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:

The following is a list of Frequently Asked Question documents released by the Province of Nova Scotia in coordination with updates provided by Premier Stephen McNeil and Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Robert Strang.

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

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]