AQPER supports its members in this period of instability. We regularly update information on the various government measures put in place to support companies and workers. Furthermore, your Association supports its members to face various difficulties and to facilitate the smooth running of your company.
AQPER keeps its members informed of the latest developments. The situation is evolving rapidly; stay tuned. For example, last weekend, the government restricted travel between regions to curb the spread of the virus. At these various checkpoints, police officers will only allow essential travel. If you need to travel for work, you will find the authorization form for businesses here.
AQPER has set up a mailbox dedicated to helping members with any constraints related to the current crisis.
Here are the various government measures that have been put in place:
Canada's Economic Action Plan
These measures will significantly increase the availability of credit for businesses of all sizes, maintain liquidity in key financial markets and provide flexibility for businesses experiencing financial difficulties.
This will allow the Government to provide additional support to Canadian businesses through loans, guarantees or insurance policies during these difficult times.
Helping Businesses Retain Employees
To support businesses that are experiencing revenue losses and to help prevent layoffs, the Government proposes to provide a temporary wage subsidy to eligible small business employers for a period of three months. The subsidy will be equal to 10 per cent of wages paid during this 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 measure by reducing the income tax payments withheld from 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.
Long-Term Income Support for Workers
For Canadians who lose their jobs or face reduced hours of work as a result of VIDOC-19, the Government is taking the following steps:
Introducing an Emergency Support Allowance available through the CRA that will provide up to $5 billion in support to workers who are not eligible for EI and who face unemployment.
Implementation of the EI Work-Sharing program, which provides benefits to workers who agree to reduce their normal work schedule due to new circumstances beyond their employer's control by increasing the duration of eligibility for Work-Sharing agreements to 76 weeks, relaxing eligibility requirements and simplifying the application process. This announcement was made by the Prime Minister on March 11, 2020.
Access to Credit for Business
The Business Credit Availability Program will enable the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) and Export Development Canada (EDC) to provide more than $10 billion in additional support, largely targeted to small and medium-sized businesses. This will be an effective tool to help viable Canadian businesses remain resilient during this period of great uncertainty. BDC and EDC are working with private sector lenders to coordinate financing solutions for individual businesses, including in sectors such as air transportation and tourism, as well as the oil and gas sector. Short-term credit to farmers and the agri-food sector will also be increased through Farm Credit Canada.
At the BDC Business Development Bank of Canada
Support for contractors affected by the coronavirus COVID-19
As of 18 March 2020, new aid measures are being implemented for eligible companies:
- working capital loans of up to $2 million with flexible terms and deferral of repayments for up to 6 months for eligible businesses;
- deferring repayments for up to 6 months, at no cost, for existing clients with a total loan commitment to BDC of $1 million or less;
- rate reductions for new eligible loans;
- details on measures under the Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP), including sector-specific support, will be announced in the coming days.
Latest update :
It is requested to avoid moving from one region to another or from one region to another, except in case of necessity. Such travel should be limited to medical and work-related reasons in a context where telework is not possible.
Addition of controls on major roads to the following territories :
the Outaouais socio-sanitary region;
The territories of the regional county municipalities of Antoine-Labelle and Argenteuil for the Laurentian socio-sanitary region;
the territories of Autray, Joliette, Matawinie and Montcalm for the Lanaudière health region;
the agglomeration of La Tuque for the Mauricie and Centre-du-Québec socio-sanitary region; and
in addition to the regions identified on March 29:
- Lower St. Lawrence;
- North Shore;
March 29, 2020
It is requested that all persons avoid moving from one region to another or from one city to another, except in case of necessity. Such travel should be limited to medical and work-related reasons in a context where telework is not possible.
In order to protect certain more vulnerable regions, checks will be carried out on the main roads leading to the following territories :
- North Shore;
At these various checkpoints, police officers will only authorize essential travel.
You will find the authorization form to fill out and its appendices: Personnel and equipment travel form for essential goods or services in the context of the VIDOC crisis-19
Be sure to print page 1 on your letterhead or insert your logo, and we suggest that you highlight, in the appendix, the parts that apply to your situation. If you are still denied access, we invite you to call *4141.
March 24, 2020
A word from our CEO
March 23, 2020
Energy production, supply, transport and distribution: essential services
You will find energy production, supply, transmission and distribution on the list of essential services on the Québec government site, under Maintenance and Operations of Strategic Infrastructures. It is important to specify that the production of RNG and biofuels continues, due to minimum content regulations in Québec and Canada.
If your company's activity is not on the list of essential services, or you have a doubt. You must complete this form. A Québec government information officer will contact you shortly.