Below you’ll find some resources that we’ve compiled as part of our new and ongoing COVID-19 Support Resource Centre, along with some important upcoming online events to help you even further. Please feel free to forward this information to anyone that you feel may need additional support, or a community to connect with online. Everything is fully accessible and available to all who may need it.
Please note that the majority of our members are situated in Canada, with a small cohort residing in the United States and Internationally. In order to best serve the majority of our members, most of the information below is catered to Canadians at this time.
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World Health Organization (WHO) Coronavirus Updates >>
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For the purpose of serving our key membership, we have compiled the below information for small business owners, exporters, and entrepreneurs. This information has been taken directly from Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan as well as other reliable sources where noted.
Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Minister of Finance announced this new initiative that will provide $2,000 a month for up to 4 months to Canadians who are not receiving a paycheque due to COVID-19. To learn more about the benefit, please read this News Release >>
Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP)
This program helps Canadian businesses obtain financing during the current period of significant uncertainty by supporting access to financing for Canadian businesses in all sectors and regions. Support through Export Development Canada (EDC) for exporters, and the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) for all other entrepreneurs, will provide more than $10 billion in direct lending and other types of financial support.
BCAP Info >> | BDC Program Info >> | EDC Program Info >>
Payment of income tax owed can be deferred by business owners until August 31, 2020. The government has stalled all GST/HST and Income Tax audits for until the end of April 2020. Deferred Taxes Info >>