Covid-19 Resources for Tourism Businesses: Updated Regularly

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.

Email: james@explorersedge.ca / kate@explorersedge.ca

Canadian Federation of Independent Business

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.

CLICK HERE FOR COVID-19 SMALL BUSINESS SURVEY RESULTS FROM CFIB – MARCH 24, 2020

Canadian Chamber of Commerce

Follow the Canadian Chamber of Commerce on Twitter at @CdnChamberofCom. Businesses owners should make use of their Pandemic Preparedness information.

Government of Canada

Government of Ontario Updates

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).

Updated 19/03.2020

The BDC Programs

Government of Canada Stimulus Programs