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April 13, 2020

Resources available for individuals and organizations affected by COVID-19

Canada's sport, recreation, and fitness industries have been significantly and directly impacted by the extraordinary and never-before seen challenges of a viral pandemic spreading across our country and throughout the world.  In response to this unprecedented situation, a number of initiatives have been announced by national, provincial and local governments that are or will be offered shortly to support these businesses and their employees. 

Below you will find an aggregated list* of what is currently available at all levels of government and within each province.  Whether you are an operator, staff member or supporter of a sport, recreation or fitness business that has been negatively impacted by COVID-19, we hope this list can be helpful in supporting your efforts to navigate through the very uncertain times we currently face.

(*Please note that this list is a work in progress and will continue to be updated over the coming days and weeks ahead.  If you have specific programs that you would like to be added to this list, please contact us directly through admin@seewhatshecando.com).

Support and information available from the Federal Government

(including direct programs, and programs through their crown corporations and relevant partners)

1.  Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan: Support for Canadians and Businesses*

Support for Canadians

  Income Support for Individuals Who Need it Most

  Flexibility for Taxpayers

  Mortgage Default Management Tools

  Role of Financial Institutions

Support for Businesses

  Supporting Canadian Businesses Through the Canada Account

  Helping Businesses Keep Their Workers

  Flexibility for Businesses Filing Taxes

  Ensuring Businesses have Access to Credit

  Supporting Financial Market Liquidity

  Benefits, credits and support payments: CRA and COVID-19

  Frequently Asked Questions – 10% Temporary Wage Subsidy for Employers

(*Source:  Department of Finance Canada)

2.  Export Development of Canada (EDC)

Export Development Canada (EDC) is a financial Crown corporation dedicated to helping Canadian companies of all sizes succeed on the world stage. As international risk experts, we equip Canadian companies with the tools they need – the trade knowledge, financing solutions, equity, insurance, and connections – to grow their business with confidence. Underlying all our support is a commitment to sustainable and responsible business.

3.  Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC)

The Business Development Bank of Canada is the only financial institution devoted exclusively to entrepreneurs and is a financial Crown corporation.

4.  Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Indigenous communities

5.  Canadian Business Resilience Network (Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Partnership with the Government of Canada) **

What is the Canadian Business Resilience Network?

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce established the Canadian Business Resilience Network to bring together its vast network of over 450 chambers of commerce and boards of trade, and over 100 of Canada’s leading business and industry associations, including the Business Council of Canada, the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business and Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters, to help the business community prepare, persevere and, ultimately, prosper as we collectively face the COVID-19 pandemic.

Public Sector Programs by Province** 

**(as provided through the Canadian Business Resilience Network (CBRN) link above)


Government of Alberta
Alberta Chamber of Commerce
City of Calgary

British Columbia

Government of British Columbia
British Columbia Chamber of Commerce
City of Vancouver


Government of Manitoba
Manitoba Chamber of Commerce

New Brunswick

Newfoundland and Labrador

Northwest Territories

Government of Northwest Territories
Northwest Territories Chamber of Commerce

Nova Scotia

Government of Nova Scotia
Atlantic Chamber of Commerce



Government of Ontario
Ontario Chamber of Commerce
City of Toronto

Prince Edward Island


Government of Quebec
City of Montreal


Government of Saskatchewan
Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce


Government of Yukon
Yukon Chamber of Commerce

Additional Links & Resources

1.  Shopify has created a list that outlines many of the COVID-19 support programs that are being offered to small businesses throughout the world.  This list might be helpful for you if you currently do business in other countries as well**. 

**(as provided through the Canadian Business Resilience Network (CBRN) link above)

2.  Sport Law and Strategy Group - https://sportlaw.ca/webinar-series/

3.  Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) - https://www.cfib-fcei.ca/en/small-business-resources-dealing-covid-19


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