Reopening Cape Breton

Nova Scotia’s reopening plan takes a phased approach to safely easing restrictions. The 5-phase plan is based on ongoing progress of provincewide vaccination rates and improvements of public health and healthcare indicators like COVID-19 activity and hospitalizations.

he reopening plan safely eases restrictions over 5 phases as vaccination targets are reached and case numbers and hospitalizations decline. This allows Nova Scotians to safely enjoy summer with public health measures in place while we get most of our population fully vaccinated. Once that happens, we should be able to further ease restrictions and move in to a new normal of living during COVID-19.

Each phase is based on COVID-19 activity, hospitalizations and vaccination rates. Phases are expected to last between 2 to 4 weeks if targets are met in each phase. Testing continues and is monitored throughout all phases.


Virtual Adviser Program

Does your business need help solving a problem as a result of COVID-19?

Get one-on-one support from an experienced business adviser. The free Virtual Adviser Program powered by and supported by the Cape Breton Partnership will match you with a seasoned professional to help you solve a unique challenge your business is facing during this difficult time. The program is available to businesses operating in Cape Breton.


The provincial government has announced that masks will be mandatory in most indoor public places starting July 31. Indoor public places include:

Province of Nova Scotia: Preparing to Reopen Online Portal

Nova Scotia is preparing to reopen the province safely. As more businesses, organizations, services and public spaces reopen, we need to work together to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and help keep everyone safe. The Province of Nova Scotia has developed an online portal to provide information that businesses and individuals can use to prepare as the province moves toward re-opening and easing restrictions.

The online portal includes information for:

  • Businesses and organizations required to close;
  • Businesses and organizations not required to close;
  • Employees;
  • Keeping workplaces safe; and
  • Keeping customers safe.


Support for Businesses

The Government of Canada has several supports available for individuals and businesses. Visit the Government of Canada website to learn more about the supports available to you.


NSBI Business Readiness

Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI) has developed a webpage to provide helpful resources to help businesses in Nova Scotia as they begin to reopen and recover from the impacts of COVID-19. The resources are intended to be used as guides and references as business owners work to protect their employees and their customers.

The webpage includes updated information on federal and provincial funding assistance, business readiness guides, a business call to action, and a list of Nova Scotian companies that are producing PPE.


Workplace COVID-19 Prevention Plan

The Government of Nova Scotia has created a workplace prevention plan to help guide businesses in preparing their own plan.


Social Distancing Best Practices

The Government of Nova Scotia has created a best practices poster for social distancing and guidelines to live by in order to keep safe and healthy while social distancing.

The poster is available in English, French, Mi’kmaw, Arabic, and Chinese.


Communities, Culture and Heritage COVID-19 Stakeholder Guidance

The NS Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage has developed guidelines to provide a framework to help arts, events and culture organizations and businesses develop plans to safely reopen. All businesses, organizations and employees need to follow the Health Protection Act Order and public health directives to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Each organization, event or business is responsible for creating a plan that outlines what they’re doing to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Your plan needs to be customized for your organization. Consider how your organization can effectively control the spread of COVID-19. You may need to change workflows or how you interact with customers, artists, performers, suppliers and clients.
This document is designed to help you create a COVID-19 prevention plan and begin to offer services to the public.

This document includes examples of the types of information you should include but may not capture everything that applies to your situation. You know your venue, event and organization best.


Federal Supports

People Outside Safely Together (POST)

The Government of Canada has partnered with the People Outside Safely Together (POST) Promise program, an initiative launched today by Canadian private-sector organizations to help businesses across the country reopen safely.

The “POST Promise” is a voluntary commitment that business owners and managers can make by following five key public health actions that will help prevent the spread of COVID-19:

  1. Maintaining physical distance
  2. Washing and sanitizing hands
  3. Cleaning and disinfecting regularly
  4. Staying home if unwell and self-monitoring for symptoms
  5. Practicing respiratory etiquette (including wearing a mask when physical distancing is difficult)

By displaying the “POST Promise” logo, participating businesses can reassure customers that they are doing their part to help protect Canadians’ health and safety.


Navigating Federal Supports

The Government of Canada has developed an online tool to help businesses navigate the different federal supports available to businesses.


Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF)

The Government of Canada has announced the $962 million Regional Relief and Recovery Fund to address gaps left by other support measures. The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) and the Atlantic Association of Community Business Development Corporations (CBDCs) are distributing the RRRF in Atlantic Canada, which will include just over $110 million to be allocated in the region:

  • $66.75 million through ACOA to support:
    • Small and medium-sized businesses that provide products and services to other businesses; and
    • Organizations that provide support services to businesses.
  • $43.3 million through the Atlantic Association of CBDCs to support main street businesses such as restaurants and retailers in small, rural and remote communities across the region.

The RRRF is complementary to existing federal programs, you must first apply for other federal support measures such as the Canada Emergency Business Account benefit, the Wage Subsidy benefit and the Commercial Rent assistance for small businesses, among others.


Large Employer Emergency Financing Facility (LEEFF)

The Government of Canada is offering bridge financing for big Canadian businesses across all sectors through the Large Employer Emergency Financing Facility (LEEFF). The following details are available:

  • Will provide support to eligible employers with annual revenues of more than $300 million;
  • Open to large commercial businesses in all sectors, except those in the financial sector, as well as certain not-for-profit businesses like airports that have revenues of $300 million or more a year;
  • Eligible businesses must be looking for financing of $60 million or more, have significant operations or workforce in Canada, and not be involved in ongoing insolvency proceedings. 


Other Supports

Business Recovery & Optimization Program

Has the COVID-19 pandemic hurt your bottom line?

If your business has been underperforming, and you feel as if you’re reacting to effects, rather than addressing underlying causes, the CEED | Recovery and Optimization program is here to help you adapt and reorient your enterprise.

This 6-week program offers four of its sessions during the first 30 days and is followed by individual advisory support. CEED screens all applications to ensure various industries are represented, with each cohort supporting up to six companies.

Upcoming Orientation: August 18, 2021


CCOHS Sector-Specific Tip Sheets

The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health & Safety has developed a variety of free tip sheets as guidance while operating during a pandemic, including the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Each document offers health and safety tips and good practices, for both employers and workers, specific to each industry or sector. Organizations and businesses can adopt this guidance to protect their workers and prevent the spread of infections. The tip sheets cover a range of occupations and industries from construction and trucking to healthcare and daycares.




Tourism HR Canada

Tourism HR Canada has developed the Covid-19 Tourism Workforce Recovery Toolkit, a practical, no-cost, web-based program that includes tools, downloadable content and presentations, all designed to give tourism operators the knowledge resources they need to rebound and succeed. The curated content presented in the COVID-19 Tourism Workforce Recovery Toolkit leverages myriad public-domain academic and business sources. The Toolkit is dynamic and will be updated and amended on a regular basis to reflect new information and market changes.


Reopening Canada’s Economy: A National Guide for Business

As businesses prepare to reopen or revamp their operations amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, there are numerous issues and challenges to consider. The Canadian Chamber of Commerce’s Canadian Business Resilience Network has developed a toolkit designed to provide guidance, or access to guidance, for business owners and senior managers responsible for re-establishing their operations while ensuring the health and safety of operators, staff, customers and the general public is at the forefront.


The Canadian Chamber of Commerce’s Canadian Business Resilience Network has also developed a collection of rules and regulations that are in place according to federal and provincial/territorial jurisdictions. Information includes when and which businesses are allowed to open, an array of health and safety measures, social distancing standards, occupancy limits and more.


Reopening Best Practices for Restaurants

Informed by lessons learned from those operating during the pandemic so far, Restaurants Canada has developed a Reopening Best Practices document to provide information that restaurants and similar establishments can implement to comply with requirements from government in Physical Distancing, Cleaning and Sanitation, and Health & Personal Hygiene.


Event Safety Alliance Reopening Guide

The Event Safety Alliance had developed a Reopening Guide as a collective work by event industry professionals to help its peers who are planning to reopen during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.


TIANS Safety and Prevention Measures

The Tourism Industry Association of Nova Scotia has also developed a Safety and Prevention Measures document to guide businesses in protecting workers, their families, and the community from possible infection and illness.


Hospitality Reopening Guidance

P&G Professional developed a document to provide cleaning and disinfecting information, guidelines, and hygienic practices that may be necessary to reopen a hospitality establishment during COVID-19.


Safe Work Practices in the Nova Scotia Construction Industry

Construction Safety Nova Scotia has developed a tool kit is to provide recommendations and resources to the construction industry for operating safely during the COVID-19 pandemic in accordance with Nova Scotia’s Health Protection Act.