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Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce

COVID-19 Business Update: April 22nd, 2020, 4:00pm


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:

  • The Prime Minister announced that the Government of Canada will expand existing federal employment, skills development, and youth programming, creating as many as 116,000 jobs, placements, and other training opportunities for young people. $291 million in extensions of scholarships, fellowships, and grants, are promised to the research sector. Further details will be delivered later.
  • The Government of Canada has extended benefits to post-secondary students and recent graduates, who will be eligible for $1,250 a month from May to August. Caregivers and those with disabilities will be eligible for $1,750 per month.The program will apply to:
    • students currently enrolled
    • students planning on starting in September
    • students who graduated in December 2019
    • students who are working but earning less than $1,000 per month.
  • An additional Canada Student Service Grant will provide up to $5,000 for students volunteering to combat COVID-19 this summer. The funds will be contributed to their education in the fall.
  • The Government of Canada will double the Canada Student Grants for all eligible full-time students to up to $6,000 and up to $3,600 for part-time students in 2020-21. The Canada Student Grants for Students with Permanent Disabilities and Students with Dependents would also be doubled.
  • Student loan accessibility will be improved by removing the expected student’s and spouse’s contributions in 2020-21, and raising the maximum weekly payment from $210 to $350. Canada student loans have been on a six-month moratorium since last month.
  • Tomorrow’s GNCC Espresso Live webinar will discuss how COVID-19 has impacted business in Niagara with Alex Digenis, Sue-Ann Staff, and Mike Watt. Registration is free; get access here.

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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