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Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) for small businesses

Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) for small businesses provides relief for small businesses experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19. It offers unsecured, forgivable loans to eligible commercial property owners to:

  • reduce the rent owed by their impacted small business tenants
  • meet operating expenses on commercial properties
Property owners must offer a minimum of a 75% rent reduction

Municipality of Chatham-Kent Taxes

In response to the severe economic hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Chatham-Kent Council has taken a number of steps to provide immediate relief for local residents and property owners. 
  • The 2nd installment of the interim billing was delayed until July 10 from May 1st 
  • The first installment of the final billing from Aug 4 to Sept 11

Taxpayers can request to be removed from Pre-Authorized Payment Plans (PAP) by contacting the Tax department at 519-360-1998 or by completing the Preauthorized Payment Change or Cancellation Form and emailing to, at least 5 business days before the scheduled withdrawal. Otherwise, PAP's will continue to be processed on regular payment schedules. Post dated cheques will continue to be processed on the date indicated.


The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) understands that businesses might be dealing with difficulties filing their returns, and could experience cash-flow challenges. They have a variety of tax relief and other programs available for businesses:

Ontario: Electricity Cost Reduction

Ontario is temporarily slashing hydro rates for families, farmers and small businesses amid the COVID-19 crisis. Rates will be lowered to the current off-peak rate. No action is required. New rates will automatically be applied to your bill

Hydro One


Entegrus has information regarding payment flexibility, assistance programs, and information related to COVID-19 available on their website. 

Enbridge Gas' Response to COVID-19

Eligible customers having trouble paying their bill may qualify for emergency relief to avoid having their service disconnected through the Energy Assistance Program. Emergency financial assistance is available year-round as funding allows. Enbridge Gas has a long history of working directly with customers who are falling behind on their gas bills, to establish payment plans. 

Any customer who has concerns about their ability to make their utility payment should contact them at: