LIVE BLOG: COVID-19 Support and Resources for Small Businesses


LIVE BLOG: COVID-19 Support and Resources for Small Businesses

Companies all across the world are operating remotely, playing their part in slowing down the spread of COVID-19. But not all are so lucky, with some being forced to temporarily close, or reduce their offerings.

One thing is clear – we’re all in this together, and we’re going to need to rely on each other to get through this. Whether it’s medical updates, employer resources, or info on available financial support – we’ve got as much helpful information here for you as we can.

*This blog was last updated at 11:30am, March 27th.

Latest COVID-19 News Updates:

Canada Tries to Block US Soldiers at Border, via CP24 (Posted March 27)


What’s Staying Open When Shutdowns Expand in Ontario, Quebec, via CTV (Posted March 24th)

Modified Banking Hours in Effect for Canada’s Largest Banks, via REMITR (Posted March 23rd)

Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre list of known COVID-19 related scams, via CP24 (Posted March 19th)

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak latest updates, via WHO (Posted March 19th)

Justin Trudeau announces Canada/US Border Closure, via CP24 (Posted March 18th)

Small Business News & Resources:

Canadian Government Increasing Small Business Wage Subsidy to 75%, via Toronto Star (Posted March 27)


REMITR announces No Fees Initiative, removing transfer fees on all payments for all customers (Posted March 26th)

How to Find Out if Your Business Qualifies for the COVID-19 Wage Subsidy, via CBC (Posted March 24)

Working from Home: A Guide for Small Business Owners, via REMITR (Posted March 19th)

COVID-19 Economic Response Plan for workers & businesses announced, via Canada PM (Posted March 18th)

Employee News & Resources:

Support for individuals: Canada announces Emergency Response Benefit of $2,000 a month for up to 4 months, via Canadian Government (Posted March 27)


AGCO announces free SmartServe training, via SmartServe (Posted March 27)

How to Look Good on a Video Call, via Lemonly (Posted Mar 18th)

Local Resources (Toronto):

The Daily Hive is offering free digital advertising to small businesses:


How DMZ startups are supporting those affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic, via DMZ (Posted March 25th)

The DMZ is virtually hosting a session on Taxation and SR&ED (Posted March 19th)

The Professional Centre will stream Tools to Owning Your Anxiety and Finding Calm in This Storm (Posted March 18th)