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Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce

COVID-19 Business Update: April 17th, 2020, 3:00pm

Information on government grants, resources, and programs, and how to apply for them, is available here.
The Government of Canada has a support page with summaries of current programs and application portals.

Today’s vital updates:

  • Funds totaling $962 million will be granted to regional development agencies and the Community Futures Network in support of small businesses in rural Canada. Futurpreneur Canada and the National Research Council of Canada’s Industrial Research Assistance Program will receive $270 million of this investment for innovators and early-stage development firms ineligible for the wage subsidy.
  • $500 million has been earmarked for Heritage Canada to support artists, athletes, and creators. The funds will replace and/or supplement wages and offer revenue replacement to organizations. Further details will be available soon.

If you are showing symptoms, self-isolate for 14 days. Call a public health authority. Do not visit any healthcare provider in person before calling.  

It is important that everyone practice social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Remain at home unless absolutely necessary. Minimize contact with other people. Wash hands frequently and thoroughly. Avoid touching the face. Maintain a 2-meter distance from others if you are required to be out in public. If you have recently traveled outside the country, self-isolate for 14 days. This means that you must not leave your home under any circumstances. Have supplies delivered and left at your door. 

Previous updates can be accessed at 

Stay safe and be vigilant. The GNCC is here to support you. Contact us with any questions you have. 

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