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Printable PDF version: COVID-19 Business Resource Links


The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health & Safety has created pandemic guides for higher-risk and essential occupations and industries, follow this link:

Government of Canada, announced Oct 19th a $12 million contribution by the Federal Government to the Canada United Small Business Relief Fund:

Manitoba Bridge Grant: The Manitoba government is extending the Manitoba Bridge Grant application deadline until Jan. 31 and expanding eligibility to offer financial support and protection for more small businesses through the current public health orders. More information about the Manitoba Bridge Grant is available at Businesses that require assistance in completing the online form can contact Manitoba Government Inquiry at 204-945-3744 or 1-866-MANITOBA (1-866-626-4862).


Dine-In Restaurant Relief Program: Province of Manitoba $5M Dine-In Restaurant Relief Program. The Manitoba Chambers of Commerce, in partnership with the Manitoba Restaurant and Foodservices Association, has opened the online application process for a new COVID-19 emergency support fund for businesses, the Dine-in Restaurant Relief Program

Manitoba's Pandemic and Economic Roadmap for Recovery Plan:


Manitoba Chamber of Commerce guide for business supports:


Government of Canada COVID-19 Current Situation: 


Government of Canada – COVID-19 Disease website

Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy: 

Federal Support for Individuals, Businesses and Industries:

Province of Manitoba - COVID-19 Disease website:

Provincial Cash Flow Relief for Individuals and Corporations:


City of Brandon:

City of Brandon Property Tax COVID-19 Update: Property Tax Update, April 6, 2020

United Way of Brandon is providing resources to families during this time of crisis:
Phone 204-571-8929, website:


Conference Board of Canada – COVID-19 Implications for Canada and the economic impact


Business Specific Information Related to COVID-19

Manitoba Businesses deemed “Essential Services and

Canada Businesses deemed Essential Services and Functions:

Supply Goods and Services to aid in Canada’s Response to COVID-19

Supply Goods and Service to aid in Manitoba’s Response to COVID-19

Business Tool Kit

Business Questions & Answers (ability to pose questions)

Right to refuse Dangerous Work


Government Assistance to Deal with the Impacts of COVID-19

Wage Related Assistance

Government of Canada – Canada Emergency Response benefit (temporary income support for employees)

Emergency Wage Subsidy for Employers

Work Share Program

Business Operation Assistance

Government of Canada – Additional support for Canadian Businesses from the Economic Impact of COVID-19 (payment deferrals, loans, etc.)

It is strongly recommended that when enquiring about the eligibility and applicability of all COVID-19 loan programs, businesses ask their financial providers whether receiving the new loan(s) trigger payback covenants on previous debts.

Businesses should contact their financial institutions to discuss eligibility for and applicability of the Federal “Business Credit Availability Program”(BCAP)

Canada Emergency Business Account 

  • Small businesses and not-for-profits should contact their financial institution to apply for these loans.
  • To ensure that small businesses have access to the capital they need to see them through the current challenges, the Government of Canada is announcing the launch of the new Canada Emergency Business Account, which will be implemented by eligible financial institutions in cooperation with Export Development Canada (EDC).
  • This $25 billion program will provide interest-free loans of up to $40,000 to small businesses and not-for-profits, to help cover their operating costs during a period where their revenues have been temporarily reduced, due to the economic impacts of the COVID-19 virus.
  • To qualify, these organizations will need to demonstrate they paid between $50,000 to $1 million in total payroll in 2019. Repaying the balance of the loan on or before December 31, 2022 will result in loan forgiveness of 25 percent (up to $10,000).


New Loan Guarantee for Small and Medium Enterprises

  • SME’s should contact their financial institution to determine eligibility and applicability of the New Lean Guarantee program
  • Export and Development Canada will guarantee new operating credit and cash flow term loans that financial institutions extend to Small and Medium Sized Enterprises, up to $6.25 million.
  • The program cap for this new loan program will be a total of $20 billion for export sector and domestic companies.


New Co-Lending Program for Small and Medium Enterprises

  • Contact the Business Development Bank of Canada, National 1-877-232-2269 to determine eligibility and applicability for the Co-Lending Program for SMEs

To provide additional liquidity support for Canadian businesses, the Co-Lending Program will bring the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) together with financial institutions to co-lend term loans to SMEs for their operational cash flow requirements.

Eligible businesses may obtain incremental credit amounts up to $6.25 million BDC’s portion of this program is up to $5 million maximum per loan. Eligible financial institutions will conduct the underwriting and manage the interface with their customers. The potential for lending for this program will be $20 billion.



Economic Development Brandon
City of Brandon
410-9th Street
Brandon, MB R7A 6A2
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