Newsletter – May 12th, 2020
LATEST COVID-19 UPDATE FROM THE PROVINCE
The information below is an excellent update on action to date an includes some preliminary thinking about the government’s plans to re-open the economy. I hope you find it useful.
- Advice from the Public Health Agency of Canada’s recommendations and guidelines to lift public health measures
- Status of COVID-19 in the province
- Consultation with sectors
- Ability for people and business to continue to follow public health measures
- The COVID-19 Small Business Credit and Support program helps small businesses affected by COVID-19. Eligible business with payrolls of less than $20,000 can get a loan of up to $25,000 through participating provincial credit unions, as well as an up front grant of 10% of the loan (up to $1,500) and a voucher to hire a consultant to help businesses adapt to, or recover from COVID-19. There is up to $20 million available to fund this new, temporary program. To allow credit unions to process the applications received to date, intake has been temporarily paused.
- The Small Business Impact Grant provides a one-time grant equal to 15% of revenue from sales, either from April 2019 or February 2020, up to a maximum of $5,000 to eligible small businesses, non-profits, charities and social enterprises who have had to close or greatly reduce operations because of the public health order. Application deadline was April 25.
- The COVID-19 Rent Deferral Guarantee Program indemnified qualified landlords for losses incurred as a result of granting a rent deferral to qualified businesses directly impacted by the Health Protection Act orders related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Application deadline was April 3.
- Payment deferrals until June 30 on all government loans, including those under the Farm Loan Board, Fisheries and Aquaculture Loan Board, Jobs Fund, Nova Scotia Business Fund, Municipal Finance Corp. and Housing Nova Scotia.
- Fees, including business renewal fees and workers compensation premiums, will be deferred to June 30. A list of applicable fees is posted online.
- Changes to the Small Business Loan Guarantee Program, administered through 16 provincial Credit Unions, include deferring principal and interest payments until June 30.
- Province recorded its second death from COVID-19
- Applications for Small Business Impact Grant and Workers Emergency Bridge will be available tomorrow, April 10, at 8 a.m.
- Private campgrounds are closed until May 1, inclusive. Will be reassessed.
- Only veterinarians working with the SPCA may carry out spay and neuter surgeries
- 211 will launch a new service to connect people needing COVID-19 assistance with the Canadian Red Cross
- Workers in the fishing and offshore industries must self-isolate when they enter the province
- Nova Scotia Securities Commission launches COVID-19 Investing Information website
- Travel is removed from testing requirements
- Testing Lab has moved to round-the-clock operations
- COVID-19 Worker Emergency Bridge – $20 million
- Small Business COVID-19 Impact Grant – $20 million
- Map and graphs of COVID-19 test results is now online at https://novascotia.ca/
- Schools closed until May 1. Online and paper-based learning strategies are being developed to support student learning
- Employer Assessment Tool to help businesses and non-profits clarify if they can remain open and how to comply with public health orders and workplace safety requirements added online.
- Anyone referred by 811 to an assessment centre
- All close contacts of people who test positive
- People in hospital that meet the criteria for testing
- Measures to strengthen the health system, help Nova Scotians dealing with COVID-19
- Access Centres and Registry of Motor Vehicle Offices to resume operations in a scaled back, limited contact business model.
- Regulated health professions can stay open for emergency or urgent care or to provide virtual care as long as they meet social distancing requirements
- Non-regulated health professions must close (with exception of podiatrists)
Newsletter – May 1st, 2020
Newsletter – April 22nd, 2020
BRAVO – MUNICIPALITIES PULLING TOGETHER
Although many of us may not be aware, one of the most active organizations looking out for our interests during the COVID-19 crisis has been the Pictou County Regional Emergency Management Organization (REMO). Led by our town mayors and our warden and supported by a host of volunteers and local organizations, REMO has set in motion plans and protocols to deal to keep us safe and prepared as we navigate the virus situation. Priorities have been to ensure we all follow physical distance directives and to coordinate our municipal services, fire protection, policing other essential services, and to make certain all services are well prepared and coordinated. Our thanks to REMO Coordinator John Davison and his team, particularly our municipal leaders and administrators
EXCELLENT BUSINESS WEBINARS AVAILABLE DURING CRISIS
We want to bring to your attention a number of excellent webinars available on YouTube from the Halifax Chamber of Commerce as part of the work they are doing to coordinate Chamber of Commerce COVID-19 communications across the province. It is part of the newly created Nova Scotia Business Labour Economic Coalition of which your Chamber is a member.
- LEGAL ADVICE
- ACCOUNTING ADVICE
- SPECIALIZED HUMAN RESOURCE SERVICES
211 is a free, confidential information and referral service for thousands of community and social services available across the province. It is available throughout the province – 24 hours a day, 365 days a year – by dialing “2-1-1” to speak to a helpful staff member or by searching the easy-to-use online database at www.ns.211.ca. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org and between the hours of 12 pm – 4 pm Monday to Friday, chat online or text 21167 for help finding resources.
SMALL BUSINESS IMPACT GRANT UPDATE
Newsletter – April 15th, 2020
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