Update & Resources

As we face unprecedented times with the  spread of COVID-19 affecting all aspects of our lives, and things changing so quickly, we wanted to provide a list of resources to help small businesses and owners in Canada.

The IWSCC is continuing our important work during this time however, all events have been postponed and we have implemented audio and video conferencing wherever possible. (see website for regular updates).  We will be working   to achieve networking connections virtually and will update you as we move forward.

There are resources available for our community which are listed below.  If you are aware of additional resources, please let us know so that we can add to the list.

We wish you health and happiness from IWSCC.  Please feel free to reach out with any questions.


Resources available

Key Federal Government Information Tools

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Resources for Canadian businesses / Maladie à coronavirus (COVID-19) : Ressources pour les entreprises canadiennes

English : https://www.tradecommissioner.gc.ca/campaign-campagne/ressources-entreprises-COVID-19-business-resources.aspx?lang=eng

French: https://www.deleguescommerciaux.gc.ca/campaign-campagne/ressources-entreprises-COVID-19-business-resources.aspx?lang=fra


Business Development Bank of Canada – Support for Entrepreneurs impacted by coronavirus :

English: https://www.bdc.ca/en/pages/special-support.aspx?special-initiative=covid19

French: https://www.bdc.ca/fr/pages/soutien-special.aspx?special-initiative=covid19


Business Development Bank of Canada – Business continuity plan and templates for entrepreneurs

English: https://www.bdc.ca/en/articles-tools/entrepreneur-toolkit/templates-business-guides/pages/business-continuity-guide-templates-entrepreneurs.aspx

French: https://www.bdc.ca/fr/articles-outils/boite-outils-entrepreneur/gabarits-documents-guides-affaires/pages/guide-continuite-operations-modeles-entrepreneurs.aspx


Employment Insurance and Labour and Occupational Health and Safety

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) – Employment and Social Development Canada

English: https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/corporate/notices/coronavirus.html

French: https://www.canada.ca/fr/emploi-developpement-social/ministere/avis/coronavirus.html


Public Health Agency of Canada


Partner Links:

Canadian Chamber of Commerce – Pandemic Preparedness for Business

English: http://www.chamber.ca/resources/pandemic-preparedness/

French: http://www.chamber.ca/fr/ressources/preparation-a-une-pandemie/


World Health Organization COVID-19 –  Business and Employees

English: https://www.epi-win.com/advice-and-information/business-and-employees


Canadian Federation of Independent Business – keeping you and your employees safe

English: https://www.cfib-fcei.ca/en/tools-resources/covid-19-coronavirus-business

French: https://www.cfib-fcei.ca/fr/ressources/covid-19-coronavirus-entreprises


Tourism HR Canada – practical resource site for employers

English: http://tourismhr.ca/resources/coronavirus/


·         Federal COVID-19 information

·         Public Health COVID-19 information

·         Travel Advice and Advisories

·         Trade Commissioner – COVID-19 Resources for Canadian Businesses

·         Government of Canada – COVID-19 related procurement


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