Chatham-Kent Economic Development tools to help businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic

Canada Emergency Response Benefit

The Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) supports Canadians by providing urgently needed financial support to employed and self-employed Canadians who have been directly affected by COVID-19. It provides a payment of $2,000 for a 4 week period (equivalent to $500 a week) for up to 16 weeks. You will be able to apply for the new CERB in My Account or using the automated phone line starting April 6, 2020.

  • Access through your CRA My Account 

  • or by calling toll free 1-800-959-2019


The benefit will be available to workers:

  • Residing in Canada, who are at least 15 years old;
  • Who have stopped working because of COVID-19 and have not voluntarily quit their job;
  • Who had income of at least $5,000 in 2019 or in the 12 months prior to the date of their application; and
  • Who are or expect to be without employment or self-employment income for at least 14 consecutive days in the initial four-week period. For subsequent benefit periods, they expect to have no employment income.

The income of at least $5,000 may be from any or a combination of the following sources: employment; self-employment; maternity and parental benefits under the Employment Insurance program and/or similar benefits paid in Quebec under the Quebec Parental Insurance Plan.

If you applied for EI regular or sickness benefits on March 15, 2020 or later, your claim will be automatically processed through the Canada Emergency Response Benefit.

The Benefit is only available to individuals who stopped work as a result of reasons related to COVID-19. If you are looking for a job but haven’t stopped working because of COVID-19, you are not eligible for the Benefit.

Government of Canada Update

Additional Support for Canadian Businesses from the Economic Impact of COVID-19

The Government of Canada is making additional investments to support Canadian businesses from the economic impacts of COVID-19. These new investments provide support to financial institutions and allow them to quickly provide credit and liquidity options for a range of businesses. 


Chatham-Kent Covid-19 Tip Line:

On March 24th the Ontario government issued new emergency orders prohibiting the operation of non-essential businesses and organized public events and social gatherings of more than five people. The government has also closed outdoor recreational amenities.

Chatham-Kent residents who have concerns about non-essential businesses, use of public playgrounds or social gatherings of more than five people can now report their concerns via phone or email.

To report a concern, individuals can call 519-360-1998, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week or email

Further details regarding the Government of Ontario's mandatory orders can be found in these following links.

Ontario Business Information Line: 

All non-essential businesses in Ontario are to close. The change came into effect at 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24, 2020. Businesses who have questions about closures of at-risk workplaces or how emergency measures impact their business or employment can call the information line at 1-888-444-3659.

Distance Working 

While businesses are required to close their bricks and mortar locations, they are encouraged to explore opportunities to continue operations through work-from-home and innovative business models. This includes teleworking and online commerce

Chatham-Kent Public Health: Information for Workplaces

Ontario's Action Plan: Responding to COVID-19 

Highlights include:

  • Cutting taxes by $355 million for about 57,000 employers through a proposed temporary increase to the Employer Health Tax (EHT) exemption
  • Providing emergency child care options to support parents working on the front lines, such as health care workers, police officers, firefighters and correctional officers
  • Enhancing funding by $148 million for charitable and non-profit social services organizations such as food banks, homeless shelters, churches and emergency services to improve their ability to respond to COVID-19, by providing funding directly to Consolidated Municipal Service Managers and District Social Service Administration Boards who would allocate this funding based on local needs
  • Making available $6 billion by providing five months of interest and penalty relief for businesses to file and make payments for the majority of provincially administered taxes.
  • Over $1.8 billion by deferring the upcoming June 30 quarterly municipal remittance of education property tax to school boards by 90 days, which will provide municipalities the flexibility to, in turn, provide property tax deferrals to residents and businesses, while ensuring school boards continue to receive their funding.
  • Making available $1.9 billion by the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) allowing employers to defer payments for up to six months.
  • Click here for more details
  • COVID-19 Government Announced Support - April 2 2020.pdf

Ontario Together: help fight Coronavirus

The province of Ontario is looking for businesses and organizations who can supply emergency products and innovative solutions to support the response to COVID-19. 

Ontario Together Fund

$50 million to support submissions that we can action quickly. The Ontario Together Fund will help companies retool, build capacity or adopt the technological changes needed to produce supplies and equipment for hospitals, long-term care homes and other critical public services.

Canada Business App

Your mobile business partner.

Download Canada Business to see how easy it is to navigate government services, get recommendations tailored to your business, set up personalized notifications and find the answers you need to start up, scale up and access new markets.