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COVID-19 Information for TCII Clients

The Provincial Government is committed to openness and transparency during these difficult and uncertain times. The health and safety of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians is of the utmost importance.

The Department of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation will continue to provide regular updates to our clients and the public regarding any disruptions or delays to programs and services.

The Provincial Government will continue to monitor and where necessary implement protocols required to contain the virus. For the most up-to-date information related to confirmed cases of COVID-19, please visit www.gov.nl.ca/covid-19.

For anyone that may have questions about general government services, please call 1-833-771-0696 from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday – Friday or email: covid19info@gov.nl.ca anytime.   

Information for clients of the Department of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation:  

as of APRIL 3, 2020

Payment Requests Previously Submitted by Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation Clients: 

  • The Department of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation is reviewing any payment requests submitted by clients for existing approved projects. Best efforts are being made to ensure claims are processed with minimal delays.
Projects Under Review (when to expect decisions):
  • Although normal operating procedures are impacted, the Department of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation continues to review commercial and non-commercial funding proposals submitted by clients. If you have any questions, please contact your Economic Development Officer.

Costs Incurred for Cancelled or Impacted Events and Travel: 

  • For previously approved projects that involved planned travel or events that have been cancelled or negatively impacted due to the COVID 19 pandemic, the Department of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation will reimburse costs incurred where clients can demonstrate refunds are unable to be obtained.

Organizations and businesses negatively impacted may be unable to meet project commitments outlined in existing contracts: 

The Department of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation will assess each situation and work with clients to find solutions. This may include amendments such as a project date extension. Please email your Economic Development Officer to discuss options. 

Business Investment Fund Loan Payments from existing business clients:  

  • The Department of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation has implemented a three month deferral of loan payments for all clients with business loans under the Innovation and Business Investment Corporation’s Business Investment Fund. Payments scheduled to be processed in April, May and June of 2020 will be deferred.

Submitting New Program/Funding Applications to the Department of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation: 

  • The Department of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation continues to accept new applications for all programs; however, please be advised that decision times may be impacted due to reduced operations.  

Cell Service Call for Proposals (2nd round deadline extension): 

  • The deadline for the second call for proposals to expand cellular service in Newfoundland and Labrador has been extended to June 30, 2020.

  • In February, the Provincial Government issued a call for proposals for a cost-shared cellular service pilot initiative, contributing up to a maximum of 25 per cent of project costs towards cellular coverage infrastructure upgrades. The remaining 75 per cent is to be provided by the service provider, in partnership with, municipalities, private ventures, co-operatives, social enterprises and/or regional government partnerships.

  • The first round of funding saw the Provincial Government contribute nearly $1.5 million to ten cost-shared agreements, leveraging over $4.4 million from partners.

  • Questions and inquiries on the cellular service pilot initiative can be directed to Hayward Keats (709-729-0677, tcii@gov.nl.ca).

 

Culture/Heritage/Culture Economic Development Program: 

Final Payment to Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation Clients: 

  • The Culture Division is in the process of releasing all 2019-20 year-end final payments for operational funding and approved projects to our arts and heritage organizations. Best efforts are being made to ensure claims are processed with minimal delays.

  • Organizations will not be required to reimburse funding for programming that was cancelled or delayed due to COVID-19. 

  • Clients are expected to respect the contractual obligations they have made to pay artists and other workers and suppliers.

CEDP 2020 Funding - Arts  

Operational Support: 

  • All sector organizations and associations in receipt of CEDP support for the 2019-20 fiscal year can expect to receive the same funding for the 2020-21 fiscal year. Best efforts are being made to ensure payments are processed with minimal delays.

  • If you have any questions, please contact: libbycreelman@gov.nl.ca

Festivals and Events:

  • Groups operating festivals and events are asked to contact CEDP officer: libbycreelman@gov.nl.ca to discuss the 2020-21 application process.

Project Funding: 

  • Applications will be accepted in the 2020-21 fiscal year; however, you must contact: libbycreelman@gov.nl.ca, before submitting.

Publisher’s Assistance Program

  • Successful applicants to the program in 2019-20 are asked to contact: libbycreelman@gov.nl.ca to discuss the 2020-21 process.

Cultural Events Fund

  • New applications to the Cultural Events Fund for the 2020-21 fiscal year can be emailed to: melaniemartin@gov.nl.ca. We cannot guarantee timely receipt of faxed applications at this time.

CEDP 2020 Funding - Heritage 

Operational Support:

  • All sector organizations, community museums, archives, and heritage societies in receipt of CEDP support for the 2019-20 fiscal year can expect to receive the same funding for the 2020-21 fiscal year. Best efforts are being made to ensure payments are processed with minimal delays.

  • If you have any questions, please contact: kristinaturner@gov.nl.ca

Project Funding: 

  • Indigenous Cultural Heritage Program
  • Special Projects (professional development and training, and research)
  • Applications will be accepted in the 2020-21 fiscal year; however, you must contact: kristinaturner@gov.nl.ca before submitting.

  • The deadline for the Indigenous Cultural Heritage Program has been extended to June 20, 2020.

Submitting New Applications to CEDP:  

  • The Department of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation continues to accept new applications for all programs; however, please be advised that decision times may be impacted due to reduced operations.

General TCII FAQs:

1.    I submitted work to the Arts and Letters Awards Program. Will there be a gala this year? When will awards be announced?

  • The 2020 Arts and Letters Awards Gala has been cancelled. All 2020 winners have been notified, and will be publically announced via news release. Works received will not be displayed publically at The Rooms this year.

2.    Will the BMO Winterset Award Gala take place at Government House this year? 

  • The award gala will not take place this year. The 2019 winner was announced on March 26.

3.    I need to speak with my local economic development officer regarding my business. How can I reach them? 

  • All regional offices for the Department of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation are closed to walk-in services. Services are available via email. For more information and/or any questions, please contact your local representative via email. If you are a new client, please email tcii@gov.nl.ca.

4.    The Provincial Government is currently operating at a reduced capacity and there may be delays in service delivery. What programs/services supported by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation are affected? 

  • Marble Mountain Ski Resort is closed for the 2020 ski season.

The following are temporarily closed or suspended:

  • Arts and Culture Centres
  • Airport Visitor Information Centres
  • The Rooms
  • Provincial Parks
  • Pippy Park Commission
Federal Supports FAQs:

1.    I am not available for EI Benefits, what supports are available to me?

The Canada Emergency Response Benefit will provide support to self-employed individuals, including contract workers, who are not eligible for EI. It will provide a taxable benefit of $2,000 a month for up to 4 months to:

  • workers who must stop working due to COVID19 and do not have access to paid leave or other income support.
  • workers who are sick, quarantined, or taking care of someone who is sick with COVID-19.
  • working parents who must stay home without pay to care for children that are sick or need additional care because of school and daycare closures.
  • workers who still have their employment but are not being paid because there is currently not sufficient work and their employer has asked them not to come to work.
  • wage earners and self-employed individuals, including contract workers, who would not otherwise be eligible for Employment Insurance.

The Canada Emergency Response Benefit will be accessible through a secure web portal starting in early April. Applicants will have the option of using an automated telephone line or toll-free number to apply. 

For more specific details of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic supports of Canadians and Business, please visit: https://bit.ly/2yjzH2y  

2.    My income has been disrupted due to self-isolation or because I must care for other family members, children at home or others who are sick. What financial support is available for me?

The Canada Emergency Response Benefit will provide temporary income support for workers and parents without paid sick leave (or similar workplace accommodation) who are sick quarantined or have to stay home to care for children.

For those eligible to apply for EI, the mandatory one-week waiting period for sickness benefits has been waived, as well as the requirement for a medical certificate.

Through the Canada Emergency Response Benefit, those who are ineligible for EI and don’t have access to paid sick leave will be able to receive up to $2,000/month, for four (4) months.

These funds will be available in early April through an online system, and funds will be dispersed through direct deposit. No medical documentation will be required.

The program will launch online on April 6.

For more specific details of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic supports of Canadians and Business, please visit: https://bit.ly/2yjzH2y  

3.    I am an organization or business that cannot afford to keep my employees on payroll. What options are available to me during this time?

To support businesses that are facing revenue losses, including non-profit organizations and charities, employers are eligible to receive up to 75 per cent wage subsidy for qualifying businesses, for up to three (3) months, retroactive to March 15, 2020. For more information, visit: https://bit.ly/2JxoeyM

For more specific details of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic supports of Canadians and Business, please visit: https://bit.ly/2yjzH2y  

4.    How to I access the Canada Emergency Response Benefit announced by the Federal Government? 

  • Application for the Canada Emergency Care Benefit will be available in April 2020. It will require Canadians to attest that they meet the eligibility requirements. They will need to re-attest every two weeks to reconfirm their eligibility. Canadians will select one of three channels to apply for the Benefit:
  • by accessing it on their CRA MyAccount secure portal;
  • by accessing it from their secure My Service Canada Account; or
  • by calling a toll free number equipped with an automated application process.
  • For more specific details of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic supports of Canadians and Business, please visit: https://bit.ly/2yjzH2y

5.    What is the Federal Government doing to support businesses in Newfoundland and Labrador?

  • Extending the Work-Sharing program

Extension of the maximum duration of the Work-Sharing program from 38 weeks to 76 weeks. The Work-Sharing program is offered to workers who agree to reduce their normal working hours because of developments beyond the control of their employers.

  • Providing small business with wage subsidies

Up to 75 per cent wage subsidy for qualifying businesses, for up to 3 months, retroactive to March 15, 2020. This will help businesses to keep and return workers to the payroll.

  • Establishing a Business Credit Availability Program

The Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP) will provide $65 billion of additional support through the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) and Export Development Canada (EDC).

BDC and EDC are working with private sector lenders to coordinate on credit solutions for individual businesses, including in sectors such as oil and gas, air transportation, exportation and tourism.

The program includes:

Canada Emergency Business Account:

The new Canada Emergency Business Account will provide interest-free loans of up to $40,000 to small businesses and not-for-profits, to help cover their operating costs during a period where their revenues have been temporarily reduced.

To qualify, these organizations will need to demonstrate they paid between $50,000 to $1 million in total payroll in 2019.

Loan Guarantee for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises:

EDC is working with financial institutions to issue new operating credit and cash flow term loans of up to $6.25 million to SMEs.

Co-Lending Program for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises:

BDC is working with financial institutions to co-lend term loans to SMEs for their operational cash flow requirements.

Eligible businesses may obtain incremental credit amounts of up to $6.25 million through the program.

These programs will roll out in the three weeks after March 27, and interested businesses should work with their current financial institutions.

  • Insured Mortgage Purchase Program

The Government of Canada launched an Insured Mortgage Purchase Program, in which Government, will purchase up to $150 billion of insured mortgage pools through the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation.

This action will provide long-term stable funding to banks and mortgage lenders, help facilitate continued lending to Canadian consumers and businesses, and add liquidity to Canada’s mortgage market.

  • Bank of Canada actions

The Bank of Canada is acting in several ways to support the economy and financial system and stands ready to take any and all actions that it can to protect the well-being of Canadians during this difficult time.

The Bank has responded by lowering interest rates, intervening to support key financial markets and providing liquidity support for financial institutions.

  • More time to pay income taxes

The Government of Canada is allowing all businesses to defer, until August 31, 2020, the payment of any income tax amounts that become owing on or after March 18 and before September 2020. This relief would apply to tax balances due, as well as instalments, under Part I of the Income Tax Act.

No interest or penalties will accumulate on these amounts during this period. 

  • Deferral of Sales Tax Remittance and Customs Duty Payments

The Government of Canada will allow businesses, including self-employed individuals, to defer until June 30, 2020 payments of the Goods and Services Tax / Harmonized Sales Tax (GST/HST), as well as customs duties owing on their imports.

The deferral will apply to GST/HST remittances for the February, March and April 2020 reporting periods for monthly filers; the January 1, 2020 through March 31, 2020 reporting period for quarterly filers; and for annual filers, the amounts collected and owing for their previous fiscal year and instalments of GST/HST in respect of the filer’s current fiscal year.

For GST and customs duty payments for imported goods, deferral will include amounts owing for March, April and May.

These amounts were normally due to be submitted to the Canada Revenue Agency and the Canada Border Services Agency as early as the end of this month.

For more specific details of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic supports of Canadians and Business, please visit: https://bit.ly/2yjzH2y  

Other supports for individuals announced by the Federal Government, include:

  • A one-time special GST credit payment in early May 2020 will provide close to $400 for single individuals and $600 for couples eligible to benefit from this measure.
  • For those with children, the Canada Child Benefit (CCB) payment amount will increase for the 2019-20 benefit year by $300 per child as part of the May payment.
  • The tax deadline for 2019 has been moved to June 1, 2020. Canadians who have filed their taxes already, and owe money, will not have to pay until September 1, 2020.
  • The six largest financial institutions will work with customers to provide flexible solutions on mortgage and credit payments on case by case basis.

For more specific details of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic supports of Canadians and Business, please visit: https://bit.ly/2yjzH2y.

 

 

 

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