Startup Canada COVID-19 Response

How we are helping Canada’s 3.5 Million entrepreneurs

COVID-19 has had a profound impact on Canada’s 3.5 million entrepreneurs. Supporting our network of entrepreneurs has never been more important. We have been actively seeking input from Canada’s entrepreneurs and are responding to their needs.

Despite the challenges of COVID-19, the Startup Canada team is committed to serving Canadian businesses. We understand the current circumstances are incredibly challenging, and the following steps have been taken to directly address the ever-changing needs of Canada ‘s entrepreneurs.

  • We will strive to share all relevant COVID-19 updates and how they pertain to the start up community on social media  and via our COVID-19 Alert newsletter (details coming soon).
  • Our digital programs will continue to run, while ensuring we have a special focus relating to COVID-19. We urge you to take advantage of these programs as opportunities to connect with and learn from entrepreneurs across Canada.
  • In addition to our existing suite of digital programs, we are implementing a new townhall series focusing on the impacts and effects of COVID -19 in communities across the country. These Entrepreneur Town Halls will connect local communities with their MPs via a digital event where they can share insights and knowledge regarding the changing landscape.
  • We have created a COVID-19 Impact on Canadian Entrepreneurs Survey that we are encouraging all entrepreneurs to complete  so we can continue to gauge the most pressing needs and concerns in the ecosystem and consult with the highest level of government to ensure your voices are heard
  • Updated resource library for entrepreneurs to consult: We are building an ongoing collection of COVID-19 resources for entrepreneurs here. If you are unable to view the Google Sheet, or you have additional resources to contribute, please email hello@startupcan.ca.

Resources to help navigate during COVID-19

  • The Government of Canada has released a COVID-19 Economic Response Plan to support Canadians and businesses.
  • BDC is providing resources for entrepreneurs through the current circumstances, here
  • EDC has a campaign page for everything COVID-19, an FAQ page that is being updated regularly, and an on-demand webinar on managing global supply chains under the current circumstances. You can call this toll-free number 1-800-229-0575 with any questions relating to exporting as the pandemic and its effects evolve.
  • We are building an ongoing collection of COVID-19 resources for entrepreneurs here. If you are unable to view the Google Sheet, or you have additional resources to contribute, please email hello@startupcan.ca.
  • Consult the Canadian Chamber of Commerce’s pandemic preparedness guide to help prepare you business in the days and weeks to come.
  • Ongoing collection of COVID-19 resources

    Ongoing collection of COVID-19 resources

    We update this document on a daily basis to give you the leading resources to help your business

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  • Sharing Honest Perspectives

    Sharing Honest Perspectives

    Sharing honest perspectives directly from entrepreneurs from across the country during these challenging times

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  • Webinar Series

    Webinar Series

    Connect with your local MPs via a digital event where they will share insights and knowledge regarding the changing landscape.

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