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Hi there,

Restaurants Canada continues to be at the table, working with all levels of government to ensure the concerns of the foodservice community are being addressed and working with our partners to ensure that we provide resources as part of the evolving response to COVID-19.

A number of new programs and relief measures have been announced provincially as follows. 

Announced the COVID-19 "Business Adaptation Advice Program" which provides a non-repayable contribution toward the cost for Prince Edward Island businesses, entrepreneurs, not-for-profit, and non-governmental organizations to hire a professional to provide advice and support to adapt to or recover from the impacts of COVID-19.

Further, PEI Finance Minister Compton outlined additional financial measures to help Islanders with property tax relief through amendments to the Real Property Tax Act regulations.

The measures include:

  • Deferring provincial property tax and fee payments until December 31, 2020
  • Providing interest relief for tax year 2020, including all past due amounts
  • Suspending tax sale processes for the remainder of 2020
  • Delaying mailing of provincial tax bills for 2020 until June

Nova Scotia:
Announced new measures to support small businesses, as follows:

  • $20 million Worker Emergency Bridge Fund to help the self-employed and laid-off workers who do not qualify for Employment Insurance. Government will provide a one-time, $1,000 payment, to bridge the gap between layoffs and closures and the federal government’s Canada Emergency Response Benefit
  • $20 million to fund a new program, the Small Business Impact Grant. Eligible small businesses and social enterprises will receive a grant of 15 per cent of their revenue from sales, either from April 2019 or February 2020, up to a maximum of $5,000. This flexible, one-time, upfront grant can be used for any purpose necessary

Announced new measures to support Québec businesses affected by COVID-19, including the "Emergency Assistance Program" for small and medium-sized businesses who require working capital of less than $50,000. The initial envelope of $150 million is in addition to the "Temporary Concerted Action Program for Businesses" launched by the Government of Quebec on March 19. The premier also announced an extension of the "Local Investment Funds" (FLI) until December 31, 2022, and a 3-month extension for repayment of loans (principal and interest) granted under the FLI.

The government further announced an incentive program today to retain essential workers. This program will offer a $100 weekly benefit for low-income earners working full or part-time in essential services, retroactive to March 15, 2020 for a maximum of 16 weeks.

To be eligible to the benefit, applicants must:

  • Work in a sector declared essential during the period covered
  • Earn a gross salary of $550 a week or less
  • Have annual employment earnings of at least $5,000 and total annual income of $28,600 or less, calculated before the benefit

Cooks, cleaners, drivers, cashiers and most restaurant delivery/take-out/drive-thru are on the list of essential workers and eligible for the benefit.

Announced further business closures today, however the government continues to recognize the need to have foodservice options. Takeout and delivery services are still included on the list of Essential Services

Announced a suite of supports for both individuals and businesses.  Business supports include:
  • No interest or penalties for overdue payments to Manitoba Hydro, Central Gas, Manitoba Public Insurance, Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries (restaurant and bars), Workers Compensation Board
  • No disconnection of utilities customers
  • No interest or penalties on provincial education taxes or school division fees
  • PST being removed from insurance payments as of July 1st, 2020

For the most up-to-date information:

Download the Restaurants Canada "Navigating COVID-19: Federal and Provincial Response Plans" handbook. This includes the most up to date government announcements and relief measures. Up-to-date, as of April 3, 2020.


(Information also available on

WEBINAR: Navigating COVID-19: CERB and Wage Subsidy

Date: Monday, April 3
Time: 1pm EST

Join lawyer Mike Maclellan of CCPartners as he discusses what the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) is, who is eligible for this benefit, and how to apply for it. 

The webinar will also review the differences between CERB and EI and the who should apply for what program. Mike will walk through the Canadian Emergency Wage Subsidy Program and speak to what the necessary qualifications are in addition to explaining how to apply.

Register Now

Further resources and information

We encourage you to continue visiting our dedicated COVID-19 web page where we will continue to share information and resources relevant to our industry.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please do not hesitate to get in touch.


Shanna Munro
Restaurants Canada
President & CEO | Présidente et cheffe de la direction