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COVID-19: Federal support programs for Canadian small businesses

The amount of information out there related to COVID-19 support while helpful, can be overwhelming. We compiled all of the available resources pertaining to Coronavirus relief for Canadian small businesses at the federal level so you don’t have to. Check back often as this page will be updated as new information become available.

For information about support at the provincial level, visit our resources dedicated resource.


Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan

On this page, you’ll information on topics such as:

  • Avoiding layoffs
  • Re-hiring employees
  • Access to credit
  • Creating new jobs
  • Deferred payments
  • Support for those who are self-employed

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The Canada Wage Subsidy

Find out if your business is eligible for a subsidy of 75% of employee wages for up to 12 weeks through the CEWS today.

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Tax Deferral Dates

Filing dates for Canadian corporations have been pushed to June 1st 2020, payment dates are now September 1st 2020 for the 2019 tax year.

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Canada Emergency Response Benefit

The CERB is available to Canadians who have stopped working due to COVID-19. Find out if you or your employees are eligible for the $500 a week for up to 16 weeks provided under the program.

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Business Credit Availability Program

The BCAP was introduced for Canadian businesses to obtain financing during the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes CEBA which can provide interest-free credit up to $40,000.

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Insured Mortgage Purchase Program

The Government of Canada has expanded its Insured Mortgage Purchase Program (IMPP) and is now ready to purchase up to $150 billion of insured mortgage pools through CMHC.

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Bank of Canada Updates

Learn more about what the Bank of Canada is doing to support the economy during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Last updated date: May 26th 2020