Halifax’s tourism industry is critical to the health of our economy and community.
Discover Halifax has compiled a list of available resources and financial support available to businesses and individuals through the Government of Canada and the Province of Nova Scotia.
We are continuing to monitor this situation closely and partner with organizations to help provide you with the information you need to deal with impacts from novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
The federal government has created the Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF) to address the gaps left by other support measures. This includes $110 million to support affected Atlantic Canadian businesses and communities. Businesses in sectors that are critical to the resilience and survival of Atlantic Canada’s economy, including tourism, may be given priority.
The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) and the Atlantic Association of Community Business Development Corporations (CBDCs) are distributing the RRRF in Atlantic Canada. If you’re a tourism operator, small business, or organization in need of pressing assistance, please contact the regional development agencies (RDAs) for assistance with federal funding and services.
The Government of Canada has announced several support options for Canadian businesses impacted by COVID-19 pandemic:
» You can access more information and a list of available programs for individuals and businesses on the government’s website.
The province announced several support options for local businesses:
» You can access more details on the Province of Nova Scotia’s website.
The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety has a series of Tip Sheets with pandemic guidance for a variety of businesses including retail, restaurants and food services as well as a variety of others.
If you work in the accommodation or restaurant sector, please review operational considerations for COVID-19 management provided by the World Health Organization (WHO).
The Halifax Chamber of Commerce has created a toolkit detailing a five-step approach to help businesses prepare for safe operation with COVID-19. Read the Reopening Business in Halifax Toolkit for the 5 most important ways you can prepare to reopen your business. You may also want to check out their helpful list of Personal Protective Equipment.
Halifax Partnership has created a number of resources to help businesses in any sector reopen. This includes a downloadable COVID Prevention Plan Template that can be filled in according to your business needs and help you safely reopen.