Navigate Resources & Programs

Confused about the programs available and how to access them? Get support navigating government programs and resources.

Both the federal and provincial governments have put policies, programs and initiatives in place to assist businesses that are facing hardships due to COVID-19. These resources are here to help you in navigate these new supports and stay informed.


The Government of Canada has created a COVID-19 Economic Response Plan with new programs and measures to support businesses facing hardship.

The Province of Nova Scotia has several supports for businesses including grant programs, special measures, fee deferrals and more.

Financial Support

1. Contact your financial institution

They will assess your financial situation to provide tailored, flexible solutions including access to the Canada Emergency Business Account, Co-lending Program, and Business Credit Availability Program.

2. Apply for Additional Funding

If your business continues to experience hardship, you can apply to the Regional Relief and Recovery Fund through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA).

3. Apply for Small Business Impact Grant

If your business is located in Halifax or Hants County and was ordered to temporarily close in response to rising cases, you may be eligible for a one-time grant of up to $5,000.

Canadian Emergency Rent Subsidy

The new Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy provides rent and mortgage support for businesses, charities, and non-profits that have suffered a revenue drop, by subsidizing up to 65% of eligible expenses until December 19, 2020.

Support Your Employees

Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy

A subsidy to cover a portion of employee wages for businesses that have seen a drop in revenue due to COVID-19 is available. Eligible employers can apply online through the Canada Revenue Agency.

Employment Insurance (EI)

The one-week waiting period for EI has been waived. Plus, a medical certificate for sickness benefits is no longer required. Workers can apply online through Service Canada.

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Minder Singh

Senior Account Executive, Commercialization, SmartBusiness Program


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