Tourism businesses and stakeholders are encouraged to consider the following to keep up-to-date on the latest news and advocacy regarding Covid-19:
RTO12 – Follow @rto12news (James Murphy, Executive Director) and @rto12kate (Kate Monk, Senior Director, Strategy & Communications) for most up-to-date communications.
Follow @CFIB on Twitter for up-to-date advocacy for SMEs by CFIB President & CEO, Dan Kelly.
CFIB has opened up its HELPLINE to all business owners – not just CFIB members – for the duration of the Covid-19 crisis. To talk to a expert, please call us at 1-888-234-2232.
Follow the Canadian Chamber of Commerce on Twitter at @CdnChamberofCom. Businesses owners should make use of their Pandemic Preparedness information.
- COVID-19 Updates
- Travel Advice
- Being Prepared
- Symptoms and Treatment
- Prevention and Risks
- Canada’s Response
TIAC Update 17/03/2020
SUPPORT FOR BUSINESSES AND WORKERS
- $27 million to fund COVID-19 research –this funding will support 47 research teams from across Canada that will focus on accelerating the development, testing, and implementation of measures to deal with the COVID-19 outbreak (link for details here).
- $1-billion package to help Canadians cope with the COVID-19 outbreak, with half of the money going to the provinces and territories – the fund will help put in place the plans, infrastructure, and resources needed to protect the health and safety of all Canadians (link for details here).
- Employment Insurance:The Government of Canada will waive the one-week waiting period for people who are in quarantine or have been directed to self-isolate and are claiming for Employment Insurance (EI) sickness benefits (link for details here).
- The Government of Canada will also introduce enhancements to the Work-Sharing Programto earmark an estimated of $12 million to help employers who are experiencing a downturn in business due to COVID-19, and their workers (link for details here).
- Establishment of a $10 billion Business Credit Availability Programto further support financing in the private sector through the Business Development Bank of Canada and Export Development Canada (link for more details here).
The BDC Programs
Government of Canada Stimulus Programs