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COVID-19: how we’re fighting for better federal relief

Since the beginning of the pandemic, CFIB has pushed all levels of government for economic relief measures.

We have heard from small business owners describing how difficult this time has been, and we’ve made significant progress to alleviate your troubles. Here you'll find some of what we have successfully pushed the federal government to do, as well as what we are still asking to help businesses make it through the crisis.


Most recent update:

On November 24, the government proposed Bill C-2 to Parliament to try to legislate the changes below regarding its COVID support programs:

  1. Reduction of CEWS and CERS to support the tourism & hospitality industries, businesses who were hardest-hit, and those in lockdown due to public health orders.
  2. Extension of the CRHP
  3. Reduction of the CRB to support only those whose work is interrupted by public health orders.
  4. Extension of the CRSB and CRCB

See our chart to learn what you need to know about the changes to the COVID support programs.

As more details are available, we’ll update our website with the most accurate, recent information. 



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 from the provincial governments. Visit our COVID-19 Small Business Help Center to learn more. 

More resources

Watch our COVID-19 webinars

We host frequent COVID-19 webinars aimed at helping your business cope with the ongoing pandemic. We also partner with other organizations to cover a variety of topics useful to you.


Join the fight for more relief

We know your business needs more help from government if it's going to survive the COVID-19 pandemic. Sign our petition to join CFIB and business owners across Canada in the fight for greater relief.


How are Canada's businesses doing?

We're regularly surveying our members on the impact of COVID-19 on their business—and using the data to put more pressure on governments for greater relief measures.