Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Pandemic Information and Resources

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, DHBC is following the directives of public health organizations, in particular: Nova Scotia Health Authority, Health Canada, and the World Health Organization, and is asking businesses in Downtown Halifax to do the same.

PLEASE SEE CURRENT PROVINCIAL RESTRICTIONS HERE (Phase 3 of reopening plan now in effect. See "Provincial Updates and Resources" below.)

Federal Updates and Resources

Canada Economic and Fiscal Update 2021
Innovation Canada 
Canada's COVID-19 Economic Response Plan
Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS)
Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS)
Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB)
Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB)
Canada Small Business Financing Program 

Black Entrepreneurship Loan Fund 
CCOHS Health and Safety Resources 
Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety 
Government of Canada toll-free information line: 1-833-784-4397

Provincial Updates and Resources

  • Phase 3 of the Province's reopening plan took effect on March 21.
    • No province-wide gathering limits, social distancing or mask restrictions. Some restrictions may remain in high-risk settings like healthcare and continuing care.
  • *UPDATED* Paid Sick Leave Program - Nova Scotians impacted by COVID-19 between 20 December 2021 and 7 May 2022 may qualify for up to four paid sick days. 

Nova Scotia Health Authority 
Watch Provincial Government live webcasts
COVID-19 Employers Guide 
Small Business Loan Guarantee Program 
Small Business Real Property Tax Rebate (SBRPTR)
Mental health, well-being and support 
Nova Scotia Workplace PPE Supplier Directory
Nova Scotia Business Navigators 
NSBI Funding Search Tool 
NSBI Virtual Workshops and Training 

Additional Resources

Halifax Regional Municipality
World Health Organization 
Restaurant Association of Nova Scotia Contact Tracing App for dine-in restaurants and licenced establishments
Restaurant COVID-19 Rapid Recovery Guide for Nova Scotia Reopening Resource for Foodservice Operators
Nova Scotia Business Labour Economic Coalition (Halifax Chamber of Commerce)
The Post Promise (training, education, and declaration)
Canadian Business Resilience Network (Canadian Chamber of Commerce)
View Halifax Partnership's COVID-19 Economic Response and Recovery Plan 

DHBC  has created physical distancing graphics for members to use. Members are welcome to download, print and install them throughout their business as needed:

Downtown Halifax Physical Distance Signs - BLUE
Downtown Halifax Physical Distance Signs - GREEN


Last updated on March 21, 2022