Resources for Businesses during COVID-19

Covid-19 has interrupted your daily work-flow in ways no one could imagine a short time ago.  Just like us, you are continuing to run your business and it’s our pleasure to be here to lend you a hand. The staff at PIJAC Canada has been compiling a list of resources for business owners to help answer some important questions that may come up.  What follows is a list to assist your navigation of employment issues.  Additions to the list will be made as new resources become available.  As you are our eyes and ears of the industry, we welcome you to also send us what you find.

Our thanks go out to the CFIB for their tireless work in making sure the independent businesses of Canada have what they need to move forward.  Remember, PIJAC Canada members who are Canadian based and independently owned automatically have a membership with the CFIB and can access all their resources anytime. We are happier than ever to be able to offer this invaluable resource to you.

Stay healthy, stay safe and thank you for all that you are doing to keep Canada’s pets cared for. 

PIJAC Canada Resources
List of Provinces who have declared pet stores and related pet businesses as essential.
Suggested Practices for Retail during COVID-19


Government of Canada – Emergency Response Benefit Act
Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan: Support for Canadians and Businesses
How the federal government is supporting small business (Summary of support options provided by CFIB)

Government of Canada – Link for Employers/Canadian Businesses
Government of Canada- COVID-19 Resources for Canadian businesses
Government of Canada- Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) – Employment and Social Development Canada

CFIB (Canadian Federation of Independent Business)
COVID-19 Small Business Help Centre

Coronavirus and small business: keeping you and your employees safe (WEBINAR)
The emergence of COVID-19, also known as coronavirus, is understandably a big concern with impacts on all areas of life. It is important for small business owners to be prepared for a potential crisis. Here we answer the questions we are hearing most frequently from our members about how to handle this situation.

  • If my employees are laid off, can they work while receiving EI?
  • My employee is quarantined, will they be eligible for EI?
  • What is the work sharing program and how can I apply?
  • Laying off employees: how to complete and code the record of employment
  • Direct Labour subsidies
  • Tax filing
  • Emergency Care Benefit


OIE -(World Association for Animal Health)
What do we know about COVID-19 virus and companion animals?