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
CKAR@Chatham-Kent.ca, 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.
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 business energy assistance program for COVID.
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: