The Lennox & Addington Economic Development Team is available to provide support to local businesses during this very challenging time. Business Coaches are here to help through phone, email, and video conferencing on any questions you may have with regards to financial support, staffing or diversifying.

We can assist you to navigate through the announcements made by government and provide more information as it comes up, even with it changing so rapidly. We are here to help you succeed, under any circumstance. You are not alone and we are available to help at any time.  

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Updated on April 5

Applications Are Now Being Accepted for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit

Please apply on the day assigned to your month of birth:

Monday: January, February, March
Tuesday: April, May, June
Wednesday: July, August, September
Thursday: October, November, December
Friday / Saturday / Sunday: Anyone Can Apply


The Province of Ontario announced a new Essential Business list, effective 11:59pm, April 4th.

Essential Business List Update

To find a summary of the relief programs announced by the Government of Canada visit:

Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan

Support for people facing unemployment:

Information on the Canada Emergency Response Benefit ($2,000 per month)

Apply for Employment Insurance


How to avoid layoffs:

Learn about the Canadian Emergency Wage Subsidy (75%)

Access to capital for business:

The Canada Emergency Business Account is a $40,000 interest free loan.  Please speak to your bank or go to their website for enrollment information. For further information see: Canada Emergency Business Account 


Information on the Loan Guarantee for Small and Medium Sized Enterprises?

Flexibility on taxes:

More time to pay Income Taxes

Deferral of Sales Tax Remittance and Duty Payments

Support for farmers:

Increasing Credit Available


Guide to Operating your Essential Farm Business during COVID-19

Operating Your Essential Farm Business

Information About Ontario's Action Plan:

Supporting People and Jobs

Support for Business to Improve Cash Flow

Where can I find the list of essential businesses allowed to remain open in Ontario

Will Hydro One be reducing rates my Hydro Rates?

Other Resources:

Where can I find resources for agriculture?

Where can I find information on Farm Credit Canada programs?

Where can I find information on WSIB to support health and safety?

What other organizations can I receive information from?

Canadian Chamber of Commerce

Canadian Federation of Independent Business

Export Development Canada

KFL&A Public Health

Ontario Federation of Agriculture

How You Can Help

Ontario Together calls for suppliers and solutions – Ontario is welcoming help help from businesses and organizations who can:

Supply emergency products like ventilators, swabs and masks

Submit innovative solutions for specific scenarios

Submit a proposal for ideas, other products or services to help Ontarians