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CanadaGovernment of Canada
Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED)
Support for your businessToolCorporationsFederalFind COVID-19 support and other programs and services. We just need a few details to find your best matches.https://innovation.ised-isde.canada.ca/s/?language=en
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CanadaGovernment of CanadaEmployment Insurance Program Changes
Income support benefits
Canadian workersFederalJune 2021: Temporary changes to Employment Insurance
Temporary changes have been made to the Employment Insurance (EI) program to help you access EI benefits. These changes are in effect until September 2021. The following changes could apply to you:
- the waiting period may be waived
- a minimum unemployment rate of 13.1% applies to all regions across Canada - if your region's unemployment rate is higher than 13.1%, we'll use the higher actual rate to calculate your benefits
- you only need 120 insured hours to qualify for benefits because you'll receive a one-time credit of: 300 insured hours if you're applying for regular benefits 480 insured hours if you're applying for sickness, maternity, parental or caregiving benefits
- you'll receive at least $500 per week before taxes, or $300 per week before taxes for extended parental benefits but you could receive more

Other changes may apply to you. Please visit the website for more details.
July 30, 2021 - Proposition
By increasing the number of weeks available under the CRB, EI claimants who have exhausted the maximum 50 weeks of EI regular benefits would need to apply for the four additional weeks of the CRB provided they meet the eligibility requirements.
The minimum weekly benefit rate payable to Employment Insurance claimants will be set at $300 per week, matching the current rate paid under the CRB for new claimants. The EI minimum $300 benefit rate will apply to EI claims established between September 26, 2021 and November 20, 2021.

https://www.canada.ca/en/services/benefits/ei.htmlJuly 30, 2021: Proposal to extend access to financial support through PCRE (4 weeks).
June 2021: Temporary changes have been made to the Employment Insurance (EI) program to help you access EI benefits. These changes are in effect until September 2021. Go to EI benefits and leave to find the benefit type that applies to your situation.
Feb. 19, 2021: The Minister announced the Government of Canada’s intent to introduce regulatory and legislative amendments to increase the number of weeks of benefits available for the Employment Insurance (EI) regular benefits (as well as for the Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB), the Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB), the Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB)).
Sept. 30, 2020: COVID-19 aid bill passed unanimously
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CanadaGovernment of CanadaCanada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS)Financial aidCanadian employer (businesses, non-profits, and charities) who has seen a drop in revenue due to COVID-19 - Visit the program's website for detailsFederalThe CEWS has been extended to October 23, 2021 (announced on July 30, 2021)
June and July 2021 changes
Changes to the CEWS as of claim period 17 (Bill C-30):
- the wage subsidy has been extended to
September 25, 2021 October 23, 2021 (announced on July 30, 2021)
- increasing the rate of support employers and organizations can receive during the period between August 29 and September 25, 2021 (announced on July 30, 2021)
- for claim periods 17 to 20, claim either CEWS or CRHP, whichever gives you the higher amount
- beginning in claim period 18 (July 4, 2021), 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 20
- eligible remuneration paid to employees on leave with pay is no longer included in the CEWS calculation as of claim period 20
- certain publicly listed corporations may have to repay some or all of the CEWS they received from June 6, 2021, onward, depending on how - much compensation was paid to certain executives in 2021 compared to 2019
Please see « Other notes » for more details about all the changes.
https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/subsidy/emergency-wage-subsidy/cews-what-changes.htmlhttps://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/subsidy/emergency-wage-subsidy.htmlJuly 30, 2021 : The program has been extended to October 23, 2021 and increasing the rate of support employers and organizations can receive during the period between August 29 and September 25, 2021
June 2021 : Extension and changes to the rates and top-up calculation
Feb. 24, 2021: The government announced a technical change that would bring the CEWS legislation in line with the CRA’s current application of the deeming rule for claim period 11.
Jan. 6, 2021: Details for claim periods 11 to 13
Nov. 30, 2020: The Fall Economic Statement (published on Nov. 30, 2020) proposes to increase the maximum rate of the CEWS to 75% for the period beginning Dec. 20, 2020 and extending this rate until March 13, 2021. The program will be there for businesses until June 2021.
Nov. 19, 2020: Senate passed the proposed extension of CEWS
Oct. 14, 2020: Details on the parameters of the wage subsidy that are proposed to apply until Dec. 19, 2020.
Oct. 9, 2020: Proposed legislation to extend the CEWS until June 2021.
Sept. 23, 2020: Proposed extension until next summer.
August 21, 2020: Proposed extension (4 weeks) for furloughed employees.
July 27, 2020: The Senate approved the bill to extend the CEWS until Dec.
July 17, 2020: Intention to introduce legislation
May 15, 2020: Extentions of the CEWS by an additional 12 weeks to August 29, 2020.
May 8, 2020: CEWS to be extended beyond June.
April 8, 2020: drop of revenue suffered must be at least 15% in March 2020 (instead of the previously announced 30%).
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CanadaGovernment of CanadaCanada Recovery Hiring Program (CRHP)Financial aidCanadian employer - Visit the program's website for detailsFederalUpdate - July 30, 2021 : Budget 2021 introduced the new Canada Recovery Hiring Program to help hard-hit businesses hire the workers they need to recover and grow, with a subsidy of up to 50 per cent of additional eligible salary or wages. This support gives businesses and other organizations the certainty they need to rehire and return to growth. Support is available from June 6, 2021 to November 20, 2021.

The new Canada Recovery Hiring Program (CRHP) was introduced, beginning June 6, 2021.
The CRHP and the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) support wages you pay through different phases of your economic recovery. Each claim period, eligible employers can claim either CRHP or CEWS, whichever is higher.

See also: Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS)
https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/subsidy/recovery-hiring-program.htmlJuly 30, 2021 : Details about the program.
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AlbertaGovernment of AlbertaInnovation Employment Grant GrantSMEs that undertake R&D in AlbertaProvincialOPEN - The Innovation Employment Grant encourages economic growth by supporting small and medium-sized businesses that invest in research and development (R&D) with a grant worth up to 20% of qualifying expenditures.
The program promotes investment and diversification by rewarding all R&D spending in Alberta, regardless of the industry.
Some benefits: Provides qualified corporations with a payment equal to 8% of eligible R&D spending carried out in Alberta, up to the corporation’s base level of spending; Delivers an additional payment equal to 20% of the corporation’s eligible R&D spending that exceeds the corporation’s base spending level; Provides benefits on up to $4M in annual R&D spending.
The grant will phase out incrementally for firms with between $10M and $50M in taxable capital to ensure the support targets small and medium-sized companies.
Firms with $50M or more in taxable capital are not eligible for the grant.
Please visit the website for more details about eligibility.
https://www.alberta.ca/innovation-employment-grant.aspxOpen as of January 1, 2021
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AlbertaGovernment of AlbertaAlberta Enterprise Corporation InvestmentAccess to creditEntrepreneurs
Start-ups
ProvincialAn additional $175 million investment in Alberta Enterprise Corporation to connect investors with entrepreneurs and technology start-ups who need access to capital.https://www.alberta.ca/recovery-plan.aspx
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AlbertaGovernment of AlbertaWorkers Compensation Board (WCB) premium payment deferralPayment deferralPrivate corporationsProvincialSmall, medium and large private sector employers can defer WCB premium payments until 2021.
For small and medium businesses, the government will cover 50% of the 2020 premium when it is due in 2021 – saving businesses $350 million. Large employers will have their 2020 WCB premium payments deferred until 2021, at which time their premiums will be due.
Employers who have already paid WCB premiums in 2020 are eligible for a rebate or credit.
https://www.alberta.ca/covid-19-support-for-employers.aspx#toc-3
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Alberta (Edmonton)Edmonton Arts CouncilFunding reallocation FundingEdmonton artistsMunicipalThe EAC recently announced the reallocation of $1.02 million in funding for the arts community, most of which will go to individual artists.https://edmontonarts.ca/about_eac/covid_19_faqs/
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British ColumbiaBC Arts CouncilAdvanced payment of operating grants for Operating ClientsFinancial aidSpring and Fall Operating Assistance clientsProvincialSpring and Fall Operating Assistance clients will be receiving 50% of their last year’s operating grant as an advance for the next intake cycle (April and September) in early April. This funding is being delivered in order to support organizational sustainability and artists and arts and cultural workers.https://www.bcartscouncil.ca/funding/covid-19-updates-and-faq/
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British ColumbiaCreative BCDomestic Industry InitiativesFinancial aidBritish Columbia's Creative industries ProvincialCreative BC acknowledges the unprecedented challenges applicants may be facing due to the global impact of COVID-19. We are committed to working with industry on solutions that will allow applicants to execute their initiatives and events, or a version thereof.
Eligible initiatives and events include, but are not limited to, in-person or online forums, panels, workshops and conferences and economic research. For fiscal year 2021/22 (April 1, 2021 – March 31, 2022) applicants who postponed initiatives or events due to Covid-19 may apply for funding to support strategic planning.
CrBC will award a one-time non-recoupable advance to successful applicants.
https://www.creativebc.com/database/files/library/Domestic_Industry_Initiatives_Guidelines_202122.pdfhttps://www.creativebc.com/programs/industry-initiatives
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British ColumbiaCreative BCCreative BC Grants + Cancellation Policy
Flexibility measuresCorporations
Professionals
ProvincialFor all projects, events, activities and initiatives that are cancelled or postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Creative BC will work with you to determine the best course of action.
Here is Creative BC's policy regarding cancellations of events and activities due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Non-recoverable expenses for cancelled or postponed activities will be covered. Recipients will be asked to claim these expenses through a final report.
- Program deadlines have been extended to provide flexibility to recipients, and changes to project timelines will be allowed.
- Funding recipients may request to replace a funded activity that is no longer going forward with another activity eligible through the program.
https://www.creativebc.com/about-us/news/covid-19/#creative-bc-grants-cancellation-policy
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British ColumbiaCreative BCPassport to Markets: Virtual Edition programFinancial aidB.C. resident film, TV and new media producersProvincialNew as of April 1, 2020 - present, the Passport to Markets: Virtual Edition program provides financial support for B.C. resident producers to virtually “attend” select markets, co-production conferences and exchanges. https://www.creativebc.com/programs/marketing-programs
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British ColumbiaCreative BC
Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture
Government of British Columbia
Domestic Motion Picture FundFinancial aidB.C. production companiesProvincialOn September 14, 2020 the Province of British Columbia announced a new Domestic Motion Picture Fund. The $2M fund will be administered by Creative BC to support both development and production stage activity within the province’s domestic industry.
NEXT STEPS AND PHASED ACTIVITIES
Phase 1: Thorough Industry Consultation Process
Phase 2: Program Design and Guideline Development
Phase 3: Program Announcements, Timeline, Webinars and Roll-out
You can sign up to stay informed of the Fund’s developments, announcements and key dates.https://www.creativebc.com/programs/domestic-motion-picture-fund
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British ColumbiaGovernment of British ColumbiaBC Recovery BenefitFinancial aidFamilies, single parents and invidiualsProvincialThe BC Recovery Benefit is a one-time, tax-free payment of up to $1,000 for eligible families and single parents and up to $500 for eligible individuals. enefit eligibility is based on net income from your 2019 tax return. You must apply to receive the benefit. Applications open December 18, 2020.
Generally, the benefit is available to people: Residing in British Columbia on December 18, 2020; Who are at least 19 years old on December 18, 2020, or meet specific eligibility criteria; Who filed a 2019 Canadian personal income tax return, or meet specific eligibility criteria; Who have a valid social insurance number, individual tax number or temporary tax number.
Please visite the website for more details.https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/economic-recovery/recovery-benefit#under-19
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British ColumbiaMinistry of Labour
WorkSafeBC
Employer reimbursement program - COVID-19 paid sick leaveFinancial aidEmployersProvincialStarting June 17, 2021, employers can apply for reimbursement of wages paid to workers who have taken sick leave related to COVID-19.
The temporary reimbursement program is retroactive to May 20, when legislation was passed, to ensure sick workers can stay home for up to three days without losing wages, while supporting businesses during the pandemic.
The amendments to the Employment Standards Act (ESA) require employers to pay sick workers their regular wages. Employers can then apply for reimbursement up to $200 per day, to a maximum of three days per worker. Any employer whose workers are covered under the ESA but does not currently provide paid sick leave benefits to its employees will be eligible.
WorkSafeBC is administering the program with funding from government. WorkSafeBC’s IT systems and employer information allowed it to set up a new process to deliver the reimbursement program on behalf of government, which will be available to employers until Dec. 31, 2021. The program is not part of the workers’ compensation system and will not affect WorkSafeBC’s employer premiums or its accident fund. Costs of administering the program will also be covered by government.https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2021LBR0025-001178
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British ColumbiaSpring ActivatorBusiness Resilience ProgramTrainingEntrepreneurs ProvincialThe Business Resilience Program was created by experts in strategic growth and entrepreneurship roles, allowing partners (donors, funders, incubators, accelerators, credit unions, and government institutions) to opt in and provide their business communities access to the educational content for six months to one year. The program, free for registrants, allows users to work through four online self-paced video modules and 18 sub-topics, with bonus materials including training from subject matter experts and industry-specific strategies. https://spring.is/blog/spring-activator-entrepreneurs/
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CanadaActors' Fund of Canada (AFC)Emergency Financial AidFinancial aidEntertainment industry professionals working in TV and film, music, theatre, and danceNational(NB: the CFA will receive $1M from Netflix.)
The AFC can provide short-term emergency financial assistance for essential household bills and costs that cannot otherwise be paid.
This assistance is based on immediate financial need. Our goal is to help the largest possible number of applicants with their most critical needs. The AFC does not provide compensation for lost earnings. To receive financial assistance, you need to: Be professionally eligible; Demonstrate immediate financial need; Pursue all other avenues of support; Provide the required documentation.
https://afchelps.ca/covid-19-guide/
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CanadaBell, RogersFlexibility measures - Fee increaseFlexibility measuresRogers and Bell customersNationalScheduled fees increases for Bell & Rogers customers have been postponed.Please contact your service provider to learn more about the options available to you.https://www.whistleout.ca/CellPhones/Guides/covid-19-mobile-carrier-response
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CanadaBMOResource hubToolBMO customersNationalTools, resources and financial advicehttps://www.bmo.com/main/personal/bmo-coronavirus-update/financial-resource-hub/
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CanadaBusiness Development Bank (BDC) Working Capital loanAccess to creditBusinessesNationalFinancing for businesses directly or indirectly impacted by COVID-19. This financing is meant to help you get your operations back to where they were prior to the pandemic.
- Commercial loan : Up to $2 million to help cover operational activities such as supporting sales growth, financing initiatives to drive revenue and support a recovery plan.
- Flexible terms : 12 months initial principal postponement followed by flexible payments (including a balloon payment at the end).
Some of the eligibility criteria:
- Your business was directly or indirectly impacted by COVID‐19
- Your business was financially stable and viable prior to the current economic situation
- You have a plan to explain how your investment will bring activities back to pre-pandemic levels
- The loan is used to continue or resume operations
https://www.bdc.ca/en/special-support/working-capital-loan
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CanadaBusiness Development Bank (BDC) BDC’s Mid-Market Financing ProgramAccess to creditMedium-sized businessesFederalUpdate: Junior loans are now available until or before December 31, 2021 (extended).
Junior loans ranging between $12.5 million and $60 million for medium-sized businesses particularly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and/or the recent decline in oil and gas prices. These loans are provided jointly by BDC and your primary financial institution.
For medium-sized businesses with annual revenues in excess of about $100 million to $500 million, from any sector or industry.
Spanning on four years, after which principal is to be repaid as a balloon payment. Interest payments for the first 12 months will be capitalized and due at maturity.https://www.bdc.ca/en/about/mediaroom/news_releases/pages/bdc-deploys-new-program-intended-support-medium-sized-businesses-cashflow-needs-result-covid19.aspxJune 2, 2021 : Junior loans are now available until or before December 31, 2021.
August 31, 2020: This support is available until June 2021
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CanadaBusiness Development Bank (BDC) - BDC CapitalBDC Capital Bridge Financing Program FinancingStart-upsFederalBDC Capital, BDC’s investment arm, has launched the BDC Capital Bridge Financing Program where we may match, with a convertible note, a current financing round being raised through qualified existing and/or new investors made into eligible Canadian start-ups. To be eligible, companies must be Canadian, backed by a qualified venture capital firm, have raised at least $500,000 in external capital before applying for the program, and be specifically impacted by COVID-19.Any matching investment by BDC Capital will be further subject, notably, to satisfactory due diligence review by BDC, agreement on terms of the investment and approval by a BDC investment committee.
The program is ideal for high potential companies who have venture capital investor syndicates that are willing to support them. BDC will invest alongside these groups.
This is not limited to BDC’s portfolio. All companies that meet the criteria are eligible to apply. Interested companies should speak to their lead investor for details.
https://www.bdc.ca/en/bdc-capital/venture-capital/pages/venture-capital.aspx
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CanadaBusiness Development Bank (BDC)
Financial institutions
Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP) - Co-Lending ProgramAccess to creditBusinessesFederalUpdate : This support is now available until or before December 31, 2021 to Canadian businesses that are directly or indirectly impacted by COVID-19
Commercial loans : Between $1 million and $12.5 million for cashflow needs, including regularly scheduled principal and interest payments on existing debt.
Flexible terms : Postpone principal payments for up to 12 months if you need additional breathing room.
https://www.bdc.ca/en/special-support/special-support-co-lending-programJune 2021: Now available until or before December 31, 2021 (extended) to Canadian businesses that are directly or indirectly impacted by COVID-19
August 31, 2020: Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP) is extended to June 2021
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CanadaBusiness Development Bank (BDC)
Government of Canada
Highly Affected Sectors Credit Availability Program (HASCAP) GuaranteeAccess to creditSMEsFederalUpdate: The HASCAP Guarantee is now available until December 31, 2021 (extended).
Businesses heavily impacted by COVID-19 (small and medium-sized businesses that have seen their revenues decrease by 50% or more as a result of COVID-19) can access guaranteed, low-interest loans of $25,000 to $1 million to cover operational cash flow needs.
Please visit the website fore more details on eligibility requirements and terms.https://www.bdc.ca/en/special-support/hascapJune 2, 2021 : The HASCAP Guarantee is available until December 31, 2021 (extended).
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CanadaCanada Council for the Arts (CCA)Changes - Funding and applications (CAC)Changes - Deadlines and cut-off datesApplicants - CCA ProgramsNationalDue to COVID-19, several deadlines and cut-off dates have been suspended. Please visit the Council's web site for more details.https://canadacouncil.ca/funding/grants/deadlines?_ga=2.151115263.791514864.1588173615-1399964843.1588173615
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CanadaCanada Media Fund (CMF)COVID-19 Flexibility measures to CMF programs 2021-2022 - Operational flexibility - Treaty coproductions
Flexibility measuresApplicants - CMF ProgramsNationalIf a Project that was originally scheduled to be an audiovisual treaty coproduction can no longer move forward due to issues related to COVID-19, the Applicant should contact its analyst at the CMFPA to discuss the specific circumstances of that Project. These Measures shall apply to
- Projects funded before 2021-2022 that have not yet fully closed; and
- Projects seeking funding in 2021-2022.
https://cmf-fmc.ca/document/covid-19-flexibility-measures-to-cmf-programs/
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CanadaCanada Media Fund (CMF)COVID-19 Flexibility measures to CMF programs 2021-2022 - Operational flexibility - Abandoned prodcutions/reduced number of episodes
Flexibility measuresApplicants - CMF ProgramsNationalIf a Project funded by the CMF prior to 2021-2022 is unable to complete production and be broadcast as initially planned, the Applicant should contact its analyst at the CMFPA to discuss flexibility options. These Measures shall apply to
- Projects funded before 2021-2022 that have not yet fully closed; and
- Projects seeking funding in 2021-2022.
https://cmf-fmc.ca/document/covid-19-flexibility-measures-to-cmf-programs/
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CanadaCanada Media Fund (CMF)COVID-19 Flexibility measures to CMF programs 2021-2022 - Operational flexibility - Supporting documentation
Flexibility measuresApplicants - CMF ProgramsNationalAccounting and Reporting Requirements
- The requirement for a notarized affidavit for Phase II/Final Costs for Convergent and Experimental Stream Projects with budgets under $250K will be waived and the Applicant’s signed affidavit alone (without notarization) will be acceptable.
Canadian Content
- The requirement for a notarized Canadian Content affidavit for Convergent Stream projects submitting their Phase II/Final Costs in 2021-2022 will be waived and the Applicant’s signed affidavit alone (without notarization) will be acceptable.
These Measures shall apply to
- Projects funded before 2021-2022 that have not yet fully closed; and
- Projects seeking funding in 2021-2022.
https://cmf-fmc.ca/document/covid-19-flexibility-measures-to-cmf-programs/
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CanadaCanada Media Fund (CMF)COVID-19 Flexibility measures to CMF programs 2021-2022 - Operational flexibility - Signes agreements Flexibility measuresApplicants - CMF ProgramsNationalThe requirement in the CMF’s Guidelines, Manuals, Business Policies and Agreements for Applicants to submit signed agreements may be met with photographs of signature pages. These Measures shall apply to
- Projects funded before 2021-2022 that have not yet fully closed; and
- Projects seeking funding in 2021-2022.
https://cmf-fmc.ca/document/covid-19-flexibility-measures-to-cmf-programs/
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CanadaCanada Media Fund (CMF)COVID-19 Flexibility measures to CMF programs 2021-2022 - Operational flexibility - Payment schedule accelerationFlexibility measuresApplicants - CMF ProgramsNationalPhase I Payment
- For some Convergent Stream Projects, the current evaluation process may be amended in order to accelerate the Phase I contracting phase and initial payment to Applicants.
- For the Experimental Stream, payment schedule will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
Phase II Payment
- For some Convergent Stream Projects funded in years prior to 2021-2022, the analysis at final cost review may be adapted if a Project’s final evaluation cannot be completed due to the absence of some closing documentation caused by COVID-19-related circumstances. In these instances, the final Phase II payment may be divided into multiple payments.
- For Experimental Stream, payment schedule will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
These Measures shall apply to
- Projects funded before 2021-2022 that have not yet fully closed; and
- Projects seeking funding in 2021-2022.
https://cmf-fmc.ca/document/covid-19-flexibility-measures-to-cmf-programs/
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CanadaCanada Media Fund (CMF)COVID-19 Flexibility measures to CMF programs 2021-2022 - Operational flexibility - Commencement of production Flexibility measuresApplicants - CMF ProgramsNationalConvergent Stream
- The requirement in the Guidelines for a production to begin principal photography/key animation within the fiscal year in which it is funded or within three months thereafter will be extended for COVID-19- related delays to production.
Experimental Stream
- The requirement in the Financing Agreement for a Project to begin production by a specified date in the Agreement’s Project Elements section will be extended for COVID-19 related delays to production.
These Measures shall apply to
- Projects funded before 2021-2022 that have not yet fully closed; and
- Projects seeking funding in 2021-2022.
https://cmf-fmc.ca/document/covid-19-flexibility-measures-to-cmf-programs/
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CanadaCanada Media Fund (CMF)COVID-19 Flexibility measures to CMF programs 2021-2022 - Operational flexibility - Financing agreementFlexibility measuresApplicants - CMF ProgramsNationalDevelopment Advance Reimbursement before issuing cheques for Production
- The requirement to repay a Project’s Development advance to the CMF will now be met by direct deposit/electronic funds transfer.
These Measures shall apply to
- Projects funded before 2021-2022 that have not yet fully closed; and
- Projects seeking funding in 2021-2022.
https://cmf-fmc.ca/document/covid-19-flexibility-measures-to-cmf-programs/
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CanadaCanada Media Fund (CMF)COVID-19 Flexibility measures to CMF programs 2021-2022 - Policy flexibility - Performance and development envelope programsFlexibility measuresApplicants - CMF ProgramsNationalReduction of the 1st deadline Envelope allocation commitment
- For 2021-2022, the requirement for Broadcasters with a Performance Envelope allocation greater than $2.5M to commit 75% of their PE allocation by October 15th will be reduced to a requirement to commit 50% by that deadline.
- For 2021-2022, the requirement for English Broadcasters with a Development Envelope allocation greater than $1M and French Broadcasters with a Development Envelope allocation greater than $500K to commit at least 75% of that DE Allocation by October 29th, will be reduced to a requirement to commit 50% by that deadline.
Move Funds Between Performance and Development Envelope Allocations
- For 2021-2022, Broadcasters with allocations in both the Performance and Development Envelopes will be permitted to move funding from one allocation to another.
- This allowance will only be permitted once the Envelope allocation they are adding to is fully spent. Further, once any funds are moved into an Envelope allocation, those funds will be required to be distributed by the Broadcaster through an Eligible Licence or Development Fee (as applicable).
These Measures shall apply to
- Projects funded before 2021-2022 that have not yet fully closed; and
- Projects seeking funding in 2021-2022.
https://cmf-fmc.ca/document/covid-19-flexibility-measures-to-cmf-programs/
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CanadaCanada Media Fund (CMF)COVID-19 Flexibility measures to CMF programs 2021-2022 - Policy flexibility - Performance envelope program (Variety)Flexibility measuresApplicants - CMF ProgramsNationalVariety – Licence Fee Threshold – French Market
For 2021-2022, the CMF’s Licence Fee Thresholds for Variety projects in the French Market will be changed as follows:
- The 50% Licence Fee Threshold for projects with a budget less than $750K/hr will be changed to a 35% Licence Fee Threshold for projects with a budget less than $250K/hr; and
- The 25% Licence Fee Threshold for projects with a budget of $750K or more/hr will be changed to a 25% Licence Fee Threshold for projects with a budget of $250K or more/hr.
For clarity, this flexibility will only apply for projects licensed in 2021-2022, a reduction in a project’s production budget as a result of this flexibility will be prohibited and the financial shortfall caused by a reduction in the Licence Fee Threshold should be compensated by a higher contribution from the Performance Envelope Program and not by an additional contribution from the Producer.
These Measures shall apply to
- Projects funded before 2021-2022 that have not yet fully closed; and
- Projects seeking funding in 2021-2022.
https://cmf-fmc.ca/document/covid-19-flexibility-measures-to-cmf-programs/
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CanadaCanada Media Fund (CMF)COVID-19 Flexibility measures to CMF programs 2021-2022 - Policy flexibility - Performance envelope program (100% Flex)Flexibility measuresApplicants - CMF ProgramsNational100% Flex
- For 2021-2022, the 100% flex allowance which allows Canadian Broadcasters to licence projects in any of the CMF’s 4 genres – currently only applicable to “Small Broadcasters” in the CMF’s Performance Envelope Manual – will be extended to all Broadcasters with Performance Envelope Allocations.
These Measures shall apply to
- Projects funded before 2021-2022 that have not yet fully closed; and
- Projects seeking funding in 2021-2022.
https://cmf-fmc.ca/document/covid-19-flexibility-measures-to-cmf-programs/
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CanadaCanada Media Fund (CMF)COVID-19 Flexibility measures to CMF programs 2021-2022 - Policy flexibility - Performance envelope program (Maximum contribution)Flexibility measuresApplicants - CMF ProgramsNationalIncrease maximum contribution
- For 2021-2022, the CMF’s Maximum Contribution will be increased from 49% (20% licence fee top-up and 29% equity) to 60% (20% licence fee top-up and 40% equity).
These Measures shall apply to
- Projects funded before 2021-2022 that have not yet fully closed; and
- Projects seeking funding in 2021-2022.
https://cmf-fmc.ca/document/covid-19-flexibility-measures-to-cmf-programs/
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CanadaCanada Media Fund (CMF)COVID-19 Flexibility measures to CMF programs 2021-2022 - Policy flexibility - Development programs : Development Envelope ProgramFlexibility measuresApplicants - CMF ProgramsNationalRevised Minimum Development Fee
For 2021-2022, the following Development Fees will be revised:
For English Projects:
- The minimum Development Fee will be reduced from 50% to 25% of the Project’s Eligible Costs;
- The minimum Development Fee will be reduced from 25% to 20% of a regional Project’s Eligible Costs.
For French Projects:
- The minimum Development Fee will be reduced from 25% to 15% of a drama or pilot.
Revised Maximum Contribution Amounts
For 2021-2022, the following the Maximum Contribution by the CMF – for English and French Projects for all genres – will be the lesser of $200,000 or:
- 75% (increased from 50%) of a Project’s Eligible Costs in development; or
- 80% (increased from 75%) of a regional Project’s Eligible Costs in development.
These Measures shall apply to
- Projects funded before 2021-2022 that have not yet fully closed; and
- Projects seeking funding in 2021-2022.
https://cmf-fmc.ca/document/covid-19-flexibility-measures-to-cmf-programs/
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CanadaCanada Media Fund (CMF)COVID-19 Flexibility measures to CMF programs 2021-2022 - Policy flexibility - Development programs : Francophone Minority ProgramFlexibility measuresApplicants - CMF ProgramsNationalRevised Minimum Development Fee
- For 2021-2022, the minimum Development Fee will be reduced from 25% to 15% of a Drama Project’s Eligible Costs.
Revised Maximum Contribution Amount
- For 2021-2022 the Maximum Contribution Amount by the CMF for all genres will be the lesser of $200,000 or 80% (increased from 75%) of a Project’s Eligible Costs.
These Measures shall apply to
- Projects funded before 2021-2022 that have not yet fully closed; and
- Projects seeking funding in 2021-2022.
https://cmf-fmc.ca/document/covid-19-flexibility-measures-to-cmf-programs/
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CanadaCanada Media Fund (CMF)COVID-19 Flexibility measures to CMF programs 2021-2022 - Policy flexibility - Development programs : Indigenous ProgramFlexibility measuresApplicants - CMF ProgramsNationalRevised Maximum Contribution Amount
- For 2021-2022, the Maximum Contribution Amount by the CMF for all genres will be the lesser of $200,000 or 80% (increased from 75%) of a Project’s Eligible Costs.
These Measures shall apply to
- Projects funded before 2021-2022 that have not yet fully closed; and
- Projects seeking funding in 2021-2022.
https://cmf-fmc.ca/document/covid-19-flexibility-measures-to-cmf-programs/
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CanadaCanada Media Fund (CMF)COVID-19 Flexibility measures to CMF programs 2021-2022 - Policy flexibility - Development programs : Pilot Program for Racialized CommunitiesFlexibility measuresApplicants - CMF ProgramsNationalRevised Maximum Contribution Amount
- For 2021-2022, the Maximum Contribution Amount by the CMF for all genres will be the lesser of $200,000 or 80% (increased from 75%) of a Project’s Eligible Costs.
These Measures shall apply to
- Projects funded before 2021-2022 that have not yet fully closed; and
- Projects seeking funding in 2021-2022.
https://cmf-fmc.ca/document/covid-19-flexibility-measures-to-cmf-programs/
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CanadaCanada Revenue Agency (CRA)CAVCO and COVID-19Flexibility measuresApplicants - CAVCO programsFederalThese changes to our rules and procedures are in effect until further notice: - Applications will be processed even if we have not received payment by cheque. We will, however, require payment before a certificate can be issued.
- Producers must scan and upload the signed attestation form with their CAVCO application and then mail the original document to our office.
- Affidavits do not need to be notarized.
- For Part B or A/B applications submitted after the 24-month deadline, producers must scan and upload completed waiver forms with their CAVCO applications.
Please note that producers must also continue to mail completed waiver forms to the Canada Revenue Agency.https://www.canada.ca/en/canadian-heritage/services/funding/cavco-tax-credits/notices-bulletins/bulletin-2020-04.html
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CanadaCIBCFlexibility measures - CIBCFlexibility measuresCIBC Clients: small businessesNationalCIBC is offering its small business clients: payment deferral, expanded and dedicated call centre team staffed by small business lending experts, increased advice and support of cash management and new lending needs. Collaboration with federal government for Canada Business Relief Programshttps://www.cibc.com/en/business/covid-19/emergency-business-account-faq.html
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CanadaDesjardinsFlexibility measures - DesjardinsFlexibility measuresDesjardins Clients: businessesNationalProducts the relief measures apply to:
Financing: Temporary changes to line of credit terms. Moratorium on principal payments across all industries. Fast-tracked approval. Refinancing for certain loans.
Credit cards: Temporary reduced interest rate of 10.9%. For all credit card holders who obtain a payment deferral for a credit card or Accord D financing product. Reduced interest rate applies for the duration of the payment deferral
Commercial vehicle insurance: Refund of commercial vehicle insurance premiums.
Group insurance: Continuation of benefits in cases of temporary layoffs, unpaid leaves of absence or reduced work hours. Dental premium credits for non-refund clients. Support measures for plan members, including 4 hours of free psychological counselling
Collaboration with governments for Canada Business Relief Programs as well as the PACTE with Investissement Québechttps://www.desjardins.com/ca/covid-19/business-relief-measures/index.jsp
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CanadaExport Development Canada (EDC)EDC’s Mid-Market Guarantee and Financing ProgramAccess to creditCompanies who tend to have revenues of between $50 million to $300 millionFederalThis program will bring liquidity to companies who tend to have revenues of between $50 million to $300 million, to sustain operations during this uncertain period. EDC will continue to work with Canadian financial institutions to guarantee 75% of new operating credit and cash-flow loans – ranging in size from $16.75 million to a maximum of $80 million.These expanded guarantees are available to exporters, international investors and businesses that sell their products or services within Canada.https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/economic-response-plan.html#businesses
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CanadaExport Development Canada (EDC)
Financial institutions
EDC Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP) GuaranteeAccess to creditSMEsFederalThrough the Business Credit Availability Program, Export Development Canada (EDC) is working with financial institutions to guarantee 80% of new operating credit and cash flow term loans of up to $6.25 million to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
This financing support is to be used for operational expenses and is available to both exporting and non-exporting companies.
This program is now available at various banks and credit unions.
This support is available until December 31, 2021.
The size of your loan or line of credit is determined by your financial institution.
EDC provides a guarantee to your financial institution for the majority of the money you borrow, encouraging them to increase your company's access to credit.
https://www.edc.ca/en/solutions/working-capital/bcap-guarantee.htmlUpdate: EDC has expanded the EDC BCAP Guarantee to support even more Canadian companies, regardless of size, sector or region.
August 31, 2020: Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP) is extended to June 2021
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CanadaGovernment of CanadaExtension of lay-off periods Flexibility measuresEmployers (federally regulated workplaces)FederalThe Government has further extended temporary layoff periods in the Canada Labour Standards Regulations to allow employers more time to recall laid-off employees. The temporary changes will help protect the jobs of federally regulated private-sector employees and support employers facing economic hardship due to the pandemic.https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/economic-response-plan.html
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CanadaGovernment of CanadaEligible wages period extension for the Wage Earner Protection ProgramFinancial aidWorkers (federally regulated workplaces)FederalIn response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have temporarily extended the eligible wages period for the Wage Earner Protection Program (WEPP) by up to 6 months.
The WEPP is a Government of Canada program that provides financial support to workers who are owed eligible wages when their employer files for bankruptcy or becomes subject to receivership. Eligible wages include wages, vacation pay, disbursements, severance and termination.
https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/corporate/portfolio/labour/notice-covid-19.html#h2.05-h3.00New as of September 11, 2020
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CanadaGovernment of CanadaWork-Sharing Program - Work-Sharing temporary special measures to support employers and workers affected by COVID-19Flexibility measuresCorporations, state-owned enterprises & nonprofitsFederalFrom March 15 2020 to September 26 March 14 2021, the Government of Canada introduces special temporary measures:
- Extension of the maximum possible duration of an agreement from 38 weeks to 76 weeks;
- Mandatory cooling off period has been waived for employers who have already used the Work-Sharing program so that eligible employers may immediately enter into a new agreement;
- Reduce the previous requirements for a Recovery Plan to a single line of text in the application form;
- Reduce the requirement and expand eligibility to employers affected by accepting businesses that have been in business for only one year rather than two, and eliminate the burden of having to provide sales/production figures at the same time; and
- Expand eligibility for staff who are essential to recovery, Government Business Enterprises (GBEs) and non-for-profit organization employers.
https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/services/work-sharing/notice-covid-19.htmlUpdate : During the COVID-19 pandemic, all Work-Sharing agreements fall under the COVID-19 temporary special measures. The Government of Canada has extended these measures to September 26, 2021.

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CanadaGovernment of CanadaIndigenous Community Business FundFinancial aidFirst Nations, Inuit and Métis community-or collectively-owned businesses and microbusinesses FederalThe Fund Fund is providing 117M$ in non-repayable financial contributions to help support First Nations, Inuit and Métis community-or collectively-owned businesses and microbusinesses whose revenues have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The fund supports the operation of the businesses as well as costs to support the adaptation, planning and reopening of a businesses. The fund has 2 streams:
Stream 1 - Funding will be transferred directly to communities and collectives. No applications are required for this stream.
Stream 2 - Funding will be proposal-based. Applications must be submitted by the community or collectives on behalf of the business. Funding will be transferred directly to communities and collectives.
The fund seeks to provide support for businesses that do not qualify for other Government of Canada COVID-19 relief measures.

There are no submission deadlines. Applications for funding are accepted on an ongoing basis until all funding has been allocated.

Please note that businesses in the territories must apply to the Northern Business Relief Fund.
https://www.sac-isc.gc.ca/eng/1596809415775/1596809469296Government of Canada announced $133 million in new funding to support Indigenous business through the pandemic and into recovery. Of these additional funds, $117 million will reach more community-owned First Nation, Inuit and Métis businesses including microbusinesses, who are not eligible for existing business support measures.
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CanadaGovernment of CanadaBlack Entrepreneurship Loan FundAccess to creditBlack business owners and entrepreneursFederalThe Black Entrepreneurship Loan Fund (BELF) provides loans up to $250,000 to Black business owners and entrepreneurs so they can grow their businesses and succeed now and into the future.https://facecoalition.com/enhttps://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/economic-response-plan.html#businesses
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CanadaGovernment of Canada
Canada Development Investment Corporation (CDEV)
Large Employer Emergency Financing Facility (LEEFF) Access to creditLarge employersFederalThe LEEFF program will be open to large for-profit businesses – with the exception of those in the financial sector – as well as certain not-for-profit businesses, such as airports, with annual revenues generally in the order of $300 million or higher. To qualify, eligible businesses must be seeking financing of about $60 million or more, have significant operations or workforce in Canada, and not be involved in active insolvency proceedings.https://www.cdev.gc.ca/leeff-factsheet/
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CanadaGovernment of Canada
Canada Revenue Agency (CRA)
Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS)Financial aidCanadian businesses, non-profit organizations, or charitiesFederalUpdate: This program is available until until October 23, 2021 (announced on July 30, 2021). Also, the rate of support employers and organizations can receive during the period between August 29 and September 25, 2021 is increased.

Canadian businesses, non-profit organizations, or charities who have seen a drop in revenue during the COVID-19 pandemic may be eligible for a subsidy to cover part of their commercial rent or property expenses, starting on September 27, 2020, until September 25, 2021 October 23, 2021 (instead of June 2021) (announced on July 30, 2021).

If you are eligible for the base subsidy, you may also be eligible for lockdown support if your business location is significantly affected by a public health order for a week or more. On May 20, 2021, the CRA has made changes to the CERS online calculator regarding the calculation of lockdown support. Please see website for more details.

Please note that the CERS replaces the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) program.
https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/subsidy/emergency-rent-subsidy.htmlJuly 30, 2021: This program is available until October 23, 2021, including Lockdown support. the rate of support employers and organizations can receive during the period between August 29 and September 25, 2021 is increased.
June 2021 : This program is available until September 25, 2021
Update: Budget 2021 proposes to extend the rent subsidy and Lockdown Support until September 25, 2021, with a gradual reduction in rates beginning July 4, 2021.
May 20, 2021: Changes to lockdown support
March 3, 2021: The Government announced proposed details for upcoming CERS claim periods from March 14 to June 5, 2021.
Feb. 24, 2021: The Government announced a proposed change to make lockdown support available to an eligible property owner whose tenant is not at arm’s length but uses the qualifying property that is subject to a lockdown.
Nov. 30, 2020: The Fall Economic Statement proposes new measures such as extending the current rates of the CERS and Lockdown Support until March 13, 2021. The program will be there for businesses until June 2021.
Nov. 19, 2020: Senate adopted legislation.
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CanadaGovernment of Canada
Canada Revenue Agency (CRA)
Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB)Income support benefitsSelf-employed workers
Workers who are not eligible for EI
FederalUpdate - July 30, 2021: CRB proposed extensions: The government is proposing to extend the CRB by 4 weeks at a rate of 300$/week. You would be able to apply for the benefit between September 27, 2020 and October 23, 2021. The maximum number of periods you could apply for would also extend to 54 weeks. People who have exhausted their EI benefits will be entitled to these additional weeks.
The CRB will remain available to people who are unable to work, or have had at least a 50 per cent reduction in average weekly income due to COVID-19.
Update - July 2021: Changes to CRB amounts and eligibility period limits
- Eligible CRB recipients can now apply for a total of 50 weeks between September 27, 2020 and September 25, 2021.
Payment amounts will change to $600 ($540 after taxes withheld) for each 2-week period if either: you have already applied for 21 periods or you are applying for your first period on or after period 22
The CRB gives income support to employed and self-employed individuals who are directly affected by COVID-19 and are not entitled to Employment Insurance benefits.
The CRB is administered by the Canada Revenue Agency.
Please note that you must re-apply every 2 weeks The CRB does not renew automatically. To keep getting your payments, you must re-apply after each period, up to a maximum of 19 periods.

Visit the website for more details on eligibility criteria.
https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/benefits/recovery-benefit.htmlJuly 30, 2021: CRB proposed extensions
July 2021: Update - July 2021: Changes to CRB amounts and eligibility period limits
June 2021: Find out how to keep getting your payment on the website.
Update: You may apply up to a total of 19 eligibility periods (38 weeks) between September 27, 2020 and September 25, 2021.
Feb 19, 2020: The Minister announced the Government of Canada’s intent to introduce regulatory and legislative amendments to increase the number of weeks of benefits available for the Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB).
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CanadaGovernment of Canada
Canada Revenue Agency (CRA)
Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB)Income support benefitsWorkers employed or self-employed who are sick or must self-isolate for reasons related to COVID-19FederalIf you're eligible to the CRSB, you can receive $500 ($450 after taxes withheld) for a 1-week period. Eligible recipients may now apply to any open period for up to a total of 4 weeks. You may apply between September 27, 2020 and September 25, 2021 October 23, 2021 (announced on July 30, 2021).
The CRSB provides $500 per week for up to a maximum of 2 weeks, for workers who:
- Are unable to work for at least 50% of the week because they contracted COVID-19
- Are self-isolated for reasons related to COVID-19
- have underlying conditions, are undergoing treatments or have contracted other sicknesses that, in the opinion of a medical practitioner, nurse practitioner, person in authority, government or public health authority, would make them more susceptible to COVID-19.
The CRSB is administered by the Canada Revenue Agency.
Visit the website for more details on eligibility criteria.

https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/benefits/recovery-sickness-benefit.htmlJuly 30, 2021: All the recovery benefits will continue to be available to eligible individuals until October 23, 2021 at the maximum number of weeks (up to 4 weeks for the CRSB)
June 2021: Find out how to keep getting your payment on the website.
Update: Eligibility period limits are extended
Feb. 19, 2020: The Minister announced the Government of Canada’s intent to introduce regulatory and legislative amendments to increase the number of weeks of benefits available for the Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB).
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CanadaGovernment of Canada
Canada Revenue Agency (CRA)
Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB)Income support benefitsEmployed and self-employed caregiversFederalJuly 30, 2020 : All the recovery benefits will continue to be available to eligible individuals until October 23, 2021 at the maximum number of weeks (up to 42 weeks for the CRCB)
July 2021 : Eligibility period limits are extended. Eligible CRCB recipients can now apply for a total of 42 weeks between September 27, 2020 and September 25, 2021.
The Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB) gives income support to employed and self-employed individuals who are unable to work because they must care for their child under 12 years old or a family member who needs supervised care. This applies if their school, regular program or facility is closed or unavailable to them due to COVID-19, or because they are sick, self-isolating, or at risk of serious health complications due to COVID-19. The CRCB is administered by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).
The CRCB is administered by the Canada Revenue Agency.
Please note that the Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB) does not renew automatically. To keep getting your payments, you must re-apply after each eligible period, up to the maximum of 38 payments per household.

Visit the website for more details on eligibility criteria.
https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/benefits/recovery-caregiving-benefit.htmlJuly 30, 2021: All the recovery benefits will continue to be available to eligible individuals until October 23, 2021 at the maximum number of weeks (42 weeks for the CRCB)
July 16, 2021: CRCB may be available until October 23, 2021.
June 2021: Find out how to keep getting your payment on the website.
Update: Each household may apply up to a total of 38 weeks between September 27, 2020 and September 25, 2021.
Feb. 19, 2021: The Minister announced the Government of Canada’s intent to introduce regulatory and legislative amendments to increase the number of weeks of benefits available for the Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB)
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CanadaGovernment of Canada
Canadian Heritage
Recovery Fund for Arts, Culture, Heritage, and Sport Sector
Financial aidArts, culture and sport organizations
Canadians working in these sectors
FederalThe Recovery Fund for Arts, Culture, Heritage and Sport Sectors will provide $300 million over two years. It will be administered by existing Canadian Heritage programs as well as programs delivered by the Canada Council for the Arts and Telefilm Canada. It includes two streams :
Reinforcing Recovery Foundations: to provide additional relief to arts, culture and sport organizations that are still struggling with operational viability due to the pandemic.
Investing in the Recovery: to provide organizations and Canadians working in these sectors who are ready to lead recovery in the arts, culture and heritage sectors with the financial means to help build organizational resilience and pursue business innovation and transformation. This will also contribute to advancing equity, diversity and inclusion in these sectors as well as greening activities.
Visit the website for more details.https://www.canada.ca/en/canadian-heritage/news/2021/06/backgrounder---continued-support-for-arts-culture-heritage-and-sport-sector-organizations.html
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CanadaGovernment of Canada
Canadian Heritage
Reopening FundFinancial aidArts, culture and sport organizations
Canadians working in these sectors
FederalThe Reopening Fund will provide $200 million over two years through existing programs to support Canada’s festivals, cultural events, outdoor theatre performances, heritage celebrations, local museums, amateur sport events, and more. It will support organizations and projects that deliver in-person experiences and events that draw visitors to our communities, and will complement tourism-related initiatives to be delivered by federal Regional Development Agencies. It will be delivered by Canadian Heritage, the Canada Council for the Arts and Telefilm Canada.Visit the website for more details.https://www.canada.ca/en/canadian-heritage/news/2021/06/backgrounder---continued-support-for-arts-culture-heritage-and-sport-sector-organizations.html
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CanadaGovernment of Canada
Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
Black Entrepreneurship Loan FundFinancial aid Black Canadian business owners and entrepreneursFederalWe are supporting Black business owners and entrepreneurs through the Black Entrepreneurship Loan Fund that will provide loans of between $25,000 and $250,000.
The Loan Fund will begin accepting applications in May 2021.
Also presented on the Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan page
https://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/150.nsf/eng/h_00000.html
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CanadaGovernment of Canada
National Aboriginal Capital Corporations Association
Métis capital corporations
Indigenous Services Canada
Relief measures for Indigenous businessesAccess to creditSmall and medium-sized Indigenous businesses, and Indigenous financial institutionsFederal$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.
The funding will allow for short-term, interest-free loans and non-repayable contributions through Aboriginal Financial Institutions, which offer financing and business support services to First Nations, Inuit, and Métis businesses.
Up to $40,000 will be available to small and medium-sized Indigenous businesses:
- an interest-free loan up to $30,000
- a non-repayable contribution up to $10,000
Contact your Aboriginal Financial Institution to apply for support.
Financial support for Indigenous businesses will be provided through Aboriginal Financial Institutions, and administered by the National Aboriginal Capital Corporations Association and the Métis capital corporations in partnership with Indigenous Services Canada.https://www.sac-isc.gc.ca/eng/1588079295625/1588079326171
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CanadaGovernment of Canada
Trade Commissioner Service
CanExport SMEs program - New measures to help Canadian small businesses access global markets amid COVID-19Flexibility measuresCanadian small businessesFederalWith international travel restricted due to COVID-19, the CanExport SMEs program is pivoting to now help small businesses: develop and expand their e-commerce presence by covering partial costs associated with online sales platforms and digital strategy consulting, as well as advertising and search engine optimization; attend virtual trade shows and other business-to-business events; navigate new COVID-19-related trade barriers by helping pay for new international market certifications and requirements. Please see the website for more information regarding changes and eligibility criteria. https://www.canada.ca/en/global-affairs/news/2020/11/minister-ng-announces-new-measures-to-help-canadian-small-businesses-access-global-markets-amid-covid-19.htmlhttps://www.tradecommissioner.gc.ca/funding-financement/canexport/sme-pme/index.aspx?lang=engAnnounced on Nov. 3, 2020.
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CanadaIndigenous Screen Office
Amazon
Donation to support the BIPOC Canadian TV and Film Production CommunityFinancial aidCanadian Indigenous, Black, and People of Colour screen-content creatorsNationalAmazon Prime Video today announced a $1.25 million (CAD) commitment to support the Canadian BIPOC TV and film production creative community with a donation to the Solidarity Fund and the Indigenous Development Program. This initiative will support the BIPOC creative community faced with ongoing hardship during the COVID-19 crisis.https://iso-bea.ca/iso-media-release-prime-video-donates-to-the-indigenous-screen-offices-solidarity-fund-to-provide-funding-to-bipoc-creators-during-the-covid-19-pandemic/
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CanadaNational BankFlexibility measures - National BankFlexibility measuresNational Bank ClientsNationalIn addition to relaying government measures (see Other notes), National Bank has increased the limit for Interac transfers from $70,000 to $100,000.Collaboration with governments: Canada Emergency Business Account, Investissement Québec’s Concerted temporary action program for businesses, Export Development Canada's Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP).https://www.nbc.ca/business/important-notices.html
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CanadaRBCFlexibility measures - RBCFlexibility measuresRBC ClientsNationalRBC'S Financial Relief Program assesses clients' needs case-by-case to provide financial relief tailored to circumstances, and includes:
- Business loan payment deferrals
- Increases to operating line of credit limits
- Request a deferral of your minimum payment obligations on your credit cards
- Waived setup fees for new enrollments to cash management solutions
- Waived Stop Payments fee
- Waived ATM mini-statement fee
Collaboration with federal government for Canada Business Relief Programshttps://www.rbc.com/covid-19/index.html
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CanadaRogers, Bell, Telus, VideotronCommunications - Flexibility & payment optionsFlexibility measuresRogers, Bell, Telus, Videotron customersNationalConsumer and small business customers financially affected by the COVID-19 pandemic will be provided flexible payment options. No service suspension fees will be charged.Please contact your service provider to learn more about the options available to you.https://www.whistleout.ca/CellPhones/Guides/covid-19-mobile-carrier-response
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CanadaScotia BankFlexibility measures - Scotia BankFlexibility measuresScotia Bank Clients: businessesNationalIf your business experiences a hardship due to COVID-19, you may be eligible to qualify for additional relief measures. Please contact your Small Business Advisor, Branch Manager, Agriculture Specialist or Healthcare & Professional Specialist.
For Small Businesses : Financial relief for credit card payments
Collaboration with federal government for Canada Business Relief Programshttps://www.scotiabank.com/ca/en/personal/scotia-support/latest-updates/coronavirus-covid-19/business-banking.html
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CanadaTD BankFlexibility measures - TD BankFlexibility measuresTD Bank Clients: businessesNationalTD is offering its business clients refunds on monthly maintenance fees for business deposit accounts, deferment of payment on loans and lines of credit, refunds on transaction fees such as overdraft and non-TD ATM fees, waivers of monthly maintenance fees and PCI fees for Merchant Solutions Customers and early access to business certificates of deposits with no early withdrawal penalties. Collaboration with federal government for Canada Business Relief Programshttps://www.td.com/ca/en/personal-banking/covid-19/small-business-relief/
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CanadaTelefilmFlexibility measures - Production programsFlexibility measuresFinanced projects - Production (English-language projects with budget over $2.5M)NationalFor English-language projects with budgets over $2.5M, facing delays caused by COVID-19, please contact your National Feature Film Executive to advise of the status and potential timeline of your project. Telefilm maintains a rolling deadline for English projects with a budget over $2.5M.https://telefilm.ca/en/covid-19-updates
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CanadaTelefilmChanges - Marketing ProgramFlexibility measuresApplicants / beneficiariesNationalRequests to waive theatrical releases can be made.
For films released by eligible distributors between Jan. 1 and Sept. 1, 2020:
- Eligible administration fees have been increased to 20%, up to a maximum of $30K.
- The first $50K of the MG is recoupable alone in first tier, independently of the production budget level.
- The next recoupment tier will be shared 75% (distributor)/25% (Telefilm), instead of 50/50.
https://telefilm.ca/en/covid-19-updates
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CanadaTelefilmPromotion Program - General Admission StreamApplicationsApplicants / beneficiariesNationalMay 6, 2021: Telefilm Canada announces the reopening of the Promotion Program’s General Admission Stream for festivals to be held between October 1, 2021, and March 31, 2022.
The General Admission Stream, launched earlier this year, aims to provide streamlined funding to smaller and emerging film festivals across the country for promotional activities held in Canada that showcase Canadian content and talent.
The General Admission Stream will reopen from June 14 to June 17, 2021, for festivals and film markets held between October 1, 2021, and March 31, 2022https://telefilm.ca/en/covid-19-updatesMay 6, 2021 : Telefilm Canada reopens the Promotion Program’s General Admission Stream
Feb. 15, 2021 : General admission stream guideline now available.
The Promotion Program closed on Monday, November 30, 2020 for the 2020-2021 fiscal year.
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CanadaTelefilmPromotion Program - Limited Edition Stream For Existing ClientsFinancial aidExisting ClientsNationalEarlier this year, Telefilm Canada announced the General Admission Stream, the first of three streams under the Promotion Program. Today, Telefilm announces the terms, conditions and application deadlines for the Limited Edition Stream (the second stream) of its Promotion Program.
Given the impacts that the COVID-19 pandemic has on the industry, the intent of this Limited Edition Stream is to help maintain steady financing opportunities for festivals and film markets in 2021-2022, taking into account the drop in revenues and additional costs of viewing platforms
This Limited Edition Stream will be opened from May 17, 2021, to June 21, 2021, for festivals and film markets to be held between May 17, 2021, and December 31, 2021
Another opening period will be announced for festivals and film markets taking place between January 1, 2022, and March 31, 2022
https://telefilm.ca/en/industry-advisories/telefilm-canada-launches-promotion-programs-limited-edition-stream-for-existing-clients
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CanadaTelefilmInternational Promotion Program RelaunchFinancial aidCanadian producers, distributors and sales agents whose eligible projects were officially selected at an international festivalNationalTelefilm Canada is relaunching the International Promotion Program, previously known as the Participation in International Festivals and Events Support Program, with important changes made to the program.
Important changes: The list of eligible festivals has been updated and broadened; There is more flexibility with regards to eligible costs

Opening date: June 14, 2021
Closing date: February 25, 2022, subject to availability of funds
In keeping with the Government of Canada’s Travel Advice and Advisories, urging all Canadians to avoid non-essential travel, the travel expenses remain excluded from eligible costs until further notice.

Telefilm unequivocally recommends to applicants that any travel outside of Canada during the COVID-19 pandemic period must comply with any advice or directive issued by the Government of Canada, including the advice as of today’s date to avoid all non-essential travel outside of Canada.
https://telefilm.ca/en/industry-advisories/telefilm-canada-relaunches-the-international-promotion-program
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CanadaTelefilmAccelerated drawndown schedule - Development, promotion & marketing programsAccelerated accessFinanced projects - Development, promotion & marketingNationalTelefilm maintains its accelerated drawdown schedule on already financed projects. More specifically:
For the Development Program: 100% paid up front;
For the Promotion Program: 100% paid up front;
For the Marketing Program: 70% paid up front.
https://telefilm.ca/en/industry-advisories/covid-19-update-project-financing
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CanadaTelefilm
Canadian Heritage
Short-Term Compensation Fund for Canadian Audiovisual Productions (STCF)Financial aidCanadian and independent production company (not affiliated with any broadcaster) eligible for the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit (CPTC)National$50 million has been added to the initial funding for the STCF. New key dates :
Opening date: March 4, 2021
(11:00am EST) for coverage starting on or after April 1st, 2021.
Closing date: March 31, 2022, or when the available funds allocated to the STCF will be exhausted (whichever comes first).

Producers who have already applied to the STCF for a project that begins shooting before March 31, 2021 and extends beyond that date must reapply for the portion that takes place after March 31, 2021.
Telefilm will continue to accept new applications for projects with principal photography starting before March 31, 2021.

The STCF is a temporary measure whose purpose is to minimize the consequences of the void created by the lack of insurance coverage for interruptions in filming and the abandonment of productions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic in the sector of audiovisual production.
Through the Fund, Telefilm Canada will indemnify eligible producers for reasonable Canadian production costs directly caused by an interruption of more than one day in filming or the producer’s abandonment of the production prior to the end of filming due to:
(i) a confirmed diagnosis (COVID-19) of an Actor or Director declared on the insurance policy covering the project or;
(ii) any confirmed outbreak (COVID-19) on set that requires a complete production shutdown in accordance with current standards required by the applicable authorities.

Please refer to the website and the Guidelines for full details regarding eligibility requirements and the compensation available to you depending on your situation.
https://telefilm.ca/en/financing/short-term-compensation-fund-for-canadian-audiovisual-productionsMarch 1st, 2021 : Telefilm announces details on the Short-Term Compensation Fund. Please visit the website for all details.
Feb. 11, 2021: The government extends and increases compensation to the audiovisual sector for production stoppages caused by COVID-19 - $50 million has been added.
Initial details announced on October 28, 2020.
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CanadaVCHOURSOne-on-one consults with VC investorsCoachingCanadian startups OthersThe goal is to offer a line of support to all Canadian startups who may need it. Founders and others in the startup community can schedule short one-on-one calls (15-30 minutes) with any VCs committed to this initiative. Phone calls can be scheduled online.https://www.vchours.com
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Canada - MunicipalitiesMunicipalitiesMunicipal tax deferralPayment deferralAllMunicipalDeferral of municipal tax payments has been announced in several cities across Canada.
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Canada (Quebec and Ontario)DesjardinsThe GoodSpark FundFinancial aidRegional organisations
Desjardins members and clients
OtherThe GoodSpark Fund will leverage its $150 million budget for initiatives extending into 2024 to stimulate social and economic activity throughout Quebec and Ontario. Financial support will go to the community initiatives that matter most, like employment, economic vitality, education and the environment. The program will also feature a second phase, where members and clients will be invited to participate and promote key initiatives in their communities.https://blogues.desjardins.com/press_release/2020/04/economy-relaunch-strategy.php
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InternationalSony Interactive Entertainment (SIE)Creative FundingFinancial aidIndependant developersOtherIndependent developers are vital to the heart and soul of the gaming community and we understand the hardships and financial struggles that many smaller gaming studios are facing. With that, SIE has developed a fund to support them during this time. We have earmarked $10 million to support our independent development partners. More information about the fund, including participation criteria, will be made available soon.https://blog.us.playstation.com/2020/04/14/announcing-the-play-at-home-initiative/
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ManitobaGovernment of ManitobaJob Protected Leave
Job protectionWorkersProvincialTemporary exception to employment standards layoff rules during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The province is making temporary amendments that would ensure any period of layoff occurring after March 1, 2020, will not be counted toward the period after which a temporary layoff would become a permanent termination. This measure is temporary and specific to situations where employees will eventually be rehired once the COVID-19 crisis has subsided and economic activity picks up again.
https://news.gov.mb.ca/news/index.html?item=47284
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New BrunswickGovernment of New BrunswickJob protection for workersJob protectionWorkersProvincialLegislative and regulatory amendments will be introduced to provide job protection for workers who must take a leave of absence due to COVID-19. It will allow an unpaid leave of up to 15 weeks to New Brunswickers who have COVID-19 or are caring for someone with the virus. https://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/news/news_release.2020.03.0157.html
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New BrunswickGovernment of New Brunswick
Deferring interest and principal payments on existing loansPayment deferralBusinesses that have a loan with an existing Government of NB departmentProvincialAs an immediate measure, and on a case-by-case basis, the Government of New Brunswick will defer loan and interest repayments for up to six months on existing provincial loans.https://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/gateways/for_business/covid19.html
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New BrunswickGovernment of New Brunswick
Community Business Development Corporation (CBDC)
NB Small Business Emergency Working Capital ProgramAccess to creditSmall businesses
ProvincialSmall business [1 to 49 employees, including sole proprietors/self-employed, with sales of less than $10 million in the most recent fiscal year] owners impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic can apply for working capital loans up to $100,000.Examples of sectors that would benefit from this support include restaurants, full time & seasonal tourism operations, service sectors, and self-employed business owners impacted directly by the pandemic.https://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/gateways/for_business/covid19.html
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New BrunswickOpportunities New Brunswick (ONB)NB Business working capital above $100,000
Financial aidCorporationsProvincialOpportunities New Brunswick is making available working capital loans to assist employers to respond to the challenges associated with COVID-19.
Working capital in excess of $100,000, up to a maximum of $1 million is available.
Examples of sectors that would benefit from this support are manufacturing and processing industries, information technology and related sectors, business-to-business service sectors engaged in export, or import replacement activities, and cultural enterprises.https://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/gateways/for_business/covid19.html
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Newfounland and LabradorGovernment of Newfoundland and LabradorCompensation to Workers in COVID-19 Self-IsolationFinancial aidCorporationsProvincialCompensation to private sector employers to ensure continuation of pay for employees affected by self-isolation. Details on the required documentation and processes for reimbursement to private sector employers will be released in the coming days. Provincial public sector employees affected will continue to be paid as usual. Employees should retain documents regarding their travel to facilitate reimbursement. Only those individuals who are scheduled to return to work within this period will be compensated.https://www.gov.nl.ca/releases/2020/exec/0314n02/
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Newfounland and LabradorGovernment of Newfoundland and LabradorAmendments to the Labour Standards ActJob protectionEmployeesProvincialThe amendments provide for a leave of absence without pay and job protection where an employee is unable to work as a result of COVID-19. The amendments also make it clear that employees will not be required to provide a medical note if they take the leave.https://www.gov.nl.ca/releases/2020/exec/0326n03/
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Newfounland and LabradorGovernment of Newfoundland and LabradorDeferral - Annual reports and audit reviewsFiscal deferralAllProvincialTemporary variation of deadlines and time periods for activities such as annual reports and audit reviews.https://www.gov.nl.ca/releases/2020/exec/0326n03/
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Northwest TerritoriesNorthwest Territories Business Development and Investment CorporationBDIC Working Capital LoansAccess to creditBusinesses (0 to 50 employees)TerritorialThe Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) is offering low interest loans to NWT businesses through the NWT Business Development and Investment Corporation (BDIC). Priority will be given to businesses with fewer than 20 employees, but the GNWT will consider applications from businesses with up to 50 employees. Loans of up to $25,000 (or more if need is clearly addressed) are being made available to qualified NWT-owned businesses at a rate of 1.75%. Loans will be amortized for up to five years with options for payment deferment for 3 months upon request.This program is considered as an initial response to the current crisis. While loan applications should focus on cash flow requirements for the next 30 days, the GNWT is interested in hearing of the longer cash flow challenges facing NWT businesses, should the current crisis persist. This information will inform the future government response.https://www.bdic.ca
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Nova ScotiaGovernment of Nova ScotiaWorker Emergency Bridge FundIncome replacementWorkersProvincialThis fund supports people who are self-employed or laid-off who don’t qualify for Employment Insurance. Read more in the “Support for businesses” section.https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/#support
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Nova ScotiaGovernment of Nova ScotiaSmall Business Impact Grant
Financial aidSmall businesses
Social businesses
ProvincialThrough this new $20-million program, eligible small businesses and social enterprises will receive a grant of 15% of their revenue from sales, either from April 2019 or February 2020, up to a maximum of $5,000. This flexible, one-time, upfront grant can be used for any purpose necessary.https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/#support
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Nova ScotiaGovernment of Nova ScotiaCommercial rent deferral
Payment deferralSMEProvincialTo support small and medium-sized businesses, landlords are encouraged to defer rent payments from their commercial tenants for 3 months, spreading the deferred rent amount over the rest of the lease term.
Landlords are not permitted to change locks or seize property of businesses that cannot pay rent, if the business closed directly because of COVID public health orders.
https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/#support
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Nova ScotiaGovernment of Nova ScotiaSmall Business Loan Guarantee ProgramAccess to creditSmall businesses
ProvincialChanges to the Small Business Loan Guarantee Program, administered through credit unions, include deferring principal and interest payments until June 30, 2020, enhancing the program to make it easier for businesses to access credit up to $500,000, and for those who might not qualify for a loan, government will guarantee the first $100,000.http://www.novascotia.coop/programs/small-business-loan-guarantee-program/* Closed * : principal and interest payments deferral until June 30, 2020
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Nova ScotiaGovernment of Nova ScotiaExpedited payments for small businessesExpedited paymentsSmall businesses
ProvincialSmall businesses which do business with the government will be paid within five days instead of the standard 30 days.https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/#support
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NunavutGovernment of NunavutSmall Business Support Program Financial aidSmall businessesTerritorialThe Small Business Support Program is offering additional funding for small businesses in Nunavut who continue to be adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Non-repayable funding of up to $5,000 is available to subsidise eligible business expenses including insurance or licensing fees, office rentals, utilities or non-refundable business expenses for goods that are unusable due to the pandemic.All types of small businesses are encouraged to apply including artists, craftspeople, retailers, tourism operators, and harvesters. Businesses or entrepreneurs with less than $500,000 in gross sales or fewer than ten employees are eligible for funding.https://www.gov.nu.ca/economic-development-and-transportation/news/small-business-support-program-business-relief-funding
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NunavutNunavut Film Development Corporation (NFDC) Story Telling FundGrantProduction companies and individual filmmakers (Nunavut) TerritorialIn response to COVID-19, The Story Telling Fund provides production companies and individual filmmakers the flexibility of a greater diversification of activities not currently served by NFDC’s funding programs.
A project may apply for a grant of up to:
• Story Telling Fund (STF): maximum $7,500;
• Inuktut Language Incentive: maximum $1,500;
A bonus of 5% of the Story Telling Fund spend up to a maximum of $1,500 is available for original production.
• Internet Uploading/Downloading: 5% of Story Telling Fund grant, if applicable, up to a maximum of $250 per project.
Eligibility :
The production company must:
- be a production company incorporated pursuant to the laws of the Territory of Nunavut or Canada whose primary activity is developing and producing film, television and/or digital media content;
- be in good standing with the relevant Corporate Registry;
- be in good standing with Nunavut Film.
An individual must:
- be a resident of Nunavut;
- have a demonstrated commitment to contribute professionally to the industry;
- be in good standing with Nunavut Film.
https://nunavutfilm.ca/funding/funding-programs/
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NunavutQuilliq Energy Corporation (QEC)Flexibility measures - Electricity Flexibility measuresAllTerritorialQEC will not be performing disconnections of accounts or installing load limiters until further notice to ensure that customers can avoid undue hardship during the COVID-19 pandemic.https://www.premier.gov.nu.ca/en/news-releases/covid-19-gn-update-march-31-2020
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OntarioFedDev Ontario
Societé Économique de l’Ontario (SÉO)
Igniting economic recovery for Franco-Ontarian businesses- ConsultationsConsultationsOLMC businesses and cooperatives across southern OntarioProvincialFedDev Ontario is investing $1.5 million for Societé Économique de l’Ontario (SÉO) to deliver targeted technical advisory services to OLMC businesses and cooperatives across southern Ontario. https://www.canada.ca/en/economic-development-southern-ontario/news/2020/06/FedDev-Ontario-is-working-with-Franco-Ontarian-businesses-and-organizations-to-reopen-our-economy.html
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OntarioGovernment of OntarioChanges to Employment Standards Act (ESA) rulesJob protectionWorkersProvincialExtension of the COVID-19 period
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ontario government made a regulation that changed certain Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA) rules during the COVID-19 period. The temporary rules continue to be in effect until September 25, 2021 (instead of July 3, 2021).
New rules related to recall rights
A new regulation came into force on December 17, 2020 that creates a special rule relating to the system in the ESA that governs the interaction between recall rights, termination pay and severance pay. The guide will be updated soon.
https://www.ontario.ca/document/your-guide-employment-standards-act-0July 2021: Extension of the COVID-19 period until September 25, 2021 (instead of July 3, 2021).
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OntarioGovernment of Ontario
Ministry of Finance
Cultural Media Tax Credit Amendments - Ontario Film and Television Tax Credit (OFTTC) (Ontario 2020 Budget)Flexibility measuresOntario Film and Television CompaniesProvincialThe Province introduced certain temporary legislative and regulatory amendments to Ontario’s media tax credits to help companies maintain their tax credit eligibility in view of disruptions and delays caused by COVID-19. The changes to the OFTTC are part of an amendment to the Regulation which was enacted on February 12, 2021.
These amendments provide temporary extensions to the following requirements:
a) the timeline to apply for a Letter of Confirmation;
b) the timeline to have the production shown in Ontario; and
c) the period to claim expenditures incurred prior to principal photography or key animation.
https://ontariocreates.ca/tax-incentives/ofttc