COVID-19: Economic Relief Measures Announced to Date

Help for small and medium-sized businesses

  • The Government of Québec has created the program Aide d’urgence aux petites et moyennes entreprises. This program, which will be administered by the Regional County Municipality (also known as ‘’RCM’’), is in fact financial assistance of up to $50,000 and is intended to offset the cash shortfall that some small and medium-sized companies are facing in these times of uncertainty. To be eligible, a company must, among other things, be able to demonstrate that it has had to cease its activities or is about to cease its activities because of COVID-19 and has been in business for at least a year. In addition, the company, regardless of its field of activity and legal status (cooperative, NPO), must not be currently in legal proceedings under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act or the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act.
  • For more information, please see the Government of Québec’s website (in French only). [263]

Relief measures for individuals

Support for families

  • In order to ensure the development of the educational childcare services network, the Government of Québec is accelerating and supporting the creation of 80 places, including 20 infants, by providing a grant of up to $1,205,000 to the La Rose des Vents childcare center for its new facility in Mirabel.
  • For more information, please see the Government of Québec’s news release[264] of June 4, 2020.
  • The Government of Québec announced that the Fédération québécoise des organismes communautaires Famille (FQOCF) will receive up to $280,000 in financial assistance to support, in partnership with LigneParents, families affected by the current pandemic crisis.
  • For more information, please see the Government of Québec’s news release[265] of June 1, 2020.

Support for tenants and landlords

  • Tenants that have difficulty paying their May and/or June rent could be eligible for an interest-free loan of up to $1,500 provided by the Société d’habitation du Québec.
  • The Société d’habitation du Québec also offers financial support for temporary accommodation for individuals whose plans to move into their main residence (property or dwelling) have been delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The individuals that are eligible will receive up to $2,000 per month for a maximum of two months to cover the costs of temporary accommodation, and up to $1,000 for expenses related to moving, transportation, and storage of their movable property.
  • For more information, please see the Société d’habitation du Québec’s website.[266]

Work from home expenses

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