Business Resources

In partnership with the Government of Canada, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce established the Canadian Business Resilience Network to help Canadian businesses navigate the COVID-19 reality and prepare for recovery.

Following advice from Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, on April 3, 2020, Ontario updated the list of essential businesses that can remain open. The restrictions are aimed at further reducing contact between people and stopping the spread of COVID-19. Please click on this link for the updated list:

The Federal Government has announced a 75% wage subsidy available for businesses that have suffered a 30% or more loss in revenue due to COVID-19.

Check out this link for more information:

The Small Business Advisory Centre (Smiths Falls, Lanark County, northern Leeds Grenville) will be hosting three free webinars on the following topics.

The three webinars will be led by Andrew Patricio, the founder and owner of BizLaunch.

For details visit:

Funding available for providers of new/enhanced support due to COVID-19 for vulnerable persons relating to homelessness, shelter, food security, seniors and youth.  Lanark County is proactively compiling information on demand for Lanark County.  Please see the attached for information on how submit a request.

All employers covered by the WSIB can defer premium payment and reporting for six months, until August 31, 2020. There will be no interest or penalties on deferred payments.

Employers are automatically eligible, and don’t need to apply or opt-in.

Business Advisors are available via phone and email to provide support:

General Business Advice for COVID-19
Cindy James, The Small Business Advisory Center 613-283-7002 x 108 or

Support with Cashflow Management for COVID-19
Scott Runte, Launch Lab:

Further to legislative changes, Town of Smiths Falls planning and building staff have prepared a notice outlining the current service options for building and planning.

The province has launched a toll-free line 1-888-444-3659 to provide support to Ontario businesses who have questions about the province’s recent emergency order to close at-risk workplaces following recommendations by Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health. For more information visit;

Algonquin College FREE Online Business Courses

Hawktree Solutions

Hawktree Solutions is a private company under license to host and manage the Canadian Red Cross merchandise shop. If you are in need of a bulk order of masks, please contact them directly. There is a 10 day delivery timeline.

Jason Plut, National Sales Manager | Hawktree Solutions
(289) 273-5370 | (905) 329-9412 | |
204-220 Kennevale Drive, Ottawa ON K2J 6B6

Message from the Province of Ontario

We welcome help from businesses and organizations. Tell us if you can:

Government Announcements

To support workers and help businesses keep their employees, the government has created the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB). This taxable benefit will provide $2,000 a month for up to four months for workers who lose their income as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The CERB will be a simpler and more accessible combination of the previously announced Emergency Care Benefit and Emergency Support Benefit. Click on this link for more information:

Export Development Canada will provide extra support.

Canada’s 6 big banks are offering deferred mortgage payments and various credit product support. Call your local branch for details.

Farm Credit Canada (FCC) has received an enhancement to its capital base that will allow for an additional $5 billion in lending capacity. More information can be found at

The Ontario and Canadian Chamber of Commerce Preparedness Help:

Further assistance and programs – loans, continuity planning, exporting information and more;

Valley Heartland Community Futures Development Corporation

Existing Valley Heartland clients – The following options are being offered for existing CFDC loan clients in good standing: For the time period DATE MARCH 16TH – APRIL 30TH * (2 payments). Client to contact the office and request one of the following options:

* Currently Valley Heartland has $4.6 million at work in the Community

Any existing business in Lanark County and North Leeds – SMALL BUSINESS LOAN *** EFFECTIVE UNTIL APRIL 30TH*

Business can access small business loans of up to $15,000 at prime (currently 3.45%) to be used for working capital or other expenses incurred or expected to be incurred due to COVID-19 and its economic impact on the business:

Phone: 613-283-7002 Tina Stevens, GM ext. 103, Sharon Ruth, Loans Officer ext. 106, Amber Coville, Business Development Officer ext. 110 – Email: and copy

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