COVID-19 Resources for Businesses in Nunavut

Sunday, April 26, 2020

Atuqtuarvik Corporation understands the impact COVID-19 has on Nunavut Businesses. We have been working with our clients to ensure they are continuing to succeed through this pandemic. We have also been monitoring the news for resources that Nunavut businesses can apply for funding through. 

Below is a list of resources that Nunavut Businesses can apply to for funding:


            Federal Funding

Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA)

To qualify, organizations will need to demonstrate they paid between $20,000 to $1.5 million in total payroll in 2019.
The new Canada Emergency Business Account will provide interest-free loans of up to $40,000 to small businesses and not-for-profits, to help cover their operating costs during a period where their revenues have been temporarily reduced.
Up to 25% ($10,000) of loan forgiveness is available in certain conditions.…/departm…/economic-response-plan.html

This can be done through applying directly with your specific financial institution (RBC, CIBC, Scotiabank, etc.).

Canada Economic Response Plan (CERP)

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Canadian Business Resilience Network

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Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS)

As a Canadian employer whose business has been affected by COVID-19, you may be eligible for a subsidy of 75% of employee wages for up to 12 weeks, retroactive from March 15, 2020, to June 6, 2020.

This wage subsidy will enable you to re-hire workers previously laid off as a result of COVID-19, help prevent further job losses, and better position you to resume normal operations following the crisis.


Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor)

The Northern Business Relief Fund (NBRF) provides short term support, in the form of a non-repayable grant, for ongoing operational costs to small- and medium-sized territorial businesses impacted by economic disruptions due to COVID-19.

The Fund will provide eligible territorial SMEs with short-term relief for operational costs in the form of a non-repayable grant ranging from $2,500 to a maximum of $100,000. The funding will cover a maximum period of 4 months, retroactive to April 1, 2020.


The Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF) is a financial support initiative implemented by the six regional development agencies. In the territories, the Fund provides targeted relief and stabilization support in key sectors including, but not limited to, tourism, fisheries, the mining supply chain, local food production and processing, regional innovation ecosystems and community infrastructure, as well as support to Community Futures Networks in Nunavut and Northwest Territories and relevant stakeholders in Yukon.



Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)

If you have stopped working because of COVID-19, the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) may provide you with temporary income support. The CERB provides $500 a week for up to 16 weeks.


Canada Temporary Wage Subsidy (CTWS)

The 10% Temporary Wage Subsidy for Employers is a three-month measure that will allow eligible employers to reduce the amount of payroll deductions required to be remitted to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA)


Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP)

Through the BCAP program, Export Development Canada (EDC) and the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC), are making available $65 billion in direct lending and other types of financial support. Businesses are advised to contact their financial institution to apply.


Deferral of GST/HST Tax Remittances (CRA)

The CRA understands that businesses might be dealing with difficulties in making their GST/HST payments or remittances.

The CRA will allow all businesses to defer, until the end of June 2020, any GST/HST payments or remittances that become owing on or after March 27, 2020, and before June 2020. This means that no interest will apply if your payments or remittances are made by the end of June 2020.


Income Tax Deferal for Corporations

We are allowing all businesses to defer, until after August 31, 2020, the payment of any income tax amounts that become owing on or after March 18 and before September 2020. This relief would apply to tax balances due, as well as instalments, under Part I of the Income Tax Act. No interest or penalties will accumulate on these amounts during this period.


Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Account (CERCA)

The rent relief plan, to be funded jointly with the provinces, will provide nonrepayable loans to commercial property owners to cover 50 per cent of rent payments for April, May and June.
The loans will be forgiven if the property owner agrees to cut the rent by at least 75 per cent for those months and promises not to evict the tenant. The small business tenant must cover the remaining portion of the rent, which would be up to 25 per cent.

                    Territorial Funding

Government of Nunavut

Small businesses in Nunavut can now apply for a one-time grant from the territorial government of up to $5,000.
Small businesses are defined as any business that makes less than $500,000 in gross sales each year, or that has fewer than 10 employees
The grant is also available to Nunavut artists and craft persons and to harvesters who make all or most of their income through hunting or fishing through commercial quotas.”


                 Regional Funding

Kakivak Association/QIA

With support from the Qikiqtani Inuit Association (QIA), Kakivak Association has allocated $1.5 million to create two new temporary COVID-19 programs to help address the needs of the smallest, most vulnerable Inuit- owned businesses in the Qikiqtani Region, and to help ensure that Inuit remain employed.


Kivalliq Inuit Association



COVID-19 Tracker (CBC)

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Last updated: May 21, 2020