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COVID-19 Programs and Measures – Self-employed workers | Employees

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Federal government

  • Agriculture and Food Business Solutions Fund 

    ​Farm Credit Canada
    If your agribusiness or agri-food company (including those involved in primary production, agri-tech, manufacturing, packaging and distribution) has been negatively affected by COVID-19, you could get convertible debt investments or other flexible financing solutions up to a maximum of $10 million to help you return to a sound financial footing.

  • BDC – COVID-19 Working Capital loans 

    ​Business Development Bank of Canada
    If your business has been affected by COVID-19, and you are unable to secure financing from your bank, you could qualify to postpone your payments and/or get working capital loans of up to $2 million with flexible terms for a period of up to 6 months, as well as reduced rates on new eligible loans.

  • Boosted support from Farm Credit Canada 

    Farm Credit Canada
    Get a line of credit up to $500,000 to be used for working capital, operating expenses and purchases of land and equipment.

  • CED Tourism Relief Fund - Quebec 

    ​Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions
    ​If you’re working on a project to enhance tourism experiences in your region or helping the community attract more visitors, you could get a $100,000 non-repayable contribution for up to 50% of your project’s costs or a $500,000 repayable contribution for up to 75% of the costs.

  • CED Tourism Relief Fund — Indigenous stream 

    ​Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions
    If you’re working on a project to enhance tourism experiences in your region or helping the community attract more visitors, you could get a maximum $100,000 non-repayable contribution for up to 50% of your project’s costs or a maximum $500,000 repayable contribution for up to 75% of the costs. If you’re also a non-profit, the contribution is most likely non-repayable.

  • COVID-19 Support: Futurpreneur Canada 

    ​Futurpreneur Canada
    If you received a start-up loan from Futurpreneur prior to April 1, 2020, your payments will be covered from March 25 through to September 24, 2020. If you do not qualify for the Canadian Emergency Business Account, you can top up your loan to a maximum of $10,000, interest-free, with one year of deferred repayment, to help cover operating costs during this challenging period.

  • COVID-19: Financial help if you are outside Canada 

    ​Government of Canada
    Get a repayable loan to facilitate your return to Canada and to cover the cost of basic essential needs such as food, shelter and transportation while you work towards your return. The amount of these loans will be determined and approved on a case-by-case basis by consular officials.

  • COVID-19: Support for tourism operators (Parks Canada) 

    ​Government of Canada
    If you’re operating within the tourism industry in a Canadian national park, historic site, or marine conservation area, you could defer your payments on commercial leases or licences of occupation until September 1, 2020.

  • Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) 

    ​Canada Revenue Agency
    Get a temporary subsidy to cover a percentage of your employees’ wages until October 23, 2021. Retroactive application may be made after the program closes until the application deadline in March 2022.

  • Canada Recovery Benefit 

    ​Canada Revenue Agency

    Get up to $500 per week for up to 38 weeks if you lost regular income due to COVID-19, are actively looking for work, and aren’t eligible for Employment Insurance.

  • Canada Recovery Caregiver Benefit 

    ​Canada Revenue Agency

    Get up to $500 per week for up to 38 weeks, per household, if you haven’t been able to work for at least 50% of your normal work week because you are caring for children or other dependent family members.

  • Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit 

    ​Canada Revenue Agency
    Get up to $500 per week for two weeks if you are employed or self-employed and need to take time off because you’re sick or need to self-isolate.

  • EDC — Mid-Market Guarantee and Financing Program 

    ​Export Development Canada
    If you’re a mid-sized exporter, international investor or business selling your products or services within Canada, you can get a guarantee up to 75% on new operating credit and cash-flow loans ranging in size from $16.75 million to $300 million. More details will be made available soon.

  • FCC Advancer Loan 

    Farm Credit Canada.
    Are your operations expanding? Do you need additional funds? The FCC Advancer could be of interest.

  • FCC Credit Line 

    Farm Credit Canada
    ​Receive a pre-approved, renewable loan to help you meet your cash flow requirements and give you the working capital to pursue your activities.

  • Fish Harvester Grant 

    ​Service Canada
    If your fish harvesting business isn’t eligible for the Canada Emergency Business Account, you could get the equivalent in funding up to $10,000 to cover non-deferrable business costs.

  • ISC — COVID 19 - Reducing Airborne Hazards 

    ​Innovative Solutions Canada
    ​Get up to $150,000 to cover project expenses for up to 4 months in Phase 1 of this program. The challenge is to develop retrofit solutions that reduce airborne hazards and improve air quality within the enclosed spaces encountered by bus and rail travelers in order to improve the resilience to airborne infectious diseases. 

  • Indigenous Community Business Fund — Stream 2 

    ​Indigenous Services Canada
    Get a non-repayable contribution to cover eligible operating costs if your Indigenous business has experienced a significant reduction in revenues due to COVID-19.

  • Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program — COVID-19 Resilience stream 

    ​Infrastructure Canada
    Get funding in varying amounts to cover eligible costs up to $10 million for quick-start projects such as retrofits, repairs, upgrades and disaster mitigation in response to COVID-19.

  • Support for the publishing and news sectors (in French only)

    ​Canadian Heritage
    Get support for your publishing or news organization to ensure that Canadians continue to get reliable information throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Support measures include a simplified application and approval process for the Canada Book Fund and Canada Periodical Fund in 2020-21, as well as the establishment of a new advisory board to help determine your organization’s eligibility regarding new journalism tax measures. More details to come.

  • Temporary Wage Subsidy for Employers 

    ​Canada Revenue Agency
    Get a wage subsidy of up to $25,000 to cover 10% of the remuneration you paid from March 18, 2020 to June 19, 2020, up to $1,375 per eligible employee.

Federal measures

Provincial government

Provincial measures

Municipal government (Montréal)

Private sector

  • Business assistance – Temporary support for working capital – COVID-19 (in French only)

    Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC)
    Do you own a Quebec company that operates in one of SODEC’s areas of activity and whose future is uncertain due to the COVID-19 pandemic? You could receive financial assistance to weather these difficult times.

  • Community Futures Network of Canada 

    ​Community Futures
    If your business is located in a rural community, and doesn’t qualify for the federal wage subsidy or other supports, you may be eligible for financial assistance through your Community Futures Network Canada to help continue your operations, including paying your employees, and to prepare for a successful recovery from the effects of COVID-19.

  • DEL's COVID-19 Loan 

    Développement économique de l'agglomération de Longueuil
    Is your business struggling with a lack of funds due to the pandemic? Get up to $100,000 to cover your working capital.

  • Emergency financial aid from the AFC 

    Actors Fund of America
    Are you an entertainment industry professional (television, film, music, theatre, dance) and need financial assistance to help you cover essential bills and expenses? The AFC may be able to help.

  • Fondation des artistes aid (in French only)

    ​Fondation des artistes
    Do you work in the Quebec arts scene and are having financial difficulties as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic? The Fondation des artistes may be able to help.

  • MTL Resto Relief Fund 

    ​MTL Resto Relief Fund
    ​Do you work in a restaurant, café or bar and want to receive financial aid after losing your job? The MTL Resto Relief Fund can help.

  • Shopify Capital Funding 

    ​Shopify Capital
    ​Are you a Shopify merchant? If you are, you could receive a loan of up to $500,000 from Shopify.

  • Temporary assistance in the audiovisual sector (film and television) (in French only)

    Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC)
    Do you work in preproduction, production, postproduction or dubbing for the film and television industry? This program can help you resume your activities.

Other resources

You can also consult our other directories of programs not related to COVID-19.

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