COVID-19 Support & Resources for Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs

Business TIP Sheets

Below are links to key resources the Federal and Provincial Governments, as well as other organizations, have announced to help small businesses get through this challenging time.

Re-Opening Nova Scotia

COVID-19 Prevention Plan Checklist

Workplace COVID-19 Prevention Plans

Annapolis Valley Regional Economic Recovery Task Force

Federal Government Support

CLICK HERE to find all the resources provided by the Canadian Government to help businesses get through the COVID-19 pandemic. Including the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy, Canada Emergency Business Account, and the Canada Emergency Response Benefit.

Provincial Government Support 

CLICK HERE for full list of support provided by the Provincial Government. Including Commercial Rent Deferral, Changes to payments for loans, business renewal fees, etc. Measures for Restaurants, and the Small Business Impact Grant.

Municipal Government Support 

CLICK HERE for the Town of Kentville’s COVID-19 response and information updates.


Other Resources & Support

ACOA – Atlantic Canadian Opportunities Agency is available to support small or medium sized businesses impacted by the sudden shifts in the economy who are looking for advice regarding the federal programs and services available.

BDC –  The Business Development Bank of Canada has announced measures to assist entrepreneurs and businesses during this time, including purchase order financing, small business loans, and working capital loans

CFIB – The Canadian Federation of Independent Businesses can provide you with expert advice to guide you through this difficult time, as well as templates and policies that prevent viral transmission in the workplace.

Canadian Business Resilience Network – In partnership with the Government of Canada, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce established the Canadian Business Resilience Network to help Canadian businesses navigate the COVID-19 reality and prepare for recovery.


COVID-19 Fact Sheet for Employers and Community Groups

Below are links to where you can find updates, advice, and Resources for prevention and preparedness. 

Nova Scotia Health Authority

Health Canada

Health Canada: risk-informed decision-making for mass gatherings during COVID-19 global outbreak

World Health Organization

Restaurant Association of Nova Scotia’s COVID-19 Protocol for Restaurants in Nova Scotia

Summary of Federal Government Iinitiatives