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Canada's Regional Development Agencies: Support for businesses during COVID-19

From: Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

We are taking action

The Government of Canada is taking action to support businesses and workers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Canada's regional development agencies (RDA) are the front line for economic development in Canada and help to address key economic challenges by providing regionally tailored programs, services, knowledge and expertise.

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Canada Community Revitalization Fund

Status: Open

The Canada Community Revitalization Fund (CCRF) is a two-year, $500 million national infrastructure program to revitalize communities across Canada. Not-for-profit organizations, municipalities and other public institutions, and Indigenous communities can apply for funding for projects that aim to:

Tourism Relief Fund

Status: Open

The Tourism Relief Fund is a $500M national program that will help position Canada as a destination of choice when domestic and international travel is once again deemed safe by:

Jobs and Growth Fund

Status: Open

The Jobs and Growth Fund provides financial support to businesses and organizations so that they are able to create jobs and position local economies for long-term growth.

The Jobs and Growth Fund helps job creators and the organizations that support them by:

Major Festivals and Events Support Initiative

Status: Open

The Major Festivals and Events Support Initiative (MFESI) is a two-year, $200-million national fund to help major Canadian festivals survive and adapt to the pandemic. To be eligible for funding under the MFESI, organizations must demonstrate an annual revenue exceeding $10 million.

Aerospace Regional Recovery Initiative

Status: Open

The Aerospace Regional Recovery Initiative (ARRI) is a national program that will provide $250 million over three years to help the Canadian aerospace sector emerge from the pandemic and continue to compete on the global stage.

Businesses operating in the aerospace industry, and the organizations that support them through supply chains, are eligible to apply for funding for projects that will:

Regional Air Transportation Initiative

Status: Open

The Regional Air Transportation Initiative (RATI) will provide $206 million to eligible regional businesses and airports that directly contribute to regional air transportation. RATI is designed to help ensure that regional air connectivity and services, which are critical to economic growth, are maintained and regional routes are re‑connected across the country.

The fund is being delivered by Canada's 7 regional development agencies (RDA).

Canadian Seafood Stabilization Fund

Status: Open

The Canadian Seafood Stabilization Fund, a $62.5 million fund delivered directly through the:

It will help businesses access short-term financing to:

Northern Business Relief Fund

Status: Closed

Northern Business Relief Fund provides eligible territorial SMEs affected by the economic disruptions due to COVID-19 with short-term relief for operational costs. This non-repayable grants range from $2,500 to a maximum of $100,000. The funding will cover a maximum period of four months, retroactive to April 1, 2020. This fund is delivered directly through the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency.

Contact your regional development agencies

If you are a tourism operator or small or medium-sized business or organization that has received RDA funding and COVID-19 is affecting your operations, you are encouraged to contact your local RDA office at the number below. Your local RDA office can review your situation and provide guidance.

Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA)
For businesses located in New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island
1-800-561-7862

Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions (CED)
For businesses located Quebec
1-800-561-0633

Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario)
For businesses located in Southern Ontario
1-866-593-5505

Federal Economic Development Agency for Northern Ontario (FedNor)
For businesses located in Northern Ontario
1-877-333-6673

Prairies Economic Development Canada (PrairiesCan)
For businesses located in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba
1-888-338-9378

Pacific Economic Development Canada (PacifiCan)
For businesses located in British Columbia
1-604-666-6256

Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor)
For businesses located in the Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon
1-855-897-2667


The Government of Canada has introduced a number of other support measures. For more information on additional government support available to your business and workers, please visit Managing your business during COVID-19.

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