This document is the first attempt to provide the current status of all provincial and provincial programs of support for the economy and businesses in Canada in one place for members. It has evolved significantly over the past two weeks and is likely to continue to evolve and be updated by governments. As such please be sure to click the links provided to all governments for the most updated and available support for your business and ensure you take full advantage of the substantial support available via your respective levels of government. CPCA will assist where it can in exceptional cases related to access to funding, but we have limited resources to take on individual accounts for specific funding support as there will be challenges in accessing certain support in a timely manner. In some cases, various support initiatives already announced are still being defined in terms of benefit and who it applies to in some cases. Further information will be provided via the links provided below. CPCA will also monitor more specific actions taken, new announcements and report on them when they become available.
NOTE: Please consult the links for each Province highlighted in red below, as new announcements occur regularly that may be of benefit to member companies.
Ontario has declared a provincial state of emergency under the province’s Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act. For more information about this legislation and the government’s powers under it, see our “explainer”, here.
On March 17, 2020, the provincial Cabinet promulgated three Orders in Council. These closed certain establishments and prohibited gatherings of greater than 50 people. On March 25th, the Ontario Minister of Finance announced Ontario’s Action Plan: Responding to COVID-19. The programs outlined in this action plan are included below.
The Minister of Finance also announced that the Government of Ontario is providing $3.7 billion for individuals and job protection. This includes:
Québec declared a public health emergency on March 13, 2020, and has issued a number of instructions and directives that can be found on the government’s website. The government’s business-focused initiatives are outlined below.
British Columbia (“B.C.”) declared a provincial state of emergency under the Emergency Program Act on March 18, 2020. For more information about this legislation and the government’s powers under it, see our “explainer”, here. The government is expected to roll out additional economic measures in the coming days.
Alberta declared a provincial public health emergency on March 17, 2020, under the province’s Public Health Act. For more information about this legislation and the government’s powers under it, see our “explainer”, here.
The provincial government has announced a number of emergency support programs. The business-focused initiatives are outlined below, and the Alberta Government “COVID-19 Employer Fact Sheet” is linked here.
Government LINK: https://www.saskatchewan.ca/government/health-care-administration-and-provider-resources/treatment-procedures-and-guidelines/emerging-public-health-issues/~/link.aspx?_id=6C6BF971659346E0B8E9DE4AE3B2AFF9&_z=z
Saskatchewan declared a provincial state of emergency under the Emergency Planning Act on March 18, 2020. For more information about this legislation and the government’s powers under it, see our “explainer”, here. The Government of Saskatchewan has established “Support for Business” and “Support for Workers” pages outlining many available federal and provincial supports.
Manitoba declared a provincial state of emergency under the Emergency Measures Act on March 20, 2020.
Nova Scotia has taken a number of measures under the Health Protection Act in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. On March 20, 2020, the province’s chief medical officer of health and Minister of Business jointly announced economic measures to help Nova Scotia businesses and students.
New Brunswick declared a provincial state of emergency under the Emergency Measures Act on March 19, 2020.
Prince Edward Island declared a state of public health emergency under the Public Health Act on March 16, 2020.