With constant updates related to the COVID-19 pandemic, keeping on top of all the information available can be overwhelming, especially when you’re also trying to run a small business. Our team has been combing through the information available online and has curated some resources we think will be most useful for small business owners.
We will continue to update these resources with new information as it becomes available.
Government of Canada COVID-19 public health (updated daily)
Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada Up-to-date messages from the PM’s office.
COVID-19 Canadian Tracker Tracks confirmed cases and provides links to provincial public health resources
Esri Canada: COVID-19 Canadian Outbreak Tracker GIS Hub providing data-driven overviews of the pandemic for the country, with links to provincial and international resources.
Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan: Support for Canadians and Businesses Overview of government programs provided for Canadians and businesses, including info about deferred tax filing, support for paying employees, accessing credit and more.
Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP) Through this program, Export Development Canada (EDC) and the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) will provide more than $10 billion in direct lending and other types of financial support at market rates to businesses with viable business models whose access to financing would otherwise be restricted.
Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) This program will give qualified workers who have lost income due to COVID-19, including those who have reduced work hours, are caring for ill relatives or are now staying at home to care for children, etc., up to $2,000 per month for up to four months.
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Resources for Canadian businesses Overview of support for businesses. Includes links on deferred tax filing, support for paying employees, accessing credit and considerations for events and business travel.
Support for entrepreneurs impacted by the coronavirus Overview of relief measures available for entrepreneurs, including capital loans, payment postponements and more for eligible businesses.
Business continuity plan and templates for entrepreneurs Templates and tools to help entrepreneurs create and maintain their business continuity plans.
How to cope with the impacts of COVID-19 on your business (video) Advice for entrepreneurs on how to manage their business through this crisis period.
Coronavirus and small business Offers a robust FAQ page so business owners can find the information they need. Also links to government resources and useful templates for communicating company policies with employees and guides for customer communications.
Canadian exporters impacted by COVID-19 Export companies require unique liquidity options. This resource helps Canadian exporters navigate their options, along with trade insights as the situation progresses.
Scholastic Canada (English) Daily projects and activities to keep kids reading and thinking while they’re home from school.