COVID-19 Resources

The impact of COVID-19 around the world has been unprecedented, and with its arrival here at home, our main priority continues to be the health and wellness of our employees, clients and community.  Our hope is that we are able to take the necessary precautions and focus on staying healthy and safe at this time.

The Truro and Colchester Partnership for Economic Prosperity focuses on connecting people from any industry or sector to the supports and resources they need to succeed.  We know that right now, this is more important than ever to our business community.

The below resources, guides, links, and tools contain helpful information to help our local business community as we navigate these challenging times together. If you have any questions, please email us at

Manufacturers and Service Providers needed

If you are a Canadian manufacturer or business that can assist Canada in meeting the need for medical supplies, your help is needed. If you can say yes to the following, the Government of Canada wants to hear from you:

  • You can manufacture in Canada and/or have ready access to necessary inputs through your supply chain;

  • You have equipment or facilities that can be rapidly re-tooled to meet medical needs, including for personal protective equipment such as gloves, masks and surgical gowns, sanitizers, wipes, ventilators and other medical equipment and supplies; and

  • You have skilled workers who are able to respond and who could be available for work in the current circumstances

Please send a short summary of your office to

The Government of Canada is also looking for businesses that can supply products and services in support of Canada’s response to COVID-19. Can you provide any of the products or services listed below?


  • Disposable N95 masks

  • Disposable surgical masks

  • Nitrile gloves

  • Vinyl gloves

  • Gowns

  • Bottles of hand sanitizer

  • Other prevention products


  • Guard / security services

  • Nursing services

  • Food services

  • Laundry services

  • Accommodation maintenance services

  • Personal services

  • IT support services

  • Other services

If so, please complete the submission form here:


Financial Support

Export Development Canada

Export Development Canada can help Canadian exporters access capital. With a suite of financial and insurance solutions, get expert insights and trade information.


Business Development Bank of Canada

BDC offers flexible and tailored solutions to help you with the right financing and advice for your business. They support entrepreneurs impacted by the coronavirus COVID-19.


Preparing Your Business
It’s important for Truro Colchester businesses to have contingency plans in place to manage potential risk. The following guides and resources have been developed to help businesses prepare.

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce has created a guide to help businesses prepare for, and manage through, a potential COVID-19 escalation in Canada.


The Business Development Bank of Canada has created a toolkit of templates to help businesses minimize the risk that an emergency poses to operations and bottom line.


The Canadian Federation of Independent Businesses has compiled a list of frequently asked questions to help small business owners prepare for a potential crisis.


The World Health Organization has created a guide to getting your workplace ready for COVID-19 with tips on preventing the spread and managing risks when organizing meetings and events.


The Government of Canada has compiled a number of helpful resources to help Canadian businesses at this time.


Supporting Employees

The Government of Canada has announced a COVID-19 Response Fund to support employers and workers. The one-week waiting period for Employment Insurance sickness benefits have been waived and new enhancements to the Work-Sharing Program have been introduced. Click here for more information.


Stay Informed

As business leaders, it’s our collective responsibility to continue to monitor developments around COVID-19. We encourage you to scan the following official sources to keep up to date.



The Truro & Colchester Chamber of Commerce has been providing Facebook live sessions with information for local businesses. You do not have to be a Chamber member to access the information. You can access their Facebook live videos here: You can also reach the chamber via email  or call 902-895-6328 and leave a message. They are also updating online content regularly online at

Locally, the Truro & Colchester Partnership for Economic Prosperity has been supporting businesses who would like one-on-one guidance to plan for the next 3 – 6 months of revenue losses. This includes guidance on navigating the available funding resources, preparing appropriately for forecasting cash flow impact(s) to your business and brainstorming on alternative revenue streams during the Covid-19 crisis.

We recognize that this is a time of great uncertainty for many in our community, particularly within our small business sector. Please feel free to reach out if you would like to speak with our Business Development Officer or any TCPEP staff regarding any of the above supports:

Brennan Gillis
Cell: 902-890-3120

Matthew Berrigan
Regional Manager - Connector Program
Cell: (902) 449-1273

Jason Steele                                                        Business Development Officer             

Cell: 902-890-5095                                  


Lindsey Van Kroonenburg
Community & Business Liaison              
Cell: 902-305-2058

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