Update from Nova Scotia’s Department of Business

EMPLOYER ASSESSMENT TOOL
We have heard businesses and non-profits need clarity on how they can comply with the Public Health Order.  An on-line tool to quickly help employers determine if they may remain open, in compliance with current workplace safety requirements, has been posted to the provincial coronavirus website.
You can find the assessment tool here: https://covid19-employer-assessment.novascotia.ca/en
 
COVID-19 SMALL BUSINESS RENTAL DEFERRAL GUARANTEE PROGRAM
We’ve listened to businesses and have removed the requirement of tenant businesses to have 5 or more employees to be eligible for the program. The revised guidelines are online and there is no employee minimum to be eligible https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/#support

Rental deferral agreements must be in place by April 1 and you must register your intent with the Department of Business by 5 p.m. on Friday, April 3, by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
 
By April 30, 2020, the landlord must submit an application to the Department of Business which will include an application form and a copy of the deferral agreement. Each landlord will be contacted directly by the Department.
 
We continue to ask landlords and retail and commercial tenants to work together to find a solution that works for both sides. 
 
This is not a stand alone program; the provincial government will be announcing more supports for businesses in the coming days that complement federal programming.  
 
NOVA SCOTIA TENDER NOTICES
Are you a business that can supply products and service in support of Nova Scotia’s response to COVID-19? If so, we want to hear from you. A procurement portal has been developed and includes a list of products and services we’re looking for. For more information, visit https://procurement.novascotia.ca/ns-tenders.aspx
 
FEDERAL SUPPORTS
The federal government announced new measures.  Look here for updates - https://www.canada.ca/en/services/business/maintaingrowimprovebusiness/resources-for-canadian-businesses.html