As governments announce support for businesses to offset losses from COVID 19, we will update this page.

Nova Scotia

Through this $25 million fund, eligible small businesses, non-profits, charities and social enterprises working in some of the most affected sectors will receive financial support to help open safely and receive advice on how to become more resilient in the coming months.

This support program includes a grant up to $5,000 to help organizations safely reopen and a Business Continuity Voucher for advice and support (up to $1,500)

Eligible small businesses include those expressly ordered to close under the public health order, small independent retailers, independent gas retailers and dental practices.  Businesses who received the Small Business Impact Grant in April will be eligible for this program and will be contacted directly.

Online applications will begin June 1. Information is available at

The COVID-19 Small Business Credit and Support Program is a new temporary program under the Small Business Loan Guarantee Program. The program helps small Businesses affected by COVID-19 by providing a loan, a grant, and a business continuity voucher for advice and support.

Small businesses need to meet the eligibility criteria for the Small Business Loan Guarantee Program and the COVID-19 Small Business Credit and Support Program. Eligible small businesses can apply for a loan of up to $25,000 through participating provincial credit unions. The loan application is available from 29 April to 30 June 2020. There is up to $20 million available to fund this new, temporary program.

Perennia is pleased to offer this program that supports Nova Scotia-based registered farms or food and beverage companies with the ability to quickly create a professional website with detailed product listings and e-commerce features or to add an online store component to their current website. This will enable you to easily and conveniently connect with local buyers wanting to purchase your products (includes features for custom catalogues for various types of customers ranging from retail to wholesale and foodservice customers). This is being offered through a partnership with Local Line, a leading Canadian supplier of agriculture and food direct sales platforms.

In an effort to get as many businesses selling online as quickly as possible, we have kept it simple: if you meet the straightforward eligibility requirements, you will receive access to six months of Local Line’s online sales, marketing and eCommerce platform from date of sign up. Please read the program overview for all the details and features and sign up here.