The Valley Regional Enterprise Network has established the Annapolis Valley Regional Economic Recovery Taskforce in partnership with regional municipalities, organizations, and stakeholders. 

The Regional Economic Recovery Taskforce and Response Teams have been created to work together collaboratively to assist Annapolis Valley businesses to recover from the economic impact of the COVID19 pandemic. The Taskforce and Response Teams will work together with the Municipal, Provincial and Federal governments to create opportunities to support the Annapolis Valley economy.

Recovery Plan – Working Copy as of July 21, 2020

Resiliency and Reopening Resources

Mask Info from the Province of NS: 


How to Wear a Mask - poster (PDF)

Mask Required - sign (PDF)

Nova Scotia: Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF)
The Government of Canada and Community Business Development Corporations (CBDCs) understand the difficulties COVID-19 has caused the small business community throughout the Atlantic region. As a result, the Government of Canada has made funds available to the CBDCs to provide support and assistance to SMEs through the Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF).

Preparing to Reopen Nova Scotia 
Nova Scotia is preparing to reopen the province safely. As more businesses, organizations, services and public spaces reopen, we need to work together to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and help keep everyone safe. For specific business questions, send a message to


Planning for a New Normal: Considerations for Nova Scotia

Community Toolkit for Economic Recovery and Resiliency by Economic Developers Alberta

Reopening Canada’s Economy by Canadian Chamber of Commerce

Essential Guide to COVID-19 Recovery Planning by SimplyCast

Building a Crisis Resilient Workforce by Deloitte

Leading Successfully in Turbulent Times by KPMG

COVID-19 Prevention Guide for Event Organizers, Theatres and Performance Venues


Annapolis Valley Business Reopening Guidance

COVID-19 Tip Sheets (by sector) by Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety

Reopening Businesses in Halifax by Halifax Chamber of Commerce

Safe Work Practices in the Nova Scotia Construction Industry by Construction Safety NS

Restaurants Canada Reopening Guide

COVID Prevention in the Workplace by BDC

Road to Retail Recovery Playbook by Retail Council of Canada

Hospitality Reopening Guide by P&G Professional

NS Tourism Recovery by Tourism NS

Restaurant - Rapid Recovery Guide by RANS

Return to Work Guidelines by Cosmetology Association NS

Guidance for U-Pick Farms

PPE Supplier Directory - Nova Scotia

PPE Portal - Ignite Labs


Work Safe For Life - WCB’s COVID-19 Resource Hub

Halifax Partnership Reopening and Recovery Webpage

Yarmouth and Area Chamber of Commerce COVID-19 Risk Assessment Guide

Deloitte COVID-19 Economic Recovery Dashboard

Essential Services and Businesses Map

Please take a moment to check out and share this map, powered by Colibri Software Inc. This map has been developed to identify essential businesses and services and outline how they are operating during this time. If you would like to add to the map, please fill out the form linked here.

Taste of Nova Scotia has compiled a listing of members, markets, retailers and industry partners who are currently operating. You can access that directory here.

Nova Scotia Makers is an online platform of artisans from across the province. You are able to order directly from their webpage - check it out here. 

FAQ For Businesses

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

General Information and Updates

The provincial State of Emergency has been extended until August 9thth, 2020.

The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety have 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 ResourcesWhere to get support in NS during the COVID-19 pandemic

REN Municipal Partners
Provincial Call to Action

Nova Scotia Together: Help Fight Coronavirus – Are you a business that can supply products and services in support of Nova Scotia’s response to COVID-19? This includes:


  • Bottles of hand sanitizer
  • Disposable N95 masks
  • Disposable surgical masks
  • Eye protection
  • Gowns
  • Hospital Beds
  • Nitrile gloves
  • Vinyl gloves
  • Ventilators
  • Other prevention products


  • Guard / security services
  • Nursing services
  • Food services
  • Laundry services
  • Accommodation maintenance services
  • Personal services
  • IT support services
  • Other services





This Task Force will be responsible for the coordination and implementation of response and recovery efforts to our support businesses and reinvigorate our regional economy.

Recovery Taskforce and Response Teams will:

1. Provide support and services to help Annapolis Valley businesses respond to the immediate economic impact of COVID-19

2. Guide the development of an economic recovery plan that will leverage industry expertise and be used to re-energize the Annapolis Valley economy, retain the business base and support employers and workers in getting people back to work as soon as possible.

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