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CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) - IMPORTANT INFORMATION

SUPPORT FOR BUSINESSES AND ORGANIZATIONS

 

Support for businesses
The Economic Development Services of the MRC des Collines offres personalized support to small and medium businesses to help with accessing and understanding the various provincial and federal programs that have recently been announced. Contact Louise Marchildon at lmarchildon@mrcdescollines.com

 

MRC des Collines - Moratorium on loan repayment

A moratorium of 6 months has been granted for the repayment of MRC loans (capital and interest) that were already in place through the Local Investment Fund and the Local Solidarity Fund. Accumulated interest during this period will be added to the loan balance. This measure is in addition to the moratorium option already included as part of most investment policies in effect at the MRC, which can allow for up to 12 months. 
 


Provincial programs to help businesses and organizations: 
 

Temporary Joint Action for Businesses Program (Programme d’action concertée temporaire pour les entreprises) -This program offers financial support for businesses with commercial activities, including cooperatives, non-profit organizations, and social economy businesses.
 

Emergency Help for Small and Medium Businesses (COVID-19) (Aide d’urgence aux petites et moyennes entreprises (COVID-19)) - this program aims to support, for a limited time, eligible businesses who are experiencing financial difficulty due to COVID-19 and who are in need of immediate cash flow of $ 50,000 or less. 


Employee Retention Concerted Action Program (ERCAP) Programme actions concertées pour le maintien en emploi (PACME–COVID-19) - this program aims to provide support to businesses who have experienced a decrease in activity. It also applies to self-employed workers. 


Incentive Program to Retain Essential Workers (IPREW) - a financial assistance program for individuals working essential jobs. The assistance amount will make up the difference between the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) and an eligible individual's wages. The program provides $100 for each week of qualifying work beginning March 15, 2020, and extending for a maximum of 16 weeks. 

 


Federal programs to help businesses and organizations: 


Work-sharing Program - Work-Sharing (WS) is a program that helps employers and employees avoid layoffs when there is a temporary decrease in business activity beyond the control of the employer. The program provides EI benefits to eligible employees who agree to reduce their normal working hours and share the available work while their employer recovers. 
 

The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy - This program would provide a 75-per-cent wage subsidy to eligible employers for up to 12 weeks, retroactive to March 15, 2020. Eligible employers would include individuals, taxable corporations, and partnerships consisting of eligible employers as well as non‑profit organizations and registered charities.


Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP) - This program will provide interest-free loans of up to $40,000 to small businesses and not-for-profits, to help cover their operating costs during a period where their revenues have been temporarily reduced. 


Support for farmers - Farm Credit Canada is allowing an additional $5 billion in lending capacity to producers, agribusinesses, and food processors. 
 

Deferral of Sales Tax Remittance and Customs Duty Payments - this will allow businesses, including self-employed individuals, to defer until June 30, 2020 payments of the Goods and Services Tax / Harmonized Sales Tax (GST/HST), as well as customs duties owing on their imports.


Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) - This program offers forgivable loans to eligible commercial property owners so that they can reduce the rent owed by their impacted small business tenants by at least 75% for the months of April, May and June, 2020.

 

Consult all the programs offered as part of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan
 


Support for farmers :

Incentive Program to Retain Essential Workers (IPREW) - a financial assistance program for individuals working essential jobs. The assistance amount will make up the difference between the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) and an eligible individual's wages. The program provides $100 for each week of qualifying work beginning March 15, 2020, and extending for a maximum of 16 weeks. 
 

La Table agroalimentaire de l'Outaouais offers support to agriculture producers to help find new ways to market and distribute your products; to help promote available products and services (online store, meal delivery, etc.), and to help find farm labourers to hire. 
 



Reopening the workplace

As Quebec begins its plans to reopen certain workplaces, the CNESST has prepared tools and ressources to help businesses ensure a healthy work environment and to protect workers’ health and ensure their safety. 

All businesses must conform to the rules set in place by the public health authorities of Quebec and the CNESST, which are outlined in the guidebook. 

Consult the CNESST COVID-19 Health Standards in the Workplace Guide

 

Tools and Resources for reopening:

 



Tools and Resources: 



Note – The information on this website will be updated daily during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please return to this page regularly for more information. If you would like to share a resource, please send us an email at info@mrcdescollines.com

 

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