Highly Affected Sectors Credit Availability Program

Minister Ng announces launch of Highly Affected Sectors Credit Availability Program

The Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade, announced the launch of the Highly Affected Sectors Credit Availability Program, or HASCAP. As first outlined in the 2020 Fall Economic Statement, HASCAP will provide financial support to businesses that have been hardest hit by the pandemic. Read more… 

 


Highlights from the Fall Economic Statement 2020

Highlights from the Fall Economic Statement 2020


Provincial Covid Restrictions Update November 24th

Provincial Covid Restrictions Update November 24th

Nova Scotians are being asked to avoid non-essential travel:
  •  in and out of western and central HRM (HRM is defined from Hubbards to, and including, Porters Lake and the communities up to Elmsdale, Enfield, and Mount Uniacke in Hants County) Please see https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/ for boundaries.
  • to other Atlantic provinces
The following will apply to the parts of western and central HRM, including Enfield and Elmsdale:
  • the gathering limit in public is five (or up to the number of members of an immediate family in a household)
  • mandatory masking now applies to common areas of multi-unit residential buildings, such as apartment buildings and condos
  • restaurants and licenced establishments are closed for in-person dining but may provide take-out or delivery
  • retail stores must restrict shoppers and staff to 25% or less of allowable capacity
  • wineries, distilleries and breweries cannot hold tastings or in-person dining and must follow retail rules in their stores (delivery and curbside pickup allowed)
  • organized sports, recreational, athletic, arts and cultural activities, faith-based activities are paused
  • profit and non-profit fitness and recreational facilities closed
  • libraries and museums are closed, including the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
  • the casino and First Nations gaming establishments are closed
  • stronger enforcement of illegal gatherings, including ticketing of all attendees (total fine of $1,000)
  • Schools, after-school programs and childcare will remain open while certain personal services businesses such as hairstylists, estheticians and nail salons in western and central HRM can continue except procedures that cannot be done while a patron is masked.
The following new restrictions apply across the province:
  • to protect our most vulnerable, there will be no visitors except volunteers and designated caregivers to long-term care facilities and Adult Residential Centres and Regional Rehabilitation Centres licensed by the Department of Community Services
  • sports teams are restricted to local or regional play only
  • no extracurricular activities between schools
  • To further protect our most vulnerable, staff, volunteers and designated caregivers at long-term facilities in HRM will undergo voluntary, bi-weekly testing. Testing will be phased-in starting Nov. 27.
The state of emergency has been extended to Nov. 29

Please visit New Restrictions to Reduce Spread of COVID-19 – Government of Nova Scotia, Canada for further information.
Additional Resources:
Government of Canada: https://canada.ca/coronavirus


Nov 20th: NL and PEI Leave Atlantic Bubble

Newfoundland and Labrador and Prince Edward Island announced Monday that they are backing out of the Atlantic bubble for at least two weeks. Read more… 


Nov 20th: New Provincial Restrictions Announced

To learn about the latest restriction put in place by the provincial government please visit: novascotia.ca/release


Your Weekly Chamber Update – Oct 25 – 31st

Weekly Chamber Newsletter Oct 25th – 31st


Lunch & Learn: Consumer Shopping Trends for the Holidays & Beyond

As we approach a holiday season like no other, it’s important for businesses like yours to understand the consumer behaviours that are driving shopping trends.

Join SaltWire’s Manager of Digital Strategy, Mike Hall, as he takes you through key consumer trends for the holiday season and provides guidance for how you can connect with your online audiences. Monday, November 16th at noon.

About Mike: As Manager of Digital Strategy, Mike is passionate about helping local businesses find and keep new customers. He brings more than 10 years experience in sales and marketing with a focus on digital advertising.

Please register below to receive the link the morning of the session.

Consumer Shopping Trends for the Holidays and Beyond: Virtual Lunch & Learn


Brewing Business Coffee Hour with FlagShip

Please join us virtually during your morning coffee for some casual networking with local businesses like yourself.

Daniel Rondeu will be joining us to discuss the newest membership program FlagShip.
Reconnect, discuss issues, and share ideas. Wednesday, November 4th 10-11am.
Let us know you’ll be joining us by registering here.
Once registered you will receive a link to the event on Tuesday afternoon.
Please tell your friends, business partners and colleagues. All are welcome!


Save the Date! Trivia Night Foodbank Fundraiser

Save the date! This year’s Trivia Night Foodbank Fundraiser will be held virtually on Jan 27th!

 


Survey: Rapid Testing & Easing Atlantic Bubble Restrictions

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COVID-19 Rapid Testing for Air Travellers & Easing Atlantic Bubble Quarantine Restrictions 
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Have you joined the conversation on Atlantic IMPRESSIONS?  See what others are saying about the issues that affect you and the difference your impression makes. https://atlanticimpressions.vision-critical.com


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