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COVID-19 Business Resources

The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy

The new Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) provides a 75% wage subsidy to eligible employers for up to 12 weeks, retroactive to March 15, 2020. 

The CEWS prevents further job losses, encourages employers to re-hire workers previously laid off as a result of COVID-19, and help better position Canadian companies and other employers to more easily resume normal operations following the crisis.

Ontario Providing Urgent Relief for Small Businesses and Landlords

The Ontario government is partnering with the federal government to provide urgent relief for small businesses and landlords affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. The province is committing $241 million through the new Ontario-Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance Program (OCECRA). The total amount of provincial-federal relief that would be provided is more than $900 million, helping to ensure small businesses are ready to reopen their doors when the emergency measures are lifted.  

Canada Emergency Response Benefit with CRA

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

Chatham-Kent Economic Development: Helping businesses invest and grow for generations

Whether you are a Fortune 500 or founded in a basement office, the team at Chatham-Kent Economic Development and the Small Business Centre are here to help you start, grow, support, and invest in your business.

Economic Development is a municipal department focused on assisting the business community throughout Chatham-Kent – big and small – to strengthen our local economy. Economic Development and the Small Business Centre helps new and growing businesses find solutions that create investments and quality local jobs so people can live, work, play, and grow in Chatham-Kent.



Be your own boss this summer and get $3000

Start your own business with training, mentorship, and $3000 from Chatham-Kent Economic Development and the Small Business Centre. Students between 15 and 29 years old can apply to the Summer Company program and take control of their summer. 

Space is limited, click here for more information and to apply today!