COVID-19 Business Support Updates and Information
Like you, we are monitoring the COVID-19 situation closely as it evolves and affects global business activities. The safety of our colleagues, clients and partners remains our top priority. As information becomes available, we’ll share our updates and insights as soon as possible.
UPDATED: COVID-19 Federal and Provincial Assistance for Nova Scotia Businesses
A summary of COVID-19 federal and provincial policies, programs and initiatives put in place that can assist Nova Scotia businesses immediately and through the next several months.
Nova Scotia Together: help fight Coronavirus
Are you a business that can supply products and services in support of Nova Scotia’s response to COVID-19? The province is welcoming help from businesses and organizations who can supply emergency products and innovative solutions to support the province's collective response to COVID-19. https://procurement.novascotia.ca/nova-scotia-together.aspx
COVID-19 SUPPORT ANNOUNCEMENT: New federal supports for business
A 75% wage subsidy for qualifying businesses, for up to 3 months, retroactive to March 15, 2020. Details on eligibility criteria will start with the impact of COVID-19 on sales, and will be shared before the end of the month. In addition, guaranteed interest-free loans up to $40,000, and deferral of HST and GST taxes and duties until June.
COVID-19 Federal and Provincial Assistance for Nova Scotia Businesses
A summary of COVID-19 federal and provincial policies, programs and initiatives put in place that can assist Nova Scotia businesses immediately and through the next several months. https://novascotiabusiness.com/covid-19-business-assistance
Nova Scotia State of Emergency: What it Means for Business
On March 22, 2020, the Province of Nova Scotia declared a State of Emergency to help contain the spread of COVID-19.
- As a result, beginning at 6 a.m. March 23, 2020, Nova Scotia’s land, air and sea borders will be managed.
- This does not mean that Nova Scotia’s borders are closed. There are exemptions for cross-border travel to enable the flow of goods and people, including healthy workers in healthcare, the trades, and trucking. Also, healthy people commuting to work are exempt. Persons not exempt and entering Nova Scotia at any border crossing are required to self-isolate for a minimum of 14 days.
- Companies in Nova Scotia do not need to be classified as essential services to continue operating. However, companies remaining open must maintain the published Public Health distancing standards of at least two meters (six feet) between employees/guests, and the workplace must be cleaned/disinfected twice daily, at a minimum.
- There are fewer restrictions on businesses (such as grocery stores, pharmacies, and gas stations), and for additional information please visit: https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/#alerts
Take Up the Call to Action Against COVID-19: Could your business help supply emergency products or innovative solutions? The Government of Canada is reaching out for companies, like yours, that may be able to help. Learn ways to get involved.
Postponed or cancelled events, missions and workshops:
As COVID-19 continues to impact global business, we are tracking on-going event, mission and workshop cancellations and postponements. For the latest updates and notices, please see our calendar listings.
Program and services updates:
We are committed to providing you updates on programming and services, of which many have been affected because of the current health and safety concerns. If we can’t answer your question immediately, please know we are working to address your concerns.
Currently the Nova Scotia Business Inc. team remains accessible, please reach out to your Regional Business Development Advisor, Export Executive, or Payroll Rebate account lead at any point with questions or concerns.
Should you not be able to reach your account lead, please submit a request on our contact form.
Visiting Nova Scotia Business Inc. offices:
If you have a scheduled meeting at one of our offices, please call to arrange to meet remotely, or reschedule.
Additional business supports:
For additional business supports on navigating business challenges through this time of uncertainty, please find several links below and continue to check this page for up-to-date information and resources.
If you have any questions about the above, please don’t hesitate to reach out. As soon as we have additional updates, we’ll be in touch.
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Resources for Canadian businesses
Business Development Bank of Canada – Support for Entrepreneurs impacted by coronavirus
Business Development Bank of Canada - Business continuity plan and templates for entrepreneurs
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) – Employment and Social Development Canada
Canadian Chamber of Commerce – Pandemic Preparedness for Business
World Health Organization COVID-19 - Business and Employees
Business Resource Hub
Canadian Federation of Independent Business - keeping you and your employees safe
EDC – FAQs - What Canadian exporters need to know about COVID-19