Financial resources from all levels of government.
Please also see the B2B section as there may be supports from other businesses that are relevant to you.
Programs that have ended have been removed from this list to make for easier reading.
- Circuit Breaker Business Relief Grant - provides up to $10,000 to businesses in the hospitality and fitness sectors that have been impacted by the most recent restrictions. Applications open April 12.
- BC Accelerating Manufacturing Scale-Up Grant - The goal of this program is to support small and medium-sized businesses to accelerate innovative capacity in the manufacturing sector, strengthen critical provincial supply chains, and create new, sustainable economic opportunities for businesses. Applications open April 15, 2021.
- Community Workforce Response Grant - certain organizations may be eligible for up to $15,000 per participant in grant funds to upskill workers, up to a maximum of $300,000 per organization. Check out the details here.
- Do you need help pivoting into e-commerce? There is a new grant of up to $7,500 to help your business grow its online presence. Apply at http://launchonline.ca.
- The B.C. Supply Chain Resiliency and Value-Added Manufacturing Grant was recently announced to support small and medium sized manufacturers to bolster the supply chain. Details here.
- The BC Small and Medium Sized Business Recovery Grant: The B.C. government has enhanced the Small and Medium-Sized Business Recovery Grant program to make it easier for businesses to qualify and has increased support for those in the hard-hit tourism sector. Determine your eligibility and apply now.
- Metis Financial Corporation of BC relief program for Metis Entrepreneurs
- The Province is providing enhanced relief for businesses by reducing most commercial property tax bills by an average of 25%, along with new measures to support local governments facing temporary revenue shortfalls as a result of COVID-19 - news release
- COVID-19 Leave: Changes to Employment Standard Act — Employees who are unable to work due to COVID-19 related reasons are permitted to take unpaid, job-protected leave. This is retroactive to January 27, 2020.
- Bank of Development Canada Highly Affected Sectors Credit Availability Program (HASCAP) offers financing for highly affected sectors where at least 50% of their revenue has been impacted due to COVID19. Details are here.
- Canada Emergency Business Account has again been extended, this time until June 2021, and now businesses who have already received a loan may apply for an additional $20,000, of which $10,000 may be forgiveable. Details here. If a business has not yet applied for a loan, up to $60,000 may be available.
- Canada United Small Business Grants open up for applications on October 26 - these grants provide up to $5000 to eligible small businesses to purchase PPE.
- The Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS) was announced October 9. It will allow for a subsidy for impacted businesses of up to 65% until June 2021. Applications now being accepted!
- Prime Minister announces up to $53 million to develop and implement a new National Ecosystem Fund to support Black-led business organizations across the country
- Canada's COVID-19 Economic Reponse Plan (all federal programs)
- Large Employer Emergency Financing Facility or LEEFF. It is for large for-profit businesses except those in the financial sector – as well as certain not-for-profit businesses, such as airports, with annual revenues generally in the order of $300 million or higher. To qualify, eligible businesses must be seeking financing of about $60 million or more, have significant operations or workforce in Canada, and not be involved in active insolvency proceedings.
- Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance program - the CECRA business application portal opens May 25.
- Support for Indigenous Businesses
- Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy program.
- Business Credit Availability Program provides financing in the private sector. Contact your financial institution to access the program. Has been extended and expanded until June 2021.
- Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) As of September 27, CERB is transitioning to an improved EI program. Learn more about the transition, here.
- Tax Flexibility — Businesses can defer paying income tax until September 1, 2020. GST payments, duties, and other remittances can be deferred until June
- Employment and Social Development Canada — Details for employers on EI applications for their employees and Work-Share Program
- COVID-19 Economic Response Plan