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Newfoundland and Labrador Small Business Response Plan

To Jane’s Community in Newfoundland and Labrador,

The following COVID-19 Small Business Response Plan is a list of resources that may be of assistance to you and your team. Some of the resources may not apply to you, but taking advantage of 1 or 2 could significantly improve your financial health and that of your employees.

We hope this helps.

Please note: We will update this page with new content whenever possible.

April 24

  • Trudeau announced new business loan relief program that will cover up to 75% of commercial rent costs through Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. A portion of these loans will be non-repayable. Details and application process are yet to be released. One comment that came with this announcement was that the plan is that this relief does not come with cumbersome eligibility criteria so that the aid can be accessed fairly easily.

April 16

  • New CERB eligibility rules: people are now allowed to earn up to $1,000 per month while collecting CERB (this includes part-time and seasonal workers now).

April 6 - Canada CERB Portal

  • The portal for accessing the CERB is at Canada.ca where Canadians can apply, enter direct deposit information, and start receiving $2,000 per month for 4 months within 10 days.

  • New aid coming for contract workers

Small Business Response Plan

  • Jane’s Canadian Small Business Response Plan: Here you can find our list of federal support for small businesses.

  • Newfoundland and Labrador Student Loans: Repayments are suspended for student loans until September 30, 2020. No payment will be required and interest will not accrue during this time.

  • City of St. John’s, Tax Relief: Effective immediately, the City will not be charging interest on residential and commercial property taxes and water tax (Up to and including August 31, 2020).

  • Commercial property vacancy allowance claim has been extended. Claims for the first quarter, typically due on April 30th are not due until May 31, 2020.

  • New changes to tax return filing deadlines and remission of interest and penalties. More info here.

  • Newfoundland Power will be suspending all disconnection of service for customers. They encourage any customers in a difficult financial situation to call 1-800-663-2802 to discuss options regarding flexible payment arrangements.