During this difficult time for all BIA’s and our local businesses, DNB will be using this page to provide information and links to programs and services the have been announced by the Federal and Provincial Government to help our BIA’s member businesses during the COVID-19 crisis. We will do our best to keep this list as current as possible, however please note this list may not be absolutely complete as the announcements from the government have been changing daily. We encourage DNB members to please check this page regularly for additional information.
State of Emergency Information:
https://www2.gnb.ca/content/dam/gnb/Corporate/pdf/EmergencyUrgence19.pdf Please note they have updated information from their original Emergency Measures info, in particular for those of you who are leasing space please review section 19 as it pertains to you and rent, they have added a section related to commercial tenants.
Can your business be open during the COVID-19 Crisis?
Do your business members have questions about being open and how some businesses can operate. If you have any questions the Government of NB has set up a Business Navigator phone line at 1-833-799-7966 and an email firstname.lastname@example.org , if you have any specific questions you can contact them and they will provide you an answer or get you the answer.
Emergency Care Benefit and Canada Emergency Response Benefit
Individuals who have had their employment impacted by the COVID-19 crisis, including the self-employed, are eligible for the new Emergency Response Benefit, which will pay out $2000 per month for four months. An online portal to apply is planned to open on 6 April 2020 and payments are meant to be received 10 days after applying.
Temporary Wage Subsidy for Employers (TWSE)
Federal Emergency Legislation
The federal government passed emergency legislation required to implement to $52B relief package announced on 18 March 2020. The legislation gives Finance Minister Bill Morneau additional spending powers, along with two oversight committees and regular reports to parliament.
Businesses Looking for ROE’s
If your members are looking for ROE’s they can set up an online https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development.html
Payroll and COVID-19
WorkSafeNB is deferring premiums for businesses for three months.
Provincial Restrictions for Travellers
announced restrictions for all travelers who are arriving from outside the
province, including interprovincial/territorial and international travel.
People entering New Brunswick will have to follow self-isolation procedures for 14 days and then comply with the province’s State of Emergency order (now updated to reflect the additional
restrictions). Unnecessary travel into New Brunswick is
prohibited. The full press release can be found here.
Workers who are essential to the movement of goods and people are exempt from this restriction. This exemption applies to:
- -Healthy workers in the trade and transportation sector who are important for the movement of goods and people across the border, such as truck drivers and crew on any plane, train or marine vessel crossing the border.
- -Healthy people who must cross the border to go to work, including health care providers and critical infrastructure workers.
- -New Brunswick residents who cross the provincial border daily to attend work.
- Residents of Campobello Island who must cross the border to access essential goods or services
Part of the government’s efforts will include border checks at four points of entry to the province. For those who work or move goods across our borders will be required to produce identification, contact information and intended destinations, which are being collected and tracked for all travellers, including those travelling through New Brunswick to another province. Regular travellers for a commercial purpose may receive a card on their next crossing, which will get them access to an ‘express lane’ for future trips. The additional State of Emergency orders are sections 14 and 15 of the declaration.
Advocating for Property Tax Deferment
Please be aware there is work being done to advocate to the province for a deferral of property tax payments. This request has been forwarded to the province. Additionally, the Fredericton, Moncton and Saint John chamber is advocating to the provincial government to extend the deadline to appeal property tax assessments beyond 1 April 2020.
Navigating Food Operations during COVID-19
Restaurant Canada is a great link to learn more information on this topic.
Online Business Status Listing by area in NB
Huddle open for business tool is offering online business listings in different areas of NB to share business status, this is no charge.
AGM’s and Online Meetings vs. In person
Many BIA’s are wondering what to do about their AGM’s, since their current by-laws only allow for in person AGM’s. With the COVID-19 situation, DNB has received confirmation that based on the restrictions on gatherings it is appropriate for a BOD to make a motion to postpone their AGM to a later date in 2020, and make their members aware of the postponement. Once restrictions on gathering are lifted they can then hold their meeting.
If a BIA wants to consider an online video conference AGM, they can consider getting a Court Order for a not-for-profit to hold its annual meeting using electronic means. We encourage your BIA to contact a lawyer to handle this for your organization.