Support

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, support resources and links will be shared here:

  • The Alberta Museum Association (AMA) has compiled resources to help museums respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Part 1: Activating Your Emergency Response, and Part 2: Workers and Employees.
  • The Government of Canada has created the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB). The CERB is a taxable benefit that will provide $500/week for up to 16 weeks. Specific days for you to apply have been set, click here for more information. It is available to contract workers and self-employed individuals who are not eligible for Employment Insurance. In order to be eligible for the CERB, you must reside in Canada and be 15 years of age or older, have stopped working for reasons related to covid-19, have earned a minimum of $5,000 within the last 12 months or in the 2019 calendar year. If you are not eligible for EI, you must apply through the Canada Revenue Agency (click here). Applications for the CERB will begin the week of Monday, 6 April 2020. There are two ways to apply: Online with CRA My Account (your personal CRA account) or over the phone with an automated phone service. CRA recommends that you register for My Account and direct deposit in advance of the application launch.  Registration information here. Once you apply for the CERB, you can expect payment in 3 business days if you’ve signed up for direct deposit, and approximately 10 business days if you haven’t. More information about CERB and the application process is available here.

  • Small Business Impact Grant: Through this new $20-million program, eligible small businesses, non-profits, charities and social enterprises who have had to close or reduce operations because of the public health order may be eligible for a flexible grant. This one-time grant is equal to 15 per cent of revenue from sales, either from April 2019 or February 2020, up to a maximum of $5,000. You can use it for any purpose. Applications open 10 April. The deadline to apply is 25 April. Read more about eligibility requirements and how to apply

  • Worker Emergency Bridge Fund: This fund supports people who are self-employed or laid-off who don’t qualify for Employment Insurance. Applications open 10 April 2020. Learn more about eligibility requirements and how to apply 

  • CRA released infographics on the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS). Click here to learn about eligibility. Click here to learn how CEWS is calculated.

  • The province has extended the provisions for organizations and societies to conduct their required AGM either virtually or be held customary within 90 days after the State of Emergency Order is lifted. Click here to learn more.

  • The Government of Nova Scotia has released printable resources (English) (French) about staying healthy and stopping the spread of COVID-19.

  • Tourism Nova Scotia’s #TNSHeretoHelp campaign will highlight TNS team members, and what they can do to help tourism business and organizations now and in the future.