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COVID-19 Small Business Help Centre

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Navigate the crisis with CFIB 

CFIB is dedicated to supporting you and your business throughout the COVID-19 crisis and the reopening of the economy.

Explore our Small Business Help Centre using the buttons below to find support for your business and learn about how we're pressing government for greater relief measures on your behalf.


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For the most up-to-date information on the three most important financial aid programs, click below:

$40K loan (CEBA)     Rent relief (CERS)     Wage subsidy (CEWS)


For all other programs, see our FAQ.


Frequently Asked Questions


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For example, type “CERS” to learn more about Canada's rent relief program.



Get free expert advice and support

CFIB members get one-on-one advice from our Business Helpline, exclusive access to helpful webinars and weekly email updates and a voice in the support measures we push for from government.

CFIB members: Get in touch today.

Not a CFIB member? We want to make sure we can support you during this crisis. With a free temporary CFIB membership, you can access the same benefits and supports as a CFIB member. 

Get CFIB benefits today


We host weekly 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.

  • CFIB
  • CRA
  • Morneau Shepell
  • Shopify
  • Financing Relief Options
  • eBay and Canada Post

Get updates on government supports and advice on managing your business. You can download the slides shared in this webinar.



Get some answers to your questions about the updated CEWS program. You can download the slides shared in this webinar.



Recognize the impacts of COVID-19 on your mental health and discover resiliency strategies to immediately support yourself and others during this pandemic. You can download the slides shared in this webinar.



Get your business online with options for your customers to buy products and services and specify curbside pickup or delivery. This webinar cannot be viewed on Internet Explorer. Please switch to another browser and enter your email address to view the webinar. You can download the slides shared in this webinar.



Learn about financial relief options for small businesses during COVID-19. You can download the slides shared in this webinar.



Featuring experts from eBay Canada and Canada Post, this webinar combines expertise in selling on a global online marketplace, as well as shipping and logistics, to equip you with the essential information you need to get your business online and fulfill orders. You can download the slides shared in this webinar.


Pandemic Petition: join small businesses fighting 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.

Sign the Petition

Our government pressure is leading to greater relief

We are using our members feedback to push policy makers at all levels of government to provide economic relief measures for small businesses during the COVID-19 crisis. See current relief measures and find out what else we're fighting to get by jurisdiction below.

Learn more about federal government relief measures.

Provincial Municipal
British Columbia
New Brunswick
Newfoundland and Labrador
Nova Scotia
Prince Edward Island
Northwest Territories
Alberta municipalities
Saskatchewan municipalities
Newfoundland and Labrador municipalities



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Free templates for your business

Download customizable posters and letters that let customers know your business is open or closed and communicate important information as the economy reopens, including policies that keep your employees, clients and business safe.

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Surveying small business concerns

We're surveying our members every week on the impact of COVID-19 on their business—and using the data to put additional pressure on governments for greater relief measures. Policy makers are telling us these surveys are invaluable to them as the situation unfolds.

See our survey results

Savings to help your business

Several of our trusted partners, along with other organizations, have stepped up to provide additional discounts and services that give your business some much needed extra support. We've selected the best ones and put them in one place for you.

Learn more

Looking to buy or sell PPE? Join our “PPEs for SMEs” group

According to our member surveys, access to PPE (personal protective equipment) is one of independent business owners’ top concerns as governments start to lift restrictions and reopen the economy. Thanks to members’ feedback, we created a Facebook group to connect business owners buying and selling PPE. Don’t have a Facebook account? You can set one up in less than a minute using any email address or mobile phone number. Alternatively, you can email us at [email protected] for support.

Visit our PPE Marketplace

Some provinces are also making information about accessing PPE available. We’ve compiled links you can use to find more suppliers in your province.

Browse PPE Sellers

Ready to reopen? Our kit can help.

There is still much uncertainty as provinces begin reopening. To guide you through the process, we are providing the answers and tools you need in our Back to Business kit. Each kit contains best practices, answers to frequently asked questions and posters and templates—all customized to your province.

Get your kit

Bring customers back to your business

Encourage consumers to think and shop local by joining the #SmallBusinessEveryDay campaign. The campaign will support you by:

  • Providing you with free, downloadable posters and digital assets that welcome customers back to your business and thank them for shopping local
  • Motivating customers to support local by taking the #SmallBusinessEveryDay challenge and sharing it online—it will get them to explore local businesses and purchase products locally
  • Highlighting more than a dozen shop local campaigns that can drive customers back to your business
Join #SmallBusinessEveryDay

#SmallBusinessEveryDay is brought to you by CFIB and the following partners


CFIB’s releases and statements on COVID-19

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Don’t see the information you need? To talk to an expert, contact us at:

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