This has been an emotionally and financially challenging time for many of us. Women in Biz Network mentors and members have been doing what they can to share helpful information and resources on our webinars, mentor circles and across our social media channels. We thank you for sharing your wisdom and suggestions during these unique and long days. We are coming together to do what we can to boost morale and make a difference.

Here is a list of top Canadian resources in response to COVID-19:


When we feel a global impact like the one from novel coronavirus (COVID-19), we need to be prepared to adapt and keep every aspect of your business safe—from pivoting immediately to formulating long-term strategies for success. Above all, the people driving your businesses are priority.

BDO teams across the country are proactively engaged and rapidly monitoring new developments, providing guidance and support to clients wherever they need it, and responding accordingly.

BDC offers resources to support you in workforce and economic impact strategies, crisis and risk management, regulatory impairments and deadlines, tax implications, and financial recovery.

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Health Canada

These resources include handouts, videos, travel restrictions and the latest health advice directly from the Canadian government. They are available in multiple languages.

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Mental Health Commission of Canada

Given the ever-changing events around the COVID-19 pandemic, we are all experiencing varying degrees of a normal reaction to an abnormal event.

While we are not a mental health services provider, and we regrettably cannot respond to requests from individuals or clinicians, we can offer curated, evidence-based information that you can trust.

In times of high anxiety and stress, it’s more important than ever to safeguard your mental wellness. That includes stemming the tide of non-essential information and paring down your news consumption.

At the Mental Health Commission of Canada, our commitment is to share credible information and resources about maintaining mental health during this time of crisis, and supporting people managing a mental illness in this new context.

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Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan

The Government of Canada is taking immediate, significant and decisive action to help Canadians facing hardship as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.

On March 18, 2020, the Prime Minister announced a new set of economic measures to help stabilize the economy during this challenging period. These measures, delivered as part of the Government of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan, will provide up to $27 billion in direct support to Canadian workers and businesses.

TIP: CERB is now available for contractors and self-employed making $1,000 or less each month (and made at least $5,000 last year).

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Government help for business owners during Covid-19: a summary

Tax Tip:

File your income tax and benefit return electronically before June 1, 2020 to make sure your benefits and credits are not interrupted.

Register for direct deposit on CRA’s My Account for the quickest and most reliable way to get benefit and credit payments.

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COVID-19 and violence against women (World Health Organization)

This document brings attention to the different ways in which the COVID-19 pandemic and measures to address it, such as staying at home, may exacerbate the risk of domestic violence against women. It highlights the importance of ensuring that support and medical care services for women and children affected by such violence are maintained and what health providers/services can do, including through identifying and offering referral options. It provides recommendations on what measures governments, health providers, community members and others can take to mitigate such violence and its impacts. It also provides tips for coping with stress at home and actions women who are experiencing violence or their family members can take.

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Parenting in the time of COVID-19 (World Health Organization)

To help parents interact constructively with their children during this time of confinement, these six one-page tips for parents cover planning one-on-one time, staying positive, creating a daily routine, avoiding bad behaviour, managing stress, and talking about COVID-19. Use them to your and your kids’ advantage, and have fun in doing so.

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Canadian Federation for Independent Business (CFIB)

Everything you need to know to navigate the crisis

During the  COVID-19 crisis, our primary concern at CFIB is making sure you have the support you need to get through this uncertain and challenging time. We will provide you with expert advice and ensure that you have all of the latest information on government announcements and available support. We are also surveying our members on a weekly basis to ensure that we are pushing government to provide help in the areas business owners need it most.

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Imagine Canada

KEEPING YOUR NONPROFIT ON TRACK: Nonprofit organizations across Canada and around the world are rapidly adapting to the coronavirus. The situation is evolving by the hour with a dramatically increasing impact on individuals, organizations, governments and the economy. During this time it is important that we work together as a sector, sharing resources and advice, and keeping spirits up during this time of isolation. As the situation evolves we will share new resources and updates on our social media channels and on this page.

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Coronavirus Legal Resource Center (for individuals/families)

The Coronavirus pandemic has raised several legal questions and concerns. Getting sound legal advice and support at a time like this can go a long way in reducing your stress and protecting your rights. LegalShield lawyers have been working around the clock to provide 4.4 million people and businesses the guidance they need. We are committed to remaining open and available throughout the pandemic to provide legal support.

Learn more about how to protect yourself and your legal rights during these uncertain times.

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The COVID-19 outbreak is an urgent challenge to public health in cities and communities across Canada. FCM is committed to supporting member municipalities with information and resources to help keep Canadians safe.

Priority #1 for municipalities is to follow the advice of provincial/territorial and local public health authorities. FCM is maintaining close contact with the Public Health Agency of Canada and key federal departments and agencies. And we’re working with senior federal officials to explore how the federal government can support local response efforts.

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Mental health and COVID-19 Resources for health care workers

As the COVID-19 pandemic evolves, health care workers continue to rise above the call of duty. As the demands of this situation increase, more than ever we are urgently reminded that mental health is health.

CAMH is providing access to mental health and addiction supports for health care workers who might be impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. These supports will include access to resources, psychotherapy and psychiatric services.

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Restaurants Canada

The health and safety of everyone we serve are always mission-critical for the restaurant industry. This is just as true now as it was before the emergence of COVID-19.

Restaurants Canada is closely monitoring developments related to COVID-19 to ensure that our industry has all necessary information associated with this evolving public health situation.

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Calling all suppliers – Help Canada combat Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

In support of the Government of Canada’s whole-of-government response to Coronavirus disease (COVID-19), they are asking suppliers about their ability to provide products and services.

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