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There is more information for support for business coming out on the hour.  Premier McNeil said in his March 30 press conference that the Nova Scotia’s supports will continue to change and evolve.  The Federal government has announced a number of programs, thought the details are still being finalized.  Municipal programs for tax deferral are being worked out, and hopefully a province wide program will be announced shortly.

Because everything is evolving so quickly, I am not posting any specifics here, rather sharing a list of resources that link to sites that other organizations are keeping up to date.  Specifically, there is a link to a tool of whether your business should be open, several resources to let the world know if you are open, and links to the Halifax Partnership and Chamber and MSVU’s resources for business pages.

Should My Business Be Open?

COVID-19 Employer Assessment Tool

To slow the spread of COVID-19 in Nova Scotia, some businesses and organizations are required to close. Others can stay open if they can meet certain public health requirements.  The following assessment tool can help you understand what you need to do during this state of emergency. https://covid19-employer-assessment.novascotia.ca/en

Safety concerns

Workplaces are required to take precautions to ensure the health and safety of their employees and clients. If you’re worried about safety in the workplace, you should talk to your immediate supervisor. If the situation isn’t resolved, contact your Occupational Health and Safety Committee if you have one, or call the Safety Branch at 1-800-952-2687.

If you’re a business owner or manager and you want workplace safety advice, call the Safety Branch at 1-800-952-2687.

Leaves, layoffs and other labour questions

If you have questions about the Labour Code, like taking leave or being laid off, contact the Labour Standards Division at 1-888-315-0110.

Advice for employers and community groups

The province also advises employers to support your employees if they need to stay home, talk with your employees about flexible hours or alternative work arrangements, consider limiting events. Businesses need to have a business continuity plan in place.

When May an Employee Lawfully Refuse to Work?

Pink Larkin created this excellent information page for workers looking for advice about when and how to refuse to work. They wrote “The COVID-19 pandemic raises significant workplace issues. One of them is whether an employee may lawfully refuse to work because they believe that doing so would endanger their health or safety.” https://pinklarkin.com/covid-19-workplace-fact-sheet-1-when-may-an-employee-lawfully-refuse-to-work/

Let the world know you are open

Halifax ReTales: list of restaurants with delivery, shops with gift cards

If you are open, you should contact ReTales and get on this list. He has been working his tail off (pun intended) maintaining two lists, one is the list of open local businesses that are doing pick up or delivery http://covid19.retales.ca/, and the other is local businesses that would LOVE to sell you a gift card so they have some cash to help survive this crisis. http://locallove.retales.ca/

Business Associations – What is open on the Peninsula

In addition to Resales great list the four peninsula business areas have lists of what is open at this time. The information is changing so rapidly and we are doing our best to keep this list updated.

Financial Support and Other Resources for Business & NFPs

Halifax Partnership Resources for Business

Halifax Partnership is the economic development partner for Halifax Regional Municipality. This resource has great information on continuing operations, and a section on support for business.  The Partnership wants you to know that they are here for HRM and working rigorously to provide support in any way that they can. Halifax Partnership is monitoring the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and are committed to offering up-to-date information. This list of resources is meant to support you in making informed decisions for your business.
https://halifaxpartnership.com/covid-19-resources/

Halifax Chamber of Commerce COVID-19 Resource Page

Halifax Chamber is a member organization. This resources has a break down of what programs are available in an easy to acess format.  The Chamber knows the Halifax business community is doing their due diligence and carefully monitoring developments related to the impacts of the Coronavirus. They have gathered a few resource links where you can find more information or speak with a qualified individual on the Covid-19 Information Hotline.
https://halifaxchamber.com/resources/covid-19-information-and-resources/

Help for Business

The Centre for Women in Business at MSVU has put together this fabulous business resource.  It says “The Government of Canada and business organizations across the country are coming together to support businesses in Canada. Here is a list of resources that may be helpful to you and your business.” More here.
https://www.centreforwomeninbusiness.ca/en/home/news/covid-19/resources.aspx

Stewart McKelvey: Rent Deferral Program Explained
Nova Scotia Commercial Rent Deferral Support Program: COVID-19 Economic Response by Brian Tabor, QC, Matthew Newell, Colin Piercey and Madeleine Coats
https://stewartmckelvey.com/thought-leadership/nova-scotia-commercial-rent-deferral-support-program-covid-19-economic-response/

Help from Community Links

Community Links will help to ensure the most vulnerable in our communities are able meet their basic living needs during the COVID-19 pandemic by supporting trusted community partners.To find out more information on our Emergency Funds program visit https://nscommunitylinks.ca/emergency-funds/

Equity-informed responses to COVID-19

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve at a rapid pace across the world, equity and solidarity need to be beacons in a values-driven global response. Our societal responses must be infused with the knowledge that COVID-19 will swiftly follow and amplify lines of existing inequities. For this reason, our decisions and actions must consistently place equity at the core. http://www.nccdh.ca/our-work/covid-19

Canadian Economic Dashboard

Statistics Canada recently released the Canadian Economic Dashboard and COVID-19. In response to an urgent need to provide information on the economic impacts of COVID-19, the new dashboard provides 16 indicators to help monitor the impact of the pandemic on economic activity in Canada. These indicators are taken from a range of monthly data programs—real gross domestic product, consumer prices, employment, merchandise exports and imports, retail sales, hours worked, manufacturing sales, air and railway transportation, and travel. https://www150.statcan.gc.ca/n1/pub/71-607-x/71-607-x2020009-eng.htm


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