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Newfoundland and Labrador municipalities during COVID-19: what are they doing to support you?

Just like the federal and provincial governments, municipal governments also have a crucial role to play in helping your business survive the COVID-19 pandemic. Municipalities can—and should—put in place relief measures to support you, your employees and your business.

CFIB is fighting for support for your business from all levels of government. Our recommendations are directly based on feedback gathered from our members via regular surveys. Here’s what we’re telling municipal governments in Newfoundland and Labrador they can do to help—and here’s what they’ve done so far.

Newfoundland and Labrador-specific recommendations for municipalities

We are asking municipalities in Newfoundland and Labrador to:

  1. Provide commercial property owners with a property tax holiday for a minimum of three months, or at least waive all interest and penalties for unpaid property tax bills for a minimum of three months.
  2. Waive all interest and penalties for unpaid water and utility billing for a minimum period of 90 days.

Which municipalities have put in place relief measures already?

Here’s what municipalities across Newfoundland and Labrador have done so far to help small business. 

Bay Bulls

Deferral of commercial property and business tax payments until June 30, 2020. No interest will be charged during this time.

Conception Bay South

Deferral of commercial property and business tax payments until June 30, 2020. No interest will be charge during this time.

Corner Brook

No interest will be charged on commercial property and business taxes until April 31, 2020. There will be a two-month business tax holiday for certain business classes. More information here.

Gander

Deferral of commercial property and business tax payments until June 30, 2020. No interest will be charged during this time.

Grand Falls-Windsor

Deferral of commercial and business tax payments until August 31, 2020. No interest will be charged during this time.

Marystown

Deferral of property and business tax payments until June 30, 2020. No interest will be charged during this time.

Mount Pearl

Deferral of commercial, business and water tax payments until September 30, 2020. No interest will be charged during this time.

Paradise

Deferral of commercial property and business tax payments until June 30, 2020. No interest will be charged during this time.

Portugal Cove-St. Philip’s

Deferral of commercial and business tax payments until September 30, 2020. No interest will be charged during this time.

St. John’s

No interest being charged on commercial property and water tax until August 31, 2020.

Torbay

Deferral of commercial property and business tax payments until June 30, 2020. No interest will be charged during this time.

FAQ on COVID-19

We’re dedicated to supporting your business through this difficult time by compiling answers to the most common COVID-19 questions and keeping you up to date on the latest relief measures both the federal government and the Newfoundland and Labrador government. Visit our Small Business Help Center to learn more.