COVID-19 Support Assistance Tool

As a Canadian business owner affected by Covid-19, there is a tool to help you find the financial aid from the Government of Canada that you may be eligible for.

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Support for Businesses

The Nova Scotia Government announced additional support for Nova Scotia businesses hit hard by the pandemic and facing province-wide restrictions as a result of a third wave.

Three programs – one new program and two previously announced –aim to help small business owners such as restaurants, spas, hotels, gyms and hair salons. Businesses will be supported through rebates, with an immediate infusion of cash to hire staff, pay down debt or order supplies.

Fees for businesses will also be deferred to help owners and operators during this period.

Starting May 4, applications are open for the Tourism Accommodations Real Property Tax Rebate Program Part 2, announced in March. This program provides qualified operators with a 50 per cent rebate on the first six months of commercial property tax paid in 2021-22.

Operators who received payments under the first Tourism Accommodations Real Property Tax Rebate Program will be automatically eligible as long as they are still the owners of the property.

Applications will open the week of May 10 for the Small Business Real Property Tax Rebate Program, which was also announced in March. Eligible businesses can receive a one-time rebate of a portion of their paid property taxes. They can choose a rebate of $1,000 or 50 per cent of the commercial real property taxes paid for the final six months of the 2020-21 tax year.

The new Small Impact Business Grant Part 3 opens for applications this week to provide grants of up to $5,000 for Nova Scotia businesses directly affected by the April 2021 restrictions.

Eligible businesses will receive a one-time grant of 15 per cent of their sales revenue for the month of April 2019 or February 2020, up to a maximum of $5,000.

For businesses established after March 15, 2020, the grant amount will be calculated as 15 per cent of the sales revenue for any month from April 2020 to March 2021. The applicant can choose the month.

For more detailed information on all of the programs, visit

COVID - 19 Immunization Plan Update

The province’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout is on track, as it expands to include initial pharmacy clinics and community health-care providers.
Four pharmacy prototype clinics will launch in the following communities this month:

-- March 9: Halifax Regional Municipality and Shelburne
-- March 16: Port Hawkesbury
-- March 23: Springhill

These prototypes will help inform any changes in how vaccine is delivered through pharmacies before expanding to other locations in April. Those eligible to receive the vaccine through one of these initial clinics will receive an invitation to participate from their pharmacy.

Nova Scotia’s COVID-19 immunization plan is also expanding to include anyone who works in a hospital and may come into contact with patients and community health-care providers who provide direct patient care, including those who work in home care, dentistry and pharmacy.

Four of the 10 community-based vaccination clinics opened for booking in Halifax, Sydney, Truro and New Minas on March 1. These clinics will start immunizing on March 8.
Three more community COVID-19 vaccination clinics in Antigonish, Halifax and Yarmouth will also start booking on March 8 for clinics running March 15.

Provincial COVID-19 Update - December 11, 2020

Nova Scotia public school students will have an extended holiday break out of an abundance of caution. The last day of classes will be Dec. 18 and classes resume Jan. 11.

School-based staff will be returning to schools on Jan. 4 for five days of professional learning. Principals, teachers, support staff, specialists and early childhood educators will be in school learning in areas such as inclusive education, social emotional learning and technology.

Also, The province is renewing the state of emergency to protect the health and safety of Nova Scotians and ensure safety measures and other important actions can continue. The order will take effect at noon Sunday, Dec. 13 and extend to noon Sunday, Dec. 27, unless government terminates or extends it.

Changes to Self Isolation Regulations - November 9, 2020

As November 9, 2020, self-isolation guidelines have changed in Nova Scotia.

If you enter Nova Scotia from outside of Atlantic Canada for non-essential purposes, you must self-isolate alone (or with those you have travelled with) for 14-days. Non-essential travel means travel not related to an essential job (like rotational workers or specialized workers) or compassionate exceptions like attending a family member’s funeral.

If your only option is to stay with someone else, that means everyone living in that household must self-isolate. Self-isolation means staying at home and avoiding contact with other people to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

During the 14-day self-isolation you and others in the home cannot go to work, school, the grocery store, or go for a walk. Everyone must stay on their property for the full 14-day self-isolation period.

This change does not impact those who are exempt from the self-isolation requirement under the Order, granted an exception from the self-isolation requirement, or have a modified self-isolation including rotational workers, specialized workers, or anyone granted a compassionate exception.

Emergency Support for Arts and Culture Organizations

This program provides immediate funding to arts and cultural organizations in Nova Scotia that have been affected by COVID-19. The funding helps them stay in operation so they can maintain or restart activity under current public health guidelines. The application deadline is 7 December 2020.


To apply for Emergency Support for Arts and Culture Organizations, your organization must be either:

  • a current Culture and Heritage Development or Arts Nova Scotia operating client
  • a registered not-for-profit cultural or arts organization that has received project funding from the Culture and Heritage Development Division or Arts Nova Scotia in the past 3 years (2017-2020)

You can apply for up to $75,000.

Financial assistance will be considered for plans that:

  • maintain the organization’s operations
  • adapt spaces to meet public health guidelines
  • generate activity under current public health guidelines

The amount of funding will be based on the organization’s annual budget and its plan for recovering from the effects of COVID-19, as well as the program’s available budget.

Eligible expenses

Funding from this program is to cover operational cash flow up to 31 March 2021.

The program doesn’t cover:

  • debts from before the COVID-19 pandemic
  • non-recoverable losses because of COVID-19
  • operating costs beyond 31 March 2021
  • building or capital expenses

How to apply

Complete the application form (PDF 486 kB) and required supporting documents.
Submit your application by email by 7 December 2020.

Before you start

When you apply, you need to include:

  • a proposal explaining how you’ll use the funding, and how you’ll follow and adapt to public health guidelines
  • a balance sheet showing assets, liabilities and equity as of 2 November 2020
  • an income statement signed by an authorized representative
  • projected cash flow for the period ending 31 March 2021


Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage


Susan Jeffries:

Briony Carros:

Stacey Oxner: