COVID-19 Support for Business Owners

Helping business owners

Is your business facing financial challenges due to COVID-19? We’re here to help. We’ve gathered information and resources to help you during uncertain times.

Helping business owners

Is your business facing financial challenges due to COVID-19? We’re here to help. We’ve gathered information and resources to help you during uncertain times.

Get information and answers to your questions

Government Support

What kind of financial support can you get from the federal government? 

The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) offers a 75% wage subsidy to eligible employers. This can help you re-hire your staff or avoid layoffs. Here’s more information on the CEWS.*

The Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) gives financial support to eligible employed and self-employed Canadians directly affected by COVID-19. If you’re eligible, you may receive $2,000 for a 4-week period. Here’s more information on CERB.*

*For updates on changes to these programs, please visit the Government of Canada’s page on the COVID-19 Economic Response Plan.

What kind of financial support can you get from your provincial or territorial government? 

Visit your provincial or territorial government’s website for information on how they’re helping business owners during this pandemic. 

Need more support? Here are some extra resources that may help: 

Reopening your business

How can you start preparing to reopen your business?
When reopening, you must comply with public health requirements to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Keep yourself, your staff and your customers safe by following your province or territory’s relaunch strategy. 

Select your province or territory to see the guidelines for their relaunch or reopening plan: 

What else can you do to prevent and limit the spread of COVID-19 in your workplace?

Follow these tips from the Government of Canada. It includes advice on how employers can promote healthy practices in their workplace.

The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) offers additional advice for retailers on their website.

Health & Wellness

Are you offering your employees the support they need to feel empowered about their health? 

These challenging times may be causing you and your employees additional stress and anxiety. We’re here to help. We have mental-health resources that fit your needs. This includes:

  • how to support your employees during this time,
  • solutions available to employees through their group benefits plan, and
  • virtual care that can help make accessing care easier for employees and their families.

Managing mental health.
Get expert advice on how you can support the mental health of your employees during the COVID-19 pandemic. Plus, our Workplace Mental Health website features important information and resources.

Lumino Health Virtual Care.
With Lumino Health Virtual Care, powered by Dialogue, your employees and their families have 24/7 access to a variety of health-care processionals. This is an optional service you can add to your Extended Health Care benefits. 

Sign in or register for more information.

Your employees can sign in or register for a my Sun Life online account to manage their health benefits.

Your employees can get more information about their benefits with the my Sun Life mobile app.

Help from Sun Life

What does Sun Life have to offer?
At Sun Life, we have a healthy level of capital to meet our financial commitments to Clients.  Here’s how our financial strength is rated as a company and what you can expect from us. 

To help keep our Clients and team members safe and like most businesses, our offices were closed to the public for the past few months. But we’re now re-opening progressively. In the meantime, our advisors and employees have been here and will still be here to offer our expert advice and help you during this challenging time. We’re here to help. 

How can a Sun Life Financial advisor help your business?

Running a business can be financially challenging. But you don’t have to do it all alone. An advisor can help you make good financial decisions during difficult times.

An advisor can also help you put together a business insurance plan that protects you, your employees and your business.

How can life and health insurance help you
Life and health insurance can help you keep your business running and your cash flow consistent. This way, you can remain on track even if you lose a key member of your team. Or, it can help if you suddenly need cash for a buy-sell agreement if a partner dies.

What other services does Sun Life have to offer?
Our estate planning professionals work with your advisor to help you focus on lifetime financial security and make sure you receive all the professional attention you deserve. And, in between, we can help you protect yourself, your family and your employees with life and health insurance.

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