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Federal Government Covid-19 Measures – Implications for Sector Organizations


This document will be regularly updated as the federal government announces new measures that will impact the charitable and nonprofit sector.

Last updated: April 29, 2022. Given that the major emergency measures for organizations are expiring on May 7, 2022, this document will no longer be regularly updated.


Who’s eligible?

Brief description

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*NEW* Local Lockdown Program

Please note the claim period for the THRP ends May 7, 2022.

Applications for claim periods 24 and 25 are now open.

Businesses, charities, and non-profits affected by a qualifying public health restriction

Please note the federal government has temporarily expanded access to the Tourism and Hospitality Recovery Program for charities, and non-profits affected by qualifying public health restrictions.

On December 17, 2021, Bill C-2 brought the Local Lockdown Program into effect (this was initially announced in October as the CEWS and CERS were set to expire), to provide support to organizations subject to local public health restrictions with wage and rent support through the Tourism and Hospitality Recovery Program (THRP). An organization does not have to be in the tourism, hospitality, arts, entertainment, or recreation sectors to be eligible for this support.

Under the Local Lockdown Program an organization can now also qualify if:

  • One or more of its locations is subject to a public health order that has the effect of reducing the entity's capacity at the location by 50 per cent or more, and
  • activities restricted by the public health order accounted for at least 50 per cent of the entity's total qualifying revenues during the prior reference period.

The government has also temporarily lowered the current-month revenue loss threshold from 40 per cent to 25 per cent. Employers will now need to demonstrate current-month losses only, instead of the requirement for a historical 12-month revenue decline. The subsidy rate will start at 25 per cent for eligible organizations with a 25-per-cent current-month revenue decline, increasing in proportion to current-month revenue loss up to a maximum rate of 75 per cent for those with a current-month revenue decline of 75 per cent or higher.

A qualifying public health restriction is identified as the following and must be recognized by a provincial or territorial government:

  • The closure to the public, of premises where persons carry out commercial activities or provide services that are not essential to preserving life, health, public safety, or basic societal functioning; or
  • Restrictions reducing by at least 50% the maximum number of persons that can enter or occupy premises where persons carry out commercial activities or provide services whether essential or not essential to preserving life, health, public safety or basic societal functioning; or
  • A requirement, applicable in the region specified in the order, regulation, or other instrument, that persons stay at home except for reasons that are essential to preserving life, health, public safety, or basic societal functioning

These temporary changes will be in effect for qualifying periods from December 19, 2021, to March 12, 2022 (Periods 24 and 25).

Local Lockdown Program


(December 22, 2021)

News Release

(December 22, 2021)

News Release

(February 9, 2022)

COVID-19 wage and hiring support for businesses

Canada Recovery Hiring Program

Please note the CRHP has been extended until May 7, 2022.

Businesses, charities and nonprofits that have suffered a revenue drop.

The eligible organization or its payroll service provider must have had a payroll account open with the Canada Revenue Agency on March 15, 2020.

The program will provide eligible employers with a subsidy of 50 % of incremental remuneration paid to eligible active employees between June 6, 2021, and November 20, 2021. The subsidy rate will be reduced starting August 29.

Eligible remuneration generally includes salary, wages, and other remuneration for which employers are required to withhold or deduct amounts on account of the employee's income tax obligations. Eligible remuneration for each eligible employee would be subject to a maximum of $1,129 per week.

For the period between June 6, 2021 and July 3, 2021, organizations must demonstrate a revenue decline of more than 0%. For the periods between July 4, 2021 and November 20, 2021, organizations must demonstrate a revenue decline of more than 10%. An employer's decline in revenues would be determined in the same manner as under the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy.

An eligible employer would be permitted to claim either the hiring subsidy or the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy for a particular qualifying period, but not both.

Employers can apply for the program using their CRA My Business Account as of July 7, 2021.

COVID-19 wage and hiring support for businesses

News Release (December 21, 2021)

Announcement (October 22, 2021)

Background document

CRHP webpage

CRHP calculator

Tourism and Hospitality Recovery Program

Please note the claim period for the THRP ends May 7, 2022.

Applications for claim periods 24 and 25 are now open. 

Examples of eligible organizations in the tourism and hospitality industry include hotels, restaurants, bars, festivals, travel agencies, tour operators, convention centres, convention and trade show organizers, and others.

Additional details on the definition of qualifying businesses within this category will be released soon.


For claim periods 24 to 26 (claims that cover December 19, 2021, to March 12, 2022), access to the subsidies has been expanded to include businesses that were subject to certain capacity-limiting public health restrictions.

For these two claim periods, you may qualify for the THRP if you meet the following two conditions:

  • You were subject to a qualifying public health restriction or qualifying partial (capacity-limiting) public health restriction
  • You have a claim period revenue drop of at least 25%

Qualification for wage support started on October 24 2021. Support is targeted to organizations in selected sectors of the tourism and hospitality industry that have been deeply affected since the outset of the pandemic and that continue to struggle.

Eligible organizations would be required to meet the following two conditions to qualify for this program:

  1. An average monthly revenue reduction of at least 40 percent over the first 13 qualifying periods for the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (12-month revenue decline); and
  2. A current-month revenue loss of at least 40 percent.

The 12-month revenue decline would be calculated as the average of all revenue decline percentages for eligible organizations from March 2020 to February 2021 (claim periods 1-13, excluding claim period 10 or 11). The existing rules would continue to apply for the purposes of calculating the current-month revenue decline.

The THRP also includes a rent subsidy. If you are eligible to apply for both a wage subsidy and a rent subsidy, you must apply for them separately.

We’ll update this chart as new details are announced.

Tourism and Hospitality Recovery Program (THRP)

Types of Business Eligible for the Tourism and Hospitality Recovery Program

Targeting COVID-19 Support Measures


Hardest-Hit Business Recovery Program

Please note the claim period for the HHBRP ends May 7, 2022.

Hard-hit organizations that do not qualify for the Tourism and Hospitality Recovery Program and that have been deeply affected since the outset of the pandemic.

Organizations must meet the following two eligibility requirements:

  1. An average monthly revenue reduction of at least 50 percent over the first 13 qualifying periods for the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (12-month revenue decline); and
  2. A current-month revenue loss of at least 50 percent.

The calculation of the 12-month revenue decline would follow the same rules as under the Tourism and Hospitality Recovery Program. The existing rules would continue to apply for the purposes of calculating the current-month revenue decline.

The HHBRP also includes a rent subsidy. If you are eligible to apply for both a wage subsidy and a rent subsidy, you must apply for them separately.

We’ll update this chart as new details are announced.

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Community Services Recovery Fund

Details to come.

This fund is a one-time, $400 million investment to help charities and non-profits adapt and modernize. This investment will strengthen the sector as it supports Canadian communities to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

How it works

National funders will be selected and responsible for:

  • setting up open application portals
  • reaching out to diverse communities across Canada
  • assessing community-level needs
  • distributing the funding to charities and non-profits

Eligible projects

  • Projects that are eligible may focus on:
  • adapting the way charities and non-profits deliver services to support the needs of staff and volunteers
  • buying equipment, such as:
  • computers
  • computer programs
  • creating new ways of working, such as:
  • new fundraising approaches
  • connecting to learn from other organizations
  • getting support for staff and volunteers, such as:
  • staff training
  • supports for mental health and wellbeing
  • making plans to receive funding from diverse sources

Who can receive funding

National funders will accept project proposals from Canadian charities and non-profits.

How to apply

Eligible charities and non-profits will apply through funding portals on national funders’ webpages.

Funding portals are not open at this time.

Learn more

Solicited call - National Funders for the Community Services Recovery Fund

Extension of the Work Sharing Program

All employers

Maximum duration of work-sharing arrangements extended from 38 weeks to 76 weeks.

Learn more

Support for women’s shelters and sexual assault centres

Women’s shelters and sexual assault centres

The government will provide up to $50 million to women’s shelters and sexual assault centres, including facilities in Indigenous communities, to help with their capacity to manage or prevent an outbreak.

The government is currently working to ensure organizations receive the funding as soon as possible. Eligible organizations will be contacted directly the first week of April.

Learn more

Additional funding announcement

Support for seniors, youth, and those experiencing homelessness

Local organizations supporting seniors and those experiencing homelessness as well as organizations delivering youth mental health services

The Government of Canada contributed $9 million through United Way Canada for local organizations to support practical services to Canadian seniors. These services could include the delivery of groceries, medications, or other needed items, or personal outreach to assess individuals’ needs and connect them to community supports.

The funding for seniors will be delivered through the New Horizons for Seniors Program. The Program supports projects that help improve the well-being and quality of life of seniors, and fosters social inclusion and engagement of Canadian seniors in their communities.

Learn more

List of programs that have expired

Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS)

Please note: The CEWS expired on October 23, 2021. The program has been replaced with the Hardest-Hit Business Recovery Program (HHBRP) and Tourism and Hospitality Recovery Program.

All eligible employers who saw a 15% drop in revenue in March and a 30% drop in revenue in April, May and June 2020.

All eligible employers who saw a revenue loss, no matter the scale, in July 2020 - June 2021.

Eligible employers include charities, nonprofits, social enterprises, RCAAAs, and non-public colleges and schools. (Publicly-funded hospitals, universities, colleges, and school boards are not eligible.)

Have had a CRA payroll program account on or before March 15, 2020 (or used a payroll service provider who made remittances on their behalf).

General description:

  • The Government has announced that the CEWS will be extended until October 23 2021.
  • Applies to active employees as well as those who have been furloughed because of a lack of work.
  • Charities and non-profit organizations can choose to either include or exclude revenue from the government when calculating their revenues -- whichever best captures their losses.
  • Organizations can calculate their revenues using either accrual or cash accounting -- whichever best captures their losses.
  • Organizations must calculate their revenues using the same accounting method for each period.
  • Organizations that qualify for the wage subsidy will be able to furlough staff to keep them on payroll, if there is a lack of work for them to do, and receive a full refund of employer contributions towards CPP, EI, QPP and other such programs.
  • Applications will be through a web portal accessible through organizations’ CRA My Business accounts.
  • No cap on how much an employer can receive.

Changes to program for periods 17 – 21 (June 6, 2021 - October 23, 2021):

  • The new Canada Recovery Hiring Program (CRHP) was introduced, beginning June 6, 2021.
  • Beginning in claim period 18, you must have had a revenue drop of over 10% to receive the CEWS or CRHP.
  • The rate of CEWS will gradually decline from claim periods 18 to 21.

Program description for periods 11 – 16 (December 20, 2020 to June 5, 2021):

As per the Fall Economic Statement 2020, all program parameters listed below for periods 5 - 10 remain unchanged, with some notable exceptions:

  • The Government is proposing to increase the maximum subsidy rate (i.e., base + top-up) to 75%. The maximum base rate would remain at 40%, while the top-up subsidy rate would increase to 35%.
  • The Government is proposing to increase the maximum subsidy amount per week for furloughed employees to $595

Program description for periods 5 - 10 (July 5 - December 19, 2020):

  • The 30% revenue decline criterion for eligibility has been removed. For periods 5 - 10,  all eligible employers that are experiencing revenue declines are eligible for the program, with the subsidy amount adjusted to the scale of revenue decline. This part of the program is called the base subsidy.
  • Organizations may calculate revenue decline by comparing year-over-year revenues for the applicable calendar month (called the “general approach”) or by comparing the month’s revenue with the average of January and February 2020 (called the “alternative approach”). Employers that have elected to use the alternative approach for the first 4 periods would be able to either maintain that election for Period 5 and onward or revert to the general approach, and vice versa.
  • The maximum base CEWS rate is 60% in Periods 5 and 6 (July 5 to August 29), dropping to 50% in period 7. The maximum base subsidy rate of 40% in period 8 was frozen for periods 9 and 10.
  • A new top-up subsidy of up to 25% for organizations that have seen a revenue drop of more than 50% has been introduced.
  • A separate CEWS rate structure will apply to furloughed employees.

Program description for periods 1 - 4 (March 15 - July 4):

  • Government will subsidize 75% of employee wages to a maximum of $847 per week per employee.
  • To measure their revenue loss, it is proposed that all employers have the flexibility to compare their revenue of March, April and May 2020 to that of the same month of 2019, or to an average of their revenue earned in January and February 2020 -- whichever best captures their losses.

Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy 

Record of changes to the CEWS

Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS)

Please note: The CERS expired on October 23, 2021. The program has been replaced with the Hardest-Hit Business Recovery Program (HHBRP) and Tourism and Hospitality Recovery Program.

Businesses, charities and nonprofits that have suffered a revenue drop

Must meet one of the following criteria to be eligible: a) have a payroll account as of March 15, 2020 or have been using a payroll service provider; or b) have a business number as of September 27, 2020 and satisfy the CRA that it is a bona fide rent subsidy claim.

The program will subsidize eligible expenses related to mortgage and rent on a sliding scale.

Eligible expenses are limited to those paid under written agreements entered into before October 9, 2020 and include commercial rent, property taxes (including school taxes and municipal taxes), property insurance, and interest on commercial mortgages for a qualifying property, less any subleasing revenues. Expenses for each qualifying period are capped at $75,000 per location and there is an overall cap of $300,000.

Organizations can apply retroactively for the period beginning September 27, 2020 and the program will run until October 23, 2021.

The subsidy will be provided directly to organizations rather than to their landlords.

A top-up Lockdown Support subsidy of 25% will be available for organizations temporarily shut down by a mandatory public health order issued by a qualifying public health authority, in addition to the base subsidy. To qualify for the top-up, the following conditions must be met: i) the organization qualifies for the base CERS; ii) the public health order requires the organization to a) completely shut down the location; or, b) cease some or all of the activities at the location, and it is reasonable to conclude that the ceased activities were responsible for at least approximately 25% of revenues of the entity at that location in the appropriate pre-pandemic reference period.

CERS webpage

Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA)

Please note: The CEBA application period ended on June 30, 2021.

Organizations with total 2019 payroll up to $1.5 million. (For organizations with 2019 total payroll lower than $20,000, they must have eligible non-deferrable expenses between $40,000 and $1,500,000.)

Be a non-profit organization, registered charity, union, or a fraternal benefit society or order, or an entity owned by such an organization, that is actively carrying on a business in Canada (including a related business in the case of a registered charity) that earns revenue from the regular supply of property/goods or services.

Must have an active Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) Business Number (BN) with an effective date of registration on or prior to March 1, 2020

Must have filed a 2018 or 2019 tax return with the CRA

Must have an active business chequing/operating account with their primary financial institution (if do not have, must open an account)

Have not previously used the CEBA program and will not apply for support under the CEBA program at any other financial institution

Intend to resume operations

Agree to participate in post-funding surveys conducted by the Government of Canada

Please note the repayment deadline for CEBA loans to qualify for partial loan forgiveness has been extended from December 31, 2022, to December 31, 2023, for all eligible borrowers in good standing.

Interest-free loans of up to $60,000.

$20,000 of the loan will be forgiven if the loan is repaid by December 31, 2023.

Loans are arranged through organizations’ regular financial institutions (must be a participating financial institution in CEBA).

Effective October 6, 2020, eligible organizations currently operating through a personal bank account will now be able to apply, though they will still be required to open a business chequing/operating account at a Canadian financial institution participating in CEBA. Previously, organizations must have had a business account before March 1, 2020 in order to apply.  

The application deadline has been extended until June 30, 2021.

Repayment Deadline Announcement

(January 12 2022)

Learn more 

Safer + Stronger Grants (Canadian Women’s Foundation)

Please note that the application period closed on February 15, 2021.

Women’s organizations and other organizations in any region of Canada, except Quebec

(Organizations seeking funds for gender-based violence programs in Quebec can find information here.)

Incorporated non-profit organizations with a valid charitable number from Canada Revenue Agency, or a First Nation or other organization/hamlet that is designated as a qualified donee.

Incorporated non-profit organizations without charitable status that are not qualified donees will be considered if they are working with a partner who is a qualified donee and has a mandate relevant to the project

Grants between $10,000 to $200,000 to support organizations’ ability to help address, prevent and reduce gender-based violence and deal with an influx of people seeking support due to an increase in gender-based violence in the COVID-19 pandemic.

Applications accepted on a continuous basis until February 15, 2021.

Examples of eligible activities include:

  • Counselling support
  • Crisis intervention
  • Digital and telephone-based resources
  • Coordination of services and/or supplies
  • Additional staff required to safely deliver services
  • Participant engagement costs (e.g. childcare, transportation assistance)
  • Preventing and supporting those that have experienced sexual violence, including in the workplace and on campus
  • Capacity-building for the sector through resource sharing, training opportunities or knowledge mobilization by regional, provincial, or national groups
  • Broader prevention work such as advocacy, policy development, research, and public engagement in the context of the pandemic

Examples of eligible expenses include, but are not limited to:

  • Staffing
  • Organization’s administrative/operating costs (e.g. rent, hydro, heating)
  • Program delivery including supplies, furniture, or equipment
  • Infection control/COVID-19 prevention (i.e. protective equipment, Plexiglas barriers), including cleaning supplies
  • Rental expense for additional spaces
  • Knowledge exchange expenses (e.g. meeting costs, communities of practice to share lessons learned)
  • Volunteer recruitment/training

Learn more

Canada Healthy Communities Initiative

Please note that the application period closed on March 9, 2021.

Federally or provincially incorporated not for profits, including:

•local economic development groups including business improvement associations/areas;

•relevant not-for-profit professional associations (e.g. urban planners, architects);

•federally or provincially incorporated not for profits/local community, non-profit, voluntary organizations;

•registered charities;

•Indigenous organizations and organizations whose central mandate is to improve Indigenous outcomes on or off-reserve;

•research institutes;

•not-for-profit residents associations;

•post-secondary educational institutions; and,

•Indigenous development corporations

$31 million investment from the Government of Canada to transform public spaces in response to COVID-19. Provide funding for projects, programming and services that help communities:

  • create safe and vibrant public spaces,
  • improve mobility options and
  • provide innovative digital solutions to connect people and improve health.

Applications through Community Foundations of Canada starting February 9, 2021 through March 9, 2021 at 5:00 PM PST.

Apply now

Applicant guide

Sectoral Initiatives Program

Please note that the application period closed on March 4, 2021.

Registered charities and not-for-profit organizations are eligible

Grants and contributions program administered by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) which supports sectors in identifying, forecasting and addressing their human resources and skills issues.

Applications through January 22, 2021 to March 4, 2021 at 3:00 pm Eastern Standard Time (EST).

Eligible organizations can apply for up to $2,500,000 (per project, per year). Projects must be a maximum of 36 month.

Eligible activities include, but are not limited to:

  • researching labour market information to provide insights to help economic recovery;
  • developing and implementing stakeholder and employer networks;
  • creating skills matching, job search and recruitment tools to support the transition of displaced workers to in-demand occupations within or across sectors;
  • scaling up proven or promising workforce development strategies to assist employers with recruitment, skills development, diversity inclusion, retention and productivity;
  • researching and forecasting labour market trends and emerging requirements by sector;
  • developing or updating national occupational standards for education or certification purposes; and,
  • developing or updating certification or accreditation regimes that are industry validated.

Learn more

Business Credit -

SME Loan and Guarantee Program

(BDC Co-lending Program)

Please note that the application period has closed.

Primarily social enterprises that meet the lending criteria

Loans of up to $6.25 million for eligible businesses.

Support is available until June 2021.

Business Development Bank is the co-lender, but loans are arranged through organizations’ financial institutions.

Learn more

Emergency Support Fund for Cultural, Heritage and Sport Organizations

Please note that application intake for this fund has closed.

Arts, culture and sport organizations impacted by COVID-19.

A total of up to $500 million has been set aside to help alleviate the financial pressures of affected organizations. Canadian Heritage has made funds available to partner organizations, including the Canada Council for the Arts, the Canada Media Fund, FACTOR, Musicaction, and Telefilm Canada, to start distributing funds to organizations affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in the cultural, heritage and sport sectors.

Learn more (phase 1)

Learn more (phase 2)

Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF)

Please note that the application period is now closed.

Businesses, organizations and communities

Contact your regional development agency to determine whether your charity or nonprofit is eligible.

Charities and nonprofits in some parts of the country will be able to get money to cover operating costs through the Regional Relief and Recovery Fund. The regional development agencies (plus Community Futures) are administering the Fund, and each development agency is putting its own rules on the funding.

Through the Community Futures Network:

-        Social enterprises may be eligible for RRRF funding. Contact your local Community Futures office or regional development agency to determine eligibility.

Through the regional development agencies:

  • Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA): “Organizations that provide support services to businesses” may be eligible
  • Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions (CED): “Non-commercial” nonprofits can apply for non-repayable money. Not-for-profits engaged in commercial activities may be eligible for repayable contribution.
  • FedDev Ontario: Not-for-profit organizations that provide support services to business and not-for-profit organizations (including social enterprises) that are engaged in commercial activities may be eligible.(Please note that charitable organizations or entities owned by such an organization are ineligible for RRRF funding through FedDev Ontario.)
  • FedNor: Not-for-profit organizations that provide technical assistance to businesses / provide liquidity support to businesses / engage in commercial or other economic activities requiring liquidity support may be eligible
  • Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD): Not-for-profit organizations are not eligible.
  • CanNor: Not-for-profits that play a key role in the Northern business ecosystem may be eligible.

*Beyond the RRRF, consider reaching out to your regional development agency to discuss the challenges your organization is facing and whether they can provide any assistance through other programs they may of offer.*

In October 2020, the Government announced $600 million in additional funding for the regional relief and recovery fund.

As per the Fall Economic Statement 2020, the Government is proposing:


  • A top-up of up to $500 million, on a cash basis, to Regional Development Agencies and the Community Futures Network of Canada, bringing total funding to over $2.0 billion in this fund.
  • To provide up to $3 million to the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency for foundational economic development projects that will support small businesses in Canada’s Territories.
  • To introduce a new approach to regional development in the West by creating separate regional development agencies for British Columbia and the Prairies, adding a new, seventh Regional Development Agency in British Columbia. Additional details and investments will follow.
  • Earmark a minimum of 25 per cent of all the Fund’s resources to support local tourism businesses, providing more than $500 million in program support through June 2021
  • Confirmation that the $20,000 CEBA loan top up will also apply to the Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF) program.

In Budget 2021, the Government announced that it would extend the application deadline for similar support under the Regional Relief and Recovery Fund until June 30, 2021. They also announced that they would Budget 2021 provide up to $80 million in 2021-22, on a cash basis, for the Community Futures Network of Canada and regional development agencies to support an extended application deadline for the Regional Relief and Recovery Fund.

Fall Economic Statement 2020

Learn more

Emergency Community Support Fund

Please note that application period for the second round of funding closed on October 30, 2020

Charities and nonprofits that deliver essential services to those in need

The federal government announced an investment of $350 million to support vulnerable Canadians through charities and non-profit organizations that deliver essential services to vulnerable populations.

It will support a variety of activities, such as:

  • Increasing volunteer-based home deliveries of groceries and medications
  • Providing transportation services, like accompanying or driving seniors or persons with disabilities to appointments
  • Scaling up help lines that provide information and support
  • Helping vulnerable Canadians access government benefits
  • Providing training, supplies, and other required supports to volunteers so they can continue to make their invaluable contributions to the COVID-19 response
  • Replacing in-person, one-on-one contact and social gatherings with virtual contact through phone calls, texts, teleconferences, or the Internet

Applications for a second round of funding opened on Oct. 5 and will close on October 30, 2020.

Nonprofit organizations can apply through the Red Cross portal.

Registered charities and other qualified donees can apply through the Community Foundations of Canada national portal or through their local United Way Centraide Canada.


Support for food banks and local food organizations

Please note the application intake period for the Local Food Infrastructure Fund is now closed.

National, regional, and local food banks and local food organizations across Canada

Funding will be delivered through the Government of Canada’s Local Food Infrastructure Fund.

$100 million investment divided as follows:

  • $50 million to Food Banks Canada
  • $20 million divided evenly between Salvation Army, Second Harvest, Community Food Centres Canada, and Breakfast Club of Canada
  • $30 million for local-level organizations who serve people experiencing food insecurity

Eligible activities for this new funding include the purchase of food, support for the transportation and distribution of food, hiring temporary help to fill volunteer shortages, and activities to implement biosecurity measures, such as the purchase of personal protective equipment, to reduce the spread of COVID-19 among volunteers and clients.

Learn more

Temporary Wage Subsidy for Employers

Please note that this program has now ended

Charities, nonprofits, Canadian controlled private corporations eligible for the small business deduction.

Up to 10% of payroll costs incurred between March 18 and June 19.

Maximum claim of $1375 for each employee.

Maximum claim of $25,000 per employer.

Employer calculates the subsidy, subtracts from the personal income taxes it remits to the federal government on behalf of employees.

Learn more 

Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance

Please note that this program has now ended

Small businesses, including nonprofits and charities

Organizations that own properties are landlords themselves and would like to provide rent reductions

This program will lower rent by 75% for small businesses that have been affected by COVID-19.

  • The program will provide forgivable loans to qualifying commercial property owners to cover 50% of three monthly rent payments that are payable by eligible small business tenants who are experiencing financial hardship during April, May, June and July.
  • The loans will be forgiven if the mortgaged property owner agrees to reduce the eligible tenants’ rent by at least 75% for the three corresponding months under a rent forgiveness agreement, which will include a term not to evict the tenant while the agreement is in place. The small business tenant would cover the remainder, up to 25% of the rent.
  • Impacted tenants are organizations paying less than $50,000 per month in rent (per location) and who have temporarily ceased operations or have experienced at least a 70% drop in pre-COVID-19 revenues.
  • Charities and nonprofits can choose whether to include or exclude revenues from governments when calculating their revenue drop.
  • Tenants’ consolidated financial statements (in the case of multiple locations) must show annual revenues less than $20 million

Applications opened on May 25, 2020. The program ended at the end of September 2020, although existing approved applicants have until October 30, 2020 to apply for the final September 2020 extension.

Learn more 

Canada Emergency Response Benefit

Please note that this program has now ended

Workers who:

Reside in Canada, who are at least 15 years old;

Who have stopped working because of COVID-19 and have not voluntarily quit their job or are eligible for EI regular or sickness benefits;

Who had income of at least $5,000 in 2019 or in the 12 months prior to the date of their application; and

Who are or expect to be without employment or self-employment income for at least 14 consecutive days in the initial four-week period. For subsequent benefit periods, they expect to have no employment or self-employment income.

If you have stopped working because of COVID-19, the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) may provide you with temporary income support. The CERB provides $500 a week for up to 28 weeks.


To begin the application process, you’ll need to answer a few simple questions. The answers you provide will direct you to the service option that best fits your situation.

The CERB ended on September 26. In August, the Government announced a plan to transition away from the CERB. Those who were receiving the CERB may be eligible for EI through an expansion of the program or for one of three recovery benefits.

Learn more about CERB

Transition from CERB to EI & recovery benefits

Canada Student Service Grant Program

Please note that this program was cancelled

Nonprofits and charities are eligible to participate and receive students.

Current postsecondary students and recent graduates are eligible to receive the Canada Student Service Grant.

The program aims to provide valuable experience to postsecondary students and new graduates at a time when job opportunities are limited while also providing support to charities and nonprofits, many of which are seeing an increase in demand for services due to the pandemic.

Students may receive between $1,000 and $5,000 to recognize their service.

Nonprofits and charities wishing to participate can register their organization and post opportunities that meet the following criteria - the service opportunity must:

  • Take place in Canada;
  • Support Canada’s response to COVID-19;
  • Comply with public health guidelines;
  • Provide a meaningful experience for the volunteer;
  • Be a minimum of 2 hours a week for 4 weeks between June 25th and October 31st, 2020;
  • Not be used for lobbying or advocacy that provides financial benefits to an organization or its members; and
  • Not be used as a way to replace a position where a person was previously paid or would reasonably expect to be paid.

Learn more.

Surplus Food Rescue Program

Please note that this program has ended

Not-for-profit and for-profit organizations including community or charitable organizations,

Indigenous groups, cooperatives, and

regional and municipal governments and agencies (can include schools or school boards)

The Surplus Food Rescue Program is a time-limited program to help manage and redirect existing surpluses to organizations addressing food insecurity and to avoid food waste. It will provide an opportunity for non-profit and for-profit organizations across the supply chain to bid on significant volumes of surplus products at the cost of production or less, processing them where necessary for longer shelf life and distributing to food serving agencies.

Applicants under this program may be eligible to receive a maximum of $20 million unless the organization can make a case to move commodities in all categories.

All applications will be accepted until funds are fully committed or until July 31, 2020, whichever comes first. Extensions may be made if required to meet program objectives. Project activities must be completed by September 30, 2020.

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Delaying Annual General Meetings

As of January 1, 2021, the normal rules apply for calling an AGM and presenting financial statements

Federally incorporated charities and nonprofits

Organizations unable to hold virtual AGMS, or those that do not wish to, can submit an online form to Corporations Canada to delay their AGM beyond the normally required date.

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