Regional COVID-19 Measures and Updates

See also RCC’s Municipal COVID-19 Measures tool that lists property tax and utility payment extensions.

Support for Retailers:

  • Wage Subsidies: Any retailer who has seen at least a 30% decrease in revenue is eligible for a 75% wage subsidy for its employees. The 75% wage subsidy is available regardless of the size of the business or how many people it employs. The subsidy will be on the first $58,700 an employee earns, so up to $847 a week.  The programme will be available for up to three months and backdated to March 15, 2020.  As further details are available RCC will provide additional information to you.
  • Work-Sharing: To help retailers whose sales have slowed reduce staff costs while avoiding layoffs, the government simplified the application to the EI Work-Sharing program and extended the length of a work share agreement to over a year: 76 weeks. Retailers who form a Work-Share agreement with a unit of workers and Service Canada can now reduce hours by 10% – 60% for up to 76 weeks while still keeping those staff. Staff eligible for EI receive EI Work-Sharing benefits during the agreement. Retail franchisees will be treated as stand-alone businesses. To apply, retailers can go to the COVID-19 Work-Share government page.
  • Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP): This program, which has three components, will provide SME retailers with government-backed credit solutions.
    • Canada Emergency Business Account: will provide interest-free loans of up to $40,000 to small and independent retailers to help cover their operating costs.  10,000 of such loan may be forgiven if certain conditions are met.
    • During a period where their revenues have been temporarily reduced
  • More time to pay income taxes: Retailers can defer, until after August 31, 2020, the payment of any income tax amounts that become owing on or after March 18, 2020 and before September 2020 without interest or penalties. This relief would apply to due tax balances well as instalments.
  • Deferral of Sales Tax Remittance and Customs Duty Payments: Retailers can defer their GST/HST payments until June 30, 2020 as well as customs duties owing on their imports.

Support for employees/individuals:

  • The new Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) the government is open to open will provide $2,000 a month for up to four months for workers who lose their income as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The government is working to open up applications for the program by April 6, 2020. In the meantime, laid off employees are encouraged to apply for EI.
  • Changes to Employment Insurance sickness benefits: Employees who are sick, quarantined or have been directed to self-isolate are no longer requirement to provide a medical certificate to access EI sickness benefits. The one week waiting period for benefits has been waived.
  • Canada Child Benefit (CCB) Increase: Families will receive an extra $300 per child through CCB for 2019-20.
  • Extra time to file income tax returns: Individuals will have until June 1, 2020 to file their taxes. Any payments owed will be deferred until after August 31, 2020 without incurring interest or penalties.
  • Mortgage support: Canadian banks have committed to work with their customers on a case-by-case basis to find solutions to help them manage hardships caused by COVID-19. Most are allowing deferred payments for up to 6 months.

More information:

UPDATE MAR 27: The Alberta government has introduced a list of “non-essential” businesses that must close immediately. View RCC’s guide to what is an essential service in Alberta.

Mandatory closures affecting retailers: Alberta has introduced a list of “non-essential” businesses that must close immediately. Albertans are prohibited from accessing stores that sell clothing, gaming, hobby and toy stores, book stores, and various services. These businesses may still choose to offer online shopping, curb-side pick-up or delivery. View RCC’s guide to what is an essential service in Alberta.

Physical distance restrictions: No gatherings over 15 people are allowed. This limit does not apply to grocery stores, and other eligible retail, although provisions for two-metres of physical distancing must be observed by retailers whose store’s remain open.

Support for businesses:

  • Corporate income tax balances and instalment payments will be deferred from March 19 until August 31, 2020.
  • Private-sector employers can defer WCB premiums until 2021. For small and medium businesses, the government will also cover 50% of the 2020 premium.
  • ATB small business customers can apply for a payment deferral on loans and lines of credit for up to 6 months.
  • View Alberta’s “Support for Employers” section for more details.

Support for employees/individuals:

  • Eligible working Albertans can receive a one-time emergency isolation support payment of $1,146 if they experienced loss of income as a result of having to self-isolate and have no other source of compensation, such as workplace sick leave benefits or federal EI. Applications are available here.
  • Employees can take 14 days of job-protected leave without a doctor’s note if they are required to self-isolate, or care for a child or dependent adult.

Utility/Property tax support: Residential, farm and small commercial customers can defer electricity and natural gas bill payments for the next 90 days to ensure no one will be cut off. View more information on RCC’s municipal measures resource tool.

UPDATE APR 6: The BC Ministry of Agriculture will be accepting carbon tax relief grants for greenhouse operations. More information to come. Once application is live it will be posted here.

Small businesses that have closed due to COVID-19 will have their power bills forgiven between April and June 2020.

The BC Government has provided more details on PST deferments and has made this application available to businesses that have had to temporarily cease operations.

Mandatory closures affecting retailers: Any business or service that has not been ordered to close, and, is also not identified on the essential service list, may stay open if it can adapt its services and workplace to the orders and recommendations of the province. All restaurants to close their seated areas and limit their services to take-out, pick-up and delivery. All personal services businesses (such as nail and hair salons) must close.

Physical distance restrictions: No gatherings over 50 people are allowed. This does not apply to grocery stores, which are considered an essential business, or to shopping malls.

Provided that food and grocery retailers allow for physical distancing of 2 metres between people and an occupancy limit of 1 person for every 4 square metres, essential food and grocery retail stores can operate with 50 or more occupancy.  The Guidance Document for food and grocery retail is generally applicable to other retail settings.

The B.C. CDC has further revised has advised retailers to disallow bulk bins accessed by customers, including gravity feed bins previously allowed. Staff are still permitted to dispense bulk items from behind counters (e.g., fish counters, bakery counters). Guidance on the use of reusable bags has also changed.

Support for business:

  • Business and light and major industry property classes will have their school property tax cut in half for the 2020 tax year, providing cash flow relief for businesses that own their property and for tenants on triple-net leases.
  • B.C. business tax filings have been deferred to September 30, 2020, including PST, employers health tax, and municipal and regional district taxes, among others. The BC Government has also provided more details on PST deferments and has made this application available to businesses that have had to temporarily cease operations.
  • WorkSafe BC has deferred premium payment deadlines for employers who report and pay on a quarterly basis until June 30, 2020.  Employers who report annually will not be impacted because they do not report payroll or pay premiums until March 2021. View more information.

Support for individuals:

  • B.C. Emergency Benefit for Workers will provide a one-time tax-free $1,000 payment to British Columbians whose ability to work has been affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.
  • The Province has passed amendments to the Employment Standards Act creating an unpaid, job-protected, COVID-19 emergency leave retroactive to January 27, 2020 as well as a permanent legislative change mandating 3 unpaid, job-protected sick days per calendar year (mirroring Ontario).
  • Employees can be excused from work for illness without a doctor’s note.

Utility/Property tax support: On Friday, March 20, 2020, the BC Utilities Commission issued a letter to all of its regulated public utilities (e.g. BC Hydro, FortisBC and ICBC) to stop any disconnections, for reasons other than safety, for a minimum of 90 days. Small businesses that have closed due to COVID-19 will have their power bills forgiven between April and June 2020 and large retailers and industries will have the opportunity to defer 50% of their bill payments for three months. View more information on RCC’s municipal measures resource tool.

Additional Notes: The Government is looking for both medical and non-medical products and services to help with the response to COVID-19. View list of the products requested.

The BC Government has announced that essential service providers will not be held liable for COVID-19 related damages that result from operating or providing their services. For example, a grocery store will not be held liable for a customer being exposed to COVID-19, so long as the store is following established protocols on how to prevent the spread of the virus (social distancing guidance, proper handwashing, regular cleaning and disinfecting), has identified employees who are sick and has ensured they are not coming to work. View Ministerial Order

View additional COVID-19 measures announced March 26, 2020.

UPDATE APR 3: The Manitoba government announced new measures in the Manitoba Protection Plan to provide extra support and relief to retailers, businesses and homeowners. These new initiatives are in addition to the recently announced two-month deferral for small businesses that remit up to $10,000 in Manitoba payroll tax or $10,000 in sales tax.

New measures include: Deferring provincial income tax and corporate income tax filing to August 31, 2020; No interest charges or penalties on Manitoba Hydro, Centra Gas, Manitoba Public Insurance and WCB for the next six months, until October 1, 2020; Beginning July 1, 2020 removing PST from Manitoba business property insurance; and Encouraging municipalities to not charge education taxes and school division fees.

The City of Winnipeg will also now waive penalties for unpaid property and business taxes for up to three months. Property taxes that are due on June 30, 2020 will have fees waived until October 1, 2020. Business taxes that are due on May 29, 2020 will have fees waived until September 1, 2020.

Mandatory closures affecting retailers: Manitoba has confirmed a list of “essential services” and retailers that can remain operational.

Manitoba has clarified that all non-exempt businesses may:

  • Continue to operate where customers can order goods online or by telephone but customers cannot be on the businesses’ premises or property to order goods;
  • Continue to sell goods to customers where those goods can be picked up ‘curbside’ or delivered to customers; however, customers cannot pick up goods at businesses’ premises or on its property;
  • Allow staff to attend the businesses’ premises, without limitation on the number of staff, as long as staff take measures to keep social distancing of one to two metres apart from each other; and
  • Accept delivery of goods and may allow services, such as construction, repairs, maintenance and cleaning to occur at their premises and on their property.

Physical distance restrictions: As of Monday, March 30, 2020, public gatherings in the province will be limited to no more than 10 people. Retail businesses including grocery or food stores, shopping centres, pharmacies or gas stations remain exempt, but must ensure separation of one to two metres between customers.

Support for businesses:

  • Support for small and medium sized retailers will be available, providing businesses with the ability to defer payment of payroll taxes and provincial PST remittance up to $10,000 for 60 days. The Minister noted that they will work with all sized businesses regarding flexible repayment options above the $10,000 cap. Application information available here.
  • Several changes requested by RCC to Manitoba’s Employment Standards Code will be announced to address provisions regarding individual and group terminations, layoffs and other issues that could have negatively impacted cash on hand for retailers.
  • The government is adding a temporary exception to employment standards regulations to give employers more time to recall employees laid off as a result of COVID-19. Under current rules, employees who have been laid off for eight or more weeks in a 16-week period are deemed to have been terminated and are entitled to wages in lieu of notice. Effective immediately, any period of layoff occurring after March 1, 2020, will not be counted toward the period after which a temporary layoff would become a permanent termination. View more information.
  • Provincial and corporate income tax filing will be extended to August 31, 2020.
  • PST will be removed from Manitoba business property insurance beginning July 1, 2020.

Utility/Property tax support: No interest charges or penalties on Manitoba Hydro, Centra Gas, Manitoba Public Insurance and WCB for the next six months, until October 1, 2020. View more information on RCC’s municipal measures resource tool.

Mandatory closures affecting retailers: All businesses in retail sales will stop admitting patrons, except for grocery stores, pharmacies, repair garages, post offices, financial and lending institutions, retailers of fuel, hardware, automotive parts and office supplies, convenience stores, animal and fish feed providers, and corporate and agency stores of NB Liquor and Cannabis NB. All businesses required to stop admitting patrons are permitted to sell online or over the phone and to arrange delivery or pick-up of purchases. An updated guideline for businesses that are allowed to open can be found here.

All restaurants are reduced to take-out and delivery service only. Bars and lounges are closed. Construction activities have not been prohibited.

Physical distance restrictions: Owners and operators of all other premises at which people may gather in large numbers will take all reasonable steps to prevent gatherings of more than 10 people.

Owners and managers of all workplaces and organizers of all activities are required to take every reasonable step to:

  • Ensure minimal interaction of people within 2 metres of each other and carry out advice to minimize risk as issued by the chief medical officer of health.
  • Prevent people who exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 from entering the workplace.
  • Prevent people from entering workplaces who have travelled internationally in the previous 14 days.

Border control: Anyone traveling into New Brunswick from domestic or international travel must self-isolate for 14 days. Exceptions are being made for essential workers, including those involved in the movement of goods (e.g. truck, train, air, boat).

Support for businesses:

  • WorkSafeNB employer premiums will be deferred for February, March and April 2020.
  • The province has declared that no commercial landlord shall give any tenant any sort of notice to quit, re-enter or re-possess demised premises or exercise any right of distress, until May 31, 2020 for non-payment of rent that came due after March 19, 2020.
  • Six month deferral of loan and interest payments (determined on cases by case basis).
  • Small to large employers can apply to Opportunities New Brunswick for loans of up to $200,000.

Support for employees/individuals:

  • Retail workers who have been displaced can apply for the $900 income benefits program from the Red Cross by completing this online application or by calling the Red Cross at 1-800-863-6582. There is also a 2020 Low-Income Seniors Benefit ($400 annually) that is available as of April 1, 2020.
  • New Brunswick Public Drug Plan: For the duration of the state of emergency, patients will only be responsible for the initial co-payment on a prescription fill or refill.
  • Landlords cannot require tenants to vacate for non-payment of rent are suspended until May 31, 2020.
  • Seniors can apply for an annual amount of $400. View application.

Utility/Property tax support: View more information on RCC’s municipal measures resource tool.

Notes: The government has set up an information line for people with questions about COVID-19 and includes the ability to report people who are believed to be violating the emergency declaration order. The number, 1-844-462-8387, is open seven days a week from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The email address is

UPDATE APR 6Essential services retailers will be allowed to open on Good Friday 2020 and employees who work will be eligible for holiday pay. 

Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Dwight Ball announced an amendment that has been made to the Shops’ Closing Regulations in order to allow select stores to open for business on Good Friday to provide individuals more time to shop in advance of Easter Sunday. As a result of the amendment, stores that are not exempt under the Regulations, but are deemed by order of the Chief Medical Officer of Health as services essential to the life, health or personal safety of individuals and animals will be provided the option to open for business on Good Friday. The Premier also announced that the implementation of the plastic bag ban has been extended to October 1, 2020.

Mandatory closures affecting retailers: Retail stores must close unless they provide services essential to life, health or animals. Stores exempt from closure include those that sell food, pharmaceuticals, medicine, hygiene products, cleaning products, baby-care products, gas stations, hardware stores, computer and cellphone repair businesses, electronic and office supply stores, and pet and animal supply stores. Restaurants can only offer take out and delivery services.

RCC has received clarification that for all retailers, e-commerce/pick up and delivery are allowed so long as the retailer practices social distancing, keeps minimal staff in store to handle the pick up and delivery; customers are not allowed in the premises (so payment would have to be online or over the phone).

Physical distance restrictions: Retailers who are deemed essential and still open must practice social distancing. There is no limit on the number of people allowed in a retail store.

Social gatherings of over 10 people are restricted. Anyone not in compliance could be subject to a $500 to $2,500 fine or even prison time. Corporations not in compliance may face $5,000 to $50,000 in fines, and directors of corporations can be held personally liable. Each day individuals or corporations are not in compliance will result in another layer of penalties.

Border control: Anyone arriving to the province from outside of Newfoundland and Labrador on or after March 20, 2020 is required to self-isolate for 14 days after their arrival. Commercial trucking is exempted from this self-isolation order. Retail trade is also technically exempted for retail managers and employees that must travel to or from their home or place of work, which is based in the province. Retail managers and employees are strongly encouraged not to travel outside/into the province unless it is an absolute necessity; related to supply chain issues.

Support for businesses:

  • WorkplaceNL is temporarily deferring the collection of employer premiums until June 30, 2020 and waiving interest charges or penalties. The deferral will be applied to all existing payment plans and post-dated cheques. Employers do not need to contact WorkplaceNL and will be able to revise their payroll estimates, used to calculate their assessment payable, prior to their payments being reinstated.
  • Newfoundland Power and Newfoundland Hydro have confirmed they will not cut off service.
  • $200 million in contingency funding will be available

Support for employees/individuals:

Utility/Property tax support: View more information on RCC’s municipal measures resource tool.

UPDATE APR 6: Good Friday shopping hours still to be confirmed.

The province has released advice on what to do if an employee tests postive for COVID-19.

Mandatory closures affecting retailers: Restaurants are now take-out only. Bars are closed. Personal services, such as hair salons and gyms, must close. Retail businesses can still operate but must continue to practice social distancing.

Physical distance restrictions: Social gatherings of more than 5 people are restricted. Malls are still allowed to operate but must adhere to the five person rule for social gatherings in common areas. Customers can go into the mall but must go directly to the store, or between stores, then leave the mall without lingering. Public transit is also an exception to this rule, but transit users must enter the bus through the back door.

Police now have the authority to enforce the rules in relation to self-isolation and social distancing. People and businesses may be fined if they don’t follow the rules, individuals up to $1,000 and businesses up to $7,500.

Border control: If you have travelled outside of Nova Scotia, you must self-isolate for 14 days. This does not apply to commercial trucking/truck drivers. There are implications for retail employees/managers who work between provinces. In RCC’s conversations with the Premier’s Office, the understanding is that it is acceptable for retail employees/managers who may have to travel out of province to deal with supply chain related issues. The government stated that these employees would not be subjected to self-isolation, but are asked to take strict health and safety precautions. Screening measures have been put in place at the border.

Support for businesses:

  • The province has announced that $161 million will be made available to address cash flow and provide access to credit for small- and medium-sized business’. Effective immediately, the province will defer several fees and payments including: payments & interest for government loans; business related fees (until June 30) and loan payments under the small business loan guarantee program.  View more information.
  • WCB employer premium payments have been deferred for three months; interest and late payment fees will be waived until further notice.
  • Certain taxes and utilities are offering deferred payment programs. View more information on RCC’s municipal measures resource tool.
  • Retail and commercial landlords who defer lease payments for the next three months for businesses that had to close directly due to the public health order will be able to claim losses of up to $5,000 per month, if the renting business does not continue operating. Landlords are not permitted to change locks or seize property of businesses who cannot pay rent, if the business closed directly because of COVID-19 public health orders. View more information.
  • Small businesses ordered to close or with operations substantially curtailed by the Public Health orders, can access support through the new Small Business Impact Grant.
  • Eligible small businesses can receive a grant of up to 15% of their revenue from sales to a maximum of $5,000.

Support for employees/individuals:

  • Every individual on income assistance will receive an additional $50 starting Friday, March 20, 2020, to help pay for food, cleaning supplies and personal care items. People do not need to apply.
  • No tenant can be evicted because their income has been impacted by COVID-19, effective immediately for the next three months.
  • Employers do not require a doctor’s note if an employee must be off work.
  • The province will extend the hours of toll-free line for income assistance supports, including weekends and has implemented additional measure for seniors and vulnerable Nova Scotians.
  • Workers who do not qualify for EI can apply for the Worker Emergency Bridge, and one-time $1000 payment to the gap between layoffs and closures and the federal government’s Canada Emergency Response Benefit.

Utility/Property tax support: View more information on RCC’s municipal measures resource tool.

Additional information: The province has released information about staying safe for employers still operating during COVID-19.

UPDATE APR 3: Ontario has tightened its list of retail essential services. Effective as of Saturday, April 4, 2020 at 11:59 pm, only pharmacies, or businesses that primarily sell food and beverages shall remain open to the public. This closure will be in effect for 14 days, at which point, the situation will be reassessed. All other businesses are encouraged to use eCommerce options. View full list of essential businesses.

Mandatory closures affecting retailers: The Province has ordered the mandatory closure of all non-essential workplaces. Effective as of Saturday, April 4, 2020 at 11:59 pm, only pharmacies, or businesses that primarily sell food and beverages shall remain open to the public. While previously, stores who sold at least one essential product, the new rules only allow for stores that primarily sell food or certain items to remain open. View our guide to what is considered an essential service and the full list of what is deemed essential on the Government of Ontario website.

Retailers not considered essential are still permitted to sell to customers via e-commerce (phrased by the government as “either online, by telephone, or by mail/delivery”).

Physical distance restrictions: Public gatherings of over 5 people are prohibited.

Support for businesses:

  • There will be deferrals in place on all 10 of the provincial business taxes, including the Employer Health Tax, the provincial portion of property tax, as well as on all WSIB payments. The current package includes the following:
    • All 10 Provincial Business Taxes will be deferred until at least Aug 31st, interest & penalty free including the Employer Health Tax, all fuel taxes, beer and wine taxes.
    • For the Employer Health Tax, the minimum payroll amount of $490,000 will be increased to $1,000,000 for 2020. That means businesses with payrolls less than a million will not have to pay any EHT. For eligible private-sector employers with payrolls up to $5 million, the first $1 million of total Ontario remuneration is exempt, increasing the exemption to $19,500 for 2020.
    • All WSIB premium payments will be deferred for 6 months. In the interim, the Province will cover all employee claims.
    • The Provincial portion of Property Tax will be deferred for 90 days (Education payments).
    • Ontario is postponing property tax reassessment for 1 year. Assessments for the 2021 taxation year will continue to be based on the same valuation date that was in effect for the 2020 taxation year.

Support for employees/individuals:

  • Employees can take job-protected leave without a doctor’s note if they are in isolation due to COVID-19, or those who need to be away from work to care for children or other relatives. View complete list of reasons qualifying for job protection. Employers are allowed to ask the employee to provide other evidence in lieu of a medical note (e.g. a note from a daycare centre, airplane cancellation, etc.).

Utility/Property tax support: View more information on RCC’s municipal measures resource tool.

UPDATE APR 6: The Good Friday statutory holiday remains in effect

Mandatory closures affecting retailers: Grocery, convenience, discount, electronics and hardware retailers are considered essential services. Food supply manufacturers, distribution centres and other grocery supply chain services are also considered essential. View the full list on the provincial website.

Border control: Islanders returning to PEI from domestic or international travel must self-isolate for 14 days. Exceptions are being made for essential workers, including truck drivers, airline crews, essential public and private sector workers in critical sectors, as well as on compassionate grounds. New screening measures have been put in place at all entry points into the province.

Support for businesses:

  • Small to medium sized retailers and businesses who have closed due to the impacts of COIVD-19 can access the Commercial Lease Rent Deferral Program. Landlords who defer rent payments of commercial tenants for three months (May-July) could be eligible for financial assistance (up to a maximum of $50,000 per landlord and $15,000 per tenant) if the deferred rent can’t be recovered.
  • WCB employer premiums have been deferred until June 30. All new employer payroll audits have been deferred.
  • PEI Broadband Fund has been expanded to support equipment and installation of Mi-Fi units and Wi-Fi Signal Boosters for businesses and the self-employed.
  • Retailers temporarily have the option of either charging customers $0.15 per paper checkout bag (the current, legislated approach) or to provide customers with paper checkout bags, free of charge.

Support for employees/individuals:

  • The Government is providing gift cards of $100 (in cooperation with a grocery retailer) to any employees who have been laid off between March 13-31, regardless of their hourly wage. Employers must apply on behalf of laid off employees.
  • Government has declared public health emergency and established a $25 million contingency fund to support Island workers impacted by COVID-19.  This includes the Emergency Relief Worker Assistance Program ($250 per affected employee) and the Emergency Working Capital Financing.
  • The COVID-19 Special Situations Fund will provide up to $1,000 to Islanders who are experiencing urgent income loss and who are not eligible for other federal or provincial funding support.
  • The Temporary Rental Assistance Benefit will provide $1,000 per household to help cover rent for a three month period. A moratorium has also been set on evictions.

UPDATE APR 5: The closure of non-essential businesses has been extended to May 4, 2020.

UPDATE APR 3: The Quebec Government announced an incentive program that will provide $400 per month (for 4 months) for employees who work in essential service businesses and who earn less than $2,000 per month. In addition, another $150 million will be available to help small and medium-sized businesses in Quebec with their cash flow needs up to $50,000 per enterprise.

Mandatory closures affecting retailers: All retailers except those who are considered essential services must close. The current mandate for non-essential closures has been extended to May 4, 2020.

All hardware stores, grocery stores or stores offering food must close on Sundays for the month of April. Only pharmacies, convenience stores, gas stations and restaurants offering take-out service may remain open. Stores offering pharmacies, food and other services will not be able to open under their pharmacy counter. Furthermore, grocery stores will be allowed to bring staff in to replenish the shelves and gain the upper hand over the preparation and delivery of online orders on Sundays. In addition, warehouses, distribution centers and transporters are authorized to operate on Sundays. Garden centres of retailers who are considered essential businesses can remain open.

Physical distance restrictions: The province is requiring that a physical distance of two metres be kept between individuals in commercial locations. They have also indicated that limiting the number of people in your building to 50% of the maximum capacity that is set out in your fire code regulations is also an acceptable way to apply the regulation. The government is also asking Quebec police to be less tolerant and fine people who do not respect the confinement instructions. A fine can range from $1,000 to $6,000 per person.

Border control: All non-essential inbound travel to North Lanaudière is banned. Healthcare workers, humanitarian support and individuals needed to keep the supply chain running will be permitted. The province has created check-points in locations including the Outaouais, Laurentians, Lanaudière,and the Mauricie and Center-du-Québec health regions. They recently added check-points in Charlevoix and Rouyn-Noranda.

Support for businesses:

  • The new deadline to pay taxes (without penalties or fees) will be July 31 to pay any corporate taxes or make any scheduled installment payments.” More info
  • The Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ) will give $4 billion to support Québec companies temporarily impacted by the crisis. Read more
  • Another $150 million will be available to help small and medium-sized businesses in Quebec with their cash flow needs up to $50,000 per enterprise. Read more (French only)

Support for employees/individuals:

  • QC workers in isolation will receive $573 weekly.
  • Employees who work in essential service businesses, and who earn less than $2,000 per month, will receive an incentive $400 per month (for 4 months) from the province.
  • The Quebec Government is developing a free psychological support service.

Utility/Property tax support: View more information on RCC’s municipal measures resource tool.

Additional: The government is launching a digital platform, “Le Panier bleu“, which will identify Quebec products that can be ordered to help alleviate supply chain pressures in Quebec and, at the same time, help support local growers, manufacturers and producers. 

Mandatory closures affecting retailers: Effective March 26, all non-essential retailers must close.  A comprehensive list of allowable retailers is available and the full Government announcement includes what they have determined to be non-allowable businesses. Essential services include food, pharmacy, convenience, hardware, appliances, pet stores, liquor and fuel among others. All businesses will continue to be able to sell online  or provide pick-up and delivery services View our guide to what is considered an essential service and the full list of allowable Saskatchewan services.

Physical distance restrictions: Public gatherings of more than 25 people in one room are now prohibited, however this does not apply to retail stores. Retailers must continue to ensure they have processes in place to maintain a one to two metre distancing between people.

Support for businesses:

  • Several changes have been made to the Saskatchewan Employment Act that address unpaid leave, sick leave, the removal of notice or pay in lieu of notice when they lay-off staff, and layoff rules.
  • Effective immediately, Saskatchewan businesses who are unable to remit their PST due to cashflow concerns will have relief from penalty and interest charges.
  • The crown utility interest deferral program will waive interest on late bill payments for up to six months. This is available for customers as well as retailers. View more information.
  • The province has temporarily modified hours of service regulations for commercial truck drivers in an effort to help meet immediate needs related to COVID-19.

Support for employees/individuals:

Utility/Property tax support: View more information on RCC’s municipal measures resource tool.

UPDATE MAR 31: NWT has provided more details on their economic relief package, immediate relief measures include: shortening the payment terms on Government of NWT invoices so that they are paid out as soon as possible, allowing small businesses and individuals to access cash flow more quickly and extending the due date for Employer Assessment Payments to the Worker’s Safety and Compensation Commission from April 1 to May 1, 2020.

Physical distance restrictions: The Government of NWT has advised all organizations to cancel all gatherings, regardless of size. Large retail or grocery stores are exempt.

Border control: NWT prohibited all travel into the territory by non-residents. This does not apply to import/export workers, including those providing supply chain transportation services for food, equipment, fuel, or other goods.

Support for businesses:

  • NWT has put together an initial economic relief package valued at $13.2 Million dollars that will take effect immediately. This package is intended to work in concert with federal incentives under Canada’s $27 billion COVID-19 Economic Response Plan announced earlier this week.
  • NWT is offering low interest loans to business operators whose cash flow has been affected as a result of COVID-19 through the Business Development and Investment Corporation. Applications are available here.

Physical distance restrictions: All public gatherings are prohibited. For greater certainty, the order does not apply to retail businesses deemed to be providing critical services, such as grocery stores, pharmacies, and facilities operated by the Nunavut Liquor & Cannabis Corporation.

Border control: Only Nunavut residents and critical workers will be allowed into the territory. Residents will have to provide proof of residency to be allowed to fly into Nunavut.

Support for business: Small businesses in Nunavut (those who gross less than $500,000/year or employs less than 10 people) are eligible for a one time $5,000 grant, made available through the existing small business support program.

Physical distance restrictions: Social gatherings are restricted to 10 people.

Border control: People are advised not to travel in and out of Yukon. Anyone arriving into Yukon must self-isolate for 14 days.

Support for businesses:

  • The Government of Yukon has put forward a stimulus package to support businesses, relieve financial pressures by deferring Workers’ Compensation Health and Safety Premium payments and reimburse those who paid up front, and establish a Business Advisory Council to gather information on economic impacts of COVID-19 to share with government.
  • Yukon businesses and the tourism sector will benefit from some waived, reimbursed and delayed government fees.

Support for employees/individuals:

  • A stimulus package will support Yukon workers in COVID-19 related 14-day isolation with paid sick leave.
  • Eligible Yukoners will receive an additional 10 paid sick leave days if they are required to isolate because of COVID-19. Employers are able to recover wages paid out to sick employees from the Yukon government through a rebate program. These paid sick leave days will apply after all existing regular paid sick leave for the employee is used.

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