Federal COVID-19 Updates2020-12-10T13:35:45-05:00

It is a challenging time for all, but we at the CISC are working hard to keep our membership community connected. Please see below some resources & links to reliable sources of information


Click to view Government Site for updates
Guidance on Essential Services and Functions in Canada
Canadian Chamber of Commerce-COVID-19 │Pandemic Preparedness for Business
Chambre de Commerce du Canada COVID-19 │Préparation des entreprises à une pandémie
COVID-19 Resources for Municipalities
Ressources sur la COVID-19 pour les municipalités

Please note important updates:

+ October 5, 2020 – Canada launches C$10 billion infrastructure plan to aid economic recovery

+ September 29, 2020 – Coronavirus: What’s happening in Canada and around the world on Tuesday (En Anglais seulement)

+ June 16, 2020 – Federal Gas Tax Fund Allocations 2020‒21 

The Prime Minister announced on June 1st that the Federal Government would be fast tracking to $2.2 billion in annual Gas Tax funding to municipalities to help with jump-starting the economy post-COVID.

Infrastructure and Communities Minister Catherine McKenna released further details on this in the form of a breakdown of the allocated funding by municipality.  Please find the full and comprehensive list of allocations listed by province below.

La ministre de l’Infrastructure et des Collectivités, Catherine McKenna, a dévoilé plus de détails à ce sujet hier sous la forme d’une ventilation du financement alloué par municipalité que nous souhaitons partager avec vous. Vous trouverez ci-dessous la liste complète et détaillée des allocations par province :

+ May 29, 2020 – Governments and international organizations come together to address economic challenges and sustainability | Des gouvernements et des organisations internationales se réunissent pour discuter de défis économiques et du développement durable

+ May 26, 2020 – Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance now open for applications | Les demandes d’adhésion à l’Aide d’urgence du Canada pour le loyer commercial sont maintenant acceptées

+ May 26, 2020 – SCHL-CHMC-COVID–19: CECRA for small businesses-Apply for CECRA for small businesses and help commercial tenants with rent relief | SCHL-CHMC-COVID-19 : AUCLC destinée aux petites entreprises- Faites une demande d’AUCLC pour petites entreprises et réduisez le loyer des locataires commerciaux 

+ May 25, 2020 – COVID19: Open ports of entry and temporary service reductions | COVID19 : Points d’entrée ouverts et réduction temporaire des services

+ May 22, 2020 – Prime Minister announces temporary border agreement with the United States | Le premier ministre annonce la conclusion d’un accord frontalier temporaire avec les États-Unis 

+ May 21, 2020 – Government of Canada – Prime Minister Trudeau announces opening of program to protect jobs and help businesses | Gouvernement du Canada- Le premier ministre Justin Trudeau annonce le début d’un programme visant à protéger les emplois et à aider les entreprises

+ May 11, 2020 – Trudeau says he does not share view that oil and gas sector is beyond saving | Trudeau dit qu’il ne partage pas l’opinion selon laquelle le secteur du pétrole et du gaz ne peut pas être sauvé

+ April 29, 2020 – Prime Minister releases joint statement by First Ministers for restarting the economy | Le premier ministre présente la déclaration commune des premiers ministres sur la relance de l’économie

+ April 28, 2020 – Infrastructure Canada: Investing in Canada Plan Project Map | Infrastructure Canada : Carte des projets du Plan Investir dans le Canada

+ April 28, 2020 – BDC: COVID-19: Business planning tools for entrepreneurs | BDC : COVID-19: Outils de planification d’entreprise pour les entrepreneurs

+ April 27, 2020 – Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) – Applications are open for the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy. How to Apply. | Subvention salariale d’urgence du Canada (SSUC) – À compter du 27 avril, il sera possible de faire une demande de Subvention salariale d’urgence du Canada (SSUC). Comment faire une demande.

+ April 24, 2020 – Prime Minister announces partnerships with provinces and territories to deliver Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance for small businesses | Le premier ministre annonce des partenariats avec les provinces et les territoires pour accorder l’Aide d’urgence du Canada pour le loyer commercial aux petites entreprises

+ April 23, 2020 – Support for students and new grads affected by COVID-19 | Aide aux étudiants et aux nouveaux diplômés touchés par la COVID-19

+ April 23, 2020 – Foreign ministers from 14 countries agree on key principles to keep transportation links and supply chains open | Les ministres des Affaires étrangères de 14 pays s’entendent sur des principes fondamentaux pour le maintien des liens de transport et des chaînes d’approvisionnement

+ April 17, 2020 – Prime Minister Announces New Support to Protect Canadian Jobs | Le premier ministre annonce de nouvelles mesures pour protéger les emplois canadiens

+ April 15, 2020 – Prime Minister announces expanded access to Canada Emergency Response Benefit and support for essential workers | Le premier ministre annonce un plus grand accès à la Prestation canadienne d’urgence et du soutien pour les travailleurs essentiels

+ April 11, 2020 – Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) Passed by House of Commons

Yesterday Bill C-14, the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS), was passed at all stages by the House of Commons with unanimous consent by all parties, and it received Royal Assent last night.  The legislation’s text can be found here:


Most companies, regardless of size or employee number, can apply for the CEWS. Sole proprietors and single-employee corporations are also eligible (there are limits for certain not-for-profit entities). Even foreign companies with Canadian operations can apply for these dollars.

We are working on a more detailed/formal bulletin with details, but in the meantime, some key takeaways are below:

  1. Privacy concerns may be raised for companies due to new language indicating that the Minister of National Revenue may “communicate or otherwise make available to the public the name of any person or partnership” that applies for the CEWS.
  2. Previous statements by the Government indicating that employers must make “best efforts” to top up the remaining 25% of an employee’s salary has not been referenced in legislation (although it may be included in regulations or guidelines).
  3. It appears that corporate groups may choose to calculate revenue on a consolidated or individual entity basis.
  4. Generally, “revenue” includes only arm’s length revenue from activities in Canada. However, special (different) calculation rules apply for companies which receive all or substantially all of their revenue from non-arm’s length sources.

Here is a link to the Ministry of Finance release and backgrounder:


+ April 8, 2020 – Changes to Canada Summer Jobs program to help businesses and young Canadians affected by COVID-19

+ April 8, 2020 – Government provides further flexibility for employers to access the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy

+ March 27, 2020 – Additional Details on the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy

+ March 27, 2020 – Announced an up to 75 per cent wage subsidy for qualifying businesses

+ March 27, 2020 – Additional Support for Canadian Businesses 

+ March 26, 2020 – Tips to help you secure the EDC Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP) Guarantee

Special Federal Government programs for Employers COVID-19

As we navigate our way through these turbulent times, the CISC will be providing information on relevant government assistance programs as they come available. We are not authoritative on the programs but will strive to provide you the information you need. The information may quickly become outdated as governments add new programs, so stay tuned.

The two main links from the Government of Canada you should bookmark are:

At the moment, here are some of the Federal programs and related links for Employers:

1) EI – Employment Insurance
visit the EI sickness benefits page to apply

Note:  there are differences if you have contracted the virus and/or are quarantined – read thoroughly.  Contact the following numbers only if the above condition applies.

  • Telephone: 1-833-381-2725 (toll-free)
  • Teletypewriter (TTY): 1-800-529-3742

2) Work-Sharing Program – Temporary special measures for the downturn in business due to COVID-19 and for the forestry and steel and aluminum sector

https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/services/work-sharing/temporary-measures-forestry-sector.htmlThis covers details on waiving waiting periods, length of coverage, effective period and eligibility.

For information on the application process visit: Applicant guide for the temporary special measures

Additional Economic Links:

Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan

EDC stands ready to support Canadian exporters impacted by COVID-19

We hope that this information will assist in maintaining stability during these unstable conditions.  We are here to help where we can.

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