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COVID-19 Business Resources

The Government of Canada and business organizations across the country are coming together to support businesses in Canada. Here is a list of resources that may be helpful to you and your business. 

If you are concerned about your business, please contact us or a member of our team. We will support you in any way that we can. 

Recent announcements

April 2: Worker Emergency Bridge Fund (one-time, $1,000 payment) and Small Business Impact Grant (one-time grant of 15 per cent revenue*, up to $5,000)

Upcoming webinars

For CWB & member events, please visit our events page


Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Advance Payments Program (APP)

  • Stay of Default for eligible farms
  • Amendments to the Agricultural Marketing Program Regulations

Nova Scotia Canadian Agricultural Partnership

Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) 

What Canada’s RDAs are doing to help business during the COVID-19 pandemic [PDF]

Q&As: ACOA Assistance for Businesses Impacted by COVID-19    

Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC)

Business continuity plan and templates 

7 steps to sustain your business through the disruption 

Canada Emergency Business Account

SME Loan and Guarantee Program

Purchase Order Financing

How to cope with the impacts of COVID-19 (recorded webinar)

Canadian Chamber of Commerce 

Pandemic Preparedness Guide

Chambers of Commerce Group Insurance Plan: What you need to know

Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) 

Small Business Help Centre

Canadian Payroll Association

Q&As from the Payroll Infoline

Canadian Trade Commissioner Service (CTC) 

Resources for Canadian businesses including:

  • supporting your employees
  • financial implications and business preparedness
  • business travel and events
  • exporting and doing business in international market

Dalhousie University, administered by

Worker Emergency Bridge Fund (one-time, $1,000 payment)

Small Business Impact Grant (one-time grant of 15 per cent revenue*, up to $5,000)

Destination Canada 

COVID-19 Visitor Economy Webinars

Employment and Social Development Canada

COVID-19 Employment and Social Development Canada 

  • Changes to Service Canada Centres
  • Employment Insurance (EI), including Record of Employment (ROE)
  • Work-Sharing Program
  • Labour Program and federally regulated workplaces

Export Development Canada (EDC) 

Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP) 

(Updated March 25) FAQs: What exporters need to know about COVID-19

COVID-19: Managing the impact on global supply chains

Government of Canada

Canada's COVID-19 Economic Response Plan

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)

How COVID-19 is affecting business at the IRCC

Nova Scotia Department of Business

Commercial Rent Deferral Support Program

Skills Online Nova Scotia


  • free online business training courses 
  • career development tips and online communities
  • build and sell your own courses 

World Health Organization (WHO) 

Getting your workplace ready for COVID-19

The Government of Canada is looking for suppliers:

Call for Suppliers

Call for Manufacturers 

Call for Research

For additional opportunities in Nova Scotia, explore tender notices on the Nova Scotia Procurement website. They are hosting webinars on navigating the e-bidding system for suppliers. 

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