Additional Economic Measures

This page was last updated: May 27, 2020**Disclaimer: We strive to update the information on this page as quickly as possible.


Below is a list of additional measures that the Government recently announced to combat the economic effects of COVID-19.


Support for Indigenous Communities:

  • On March 18, 2020, the Government of Canada announced $305 million for a new distinctions-based Indigenous Community Support Fund.
  • The Federal government also announced $306.8 million to support small and medium-sized Indigenous businesses and Aboriginal Financial Institutions.
  • Funding will allow for short-term, interest-free loans and non repayable contributions through Aboriginal Financial Institutions.


Support for people experiencing homelessness (through Reaching Home):

  • Additional funding for the Reaching Home Initiative, for supplies like additional beds and physical barriers for social distancing, to continue to support people experiencing homelessness.
  • We will update this page as more details become available.
  • This will be effective in April 2020.


Support for women’s shelters and sexual assault centres, including on reserve:

  • Supporting women and children fleeing violence to help shelters with their capacity to manage or prevent an outbreak in their facilities.
  • We will update this page as more details become available.
  • This will be effective in April 2020.


Credit and liquidity support through financial Crown corporations:


Support for Virtual Healthcare:

  • The Federal government recently announced $240 million to develop, expand and launch virtual care and mental health tools.
  • The intention of this funding is to create digital platforms and applications, improve access to virtual mental health supports and expand capacity to deliver health care virtually.


Mental Health Resources for Kids:

  • $7.5 million to support counselling resources available for kids through Kids Help Phone
  • For more information on resources provided through Kids Help Phone, click here.
  • Phone number: 1-800-668-6868


Support for Essential Services to Seniors:

  • The Government of Canada has announced $9 million through United Way Canada for local organizations to support practical services for seniors.
  • These services may include the delivery of groceries, medications, or necessary items, or personal outreach to asses individuals’ needs and connect them to community supports.
  • For more information on services available to seniors through United Way Haldimand-Norfolk, visit or call 519-426-5660.


Support for Food Banks and Local Food Organizations:

  • The Federal government has announced $100 million for food banks and local food organizations.
    • $50 million to Food Banks Canada
    • $20 million divided evenly between Salvation Army, Second Harvest, Community Food Centres Canada, and Breakfast Club of Canada
    • $30 million for local-level organizations who serve people experiencing food insecurity.
  • Funding will be delivered through the Government of Canada’s Local Food Infrastructure Fund.


COVID-19 Emergency Fund for Cultural, Heritage and Sport Organizations:

  • The Federal Government has announced $500 million to establish a COVID-19 Emergency Fund for Cultural, Heritage and Sports Organizations.
  • The intention of this fund is:
    • to maintain jobs and support business continuity for organizations whose cash flow and short-term operational viability have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic; and,
    • to stabilize a sector that is a major driver of the Canadian economy.
  • It will be administered through Canadian Heritage in two phases.
  • Phase 1:
    • Will provide top-up funding for recipients of the following arts and culture programs: Canada Periodical Fund, Canada Book Fund, Canada Music Fund, Canada Arts Training Fund, Canada Arts Presentation Fund, Harbourfront Centre Funding Program, and Building Communities Through Arts & Heritage Program.
    • Will fund certain Sport Support Program and Athlete Assistance Program eligible recipients as well as formula-based top-ups to the bilateral sport agreements with provinces and territories will ensure funding is disbursed rapidly. Emergency funding will also be available to the Aboriginal Sport Circle and the provincial and territorial Aboriginal Sport Bodies. Existing agreements will allow for efficient and accelerated delivery.
  •  Funds will also be distributed by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Canada Media Fund and Telefilm Canada to support their recipients. Measures will be in place to avoid any potential duplication of funding between the Department and these organizations.
  • Phase I also includes support to the April 7, 2020, announcement of the Digital Citizen Initiative’s Digital Citizen Contribution Program to help combat false and misleading COVID-19 information as well as the racism and stigmatization that are often the result.
  • Recipients will be contacted directly by Canadian Heritage for funding.
  •  Phase 2:
    •  The remaining funds will provide temporary support for eligible organizations with heritage collections through the emergency component of the Museums Assistance Program
    • It will also be available for other organizations that aren’t currently receiving funding through Canadian Heritage, the Canada Council for the Arts, Telefilm Canada or the Canada Media Fund
    • More details on how to apply are to come.


This page was last updated: May 27, 2020**Disclaimer: We strive to update the information on this page as quickly as possible.