COVID-19 and Resources for Your Business

Nova Scotia is working together to get through the pandemic and the East Hants & Districts Chamber of Commerce wants to support the business community as you navigate the public health guidelines. We’ve assembled information in key areas that should businesses navigate through this effectively.  The sources we’ve provided here have credible, business-relevant and science-based information to help you stay safe, and to help your business during this uncertain time. We will continue to bring you the most current, up-to-date information as it occurs.

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS AND RESOURCES FOR SMALL BUSINESSES:

Canada Small Business Financing Program: This program makes it easier for small businesses to get loans from financial institutions by sharing the risk with lenders.  Up to a maximum of $1,000,000 for any one borrower, of which no more than $350,000 can be used for purchasing leasehold improvements or improving leased property and purchasing or improving new or used equipment. Financial institutions deliver the program and are solely responsible for approving the loan. For more information download their PDF pamphlet or click here to find a lender near you.

Business Benefits Finder: The Government of Canada has introduced many COVID-19 supports to help businesses weather the storm. To get a tailored list of the ones that fit your business situation or to discover other federal, provincial and territorial programs and services designed to help Canadian businesses grow, try the interactive business benefits finder. You can also sign up for the notification feature to receive emails when there are changes to your favourite programs, when application deadlines are approaching, or when a new program that meets your needs is introduced.

Overview of Federal Government Services for Small Business: Get tools and information on what to consider before starting a business. Get information to help you identify opportunities to grow your business. Learn how to fuel your R&D and innovation projects through government grants, contributions and loans, as well as private sector financing. Learn about programs and services available in your region to help your business succeed.  Find out more about the municipal, provincial, territorial and federal permits, licences and regulations that apply to your business.  Learn how to handle day-to-day operations, including budgeting, marketing and payroll deductions and more. Overview of federal government Services for Small Business


PROOF OF FULL VACCINE POLICY:

Nova Scotia COVID-19 Proof of Vaccine Policy

Proof of Full Vaccine Guide for Businesses and Organizations 

COVID-19 Protocol for Proof of Full Vaccine for Events and Activities

Guide for Providing YOUR Proof of Full Vaccine

Proof of Vaccine Poster Graphic


LATEST UPDATES

Phase 5 of the Reopening Plan


RELIEF PROGRAMS

Black Entrepreneurship Load Fund

COVID-19: Paid Sick Leave Program

Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB)

Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB)

Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB)

CEBA (Canada Emergency Business Account)

HASCAP (Highly Affected Sectors Credit Availability Program)

CEWS (Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy)

BCAP (Business Credit Availability Program)


Additional Grants and Funding

Small Business Loan Guarantee Program


Signage:

“Face Masks Required” poster

“How to Wear a Mask” poster

General COVID-19 signage 

Work Safe for Life signage



COVID-19 RESOURCE LINKS

  • Tourism Nova Scotia has created resource web pages for the tourism industry and for travellers.
  • The Province of Nova Scotia has also created a resource page with the latest alerts and notices, information on how to protect yourself, travel advice, testing data, and the government’s response.
  • The Government of Canada is closely monitoring the spread of the virus, and is providing updated information to the public daily.

We are working for you!

The physical office location of the East Hants & Districts Chamber of Commerce is now open to the public. We ask that you wear a mask and sanitize when come visit.

Should you have any questions or concerns, you can still reach us at (902) 883-1010 or info@ehcc.ca during regular business hours of 8:00am – 4:00pm.


 

IMPACT ON SMALL BUSINESSES

  • Staff absences due to a number of reasons (personal illness, ill family members, looking after children if schools close, feeling of safety being at home etc.). In some cases employees may themselves elect to stay home; in other circumstances the government may authorize or require them to do so.
  • Disruption to essential services like information, telecommunications, financial services, energy supply, and logistics;
  • Disruption to supply of necessary materials or contractors;
  • A major increase or decrease in demand for products and services;
  • Cancellation or disruption of travel and cross-border movement of people and goods;
  • Cancellation of public meetings or gatherings like sports events, concerts or religious services;
  • Impact on the trade status of Canada, or of our trading partners; and
  • Increased public fear that causes citizens to avoid public places, including front line retail and tourist related attractions, restaurants and leisure businesses.

HOW TO SUPPORT SMALL BUSINESS

  • Follow Social Distancing and Self-Isolation Directives
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water (here’s how)
  • Don’t succumb to panic-buying
  • Have patience with pharmacy wait times
  • Buy gift certificates from impacted businesses that you know you’ll have use for later
  • Order take-out and access delivery services from businesses that provide it
  • Plan your next trip as a Nova Scotia staycation to help our tourism industry recover

BEST BUSINESS PRACTICES

  • Adjust staffing levels to limit contact with each other
  • Provide delivery and/or take-out services if your business model will support it.
  • Actively encourage employees to follow social distancing and self-isolation directives issued by the federal and provincial governments.
  • Actively encourage sick employees to stay home – ensure that your sick leave policies are flexible and consistent with public health guidance and that employees are aware of these policies.
  • Do not require a healthcare provider’s note for employees who are sick with acute respiratory illness to validate their illness or to return to work, as healthcare provider offices and medical facilities may be extremely busy and not able to provide such documentation in a timely way.
  • Separate sick employees from the rest of your staff if they arrive at work appearing to be ill, and then send them home immediately.
  • Place posters that encourage staying home when sick, cough and sneeze etiquette, and hand hygiene at the entrance to your workplace and in other workplace areas where they are likely to be seen.
  • Provide tissues and no-touch disposal receptacles for use by employees.
  • Instruct employees to clean their hands often with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60-95% alcohol, or wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Provide soap and water and alcohol-based hand rubs in the workplace. Ensure that adequate supplies are maintained if possible. Place hand rubs in multiple locations or in conference rooms to encourage hand hygiene.
  • Routinely clean all frequently touched surfaces in the workplace, such as workstations, countertops, and doorknobs.
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