COVID-19 Response Plan - Nova Scotia Government - Support for Canadians

COVID-19 Response Plan - Nova Scotia Government - Support for Canadians

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COVID-19 Response Plan
Nova Scotia Government – Support for Canadians
Last updated September 15, 2021, 4:00 pm MST

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NS Support for Businesses

Small Business Impact Grant Part 3

Eligibility

  • Eligible businesses include:
    • Dine-in restaurants
    • Bar or licensed drinking establishments
    • Fitness, recreational and leisure facilities
    • Independent retailers with a physical location
    • Personal services businesses like hair and nail salons, barbershops and spas
    • Organizations offering live performing arts
  • Businesses must have experienced decrease in revenue of 30% or more compared with prior period

Benefit

  • Funding includes 2 parts: a one-time revenue-based grant and an additional one-time grant of $5,000

Action Needed


Small Business Impact Grant Part 3

Eligibility

  • Eligible businesses include:
    • Dine-in restaurants
    • Bar or licensed drinking establishments
    • Fitness, recreational and leisure facilities
    • Independent retailers with a physical location
    • Personal services businesses like hair and nail salons, barbershops and spas
    • Organizations offering live performing arts
  • Businesses must have experienced decrease in revenue of 30% or more compared with prior period

Benefit

  • Funding includes 2 parts: a one-time revenue-based grant and an additional one-time grant of $5,000

Action Needed


Paid Sick Leave Program

Eligibility

  • Employers may be eligible if they:
    • Are a for-profit or not-for-profit organization
    • Have a permanent physical location in NS
    • Are registered to do business in NS and are in good standing with the Government of NS
  • Are paying NS-based employees who don’t otherwise qualify for paid sick leave

Benefit

  • Program will reimburse employer for 4 sick days per employee
  • Employee cannot work remotely and miss less than 50% of scheduled work time in a 1-week period due to COVID (either illness, testing, isolating or vaccinating)
  • Program will cover eligible sick days taken between May 10, 2021 and July 31, 2021

Action Needed

  • Employer must apply within 90 days of when employee was paid
  • Self-employed people must apply within 90 days of missing work
  • Online application

Small Business Real Property Tax Rebate

Eligibility

  • Eligible businesses must have received benefits under the NS SBIG (Part 1 or 2) or the Small Business Reopening and Support Program

Benefit

  • Businesses can claim a rebate equal to either: $1,000, or 50% of the commercial real property taxes paid for the final 6 months of the 2020-21 tax year

Action Needed


Tourism Accommodations Real Property Tax Rebate Program Part 2

Eligibility

  • An operator must own (or lease) and operate a qualified roofed accommodation that requires the operator to pay all or a portion of the property taxes
  • The accommodation must have 5 or more rooms available for rent to the public and be assessed as a commercial property

Benefit

  • Eligible operators may receive a one-time 50% rebate of the first six months of commercial property taxes paid for 2021-22

Action Needed


Small Business Impact Grant (closed)

Eligibility

  • Small businesses, non-profits, or charities ordered to cease or substantially curtail operations by Order of the Chief Medical Officer of Health. Businesses must also:
  • have an anticipated revenue loss for April 2020 of 30% or more
  • have been established on or before March 15, 2020

Benefit

  • Benefit is a one-time upfront grant of 15% of sales revenue from either April 2019 or February 2020, up to a maximum of $5,000
  • Can be used for any purpose

Action Needed


Small Business Impact Grant Part 2 – Restaurant, Bar, and Fitness and Leisure Business Stream (closed)

Eligibility

  • Businesses must be operating in the area of Halifax County or Hants County and be:
    • Full service, dine in restaurants
    • Bar or licensed drinking establishments
    • Fitness and leisure establishments
  • Must be registered as a sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation, society, social enterprise, not-for-profit, charity in business, or other similar organization
  • Pay the small business corporate tax rate on income taxes, if incorporated
  • Have annual taxable capital of $15,000,000 or less
  • Be experiencing a 30% or more decrease in revenues in November or December 2020

Benefit

  • Eligible businesses can receive a one-time grant equal to 15% of the business’ revenue from sales for the month of April 2019 or February 2020
  • Businesses that started after March 15, 2020 are eligible; grant will be 15% of sales revenue for a benchmark calendar month of their choosing, between April and October 2020

Action Needed

  • The following information must be provided on application:
    • Unaudited income statement for April 2019 or February 2020
    • Business number (unless sole proprietor)
    • Recent tax document (T1, T2, etc.)
    • Banking information and image of void cheque
  • More information can be found here

Government Loan Payment Deferral (closed)

Eligibility

  • All government loans, including those under the:
  • Farm Loan Board
  • Fisheries and Aquaculture Loan Board
  • Jobs Fund
  • Nova Scotia Business Fund
  • Municipal Finance Corporation

Benefit

  • Housing Nova Scotia
  • Government will defer payments until June 30, 2020

Action Needed

  • No action required 

COVID-19 Agriculture Response Program (closed)

Eligibility

  • These businesses and organizations can apply to the program:
    • Farms
    • Agri-business
    • Agricultural industry associations
    • Provincially or federally licensed abattoirs
    • Mi’kmaq First Nations and other indigenous organizations involved in agricultural business

Benefit

  • Four streams for funding; funding does not need to be repaid
  • Stream 1: COVID-19 mitigation and adaptation for health protocol
  • Stream 2: COVID-19 marketing, product movement and distribution
  • Stream 3: COVID-19 strategic projects
  • Stream 4: COVID-19 abattoir and efficiency and development
  • Details on these streams can be found here

Action Needed

  • Application form available online
  • Claim deadline is March 1, 2021
  • Further information available here

COVID-19 Emergency On-Farm Support Fund Program (closed)

Eligibility

  • Farms can apply to the program if they:
    • Are currently registered under the Farm Registration Act
    • Have an owner who is at least 19 years old
    • Report gross commodity income of at least $30,000
    • Have at least 5 employees
    • Adhere to the Federal Quarantine Act
  • Eligible project costs include:
    • Adjustments to farm operations to ensure worker safety during the COVID-19 pandemic
    • Personal protective equipment
    • Costs related to training workers on COVID-19 protocols

Benefit

  • Applicants are eligible for assistance of 75% on eligible project costs to a maximum of $50,000
  • Disposable personal protective equipment is capped at 10% of eligible project cost, to a maximum of $7,000

Action Needed

  • Claim deadline is February 1, 2021
  • Further details can be found here

Small Business Credit Support (closed – program has ended)

Eligibility

  • Small businesses that do not qualify for the federal CEBA program
  • Decline of at least 30% in revenue

Benefit

  • Guaranteed loan through the Credit Union
  • Cash grant of up to $1,500
  • Free professional advice to help adapt and recover from the effects of COVID-19

Action Needed

  • Application period is closed

NS Support for Individuals

NS COVID Relief Fund

Eligibility

  • Nova Scotian residents who:
    • Have an overdue amount owing on heating or electric bill;
    • Has been financially impacted due to COVID-19;
    • Live within certain low-income thresholds

Benefit

  • Eligible households may receive a one-time support payment of up to $400

Action Needed

  • Application may be downloaded here

NS Student Assistance COVID-19 Support Grant

Eligibility

  • All students receiving NS Student Assistance in 2020-21 

Benefit

  • One-time $750 grant will help students cover lost earnings and other unexpected costs related to their studies

Action Needed

  • No application necessary
  • Most students will receive their grant in January 2021
  • Students beginning studies in spring or summer of 2021 will receive grant then

Protection for Renters

Eligibility

  • Existing residential tenants

Benefit

  • 2% cap on rent increases retroactive to September 1, 2020 and in place until February 1, 2022, or until state of emergency lifted
  • Ban on evictions for purposes of renovations in place until February 1, 2022, or until state of emergency lifted

Action Needed

  • Details available here

Worker Emergency Bridge Fund (closed – program has ended)

Eligibility

  • Nova Scotian residents who:
  • are 18 years of age or older;
  • are laid off or out of work because of COVID-19, on or after March 16, 2020;
  • who don’t qualify for Employment Insurance; and earn between $5,000 and $34,000
  • Have applied for (or plan to apply) for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)

Benefit

  • Benefit is a one-time payment of $1,000; it can be combined with the CERB

Action Needed

  • Apply by calling 1-800-863-6582 to speak with a Canadian Red Cross agent
  • Documentation will need to be provided with application (Record of Employment for employees; SIN, CRA business number and 2018 personal income tax return if self-employed)
  • More details available:

Federal Support for Canadians

  • For our summary of the Federal support programs for businesses and individuals, please visit HERE

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