Cambridge Chamber of Commerce


Quick References


Work-Sharing Program (Federal) – temporary measures for the downturn in business due to COVID-19


The one-week waiting period for EI sickness benefits will be waived for new claimants who are quarantined so they can be paid for the first week of their claim. Those who are eligible can apply online.


The Emergency Support Benefit has been introduced to support workers who are not eligible for EI and who are facing unemployment. We will share details on how to apply once they are available.


The Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP) will allow the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) and Export Development Canada (EDC) to provide more than $10 billion of additional support, largely targeted to small and medium-sized businesses.


A Temporary Wage Subsidy will be introduced to support businesses that are facing revenue losses and to help prevent lay-offs. The subsidy would be equal to 10% of remuneration paid during a period of time of up to three months, up to a maximum subsidy of $1,375 per employee and $25,000 per employer.


The Bank of Canada also took a series of actions to support the Canadian economy during this period of economic stress, enhance the resilience of the Canadian financial system, and help ensure that financial institutions can continue to extend credit to both households and businesses. This included cutting the interest rate to 0.75% as a proactive measure.


The CRA will allow businesses to defer the payment of any income tax amounts that become owing on or after today and September 2020 until August 31, 2020.


The Federal Government would like to hear from businesses who can supply products and services in support of Canada’s response to COVID-19?


Canadian Chamber of Commerce  Pandemic Preparedness for Business


Ontario Chamber of Commerce COVID -19 Preparedness for Business


COVID-19 Guidance for Personal Service Settings.  Personal service settings (PSS) are premises at which personal services are offered where there is a risk of exposure to blood or body fluids.


COVID-19 Guidance for Food Premises - Best Practices Summary Sheet.



What is Social Distancing?

  • Social distancing involves taking steps to limit the number of people you come into close contact with.

  • Social distancing includes, but is not limited to:

  • Working from home where possible.

  • Avoiding visits to long-term care homes or retirement homes. 

  • Avoiding non-essential trips in the community.

  • Limiting or cancelling group gatherings.

  • Avoid all large gatherings of over 50 people.

  • Planning virtual meetings instead of in person. 

Maintaining a distance of 2 metres (two arms' length) between yourself and others.