Covid-19 Government Updates

The Truro & Colchester Chamber of Commerce is pleased to provide the following links to important Municipal, Provincial and Federal Government COVID-19 resources. If there are other government links not listed that you have found helpful please email them to [email protected]

MUNICIPAL RESOURCES

Click here to view the Town of Truro’s COVID-19 infomation page https://www.truro.ca/living-in-truro/covid19.html 

View information from the Municipality of Colchester regarding COVID-19 here – https://www.colchester.ca/covid-19-information

Keep up to date with news from theTown of Stewiacke – https://www.stewiacke.net

PROVINCIAL RESOURCES

New in Provincial News:

 

May 29

Premier Stephen McNeil and Dr. Robert Strang, chief medical officer of health for Nova Scotia, announced today, May 29, a new gathering limit of 10 and more steps toward reopening the province.

“Nova Scotians have done the hard work to flatten our curve and with that, we will soon be getting back to work, eating in restaurants, getting back to the gym and getting haircuts,” said Premier McNeil. “This next step to allow people to gather in slightly larger groups is good for our mental health and well-being.”

The new gathering limit of 10 is effective immediately. Physical distancing of two metres or six feet is still required, except among members of the same household or family household bubble.

The limit is the same indoors and outdoors, with an exception for outdoor weddings and funeral services which can have 15 people.

The gathering limit applies to things like social gatherings, arts and culture activities like theatre performances and dance recitals, faith gatherings, and sports and physical activity. It also applies to businesses whose main function is gatherings, such as theatres, concerts, festivals and sporting activities, and to businesses that are too small to ensure physical distancing.

Other steps being taken include:

— starting June 5, private campgrounds can open for all types of campers. They can only operate at 50 per cent capacity and must ensure public health protocols are followed including adequate distance between campsites

— provincial campgrounds will open to Nova Scotians on June 15, with the reservation line opening June 8. They will operate at a reduced capacity to ensure a minimum of 20 feet between individual campsites

— pools can start maintenance work to prepare for reopening, likely in time for summer

— sleepover camps are not permitted this year

“As we create more opportunities for Nova Scotians to regain some normalcy in their lives, it’s important that we all continue to take protective measures like good hand hygiene, cough etiquette and staying home if you’re sick,” said Dr. Strang. “It’s also important for people to think about their own health and circumstances in order to make good decisions about the activities they choose to do.”

To date, Nova Scotia has 40,914 negative test results, 1,055 positive COVID-19 test results and 59 deaths. Confirmed cases range in age from under 10 to over 90. Seven individuals are currently in hospital, three of those in ICU. Nine-hundred and seventy-eight individuals have now recovered and their cases of COVID-19 are considered resolved. Cases have been identified in all parts of the province. A map and graphic presentation of the case data is available at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/data .

 

May 27         

 Premier Stephen McNeil and Dr. Robert Strang, chief medical officer of health, today announced next steps to reopen Nova Scotia’s economy.

The announcement outlined businesses that can reopen on June 5 and a new grant program to support them. The full news release is available at https://novascotia.ca/news/release/?id=20200527003, and in French at https://novascotia.ca/news/release/?id=20200527004. Frequently asked questions (FAQ) on the next steps are attached.

The premier also announced 200 infrastructure projects across the province that will create up to 2,000 local jobs. The full news release is available at https://novascotia.ca/news/release/?id=20200527005.

Today’s news conference

a recording of the news conference is available here:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTGeDYd32Mio7HVETA6ScWQa and short audio recap from Dr. Strang is now available at https://anchor.fm/nsgov.

On May 29th Premier Stephen McNeil released a document with Frequently Asked Questions in regard to reopening business in Nova Scotia. View Reopening FAQ for May 29 here.

On May 27th Premier Stephen McNeil released a document with Frequently Asked Questions in regard to reopening business in Nova Scotia. View Reopening FAQ here.

Province of Nova Scotia resources regarding COVID-19 – https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus

Labour & Advanced Education – https://novascotia.ca/lae

Curious about what it means when the Province declares a State of Emergency? Find some answers here – https://beta.novascotia.ca/states-emergency

Have questions about 811? Find answers here – https://811.novascotia.ca/

View news updates from our Government any time. Click here for the Province of Nova Scotia YouTube Channel – https://www.youtube.com/user/nsgov

Government boosts wage subsidy to 75% for small, medium businesses to avoid layoffs during COVID-19 crisis. Read teh CBC article Here

The province has published the public health officers Formal Order that includes definitions of businesses that must limit or may continue operations. The order includes lists businesses and organizations to which 5-person rule does not apply and workers who are exempt from the 14-day requirements for self-isolation.

The ability of many businesses and the cultural sector to generate revenue has been negatively impacted by the recent Order and they are left wondering how they will pay their bills. Government is encouraging landlords to defer rent for their tenants. RENT DEFERRAL AGREEMENT TEMPLATE

The Nova Scotia Governtment has provided school curriculum information and help with at home learning here: https://curriculum.novascotia.ca/learning-home

A map and graphic presentation of the case data in Nova Scotia is now available at: https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/data/

The Province has made an additional $10 million in credit available as part of its COVID-19 response efforts to support small businesses. In addition, businesses with existing loans under the Program are now eligible for up to a 90-day deferral on principle and interest payments. You can find details on the small business loan program here: https://cua.com/Business/CommercialLending/SmallBusinessFinancingProgram/

The Province of Noca Scotia has released information to help business and other organizations find information to help them safely reopen at https://novascotia.ca/reopening-nova-scotia/ .

FEDERAL RESOURCES

NEW IN FEDERAL NEWS

 

May 19

Minister Ng announced that the Government of Canada will provide $15 million in additional funding to support women entrepreneurs through the Women Entrepreneurship Strategy (WES). This money will go directly to select organizations that are currently WES Ecosystem Fund recipients and will help women entrepreneurs through the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more here.

 

May 14

The Government of Canada announced the details of a new program today. This fund may work for many businesses that did not qualify for other Federal programs. It recognizes that some business owners and support organizations have not been able to access other federal emergency support measures and that is why they have created the Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF). The RRRF will help businesses and organizations continue their operations, including paying their employees, and support projects by businesses, organizations and communities to prepare now for a successful recovery. You can apply here. A portion will be delivered by ACOA and a portion will be delivered in more rural areas by the Atlantic Association of CBDCs.

 

May 11

The Government of Canada today announced its intention to create the Large Employer Emergency Financing Facility (LEEFF) to 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. This support will not be used to resolve insolvencies or restructure firms, nor will it provide financing to companies that otherwise have the capacity to manage through the crisis. The additional liquidity provided through LEEFF will allow Canada’s largest businesses and their suppliers to remain active during this difficult time and position them for a rapid economic recovery.

The government also announced it will expand the Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP) to mid-sized companies with larger financing needs, including loans of up to $60 million per company and guarantees of up to $80 million. For more informatio click here.

You can find information about our supports for small businesses here: http://canada.ca/covid-19-business.

Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan –

Support for business, for individuals and families, people facing unemployment, people who are sick, quarantined, or in directed self-isolation, people who are unable to work, support for seniors, for students and recent graduates and support for the countries most vulnerable.

https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/economic-response-plan.html

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announces that his government is teaming up with a handful of Canadian companies to produce up to 30,000 ventilators — a critical piece of equipment in the battle against COVID-19. Read the story here:

https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/ventilators-trudeau-1.5524581?cmp=newsletter_Coronavirus%20Brief_935_16990

On April 8th the Government of Canada provided further details on the eligibility criteria for businesses to access the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS). Read about the changes here:

https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/news/2020/04/government-provides-further-flexibility-for-employers-to-access-the-canada-emergency-wage-subsidy.html

Government of Canada announces funding for several programs, which will in turn create funding for jobs and provide access to funding for the energy industry and small businesses. Learn more here:

https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/news/2020/04/canadas-covid-19-economic-response-plan-new-support-to-protect-canadian-jobs.html

The government is providing up to $306.8 million in funding to help small and medium-sized Indigenous businesses and to support Aboriginal financial institutions that offer financing to these businesses. Read the release here:

https://pm.gc.ca/en/news/news-releases/2020/04/18/prime-minister-announces-support-indigenous-businesses

The Prime Minister announces $9 billion in financial aid for students struggling because of pandemic. Read the article here: https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/trudeau-students-financial-aid-1.5540814?fbclid=IwAR3oy9jT7WQ3-Mq9yiKfA-UF2gD78eBSsw7fOM1–ymNknQUjchhNtPQ_n8

National Medical And Research Strategy
Government announces $1.1 billion in COVID-19 medical funding. https://pm.gc.ca/en/news/news-releases/2020/04/23/prime-minister-announces-new-support-covid-19-medical-research-and

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced an initial investment of $252-million in aid to ease multiple pressures in Canada’s agriculture industry created by the coronavirus pandemic. Read the full news release here.

The federal 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 will lower rent by 75 per cent for small businesses that have been affected by COVID-19. Find updated information on  Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan here.
For assistance at any time, please reach out to Ryan Nearing, Press Secretary and Regional Advisor (Atlantic) – [email protected]