These resources have been compiled as a reference to support our Members and business community in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Government of Canada has put together a business specific response webpage for COVID-19. Here you will find links to programs and resources available to you, and these resources are broken down into four categories: Support for Employees; Support for Business; Business travel and events; and Business in international markets. This site is updated frequently and is available in both official languages.
Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED)
Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED) is working to identify various COVID-19 and economic stimulus response opportunities for Canadian businesses in addition to the COVID-19 streams available under each Supercluster
A call to action for Canadian businesses in the manufacturing industry that can assist in meeting the need for medical supplies.
A call to all suppliers to help Canada combat COVID-19 by providing products (such as masks, gloves, ventilators and test kits) and services (such as nursing, laundry, IT and security).
The Strategic Innovation Fund (SIF) has set up a COVID-19 stream to allow for rapid support to Canadian companies that are working on large-scale and later-stage promising research and development projects aimed at providing medical countermeasures, including vaccines and critical medical supplies
The National Research Council of Canada (NRC)
The National Research Council of Canada (NRC) has been working with its partners to help find solutions to the COVID-19 outbreak. They currently have three programs underway to meet COVID-19 related needs:
The COVID-19 Challenges Procurement Program: NRC Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP) and ISED’s Innovative Solutions Canada will post challenges seeking near-to-market solutions from SMEs (fewer than 500 staff) that need financial support to refine and sell their product or solution.
The Pandemic Response Challenge Program will build teams to address challenges requiring further research and development for solutions.
Biomanufacturing Capacity at Royalmount: NRC Human Health Therapeutics Research Centre will develop a Good Manufacturing Practices platform to develop and scale-up COVID-19 Canadian vaccine and therapy candidates.
The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)
Applied Research Rapid Response to COVID-19 program provides up to $75,000 to accelerate the transfer and application of applied research and of expertise for local community organizations and partners from the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors on COVID-19 related topics. This program is targeted at Canadian colleges and polytechnics.
NSERC Alliance COVID-19 Grants of up to $50, 000 per 1 year project to support collaborations between industry/government/not-for-profit sectors and researchers to address pandemic-related research and technical challenges.
Stimulating Collaborations meant to connect university and college researchers in natural science and engineering with private, not-for-profit and public sector organizations across Canada to address pandemic-related challenges.
COVID-19 Applied Research Call for industry partners to work with colleges and polytechnics to leverage their expertise and infrastructure. Funded partnerships are also eligible to host additional college students for the project via Mitacs-funded internships at a reduced cost.
The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)
The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) established a Partnership Engage Grants COVID-19 Special Initiative that will provide $7,000 to $25,000 to support research into the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on individuals, businesses and communities. This initiative provides short-term and timely support for small-scale, stakeholder-driven partnerships. Themes of interest include understanding the differentiated social impacts of a pandemic, designing and implementing effective and equitable recovery measures, and building longer-term resilience and disaster preparedness
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) will provide a near-term credit available to farmers and the agri-food sector through Farm Credit Canada aimed at reducing short-term financial pressure. Also announced was a Stay of Default to eligible farmers allowing them an additional six months to make payments against Advanced Payment Program loans.
Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CERCA) for small businesses
- Rapid response: Real-time insights for pandemic decision-making
- Scrubbing your scrubs: Finding ways to re-use Covid-19 protective gear
- Super sanitize: Cleaning sensitive equipment and workspaces
Support for Aboriginal Businesses: funds will be available through Aboriginal Financial institutions (AFIs) and administered by the National Aboriginal Capital Corporations Association and Métis capital corporations in partnership with Indigenous Services Canada.
The Province of Manitoba set up a call to action for business that is prepared to rapidly scale up production or re-tool manufacturing lines to develop products made in Manitoba to help in the fight against COVID-19 as well as an information page for businesses with links to available resources and services and a general information page.
The Province of Nova Scotia has established a support page for businesses outlining the changes to payment programs and other initiatives available.
The Province of Ontario has established the Ontario Together Fund, a $50 million to support the development of essential equipment and supplies. It has also set up landing pages for supporting businesses looing for financial relief and tax relief. It has also set up several calls to action for businesses to help with COVID-19 response efforts:
- Call for supplies – Medical products such as ventilators, swabs, masks and eye protection
- Call for ideas – Ideas, other products or services that could help Ontarians
- Call for innovation – Help communities withstand pandemic and provide solutions for virtual mental health, supply chain resiliency, financial planning advisory services for SMEs, and remote learning for elementary and secondary students.
- Reopening Ontario plan
The Province of Quebec has established support programs and services for businesses and citizens, including the Concerted Temporary Action Program for Businesses offering a minimum of $50k in financial support to businesses, tax credits and the Temporary Aid for Workers Program.
- Gradual resumption of activities webpage that outlines their COVID-19 recovery plan.