will provide additional support to SMEs that have closed or curtail their operations. One-time grants will be paid based on 15% of a business’ monthly sales revenue, to a maximum of $5k. This program will be extended to the month of May for businesses that are required to remain closed or substantially curtail operations after May 19. Eligible applicants receive a payment of 15% of their sales revenue from April 2019 or February 2020, up to $5k.
  • $1M for Marketing. The Government is providing $1M to support a province-wide marketing campaign to encourage residents to support local businesses and their employees.
  • AgriStability Deadline Extended and Payments Increased. The AgriStability enrollment deadline for the 2020 program year has been extended without penalty to July 3. In addition, the 2020 AgriStability interim benefit payment percentage has been increased from 50% to 75%.
  • $28M for Vaccine Research. This funding will go to a team of researchers in Saskatoon.
  • Tax Deferral. Businesses that are unable to remit their PST will have three-month relief from penalty and interest charges.
  • Self-Isolation Support Program. This program will provide self-isolated residents who are not covered by federal programs with up to $900 for two weeks.

YT

  • $750k for Summer Employment. This money will help employers create new summer employment for graduating and postsecondary students in critical and essential services.
  • $10M Yukon Business Relief Program. This new program will help businesses to cover fixed costs, including rent, utilities, and business insurance. To qualify, businesses must have experienced a 30% reduction in revenue and require immediate relief. Eligible businesses can apply for a grant of up to $30k per month to cover fixed costs from March 23 to July 23.
  • $3.56M for the Aviation Industry. This money will compensate aviation businesses for lost revenues as a result of COVID-19. $1.1M of this money will go to Air North.
  • Support for Childcare Operators. The Government will cover staff wages as well as eligible building expenses, including rent, utilities, and cleaning costs. 
  • Temporary Support for Events Funding Program. This new program will address certain expenses related to event cancellations related to COVID-19. 
  • $1M for the Tourism Sector. The Tourism Cooperative Marketing Fund (TCMF) will have a $1M budget increase for 2020-21. The eligibility criteria have also been broadened.
  • Employment Support. The Paid Sick Leave Program allows Yukon workers or those self-employed who are without sick leave to stay at home if they are sick and required to self-isolate for 14 days and still meet their basic financial needs. In addition, nominees under the Yukon Nominee Program will not be issued the standard 90-day notice to find new employment.
  • Stimulus Package Announced. This new package will support workers, cancelled events, local businesses, and the tourism and cultural sectors. 

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