Federal COVID-19 Updates2020-06-16T15:56:53-04:00

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


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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:

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 :

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:


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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