COVID-19 Information Resource Page

The Battle River Economic Opportunities Committee (BREOC) recognizes that our business community requires our support now more than ever, throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to the nature and magnitude of the challenges occurring to virtually all businesses, their employees, and their customers; governments at all levels are putting in place special measures to help contain the spread of COVID – 19. Many of these measures directly impact businesses and their employees. 

 

As a first step, BREOC is working to ensure that our business community has access to quality information pertaining to COVID – 19, as we are committed to doing our part to support the business community during these unprecedented times.  These first steps will include providing direct links to federal, provincial, and in some cases, municipal government sites that are focused on issues directly related to COVID – 19 and the challenges businesses may be facing. 

 

In addition, you will also find resources for a number of business support organizations whom are developing tools that are focused on COVID – 19, that will support the efforts of the business community throughout these hardships.

 

It is clear that the circumstances are continually evolving, therefore we will work to do our best to ensure that the information associated with COVID–19 and its impacts on Canada will be kept as up to date as possible.

For a list of businesses in the BREOC Region that are open and/or have made adjustments to their service delivery, please check the list by clicking the button: 

*The informational resources provided are intended to support greater ease of access to already available information and is not intended as legal advice.

 

Business Resources

A number of business and industry focused organizations are being pro-active in posting information and resources primarily targeted at the needs of business.

Battle River Economic Opportunities Committee


The Battle River Economic Opportunities Committee (BREOC) can support your business with supports, coaching, consulting, and workshops and seminars, please visit www.breoc.com for more information.




Canada's COVID-19 Economic Response Plan


$82 billion in Federal aid package being developed, with $27 billion in direct support to Canadian workers/businesses and $55 billion to help business liquidity needs of Canadian businesses through tax deferrals to help stabilize the economy. Emergency Aid Plan includes:

  • Income supports, wage subsidies and tax deferrals
  • Temporarily boosting Canada Child Benefit payments, delivering about $2 billion in extra support.
  • New Emergency Care Benefit of up to $900 biweekly, up to 15 weeks, to provide income support to workers who have to stay home and don't have access to paid sick leave. The measure could disburse up to $10 billion.
  • A six-month, interest-free reprieve on student loan payments.
  • Doubling the homeless care program.
  • Extending the tax filing deadline to June 1.
  • Allowing taxpayers to defer tax payments until after Aug. 31 amounts that are due after today and before September.
For more information on Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan, please click HERE.




Government of Canada's Workshare Program


The Government of Canada offers the Work-Sharing Program, which is designed to help employers and employees avoid layoffs when there is a temporary reduction in the normal level of business activity that is beyond the control of the employer. For more info check out the Work-Sharing program website or call the Employer Contact Centre at 1-800-367-5693. For additional Government of Canada resources, click HERE.




Western Economic Diversification


If you are a tourism operator or small- or medium- sized business or organization impacted by the sudden shifts in the economy and need pressing assistance, the Regional Development Agencies (RDA’s) could assist you with:

  1. Access to federal funding to help you stay in business.
  2. Advice and pathfinding services to other federal programs and services available.
Click HERE.




Canadian Chamber of Commerce


The Canadian Chamber of Commerce is a great gateway for quick links to a variety of federal, provincial, and business association updates and resources. Click HERE.




Business Development Bank of Canada


BDC has announced additional financial support. With flexible and tailored solutions, BDC can help you with the right financing and advice for your business, effective as of March 18, 2020.

  • Working capital loans of up to $2 million with flexible terms and payment postponements for up to 6 months for qualifying businesses;
  • Postponement of payments for up to 6 months, free of charge, for existing BDC clients with total BDC loan commitment of $1 million or less;
  • Reduced rates on new eligible loans;
  • Additional details regarding Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP) measures, including industry specific support, to be announced in the coming days.
For more information, please click HERE.




Restaurants Canada


There are some updates that are specific to the restaurant industry that may be useful.





Labour-Related Resources

 

Our business community is recognized as an important contributor to our local economy and employment base. Given the circumstances, it is likely that a number of businesses will experience an increased likelihood of having owners and workers whom are impacted by the COVID–19 Virus. Initial responses and information resources sourced from federal and provincial sites are listed. As new or additional information becomes available, we will do our best to post it in a timely fashion.

Health Resources

 

Much of the focus by all levels of government is on limiting the risk of exposure to the virus.  These efforts do impact businesses on how to best establish and maintain a safe workplace, in order to ultimately decrease the exposure. Information is being provided by federal, provincial and municipal governments.  Please note that this topic area is evolving on a daily basis and business owners should make every effort to remain as current as possible.

Battle River Economic Opportunities Committee


The Battle River Economic Opportunities Committee (BREOC) can support your business with supports, coaching, consulting, and workshops and seminars, please visit www.breoc.com for more information.




Canada's COVID-19 Economic Response Plan


$82 billion in Federal aid package being developed, with $27 billion in direct support to Canadian workers/businesses and $55 billion to help business liquidity needs of Canadian businesses through tax deferrals to help stabilize the economy. Emergency Aid Plan includes:

  • Income supports, wage subsidies and tax deferrals
  • Temporarily boosting Canada Child Benefit payments, delivering about $2 billion in extra support.
  • New Emergency Care Benefit of up to $900 biweekly, up to 15 weeks, to provide income support to workers who have to stay home and don't have access to paid sick leave. The measure could disburse up to $10 billion.
  • A six-month, interest-free reprieve on student loan payments.
  • Doubling the homeless care program.
  • Extending the tax filing deadline to June 1.
  • Allowing taxpayers to defer tax payments until after Aug. 31 amounts that are due after today and before September.
For more information on Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan, please click HERE.




Government of Canada's Workshare Program


The Government of Canada offers the Work-Sharing Program, which is designed to help employers and employees avoid layoffs when there is a temporary reduction in the normal level of business activity that is beyond the control of the employer. For more info check out the Work-Sharing program website or call the Employer Contact Centre at 1-800-367-5693. For additional Government of Canada resources, click HERE.




Western Economic Diversification


If you are a tourism operator or small- or medium- sized business or organization impacted by the sudden shifts in the economy and need pressing assistance, the Regional Development Agencies (RDA’s) could assist you with:

  1. Access to federal funding to help you stay in business.
  2. Advice and pathfinding services to other federal programs and services available.
Click HERE.




Canadian Chamber of Commerce


The Canadian Chamber of Commerce is a great gateway for quick links to a variety of federal, provincial, and business association updates and resources. Click HERE.




Business Development Bank of Canada


BDC has announced additional financial support. With flexible and tailored solutions, BDC can help you with the right financing and advice for your business, effective as of March 18, 2020.

  • Working capital loans of up to $2 million with flexible terms and payment postponements for up to 6 months for qualifying businesses;
  • Postponement of payments for up to 6 months, free of charge, for existing BDC clients with total BDC loan commitment of $1 million or less;
  • Reduced rates on new eligible loans;
  • Additional details regarding Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP) measures, including industry specific support, to be announced in the coming days.
For more information, please click HERE.




Restaurants Canada


There are some updates that are specific to the restaurant industry that may be useful.





New information and a continued evolution of services specific to businesses will continue to evolve over the foreseeable future. We will endeavour to post links to additional resources as they become available.

*The informational resources provided are intended to support greater ease of access to already available information and is not intended as legal advice.

 
 
 

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