Resources for Canadian businesses: COVID-19

Resources for Canadian businesses: COVID-19

Keep informed with the latest COVID-19 health and safety updates

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We are seeking Canadian manufacturers that can help us address the challenge of COVID-19.

Small and medium-sized businesses are the backbone of the Canadian economy. During this extraordinary time, the Government of Canada is taking strong action to help Canadian businesses as COVID-19 is affecting them, their employees and their families.

The Government and public health officials are urging all Canadians to:

For businesses, this means:

Four key considerations for businesses

  1. Support for employees
  2. Support for businesses
  3. Business travel and events
  4. Business in international markets

1. Support for employees

No Canadian should have to worry about losing their job, paying their rent or putting food on the table because of COVID-19. That's why the Government has:

2. Support for businesses

No employer should feel like they have to lay off a worker in the face of COVID-19. To provide immediate relief for businesses and entrepreneurs, the Government has:

Assistance for tourism operators, small businesses or organizations

If you are a tourism operator, a small business or an organization affected by COVID-19 and need pressing assistance, the regional development agencies (RDAs) could assist you with access to federal funding and services.

Contingency plans

It is also vital for Canadian businesses to have contingency plans in place to manage potential financial risk. The Canadian Chamber of Commerce has developed a comprehensive preparedness guide for businesses in the face of COVID-19.

The Canadian Federation of Independent Business is also providing information to help businesses through these difficult times.

3. Business travel and events

The Government is advising Canadians to:

To help bring Canadians home, the Government has created the COVID-19 Emergency Loan Program for Canadians Abroad.

When it comes to business conferences and events, the Government is advising against large gatherings of people.

4. Business in international markets

Canada and the United States are temporarily restricting all non-essential travel across our border. Essential travel will continue unimpeded to preserve supply chains between both countries and ensure that food, fuel and life-saving medicines reach people on both sides of the border. For questions or the most up-to-date information on cross-border travel and business, please call the Canada Border Services Agency at 1-800-461-9999.

Canada is working with our international partners to maintain open and connected supply chains during the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure that Canadian businesses can continue to deliver essential goods to people that need them.

The Trade Commissioner Service has experts in 160 cities worldwide who can provide small businesses with market-specific insights and guidance to help you mitigate the impacts of COVID-19, as well as access to funding to help you in global markets.

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