City of Montreal offers subsidy for construction projects in buildings that house social economy businesses

Local businesses | Policy leadership

This subsidy program is accessible to social economy businesses anywhere in the Montréal agglomeration that meet the conditions. Financial assistance includes:

  • A subsidy that covers 40% of the cost of eligible construction/renovation/expansion work, up to $250,000
  • An additional subsidy that covers 50% of the fees for professional services (architecture, design, engineering, project management, urban planning, archeology or consultants) up to 7.5% of the cost of eligible construction/renovation/expansion work or $50,000

Mesures de la Ville de Montréal pour soutenir les entreprises

Local businesses | Policy leadership

Dans le contexte de la COVID-19, qui a une forte incidence sur les entreprises, la Ville offre un soutien financier d’urgence et prend des mesures pour aider les entreprises, les organismes à but non lucratif et les travailleurs autonomes à faire face aux défis actuels.

Toronto-based rental company creates $500K COVID-19 relief fund

Housing and homelessness | Income support | Local businesses

Greenrock Real Estate Advisors’ (GREA) has developed a series of initiatives to assist its residents and community members including: $300,000 towards local charitable organizations; a rent assistance program that allows residents to use their last month’s rent deposit as a credit towards their rent payments; the deferral of rent increase notices; $200,000 of grocery gift cards for all Greenrock managed residential units; and a specialized germ protection treatment program.

The Assembly of First Nations declares a state of emergency

Indigenous | Policy leadership | Public health

Calling for increased resources for First Nations on a “needs and equity basis,” with specific consideration for northern, remote and isolated communities.

PACE Society — a peer-driven organization located in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver is providing support for current and former sex workers of all genders

Income support

Funding is prioritized to people of colour, Indigenous people, transgender individuals, and members of other marginalized communities.

Canadian policy response group launched to get through pandemic

Policy leadership

Based out of Ryerson University, First Policy Response was launched in March 2020 to bring together the Canadian policy community and highlight the best economic and social policy ideas to get through the immediate crisis and prepare for the uncertain future. Contributions and suggestions are welcome.


Arts and Culture

The Greater Vancouver Professional Theatre Alliance (GVPTA) is collecting data in order to better understand the impact COVID-19 has had on arts and culture organizations across the province. Aggregate data will be shared with funders, and arts service organizations for regional, provincial, and national reporting.

Coalition of small business owners calling on the Canadian government to consider a series of recommendations

Employment | Local businesses | Policy leadership is a grassroots coalition of small businesses across Canada united in their opposition to a debt-forward solution to the COVID-19 economic crisis. Suggestions include bailout plans, wage subsidies, grants, and other non-debt solutions.

Small Business BC (SBBC) provides COVID-19 resources for small business

General: Sector resources | Local businesses

Resources include digital meetups, business continuity checklists, resources to create a crisis plan and help navigating provincial and federal support

City of Winnipeg sets up business task force, looking at tax deferrals during COVID-19

Income support | Local businesses | Policy leadership

City of Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman announced a Mayor’s COVID-19 Business Task Force to help city businesses weather COVID-19, including the possibility of deferring property and business taxes.

BC Rentbanks provide emergency loans for rent and utilities

Housing and homelessness | Income support

Network of rentbanks in BC provide emergency loans for rent and utilities.

Canadian utilities suspend disconnections during COVID-19

Income support | Policy leadership

Canadian Urban Sustainability Practitioners (CUSP) is tracking Canadian utilities offering relief to customers during the coronavirus pandemic, including suspending disconnections, offering payment plans, grants and other assistance.

List of financial relief efforts offered by governments around the world to support small businesses

General: Sector resources | Local businesses

A regularly updated resource on government financial relief measures and programs from around the world to support small businesses impacted by the COVID-19.

Alberta Nonprofit Network provides resources for nonprofits

General: Sector resources

Alberta Nonprofit Network has partnered with the Edmonton Chamber of Voluntary Organizations (ECVO) and FuseSocial to be resource hubs for COVID-19 information. Check out their website for: resources for workplaces; community/sub-sector specific resources; and Alberta-specific FAQs.

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