Provincial Update – April 16

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The federal government announced changes today to CERB to help more Canadians benefit from the program. The changes will allow people to earn up to $1000 a month while collecting the CERB. Benefits will also be extended to seasonal workers who have exhausted their EI benefits and are unable to undertake their regular seasonal work as a result of the pandemic, and for workers who have recently exhausted their EI regular benefits and are unable to find a job or work because of COVID-19.


The changes are retroactive to March 15, 2020. Details will be posted on the portal at



This Canada-wide initiative encourages us to stay at home and support our local hospitality industry.  Join in every Wednesday to support local restaurants.   #SupportLocalEats




Owners of Dartmouth restaurant, The Canteen, have reopened their kitchen to team up with the Dartmouth North Community Food Centre. The owners and three of their staff members will prepare 300-400 meals a week with food supplied to them by the community centre. The community centre will pick up the packaged meals and deliver them to people in need in the community.




After closing due to public health orders, Good Robot, a Halifax-based brewery, has started a new same-day home delivery service for orders placed by 7 pm by phone or through their new e-commerce Shopify store.


Starting Monday, $1 from every online, takeout and delivery order will go toward helping a non-profit. This week’s proceeds will go to Adsum for Women and Children.




The provincial government has announced several initiatives to address cash flow and access to credit for small and medium sized businesses in Nova Scotia:



  • 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.


  • The COVID-19 Rent Deferral Support Program will indemnify 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.


  • 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.  A list of applicable fees will be posted online.


  • Changes to the Small Business Loan Guarantee Program, administered through 15 provincial Credit Unions, include deferring principal and interest payments until June 30.


  • Other changes to the Small Business Loan Guarantee Program include enhancing the program to make it easier for businesses to access credit up to $500,000.  Other changes to this program will be announced soon.




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Government of Canada:


Government of Canada toll-free information line 1-833-784-4397


Government Business Navigators:  More information on this service is available Navigators are available by calling or 1-844-628-7347 , 902-424-4475 Monday through Friday 8am to 5pm or by email