Acting as a community, both as businesses and as people is vital to how we navigate through the ever-changing coronavirus, or COVID-19 pandemic. The ICA is working closely with the World Health Organization (WHO), the Canadian Chamber of Commerce (CCoC), CEOLaw and YouGov to bring you this hub.
This hub will be updated regularly to provide the most up to date information that you may need. Already, the ICA has attended a session with Canadian health officials and with Dr. David Nabarro, World Health Organization (WHO) Special Envoy for COVID-19, as we look to curate the best and most relevant HR, health and economic information for the industry.
ICA partner YouGov will be constantly monitoring the general public’s feelings about this evolving situation and providing data for this hub.
If there is any other information you feel would be useful please email: email@example.com
Public Health Information
Government Programs for Employers
The Government of Canada has put in place Work-Sharing (WS) temporary special measures for employers affected by the downturn in business due to COVID-19. This program helps employers avoid layoffs by reducing employee’s work weeks.
- A 75% wage subsidy for qualifying SMEs has been announced and will be back dated to March 15th.
- A Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) is a special emergency business account for SMEs. Contact your bank to apply for $40,000 of government guaranteed loans interest free for the first year. Loan forgiveness up to 25% will be forgiven if certain conditions are met.
- A co-lending program for SMEs through the BDC and financial institutions where eligible businesses may obtain incremental credit amounts of up to $6.25M.
- BDC asks that all companies speak to their commercial bank first for mortgage postponement, increased lines of credit (LOC) and an extension on AR that will qualify them for their LOC.
- Work with your payroll provider for access to the 75% wage subsidy.
- EDC assists exports of services with the Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP). Contact your financial institution
- Canada has deferred commodity tax payments (GST and HST)
- The Ontario government has increased the exemption for paying Employer Health Tax from $490K to $1M. Employers that have total annual payroll of up to $5M, the first 1M will be exempt from the EHT.
- Canadian government announces 75% wage subsidy
- Bank of Canada cuts interest rates to 0.25%
- Canada’s Economic Response Plan
- Guide to decoding BDC and EDC government financing programs for SMEs
- Contact Info: Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) 1-877-232-2269
- BDC Working Capital Financing Under $100,000
- BDC Working Capital Financing Over $100,000
- BDC Application for Financing
- BDC Statement of Personal Affairs
- Contact Info: Export Development Canada (EDC) 1-800-229-0575
- EDC and financial institution BCAP program for exporters
- Commodity Tax Deferrals
- Ontario commodity tax relief bulletin
- Ontario Action Plan – Support for Businesses to Improve Cash Flow
- BC Action Plan
- Work-Sharing Program - Temporary special measures for the downturn in business due to COVID-19
- How to make work-sharing work for you
Government and Charitable Programs for Employees
- CRA and Revenu Quebec extend tax deadline to June 1, 2020
- Ontario provides $3.7 billion to support people and jobs
- nabs Canada is a registered charity that provides support for individuals in the media, marketing and communications industry
- $2,000 Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)
- 2019 Income Tax Filing Deferral
- One-time benefits for Individuals
- National Benevolent Society Canada (nabs) Support Page
Industry Calls to Action
- WHO Brief Global Call to Creatives
- AdAge Article Global Call to Creatives
- Help Canada combat Coronavirus disease – Buyandsell.gc.ca
Working From Home: Tools & Advice
(all suggested by member agencies, this is not an endorsement)
- Kahoot – game-based learning that brings teams together
- Sli.do – url based application for anonymous Q&A team participation
- Spice up your virtual meeting background picture
- Working from Home Doesn’t Just Save Lives, It Can Level The Field and Improve Innovation (Shane Snow, March 12th)
- Auxparty – while distracting, this can help keep culture in play. Create a virtual concert with team members
- Function Fox – Canadian owned and developed, project management tool
- Krisp – a background noise cancelling app for calls and videos
- Google Hangouts
- Humbledot – This is a tool to build efficiency and high quality communications without endless meetings
- Loom – Share product ideas and feedback
- Miranda – Time zone converter, world clock and meeting scheduler
- Miro – The online collaborative whiteboarding platform to bring teams together, anytime, anywhere
- Quip – Similar to googledocs, provide organization and search functionality
- Slack – yes, but you can customize it with slackthemes.net
- Zoom – Conference, telephone and video meetings solution
Information for Freelancers, Suppliers & Students
Now more than ever we need to support each other and stay connected to the community.
- If you are a freelancer or solo-preneur looking to stay connected check out Communo and their community
Information for Parents & Caregivers
- Helping children and teens cope with social isolation
- How to Talk to Your Child
- Talking to kids about COVID-19
- TDSB Digital Learning Resources
- Ruffbooks – capture & nurture your child’s creativity
- Help Keep My Kids Busy!
- Sample Schedule for Toddlers
- Khan Academy Free Resources
- Scholastic Read Aloud Program
- Scholastic Learn at Home
- 10 Educational YouTube Channels for Kids
- Talking to Older Parents about COVID19
(Please note that some of these may have been prepared for other situations but could be helpful)
- Business Continuity Guide (The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health & Safety)
- Business Continuity & Recovery Plan template (CCoC)
- Checklist for Influenza Pandemic Preparedness Planning (WHO)
- Emergency Preparedness Kit (Calgary (CCoC)
- Getting Your Workplace Ready (WHO)
- Pandemics Checklist (CDC)
- Pandemic Preparedness Checklist (Ontario, Workplace Safety & Prevention Services)
- Protecting Your Workplace & People (CEOLaw)
- Pandemic Preparedness for Business (CCoC)
Industry Press Discussion
- From working remotely to business as usual: How adland is managing coronavirus (CampaignUS, March 12th)
- How ad spend allocation could shift during (and post) COVID-19 (Media in Canada, March 12th)
- What the NBA’s suspension could mean for advertisers (Media in Canada, March 12th)
- As COVID-19 fears escalate, some businesses institute remote work policies (The Message, March 11th)
- Could coronavirus tip the global ad market into recession? (Campaign)
- How worried should adland be about the impact of coronavirus? (Campaign)