INFORMATION & RESOURCES – COVID-19
The Town of Hanover wishes to keep residents informed of the latest news and information on the COVID-19 virus. The situation is being continually monitored to ensure we remain pro-active in taking every necessary precaution to limit the spread of the disease and health impact on the community.
As of March 17, 2020 all Town of Hanover facilities have been closed to the public to maintain social distancing and help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Staff will continue to answer the phones during regular hours to provide information, maintain reference services and provide support for library online services. Further details on payment options, permits, licences and
Please continue to check our website and social media sites for the latest information on municipal operations.
To hear the Covid-19 Virtual Town Hall Meeting hosted by Bruce Power Listen Here
Access to accurate and current information from health professionals and government agencies is key to minimizing the potential community transmission of the virus. With that in mind, the website links below will take you to relevant agencies where you can find the most recent updates about the COVID-19 virus.
Locally, please contact Public Health Grey Bruce at https://www.publichealthgreybruce.on.ca/ .
Public Health Ontario - https://www.publichealthontario.ca/
Public Health Agency of Canada - https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health.html
Province of Ontario – https://www.ontario.ca/page/2019-novel-coronavirus
Govt of Canada | Travel Advice & Advisories – https://travel.gc.ca/travelling/advisories
World Health Organization – https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019
Listed below are various links to government supports and information.
• Hanover Economic Development Newsletter - Covid-19 Newsletter
• Grey County Economic Development - Covid-19 Business Resources
• Work-Sharing Program - Temporary special measures - English | French
• Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) – Employment and Social Development
Canada English | French
• Business Development Bank of Canada – Support for Entrepreneurs impacted by coronavirus English | French
• Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Resources for Canadian businesses English | French
Support to Businesses
The Government of Canada is taking immediate, significant and decisive action to support Canadian businesses facing financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
On March 13, 2020, Minister of Finance Bill Morneau, Governor of the Bank of Canada Stephen Poloz, and Superintendent of Financial Institutions Jeremy Rudin outlined a coordinated package of measures to support the functioning of markets, the resilience of our financial sector, and continued access to financing for Canadian businesses. These actions will significantly increase the availability of credit to businesses of all sizes, sustain liquidity in key financial markets, and provide flexibility to businesses experiencing hardship.
On March 18, 2020 the government and its partners announced further measures to support businesses. These actions are part of Canada’s whole-of-government response to COVID-19, and the significant stimulus program developed to stabilize Canada’s economy, support businesses and to protect Canadians.
Supporting Canadian Business through the Canada Account
The government is changing the Canada Account so that the Minister of Finance would now be able to determine the limit of the Canada Account in order to deal with exceptional circumstances. The Canada Account is administered by Export Development Canada (EDC) and is used by the government to support exporters when deemed to be in the national interest. This will allow the government to provide additional support to Canadian companies through loans, guarantees or insurance policies during these challenging times.
Helping Businesses Keep their Workers
To support businesses that are facing revenue losses and to help prevent lay-offs, the government is proposing to provide eligible small employers a temporary wage subsidy for a period of three months. The subsidy will be equal to 10% of remuneration paid during that period, up to a maximum subsidy of $1,375 per employee and $25,000 per employer. Businesses will be able to benefit immediately from this support by reducing their remittances of income tax withheld on their employees’ remuneration. Employers benefiting from this measure will include corporations eligible for the small business deduction, as well as non-profit organizations and charities.
Flexibility for Businesses Filing Taxes
The Canada Revenue Agency will allow all businesses to defer, until after August 31, 2020, the payment of any income tax amounts that become owing on or after today and before September 2020. This relief would apply to tax balances due, as well as instalments, under Part I of the Income Tax Act. No interest or penalties will accumulate on these amounts during this period.
The Canada Revenue Agency will not contact any small or medium (SME) businesses to initiate any post assessment GST/HST or Income Tax audits for the next four weeks. For the vast majority of businesses, the Canada Revenue Agency will temporarily suspend audit interaction with taxpayers and representatives.
The Liaison Officer service offers help to owners of small businesses to understand their tax obligations. Traditionally available in-person, this service is now available over the phone and will be customizing information during these challenging times by ensuring small businesses are aware of any changes such as filing and payment deadlines, proactive relief measures, etc.
Ensuring Businesses Have Access to Credit
The Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP) will allow the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) and Export Development Canada (EDC) to provide more than $10 billion of additional support, largely targeted to small and medium-sized businesses. This will be an effective tool for helping viable Canadian businesses remain resilient during these very uncertain times. BDC and EDC are cooperating with private sector lenders to coordinate on credit solutions for individual businesses, including in sectors such as oil and gas, air transportation and tourism. The near term credit available to farmers and the agri-food sector will also be increased through Farm Credit Canada.
Key Information Tools:
Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan
Government of Canada - Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Resources for Canadian businesses
Business Development Bank of Canada -Support for Entrepreneurs impacted by coronavirus
Business continuity plan and templates for entrepreneurs
Export Development Canada
Employment Insurance and Labour and Occupational Health and Safety Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) – Employment and Social Development Canada - https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/corporate/notices/coronavirus.html
Canadian Chamber of Commerce – Pandemic Preparedness for Business
World Health Organization COVID-19 - Business and Employees