Resources & information

The Valley REN team has compiled a list of relevant information for businesses and entrepreneurs as COVID-19 continues to impact the country and our economy



The provincial State of Emergency has been extended.

Nova Scotia Reopening Plan – The Provincial Reopening Plan can be viewed on the Province of Nova Scotia website.

The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety has developed pandemic tip sheets to help employers protect their workers and prevent the spread of COVID-19. The tip sheets are available at

Canada – Supports by Industry

Province of Nova Scotia COVID-19 Dashboard – This provincial dashboard includes the latest information specifically pertaining to Nova Scotia, along with sections of advice to businesses and community organizations

Government of Canada COVID-19 Dashboard – This national dashboard includes updates on the COVID-19 virus, self-assessment tools and highlights Canada’s response

Government of Canada: Economic Response Plan Dashboard – This page links to support for individuals including those facing unemployment and those who are unable to work due to the COVID-19 pandemic

Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan: Support for Canadians and Businesses – This page breaks down the supports for both individuals and businesses from the Government of Canada

World Health Organization: Getting your Workplace Ready for COVID-19

Mental Health Resources – Where to get support in NS during the COVID-19 pandemic

The Government of Canada has economic relief supports available for individuals and businesses facing hardships as a result of the pandemic. Programs include wage subsidy, interest-free loans, and rent subsidy.

Learn more about ways that the federal government can help: Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan –

Previous Updates:

Rent relief

The new Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy, which would provide simple and easy-to-access rent and mortgage support until June 2021 for qualifying organizations affected by COVID-19. The new rent subsidy would support businesses, charities, and non-profits that have suffered a revenue drop, by subsidizing a percentage of their expenses, on a sliding scale, up to a maximum of 65 percent of eligible expenses until December 19, 2020. Organizations would be able to make claims retroactively for the period that began September 27 and ends October 24, 2020.

Emergency loans

An expanded Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA), which would enable businesses, and not-for-profits eligible for CEBA loans—and that continue to be seriously impacted by the pandemic—to access an interest-free loan of up to $20,000, in addition to the original CEBA loan of $40,000. Half of this additional financing would be forgivable if repaid by December 31, 2022. Additionally, the application deadline for CEBA is being extended to December 31, 2020.

1. The extension of the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy until June 2021, which would continue to protect jobs by helping businesses keep employees on the payroll and encouraging employers to re-hire their workers. The subsidy would remain at the current subsidy rate of up to a maximum of 65 per cent of eligible wages until December 19, 2020. This measure is part of the government’s commitment to create over 1 million jobs and restore employment to the level it was before the pandemic.

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2. The CRSB provides $500 per week for up to a maximum of two weeks, for workers who:

  • Are unable to work for at least 50% of the week because they contracted COVID-19
  • Are self-isolated for reasons related to COVID-19
  • have underlying conditions, are undergoing treatments or have contracted other sicknesses that, in the opinion of a medical practitioner, nurse practitioner, person in authority, government or public health authority, would make them more susceptible to COVID-19.

3. The CRCB provides $500 per week for up to 26 weeks per household for workers:

  • unable to work for at least 50% of the week because they must care for a child under the age of 12 or family member because schools, day-cares or care facilities are closed due to COVID-19
  • because the child or family member is sick and/or required to quarantine or is at high risk of serious health implications because of COVID-19.

Persons with disabilities
Special one-time, tax-free, non-reportable payment

A one-time, tax-free, non-reportable payment of up to $600 to help Canadians with disabilities who are recipients of any of the following programs or benefits:

  • holders of a valid Canada Revenue Agency Disability Tax Credit (DTC) certificate,
  • beneficiaries as at July 1, 2020 of:
    • Canada Pension Plan Disability
    • Quebec Pension Plan Disability Pension,
    • Disability supports provided by Veterans Affairs Canada

If you are eligible but never applied for the DTC, or your certificate expired in 2019, you must do so by December 31, 2020 to determine your edibility for the spring 2021 one-time payment.

Seniors who are eligible for the one-time payment for persons with disabilities would receive a total of $600 in special payments. The one-time payment to persons with disabilities would be adjusted to provide a top-up for eligible seniors.







Small Business Impact Grant

Eligible businesses include:

  • restaurants offering in-person dining service
  • bars or licensed drinking establishments
  • fitness, recreational and leisure facilities
  • independent retailers with a physical location
  • personal services businesses like hair and nail salons and spas (excluding pet care)
  • organizations offering live performing arts

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small Business Real Property Tax Rebate Program

To be eligible for the program, a business must:

  • be registered to do business in Nova Scotia
  • not be a corporate store of a franchise network with establishments located outside Atlantic Canada
  • be primarily engaged in one of these business activities in Nova Scotia:
    • restaurants offering in-person dining service
    • bars or licensed drinking establishments
    • fitness, recreational and leisure facilities
    • independent retailers with a physical location
    • personal services businesses like hair and nail salons and spas (excluding pet care)
    • live performing arts
  • have either:
    • received benefits under the Nova Scotia Small Business Impact Grant (Part 1 or 2) or the Small Business Reopening and Support Program
    • experienced a year-over-year decline in revenues of at least 30% in any of the three months of April, May or June 2020
    • started business operations in Nova Scotia on or after 1 June 2019 and expect at least a 30% decrease in revenues in March, April or expected in May 2021 compared with monthly revenue for any month between March 2020 and April 2021
  • conduct eligible business activities primarily from business premises in Nova Scotia that are assessed at a commercial tax rate
  • have not received rebates through the Tourism Accommodations Real Property Tax Rebate Program

Tourism Accommodations Real Property Tax Rebate Program

To be eligible, an operator must:

  • operate a qualified roofed accommodation that is either:
    • owned by the operator
    • leased by the operator under a lease that requires the operator to pay the real property taxes on the portion of the real property they are leasing
  • for the period from 1 April 2020 to 31 October 2020, have incurred a year-over-year revenue loss for room accommodation revenue of at least 30% compared to the same time period in the previous year
  • be registered as a host under the Tourist Accommodations Registration Act
  • not be in arrears on property taxes or property tax installment payments

New accommodations operators who were not in business before 30 March 2020 may still be entitled to a rebate if they can demonstrate lower than 50% occupancy rate since opening their business.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): support for people with disabilities

Nova Scotia COVID-19 Paid Sick Leave Program 
Nova Scotians who need to take time off work because of COVID-19 may qualify for up to 4 paid sick days through the COVID-19 Sick Leave Program. Businesses can apply for reimbursement for an employee’s pay when an employee needs to take time off. Self-employed people can also apply. Applications open 26 May 2021.






We’ve compiled a list of FAQs for businesses, entrepreneurs, and employers. Please click here.

The Valley Regional Enterprise Network (Valley REN), through the Regional Economic Recovery Taskforce has implemented an Act Local campaign to encourage everyone to support their communities through a series of actions and to spread awareness of the benefits of supporting local businesses during the on-going COVID-19 pandemic.
Part of this initiative is a local business directory which you can find here:

toolkit for businesses

Take the POST Promise

Employers and Community Groups Factsheet

FAQ Masks

Face mask Required Sign

Proper Handwashing  Sign

Non-Medical Masks

Workplace COVID Prevention Plan

Daily COVID Checklist

Keeping Children Safe during COVID

Maximum Occupancy Sign

Physical Distancing Sign


Business Retention and Expansion

Virtual Advisor Program

Regional Workforce Development Strategy

Valley Regional Enterprise Network Helping You Grow In the Valley