COVID-19 and Resources for Your Business

LATEST UPDATE:

Nov 30th: Supporting Canadians and Fighting COVID-19: Fall Economic Statement 2020

Nov 26th: Grant program offers support to restaurants, bars and gyms in HRM & Hants County

Nov 24th: New Restrictions to Reduce Spread of COVID-19 – Government of Nova Scotia, Canada

Nov 23rd: Newfoundland and Labrador and Prince Edward Island leave Atlantic bubble for at least 2 weeks. 

Nov 20th: New Restriction to Reduce Spread of COVID-19

 

CURRENT RELIEF PROGRAMS

Lockdown Support for Business Facing Significant Public Health Restrictions

Commercial Property Tax Relief for Owners of Hotels, Motels and Inns

Emergency On-Farm Support Fund

Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA): Expanding from $40K to $60K.

Recovery Benefits for Canadians

Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) extension until June 2021

Canada United Small Business Relief Fund to provide grants of up to $5,000 to help cover the costs related to COVID-19

Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS)

Regional Relief And Recovery Fund (RRRF)

Support for Indigenous Businesses 

Large Employer Emergency Financing Facility

 

Additional Grants and Funding

Grant program offers support to restaurants, bars and gyms in HRM & Hants County

Digital Adoption Program through NSBI: Deadline December 1st, 2020Preview Changes (opens in a new tab)

Emergency Support for Arts and Culture Organizations: Deadline is December 7th, 2020

Nova Scotia Innovation Transition Trust: Deadline November 30th, 2020


2020 has been an unprecedented year business, in communities, and on the markets – globally. It’s clear that COVID-19 has had a huge impact on businesses, and there is great concern about the future.  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 occurrs.


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 closed to the public, but our employees and Board of Directors will continue to serve the business community remotely to provide you with the most up to date information, tools, and resources during this time of unprecedented uncertainty.

Should you have any questions or concerns, you can still reach us at (902) 883-1010 or info@ehcc.ca during regular business hours.

The Nova Scotia government has limited all public gatherings to no more than 50 people as the number of coronavirus cases in the province continues to grow.

In light of this recommendation, the East Hants Chamber of Commerce (EHCC) will be hosting all meetings and events virtually via tele- or video conference. 

 EHCC will continue to monitor developments and resume events only when events when the risk to public health and safety has been minimized. We encourage everyone to do their part to reduce the Contagion of COVID-19 and we will continue to provide updates and information as it becomes available.


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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