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Government of Canada

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This summary is provided for convenience only, when the official page and this page differ, the official Government of Canada page should be taken as correct.

Province of Nova Scotia

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This summary is provided for convenience only, when the official page and this page differ, the official Government of Nova Scotia page should be taken as correct.

Support for individuals and families

Income assistance – Every individual and family member on income assistance will receive an additional $50 starting Friday, 20 March. People do not need to apply. Also extending the hours of our toll-free line for income assistance supports, including weekends.

Suspending student loan payments – suspended until 30 September 2020, No need to apply

Support for seniors – Government is investing $230,000 in programs.If you need non-emergency, non-medical help, call 211 or visit

More programs and info at

Support for businesses

Commercial rent deferral – To support small and medium-sized businesses, landlords are encouraged to defer rent payments from their commercial tenants for 3 months, spreading the deferred rent amount over the rest of the lease term. Landlords are covered up to a maximum of $50,000 per landlord and $15,000 per tenant if they can’t recover the deferred rent. Businesses need to apply.

Changes to payments – Government will defer payments until June 30 for 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. Government will defer payments until June 30 for small business renewal fees, including business registration renewal fees and workers compensation premiums (a list of fees will be posted online early next week).

Small Business Loan Guarantee Program – administered through credit unions, include deferring principal and interest payments until June 30, enhancing the program to make it easier for businesses to access credit up to $500,000, and for those who might not qualify for a loan, government will guarantee the first $100,000.

Small businesses which do business with the government will be paid within five days instead of the standard 30 days.

Measures for restaurants – Starting 30 March, restaurants can include alcohol purchases with take-out and delivery orders, as long as the alcohol cost is no more than 3 times the value of food ordered.

Some businesses must close under the Health Protection Act order. Others can remain open if they meet certain requirements. Use the COVID-19 employer assessment tool to see what your business needs to do.

More programs and info at

Health system response

Nova Scotia’s health care system is actively monitoring and detecting potential cases of novel coronavirus.

The province and its health system partners are working to increase capacity within the health system. This includes:

  • increased testing for COVID-19 — public health officials have begun testing all close contacts of positive cases
  • lab capacity is doubling to accommodate increased testing
  • expanding virtual care for physicians, nurse practitioners and others so they can offer appointments to patients through telephone or video, minimizing the need to leave the house
  • pharmacists can renew prescriptions for most medications and government will cover the assessment fee
  • College of Physicians and Surgeons waiving the fee for retired doctors to renew their licences so they can come back to work
  • 811 has increased staff and technology and is now answering 50 per cent more calls; capacity will double again on April 3
  • enhanced infection control measures at hospitals to protect health-care workers and the public including increasing the frequency of cleaning and disinfection, focusing on high-risk areas and high-traffic areas and high-touch surfaces and using stronger cleaning products

Halifax Regional Municipality

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This summary is provided for convenience only, when the official page and this page differ, the official Halifax Regional Municipality page should be taken as correct.

Residents can also call 311 for updated information on municipal services.

Please DO NOT call 9-1-1 for non-emergency purposes. Residents can call 3-1-1 and police non-emergency line 902-490-5020

Access 211 to find non-municipal community and social services available in your area at this time. This service is available 27/7 in 140 languages.

Key Municipal Activities (updated April 8)

  • All Nova Scotia public schools will remain closed until at least 1 May 2020. Click here for more information regarding education during COVID-19.
  • There is a Province wide burn ban in place.
  • There is virtual special meetings of Regional Council on April 9, April 14 and April 28, each starting at 1 p.m. Residents can click the video link on to “watch on web” and enter the webcast by selecting ‘join anonymously’.
  • All customer service centres and Planning & Development counter services are closed to the public. Services continue to be available online.
  • Legal documents and appeals will no longer be accepted in person at City Hall. Residents are asked to fax these documents to 902-490-4208 or send
    by email to
  • All Halifax Public Library branches are closed until further notice.
  • On weekdays, a 30 per cent reduction in bus service is being targeted. Regular weekday schedules will continue on some routes, while other routes
    are operating on their Saturday schedules during weekdays. Three routes have no service. Weekend service will not be impacted. Details regarding
    route changes can be found at
  • Safety-related aspects of the Nova Scotia Motor Vehicle Act continue to be enforced.
  • Parking fees at meters have been waived and HotSpot fees will be set to zero until further notice.
  • All municipal parks, beaches, playgrounds, sports fields/courts, and many trails are closed until further notice.
  • All municipally owned recreation facilities, community centres and arenas are closed
  • Applications for Rezoning, Municipal Plan Amendments, Development Agreements, or Downtown Halifax Site Plan Approvals can be submitted via
    email to Carl Purvis – Planning Applications Program Manager
  • An online form has been created for all permit and sub-division application intakes.
  • Halifax Water will maintain critical services.
  • Halifax Water Customers facing economic impacts due to the COVID-19 situation that will cause them to struggle with paying their accounts
    are asked to please contact Halifax Water’s Customer Care Centre at or 902-420-9287 to discuss payment arrangements

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