Covid-19 Canadian Support Programs

last updated March 31, 2020

Programs are being announced and refined fairly regularly.  At this time, most programs and information are focused on Public Health and Safety, and some now on income and business stability. As new programs are announced, they will be highlighted. The main resources for the latest information are:

Canadian Federal Government

Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan

https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/economic-response-plan.html

Consolidated page of Information for Businesses:

https://www.canada.ca/en/services/business/maintaingrowimprovebusiness/resources-for-canadian-businesses.html

Public Health Information:

https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/canadas-reponse.html

For Innovative Businesses:

http://innovation.canada.ca/covid-19support

For Individuals and other Businesses:

https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/economic-response-plan.html

NRC and IRAP programs:

Typically IRAP programs are for shorter-term development & deployment type projects.

NRC IRAP has been tasked by the Government of Canada to work with Canadian industry to address a range of medium‑term Public Health Agency of Canada and Health Canada needs, including:

  • Personal protective equipment
  • Sanitization
  • Diagnostic and testing
  • Therapeutics
  • Disease tracking technology

https://nrc.canada.ca/en/support-technology-innovation/covid-19-national-research-council-industrial-research-assistance-program

The NRC programs are for larger medium-term research & development projects. The latest is here:

https://nrc.canada.ca/en/research-development/research-collaboration/programs/expression-interest-challenge-program-collaboration

The main page for all NRC and IRAP Covid-19-related programs is here:

https://nrc.canada.ca/en/research-development/research-collaboration/nrc-covid-19-response

BDC and EDC:

https://www.bdc.ca/en/financing/business-loans/pages/small-business-loan.aspx

https://www.edc.ca/en/campaign/coronavirus-covid-19.html

Provincial Programs/Information

The main links to provincial Covid-19 information and programs is:

Alberta https://www.alberta.ca/covid19

Municipal Programs/Information

The main links to municipal Covid-19 information and programs is:

Calgary https://www.calgary.ca/covid19

Edmonton https://www.edmonton.ca/covid19

Other Specific Programs

Code Life Ventilator Challenge

https://www.mghfoundation.com/en/news/code-life-ventilator-challenge/

The Code Life Ventilator Challenge is a 2-week sprint to collect the best ideas from anywhere in the world to create or design life-saving ventilators. It’s a joint initiative between the Montreal General Hospital Foundation and the RI-MUHC. Deadline March 31, 2020

Take care of you, your family, your friends, your business and we will get through this. Better. Together.