COVID-19 Support Update | January-February 2022
COVID-19 Support Update | January-February 2022
We have been keeping an eye on many channels to see what is available to support businesses during this especially difficult time. We hope this is a helpful starting point for you to find current vaccine and financial supports available for businesses in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Please Note: This is not an exhaustive list and will not be updated as frequently as Government channels, and they should always be your go-to source for the most up-to-date information. Please visit https://gov.nl.ca/covid-19/ for more information.
CEBA Loan Extension
On January 12, the Honourable Chrystia Freeland and the Honourable Mary Ng announced that the repayment deadline for CEBA loans to qualify for partial loan forgiveness is being extended from December 31, 2022, to December 31, 2023, for all eligible borrowers in good standing. Read more: http://ow.ly/fcq550Ht04x.
Canadian Digital Adoption Program
In Budget 2021, the Government of Canada announced the Canada Digital Adoption Program (CDAP) to support Canadian small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). CDAP will help SMEs boost their e-commerce presence and digitize how they run their businesses behind the scenes. The program provides funding and expertise to businesses, as well as training and work opportunities for young Canadians.
Businesses will be able to apply for two different kinds of support:
- Stream 1: Grow Your Business Online, will help SMEs take advantage of e-commerce opportunities
- Stream 2: Boost Your Business Technology, will help businesses with the development and implementation of digital adoption strategies
Horizon TNL's ”My Future, I’m Working on It 2.0”
Horizon TNL is offering a subsidy for businesses to provide a young person under the age of 30 with their first meaningful work experience in a quality job position.
The goal of “My Future, I’m Working on It 2.0” is to provide Canadian youth with the opportunity to develop workplace skills. By providing job opportunities, you enable a young person to develop their skills and achieve their potential.
This program partially funds wages, up to the provincial minimum wage, for 12 weeks. It also offers paid training to strengthen the skills of the candidates. Young people employed under the program must meet the following requirements:
- be between 16 and 30 years old inclusively
- be available to work full time (minimum of 30 and maximum of 40 hours per week)
- be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or have valid Canadian refugee status
- be legally authorized to work in Canada
The program ends on April 23, 2022. As there is limited time left to allocate the subsidy, please contact the project manager as soon as possible to complete your application:
- Ruth Bongba, Economic Development and Employment Officer
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org / Cell: 709.765.4623
The Honourable Andrew Furey, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, and the Honourable Steve Crocker, Minister of Tourism, Culture, Arts and Recreation, today announced over $9 million for the Tourism and Hospitality Support Program and the Artist Support Program.
More than $7 million is available for the Tourism and Hospitality Support Program, which will be delivered by the Department of Industry, Energy and Technology. More than $2 million is available for the Artist Support Program, to be delivered by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts and Recreation. This funding is available for artists, and tourism and hospitality operators that were impacted by the sharp decline in business or professional opportunities between October 1, 2021 and February 28, 2022. Both programs will open in mid-February and close on March 15.
Eligibility criteria for the Tourism and Hospitality Support Program has expanded from the previous program, with new categories including audio/visual companies, caterers, performance spaces and privately-owned venues. Funding will be available from a minimum of $2,500 to a maximum of $15,000 per enterprise. Detailed program information and applications are available here.
Eligible applicants for the Artist Support Program are professional artists as defined in the Status of the Artist Act. Applicants will be eligible for a one-time payment of $3,000 to compensate for lost revenue, and lost opportunities for professional development or networking. Detailed program information and applications are available here.
COVID/Flu On-Site Pop-Up Clinics
The CBS and LeMarchant Road Shoppers Drug Mart teams are able to provide free on-site vaccination clinics for their fellow SJBOT members in the metro area for both flu and COVID-19 vaccinations! There is no cost to employers as its part of the provincial program. Working with you, they will identify a clinic time and structure. They'll bring the certified pharmacists/nurses, the vaccinations, the safety PPE, and anaphylaxis equipment required. They have tremendous experience in offsite clinics, and will provide the sign-up sheet and consent forms to you ahead of time.
If interested, please contact Keith Bailey directly at email@example.com for more details and a chat.