CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) - IMPORTANT INFORMATION
SUPPORT FOR BUSINESSES AND ORGANIZATIONS
Provincial programs to help businesses and organizations:
Concerted Temporary Action Program for Businesses - Financial assistance in the form of a loan of $ 50 000 or more. Administered by your financial institution or Investissement Québec.
Emergency Help for Small and Medium Businesses (COVID-19) - This program aims to support eligible businesses who are experiencing financial difficulty due to COVID-19 and who are in need of immediate cash flow of $ 50,000 or less. Administered by the MRC.
Assistance stream for businesses in regions under maximum alert (ABRUMA) - Loan forgiveness up to 80% on loans granted as part of the Emergency Assistance to Small and Medium-Sized Businesses program or the Temporary Joint Action for Businesses Program. This program aims to support businesses that must partially or completely cease operations because they are located in a maximum alert zone (red zone). Administered by the MRC or Investissement Québec.
Federal programs to help businesses and organizations:
Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS): financial assistance to cover rent or mortgages, up to 65% of eligible expenses, for businesses who had a decrease in revenue. An additional 25% is available for businesses who have had to close their doors due to public health measures.
The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) - For employers who experienced a decrease in revenues due to COVID-19, in order to maintain or re-hire their workers. Administered by the Canada Revenue Agency.
Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) - no interest loan up to $60,000, which aims to provide financial assistance to cover expenses that cannot be avoided or deferred. The deadline to apply is March 31, 2021. Repaying the balance of the loan before December 31, 2022 will result in loan forgiveness of up to $20,000.
Work-sharing Program - Work-Sharing (WS) is a program that helps employers and employees avoid layoffs when there is a temporary decrease in business activity beyond the control of the employer. The program provides EI benefits to eligible employees who agree to reduce their normal working hours and share the available work while their employer recovers.
Support for farmers - Farm Credit Canada is allowing an additional $5 billion in lending capacity to producers, agribusinesses, and food processors.
Deferral of Sales Tax Remittance and Customs Duty Payments - this will allow businesses, including self-employed individuals, to defer until June 30, 2020 payments of the Goods and Services Tax / Harmonized Sales Tax (GST/HST), as well as customs duties owing on their imports.
Consult all the programs offered as part of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan
Support for farmers :
Incentive Program to Retain Essential Workers (IPREW) - a financial assistance program for individuals working essential jobs. The assistance amount will make up the difference between the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) and an eligible individual's wages. The program provides $100 for each week of qualifying work beginning March 15, 2020, and extending for a maximum of 16 weeks.
La Table agroalimentaire de l'Outaouais offers support to agriculture producers to help find new ways to market and distribute your products; to help promote available products and services (online store, meal delivery, etc.), and to help find farm labourers to hire.
Reopening the workplace
As Quebec begins its plans to reopen certain workplaces, the CNESST has prepared tools and ressources to help businesses ensure a healthy work environment and to protect workers’ health and ensure their safety.
All businesses must conform to the rules set in place by the public health authorities of Quebec and the CNESST, which are outlined in the guidebook.
Tools and Resources for reopening:
- Conditions Necessary for the Maintenance of Essential Services and the Gradual Opening of Other Workplaces (Institut national de santé publique du Québec)
- Risk-informed decision-making guidelines for workplaces and businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic (Government of Canada)
- COVID-19 Update: Moving Forward - Considerations for the Re-Opening of Physical Workplaces (McCarthy Tetrault law firm)
Tools and Resources:
- COVID-19 : Santé au travail (Work Safety) - Prevention measures to be applied to a workplace (Institut national de la santé publique du Québec)
- 6 tips to respond to employee anxiety about COVID-19 (Canadian Mental Health Association)
- Getting your workplace ready for COVID-19 (World Health Organization)
- Non-profit organizations - New Temporary Measure to Allow for Remote Meetings and Sessions (Ministry of Justice Québec)
- CEDEC (Community Economic Development and Employability Corporation) is offering free resources to support business in the Outaouis region
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