Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

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We’re here to help

Canada’s Regional Development Agencies (RDAs) are the front line for economic development in Canada and help to address key economic challenges by providing regionally tailored programs, services, knowledge and expertise.

RDAs are closely monitoring the COVID-19 global challenge and the potential impact it could have on your business and your workers, as well as the broader economy.

If you are a tourism operator or small- or medium- sized business or organization and have received RDA funding and COVID-19 is affecting your operations, you are encouraged to contact your local RDA office. Your local RDA office can review your situation and provide guidance.

  • You may be eligible to receive additional funding and/or flexible arrangements.
  • Further support will be determined on a case-by-case basis as the situation evolves.

If you are a tourism operator or small- or medium- sized business or organization impacted by the sudden shifts in the economy and need pressing assistance, the RDAs could assist you with:

  • Access to federal funding to help you stay in business.
  • Advice and pathfinding services to other federal programs and services available.


Assistance for Businesses Impacted by COVID-19 

We are taking action

The Government of Canada is taking action to support tourism and other businesses and workers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. You can take advantage of new investments and initiatives such as:

  • Enhancements to the Work-Sharing program to help support employers and their workers who are experiencing a downturn in business due to COVID-19.
  • Waiving the mandatory one-week waiting period for Employment Insurance (EI) sickness benefits.
  • Income support for those who are not eligible for EI sickness benefits is also being explored.

For more information on additional government support available to your business and workers, please contact Service Canada at 1-800-OCanada (1-800-622-6232).

Visit the Public Health Agency of Canada website for the latest information.

Canada’s Regional Development Agencies

Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency


Western Economic Diversification Canada

1-888-338-WEST (9378)



Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency




Canadian Economic Development for Quebec Regions


Additional Support

Resources for Canadian businesses: COVID-19

Department of Finance Canada

Department of Justice

Destination Canada

Global Affairs Canada

Business Development Canada

Employment and Social Development Canada

Canadian Chamber of Commerce

Canadian Federation of Independent Business

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