COVID-19 Resources

In response to COVID-19 we have compiled a list of resources for startups. Please check back here and sign up for our newsletter for updates. 

University of Toronto Resources

Message from the University regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

  • See the latest updates from U of T, including U of T’s response, FAQs, news, and more.

CDL Recovery

  • CDL Recovery will apply CDL’s objectives-based mentorship model to rapidly transform scientific innovations into products and services that address the public health (e.g., diagnostic tests, vaccines, remote treatments, telemedicine) and economic recovery (e.g. virtual work, retraining, remote operation, automation, food supply) challenges that are emerging in the current crisis.

Market research in the time of COVID-19 (U of T Libraries)

  • The COVID-19 coronavirus has had a widespread global economic impact. You may be wondering how your company, industry, and market may be impacted — and how the market research you are reading may need to be updated. This page details the updates we have collected from market research vendors available to you via U of T Libraries.

Government Resources

COVID-19 funding opportunities

  • Innovative Solutions Canada has dedicated funding to help combat current and future outbreaks of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and other similar threats. Our program will help support the Government of Canada’s fight against COVID-19 by funding R&D and testing prototypes in real-life settings that can help protect Canadians. 

Ontario Together: help fight Coronavirus

  • The Ontario government welcomes help from businesses and organizations who can supply emergency products and innovative solutions to support our response to COVID-19. 

Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan

  • The Government of Canada is taking immediate, significant and decisive action to help Canadians facing hardship as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Business Credit Availability Program

  • On March 13, 2020, the Government announced the establishment of a Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP) to help Canadian businesses obtain financing during the current period of significant uncertainty. The BCAP will support access to financing for Canadian businesses in all sectors and regions.

Resources for Canadian businesses: COVID-19

  • Small and medium-sized businesses are the backbone of the Canadian economy. During this extraordinary time, the Government of Canada is taking strong action to help Canadian businesses as COVID-19 is affecting them, their employees and their families.

Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (FedDev)

  • The Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF) provides financial contributions (interest-free loans) to help support fixed operating costs of SMEs, where business revenues have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Fund, valued at more than $962 million nationally, is delivered by Canada’s six regional development agencies.

The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy

  • To help businesses keep and return workers to their payroll through the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, proposed the new Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy. This would provide a 75 per cent wage subsidy to eligible employers for up to 12 weeks, retroactive to March 15, 2020.

Temporary Wage Subsidy for Employers

  • The Temporary Wage Subsidy for Employers is a three-month measure that will allow eligible employers to reduce the amount of payroll deductions required to be remitted to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).

Call to Action: Canadian manufacturers needed to help combat COVID-19

  • If you are a Canadian manufacturer or business that can assist Canada in meeting the need for medical supplies, your help is needed.

How to cope with the impacts of COVID-19 on your business

  • Join BDC experts as they share short-term economic perspectives and advice on how to manage through the crisis.

Funding Resources

BDC: Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP)

  • Here are options for accessing credit as well as additional resources to support you through to a more stable time.

BDC Capital Bridge Financing Program

  • BDC Capital, BDC’s investment arm, has launched the BDC Capital Bridge Financing Program where we may match, with a convertible note, a current financing round being raised through qualified existing and/or new investors made into eligible Canadian start-ups.

Hockeystick: List of Active Funders in Canada

  • This is a list of the active funders in Canada today. You can be notified of new funders or get more in-depth data by signing up (100% free for startups).

NGen: COVID-19 Project Guide

  • NGen will invest $50 million in Supercluster funding to support companies as they rapidly respond to the COVID-19 pandemic by building a Canadian supply of essential equipment, products, and therapeutics.

OCE: COVID-19 Collaboration Platform

  • During this unprecedented and fast-changing global situation, one thing is clear: we are all in this together. Now is the time for Ontario innovators to come together as we respond to support this collective effort, both locally and globally.

Other Resources

City of Toronto: COVID-18 Business Resources

  • A collection of business resources such as digital support, retail sector support, and webinar. Also included, the BusinessTO Support Centre provides one-on-one virtual support to help businesses complete applications for Government of Canada COVID-19 funding programs and get general business advice.

Endeavor: Entrepreneur Resource Center

  • As a global community, Endeavor is working closely across our 37 markets to continue to support Endeavor Entrepreneurs through these unprecedented times. You’ll find the Endeavor network’s crisis management resources here.

League of Innovators: A Living Library of Resources for Canadian Startups

  • Here at LOI, we are committed to supporting our community of entrepreneurs to the best of our ability. We have put together a toolkit of resources to help navigate through the uncertainty.

MaRS: COVID-19 Collection

  • This collection brings together tools and tactics that startups can use to respond to the business impacts of COVID-19.

Prepr: COVID-19 Challenge

  • This global open innovation challenge, is a Call To Action for all communities to collaborate and take action in order to create innovative solutions for the Covid-19 Challenge.

SOSCIP: COVID-19 Response Plan

  • The SOSCIP COVID-19 Response aims to provide rapid access to high-performance computing (HPC) resources on our advanced computing platforms. Through industry-academic partnerships, compute space for collaborators committed to responding to COVID-19 will be fast-tracked, and successful applicants will be rapidly launched onto the compute systems.

Startup Survival Guide to COVID-19

Umbrex: Pandemic Playbook

VCHOURS: One-on-One Support to Startups During Pandemic

  • Through this initiative, founders and members in the Canadian startup community can schedule one-on-one calls with any VCs that have committed to the initiative. During these calls, founders can share their thoughts, challenges, and opportunities, and hear what VCs have learned from working with their own portfolio companies over the last few weeks. Read the full story in Betakit

Vector Institute: COVID-19 Updates

  • Find updates on Vector Institute facilities and operations, public health resources, events, Vector faculty initiatives to fight COVID-19, and COVID-19 AI research tools.