Government of New Brunswick

On March 24, the Government of New Brunswick announced assistance to support New Brunswick businesses. The assistance will support our economy, help keep our workers employed, and enable businesses to continue to operate. The assistance is complimentary to existing federal and partner institution support and is targeted to specifically address impacts associated with COVID-19. The province will continue to monitor economic impacts and respond proactively to the needs our businesses and our employers. What we are doing:

Waiving late penalties on property taxes:

  • Though business property taxes must be paid by May 31, late penalties will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis to see if the penalty can be waived due to undue financial challenges, such as having to close a business due to COVID-19.

Deferring interest and principal payments on existing loans:

  • As an immediate measure, and on a case-by-case basis – the Government of New Brunswick will defer loan and interest repayments for up to six months on existing provincial loans.
  • This support will enable businesses to have immediate relief if they are experiencing difficulties as a result of COVID-19.
  • This assistance is available, on a case-by-case basis, to any business that has a loan with an existing Government of New Brunswick department. The deferral can be requested by contacting the department that issued the loan.

Support for small business

  • To support our small businesses, the Government of New Brunswick will provide working capital to support small businesses. Loans will help companies respond to challenges associated with COVID-19.
  • Loans will be up to $100,000.
  • Opportunities New Brunswick (ONB) will work with a trusted partner to administer the application process.
  • More details will be available on application process in the coming days.

Injecting needed working capital for mid-to-large employers:

  • Opportunities New Brunswick will make available support mid-to-large sized employers.
  • ONB will also provide – upon request – working capital in excess of $100,000 to help large employers manage the impacts of COVID-19 on their operations.
  • Large employers will be able to apply for this assistance directly from Opportunities New Brunswick.

WorkSafeNB has announced assessment premiums related to employer payrolls for March, April and May will be deferred for three months without interest charges.

 

The Government of Canada announced action to help Canadians and businesses facing hardship as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. Support for businesses include temporary wage subsidies to prevent lay-offs, flexibility for tax filings, and increases to credit available to small, medium and large Canadian businesses. More information is online.

To avoid layoffs:

To access credit:

Supporting financial liquidity:

More flexibility

Canada’s regional development agencies, including the Atlantic Opportunities Agency, have also announced support is available for small or medium-sized businesses impacted by the sudden shifts in the economy.  Businesses can contact ACOA at 1-800-561-4030.

WorkSafeNB has announced assessment premiums related to employer payrolls for March, April and May will be deferred for three months without interest charges. More information is available online

Businesses who require support with Business Financing/Liquidity can also reach out Finance Canada at 1-613-369-3710, or email fin.financepublic-financepublique.fin@canada.ca.

Businesses can contact:

  • Export Development Canada general line: 1-800-229-0575.
  • Business Development Bank of Canada general line: 1-877-232-2269; info@bdc.ca.

The available information on financial assistance provided through the Federal Government’s Economic Package can be found here

A business continuity plan outlines procedures and instructions an organization can follow in the event of an emergency. Planning ahead enables you to be proactive and consider how your business will respond.A number of guides are available including:

Today’s business climate allows many companies to be globally connected – this means that current events and issues happening around the world could have a direct impact on operations in Canada.The Government of Canada’s Trade Commissioner Service has a network of over 1,000 experts in 160 cities worldwide who help Canadian businesses trade, grow, and succeed. Trade commissioners can provide you with market-specific insights andguidance to help you mitigate the impacts of COVID-19.LINKS:

Companies and organizations across Canada are working to prepare and support business owners and entrepreneurs to help mitigate risks posed by COVID-19.For additional information and resources, be sure to check out the links below:

Canadian Chamber of Commerce:

Canadian Federation of Independent Business:

The Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC)

The categories of businesses which are required to cease operations are outlined in the Declaration of a State of Emergency and Revised Mandatory Order issued March 25, 2020. These are businesses and organization-types described in the declaration which provide public-facing operations, with defined exceptions.   Businesses required to cease admitting patrons are permitted to sell online, over the phone and arrange delivery or pick-up of purchases.

No. These businesses are not permitted to conduct public-facing operations. However, they are permitted to sell online, over the phone and arrange delivery of pick-up purchases. Automobile dealers are not required to cease their garage/service centre service operations, and online/phone sales and pickup/delivery activities are permitted. Showrooms must close to patrons and the public and test drives must cease.

Exemptions are outlined in the Declaration of a State of Emergency and Mandatory Order issued March 25, 2020. Exemptions include: stores whose goods for sale are predominantly food, medication, fuel, officer equipment and supplies, hardware, construction supplies, or vehicle parts; providers of repair services for vehicles, information technology or telecommunications technology; post offices; financial and lending institutions; providers of animal and fish feed; and corporate and agency stores of Alcohol NB Liquor and Cannabis NB.

These businesses are encouraged to direct as much business as possible to online and phone orders, with pickup and delivery.

Yes. These establishments can remain open. However, they should reduce food and beverage services to take-out and delivery, close pools, spas and saunas, and to apply all the social distancing and hygiene recommendations of the Chief Medical Officer of Health (CMOH).  All owners and managers of all workplaces will reduce to critical functions and will take every reasonable step required to prevent persons who exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 from entering the workplace, in accordance with advice issued by the Chief Medical Officer of Health or WorkSafe New Brunswick.

 

No. Door-to-door soliciting prohibited.

Yes. However, they are expected to reduce in-person sales activities and apply all social distancing and hygiene recommendations of the Chief Medical Officer of Health. All owners and managers of all workplaces will reduce to critical functions and will take every reasonable step required to prevent persons who exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 from entering the workplace, in accordance with advice issued by the Chief Medical Officer of Health or WorkSafe New Brunswick.

Yes. However, they are expected to reduce in-person sales activities and apply all social distancing and hygiene recommendations of the Chief Medical Officer of Health. They are encouraged to drive as much business as possible to online and phone orders, with pickup and delivery. All owners and managers of all workplaces will reduce to critical functions and will take every reasonable step required to prevent persons who exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 from entering the workplace, in accordance with advice issued by the Chief Medical Officer of Health or WorkSafe New Brunswick.

Yes. However, they are expected to reduce in-person sales activities and apply all social distancing and hygiene recommendations of the Chief Medical Officer of Health.  All owners and managers of all workplaces will reduce to critical functions and will take every reasonable step required to prevent persons who exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 from entering the workplace, in accordance with advice issued by the Chief Medical Officer of Health or WorkSafe New Brunswick.

Yes. However, they are expected to apply all social distancing and hygiene recommendations of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, to the extent possible for taxicabs. All owners and managers of all workplaces will reduce to critical functions and will take every reasonable step required to prevent persons who exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 from entering the workplace, in accordance with advice issued by the Chief Medical Officer of Health or WorkSafe New Brunswick.

Yes. However, they are expected to apply all social distancing and hygiene recommendations of the Chief Medical Officer of Health.  All owners and managers of all workplaces will reduce to critical functions and will take every reasonable step required to prevent persons who exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 from entering the workplace, in accordance with advice issued by the Chief Medical Officer of Health or WorkSafe New Brunswick.

Yes. However, they are expected to apply all social distancing and hygiene recommendations of the Chief Medical Officer of Health.  All owners and managers of all workplaces will reduce to critical functions and will take every reasonable step required to prevent persons who exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 from entering the workplace, in accordance with advice issued by the Chief Medical Officer of Health or WorkSafe New Brunswick.

Yes. However, they are expected to reduce in-person sales activities and apply all social distancing and hygiene recommendations of the Chief Medical Officer of Health. They are encouraged to drive as much business as possible to online and phone orders, with pickup and delivery. All owners and managers of all workplaces will reduce to critical functions and will take every reasonable step required to prevent persons who exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 from entering the workplace, in accordance with advice issued by the Chief Medical Officer of Health or WorkSafe New Brunswick.

Yes. However, they are expected to reduce in-person sales activities and apply all social distancing and hygiene recommendations of the Chief Medical Officer of Health.  All owners and managers of all workplaces will reduce to critical functions and will take every reasonable step required to prevent persons who exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 from entering the workplace, in accordance with advice issued by the Chief Medical Officer of Health or WorkSafe New Brunswick.

Yes.  However, they are expected to reduce in-person sales activities and apply all social distancing and hygiene recommendations of the Chief Medical Officer of Health. All owners and managers of all workplaces will reduce to critical functions and will take every reasonable step required to prevent persons who exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 from entering the workplace, in accordance with advice issued by the Chief Medical Officer of Health or WorkSafe New Brunswick.

Yes. However, they are expected to reduce in-person sales activities and apply all social distancing and hygiene recommendations of the Chief Medical Officer of Health. All owners and managers of all workplaces will reduce to critical functions and will take every reasonable step required to prevent persons who exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 from entering the workplace, in accordance with advice issued by the Chief Medical Officer of Health or WorkSafe New Brunswick.

Yes. However, they are expected to reduce in-person sales activities and apply all social distancing and hygiene recommendations of the Chief Medical Officer of Health. All owners and managers of all workplaces will reduce to critical functions and will take every reasonable step required to prevent persons who exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 from entering the workplace, in accordance with advice issued by the Chief Medical Officer of Health or WorkSafe New Brunswick.

Yes. However, they are expected to reduce in-person sales activities and apply all social distancing and hygiene recommendations of the Chief Medical Officer of Health. All owners and managers of all workplaces will reduce to critical functions and will take every reasonable step required to prevent persons who exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 from entering the workplace, in accordance with advice issued by the Chief Medical Officer of Health or WorkSafe New Brunswick.

To the extent that any farmer’s market is offering groceries and take-out meals, they are free to continue if they apply social distancing and other requirements of the Chief Medical Officer of Health. Vendors who are not offering these items are required to cease operations.  

Sectors within the Department of Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries are food production, which is an essential service and therefore not required to cease operation under the State of Emergency Order. Employees of this essential sector as well as businesses that support the food supply chain would be exempt from interprovincial border restrictions to ensure services are maintained and critical supplies can continue to move across provincial boundaries as necessary. All businesses are expected to reduce in-person sales activities and apply all social distancing and hygiene recommendations of the Chief Medical Officer of Health. All owners and managers of all workplaces will reduce to critical functions and will take every reasonable step required to prevent persons who exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 from entering the workplace, in accordance with advice issued by the Chief Medical Officer of Health or WorkSafe New Brunswick.

 

 

Information about employment insurance, labour programs for federally-regulated workplaces, work sharing programs, etc. are available online

No, COVID-19 is an unforeseen event and therefore employers would not be expected to provide notice.

Details on Employment Insurance as it relates to Coronavirus are available here.

You will find the information on how business owners will be supported here.

To help reduce the spread of communicable diseases and viruses including COVID-19, workplaces should have an infection prevention and control plan, which may include:

  • Encouraging employees to NOT go to work if they are feeling unwell (e.g., coughing, sneezing, fever, runny nose, etc.).
  • Reviewing sick-leave policies to encourage employees to stay home when ill to reduce transmission to other coworkers and clients.
  • Providing clean handwashing facilities and alcohol-based hand sanitizers in multiple locations throughout the building (e.g., entrances, boardrooms, break rooms, etc.).
  • Using social distancing techniques to conduct as much business as possible, including telephone/video conferencing as well as allowing employees to work from home or work flexible hours to avoid peak public transportation times or crowding in the workplace.

LINKS:

Workers have the right to refuse to work under certain circumstances.  For guidance on any issues related to refusal to work, please contact WorkSafeNB at 1-800-999-9775 or visit Right to Refuse During Pandemics

 

Where the requirement of 14 days self-isolation for workers has been exempted by the Chief Medical Officer of Health, these exemptions continue, including those granted before the issuing of the March 19 Order. (For example, this exemption includes truckers moving product between Canada and the US, where they are following CMOH guidelines to reduce risk while traveling.) There is no exemption for people who choose to travel to and from the US to shop.

An exemption to the request to self-isolate for 14 days should be provided to workers who are essential to the movement of goods and people. For example, this exemption would apply 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;
  • and New Brunswick residents who cross the US border daily to attend work.

TO NOTE:

  1. Workers in these sectors should practice social distancing (maintain a distance of 2 metres from others), closely self-monitor, and self-isolate should they exhibit any symptoms and immediately call Tele-care 8-1-1 for advice. 
  2. Workers who need to travel to work in the United States, should travel directly to their place of employment and then back to their home in New Brunswick. It is recommended that employers in these sectors conduct active daily monitoring of their staff for COVID-19 symptoms (i.e. checking for cough, fever, or shortness of breath).
  3. Workers are advised to avoid older people and those with a weakened immune system or underlying medical condition(s) who are at a higher risk of developing severe disease.

New Brunswick’s Chief Medical Officer of Health has provided guidance to community organizations and event planners about mass gatherings. 

A business continuity plan outlines procedures and instructions an organization can follow in the event of an emergency. Planning ahead enables you to be proactive and consider how your business will respond.A number of guides are available including:

Information on hiring a temporary foreign worker is available on the federal government's website.

The fact sheet Cleaning and Disinfecting for COVID-19 provides instructions for preparing the highest concentration of disinfectant recommended. If there is confirmation that someone tested positive, then you should clean any known or suspected contact surfaces using this same concentration. Please keep in mind that it is important to clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces regularly regardless of whether you know someone tested positive for COVD-19.

Open doors and windows to improve air circulation. Cleaning crews should wear gloves and wash their hands immediately after removing the protective gear.