Resources to help your small business cope with COVID-19

CEDEC is sensitive to the impact COVID-19 is having on small businesses, communities, and local economies.  

Our communications team is scouring the media daily so that we can stay up to date on the latest provincial and federal support programs, the myriad online learning tools being made available by industry partners, and the numerous webinars designed to help you build your skills and knowledge from the safety and comfort of your home. 

We are dedicated to sharing this critical information with our audience – small business owners, startups and entrepreneurs, tourism business operators, workforce development colleagues, and community development partners – in a timely fashion so that you are equipped to make important business decisions in the days and weeks ahead. 

Below, you will find a compilation of resources. Please make sure to visit the website indicated for the most recent updates to support measure programs.  

Our GrowthWheel® certified business advisors are available for a free session to help orient your business in this ‘new normal’. Contact us if you need some advice now to pivot your business or later when you’re ready to get back up and running; we’ll be there to help you refocus and restart.

CEDEC is committed to generating economic benefits for communities by working in collaboration with local partners to enhance economic activity.  Our dedication to strengthening the economic vitality of communities is paramount, especially during this critical time.

  • Conference Board of Canada – Insights and analysis on COVID-19 with quick-read articles based on their multi-disciplinary research including the latest updates, data, forecasts, research on the growing spread of coronavirus, and useful tools that will help you and your organizations navigate these challenging times.
  • Chambre de commerce et d’industrie de Québec: a daily watch to equip the business community of Quebec City in facing COVID-19 pandemic. (Available in French only)
  • For #tourism related businesses, keep your eye on Tourism Industry Association of Canada website for important updates.
  • Answers to your most frequently asked questions. (Available in French only)
  • If you are a tourism operator or small- or medium- sized business or organization and have received Regional Development Agency (RDA) funding and COVID-19 is affecting your operations, you are encouraged to contact your local RDA office. Your local RDA office can review your situation and provide guidance.
  • For weekly insights into how COVID-19 is impacting the travel and tourism industry, based on the current state and future potential of key drivers of tourism recovery, check out the Tourism Industry Association of Canada’s ‘State of Tourism in Canada During #Covid19 Dashboard Report’.
  • Tourism HR Canada is currently offering free, online training modules to help those in the tourism sector, whose jobs have been adversely affected by COVID-19, the opportunity to upskill or cross-train.
  • The L’Alliance de l’industrie touristique du Québec is currently working with the Conseil québécois des ressources humaines en tourisme (CQRHT), the Ministère du Tourisme and the Associations touristiques sectorielles networks to develop a health procedures and adaptation plan. The plan will include specifications for each tourism sector, allowing all industry sectors to respect the standards, procedures and validation tools that will help instill confidence in visitors.
  • District 3 Centre has put together a list of the most interesting and most easily accessible non-dilutive funding for #startups.
  • Jennifer Robson, Associate Professor of Political Management, Carleton University, has compiled a plain-language chart to help you navigate current support programs.
  • The law firm DLA Piper has compiled a chart titled the Federal Benefits Access Tool to help you navigate COVID-19 federal support programs.
  • The Canada Revenue Agency suggests the following days and times to facilitate your application to support programs starting the week of April 6, 2020.
  • The Chambre de commerce et d’industrie de Québec has created a chart (French only) to help you navigate COVID-19 federal support programs.