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COVID-19 Business Resources

The Municipality of South Dundas Economic Development Department
is committed to helping your business navigate the COVID-19 pandemic.

We are happy to provide you with advice and ensure that you have the latest information on government announcements and available support.

This page includes a list of resources and relief programming available for businesses during the pandemic. We will update the page as information becomes available.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Rob Hunter, Economic Development Officer at rhunter@southdundas.com or by phone: 613-543-2673.

Note: The Province has launched a toll-free line 1-888-444-3659 to provide support to Ontario businesses who have questions about the Province’s emergency orders

COVID-19 Funding Support for Business

Loans, Grants & Government Supports

Loans, Grants, and Government Supports

Funding Provider Description Website
Canadian Emergency Business Account (CEBA) Government of Canada Access to interest-free loans to help support fixed operating costs where businesses revenues have been affected by COVID-19 (10% up to $10,000 is forgivable). https://ceba-cuec.ca/
Canadian Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS): Government of Canada Subsidy to help businesses keep or re-hire employees. https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/subsidy/emergency-wage-subsidy.html
Canadian Emergency Commercial Rental Assistance (CECRA) Government of Canada Forgivable loans for commercial property owners. Note: the deadline to opt-in for CECRA is October 30, 2020. https://www.cmhc-schl.gc.ca/en/finance-and-investing/covid19-cecra-small-business
Employment Insurance and New Recovery Benefits Government of Canada Financial support for employed and self-employed Canadians. Supports include: Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB), Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB) and the Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB) https://www.canada.ca/en/services/benefits/ei/cerb-application/transition.html
Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF) Cornwall and the Counties Community Futures Development Corp. Access to interest-free loans to help support fixed operating costs where businesses revenues have been affected by COVID-19. (10% up to $10,000 is forgivable) – This funding is ideal for businesses who did not qualify for CEBA. https://mycommunityfutures.ca/funding/regional-relief-recovery-fund/
Digital Main Street Government of Canada, Google ShopHERE provides independent small businesses and artists with a quick easy and no-cost way to get selling online. https://programs.digitalmainstreet.ca/shophere-1
SDG Counties and Cornwall “SPARK” Mentorships & Grants Program Counties of SDG The “Spark” Program will match selected candidates with a tourism mentor and provide a source of financial support to help take your great new tourism idea to the next level of development or implementation. (Deadline is October 30, 2020) https://www.tourisminnovation.ca/cornwallsdgcounties.html
Canada United Small Business Relief Fund (CUSBRF) RBC Bank and the Ontario Cham Through the Canada United Small Business Relief Fund grants up to $5,000 are available to help  cover the costs of physical modifications, the cost of PPE and enhance businesses e-commerce capabilities. (Applications open on October 26, 2020) https://occ.ca/canada-united-small-business-relief-fund/
RE3, Rebuild, Reopen, Revive Funding for Women-Led SMES Community Futures Development Corp. Non-prepayable performance-based contributions of up to $5000.00 to assist Women-led businesses. https://financingandstrategy.com/re3/
Technology Innovation Program (TIP): Cornwall and the Counties Community Futures Development Corp. The TIP program was created to provide businesses with expertise and support needed to help identify and adopt the right technology solutions to boost sales and profit margins.


Business Credit Availability Program Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) Access to credit through the Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP). https://www.bdc.ca/en/pages/special-support.aspx
Business Credit Availability Program Export Development Canada (EDC) Access to credit through the Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP). https://www.edc.ca/en/campaign/coronavirus-covid-19.html
Business Credit Availability Program Farm Credit Canada (FCC) Access to credit through FCC to help producers, agribusinesses and food processors. https://www.fcc-fac.ca/en/covid-19.html
Resilient Communities Fund for the Non-Profit Sector Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) Funding will help support non-profits that are struggling to operate and deliver their programs and services and meet community needs.

Grant Deadline: December 2, 2020.

Regional Opportunities Investment Tax Credit Province of Ontario The Government is proposing to introduce a new 10% refundable Corporate Income Tax credit for capital investments. https://budget.ontario.ca/2020/marchupdate/annex.html#section-3
Government/Health Unit Resources for COVID-19 and the Workplace
COVID-19 Guidance for Community Partners, Businesses and Service Providers Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU) Find local EOHU guidelines, protocols, and resources for businesses. https://eohu.ca/en/section/information-for-community-partners
Resources to prevent COVID-19 in the workplace Province of Ontario Find sector specific guidelines and posters to help protect workers, customers, and the general public from COVID-19. https://www.ontario.ca/page/resources-prevent-covid-19-workplace#section-3
Small Business Recovery Website Province of Ontario Learn about resources available for Ontario businesses with fewer than 100 employees. https://covid-19.ontario.ca/small-business-recovery-resources
Screening Questions for Employers/


Province of Ontario This tool provides basic information and contains recommendations for businesses for COVID-19 screening of their employees. http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/pro/programs/publichealth/coronavirus/docs/workplace_screening_tool_guidance.pdf
Ontario Stages Province of Ontario Learn about what can reopen in each stage and where, according to the Government’s regional approach – find what stage your region is in. https://www.ontario.ca/page/reopening-ontario-stages?_ga=2.191991594.1609646948.1584992432-527216962.1563371058
COVID-19 in Ontario Province of Ontario Get the latest case data and updates, learn how to protect yourself and others and get advice on what to do if you think you might have COVID-19. https://covid-19.ontario.ca/index.html
Agriculture and agri-food industry safety during COVID-19 Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food & Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) OMAFRA is working closely with stakeholders and partners to ensure the safety of Ontario’s food supply. Their website highlights online COVID-19 resources for farmers, agri-food businesses and food processers. http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/about/covid-19.htm
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) Government of Canada Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada is taking action to address the challenges posed by COVID-19. Their website includes information for producers, processors and agri-food businesses. https://www.agr.gc.ca/eng/covid-19-information-for-the-agriculture-and-agri-food-industry/?id=1584732749543
Ontario Together: Help Fight COVID-19 Province of Ontario Sell medical supplies, find personal protective equipment (PPE), solve problems, or volunteer to help protect against COVID-19. https://covid-19.ontario.ca/how-your-organization-can-help-fight-coronavirus
Managing your business during COVID-19 Government of Canada The Government of Canada updates their resource page on an ongoing basis that lists the various supports for Canadian Businesses. https://www.canada.ca/en/services/business/maintaining-your-business.html
Business Association Resources for COVID-19 and your business
COVID-19 Small Business Help Centre Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) Explore CFIB’s Small Business Help Centre to access tools and resources relevant to the pandemic. https://www.cfib-fcei.ca/en/small-business-resources-dealing-covid-19
Canadian Business Resilience Network (CBRN) Canadian Chamber of Commerce (you don not need to be a member) The CBRN website was created by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce to help find the latest information, tools and resources that businesses need to make it through the pandemic. https://www.canadianbusinessresiliencenetwork.ca/
COVID-19 Support Centre for the Agriculture and Agri-Food Industry Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) OFA is a trusted, farmer-led organization for Ontario’s farming community. For access to COVID-19 information relevant to the agricultural community. https://ofa.on.ca/covid-19/
Local Resources for COVID-19 and your business
Cornwall Business Enterprise Centre (they serve Cornwall and the Counties of SDG) Cornwall Business Enterprise Centre serves Cornwall and the Counties of SDG. Contact CBEC for free business consultations, seminars and supports, resources and more. https://businessenterprisecentre.ca/
Connect with your local MP Stay up to date with your local MP. https://ericduncanmp.ca/covid-19-updates/
Connect with your local MPP Stay up to date with your local MPP. https://www.covidsupports.ca/jimmcdonell/

COVID-19 Posters & Decals