The COVID-19 pandemic has shattered everyday business practices, with new challenges to come as the economy reopens.
Kim Drever, MNP‘s regional tax leader for the Edmonton region, offers some practical advice for small business owners.
Immediate Cash Flow
Drever points out the sheer number of government programs can make accessing help an overwhelming task.
“There’s something like 300 different programs that have been announced from coast to coast to coast.”
“These programs are quite a beast to navigate your way through.”
She advises beginning with an immediate need.
“Right away, businesses should be thinking about their cash flow. Do they have enough cash flow to make it through the pandemic?”
Employee wages make up a large portion of expenses for many businesses. Drever says there are government programs to help.
“A lot of these programs have been created to ensure that businesses can continue to be tied to their employees and to protect jobs in Canada.
Reopening the economy ushers in a new set of challenges for business owners, including the unexpected.
“As we go into the recovery, there’s going to be additional costs that businesses haven’t had before.”
Drever says that will require planning, from costing out how to maintain employee safety to anticipating new customer volume.
“So, when we are able to open, we’re going to have reduced amounts of clientele and we’re going to have additional costs for the safety of our people. So those costs are things that we are going to have to plan for.”
Know your options
While the options may seem overwhelming, Drever lists off just some of the programs businesses may be eligible for.
“The Canada emergency business account is a $40,000 interest-free loan. Up to 25 per cent of it can be forgiven. And that’s to help businesses with their non-deferrable operating costs.
“There’s also programs through the Business Development Bank of Canada. There are programs through the EDC…”
“We have the 75 per cent Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy. That program is helping business that has had a decline in revenue.”View link »