COVID-19 Resources, Altitude Accelerator

As we all take measures to be socially responsible and adhere to public health authority guidelines, the Altitude Accelerator has transitioned to remote delivery of programs and services. Although in-person meetings cannot take place, we remain committed to providing support for our existing clients and welcome new ventures to work with us. Below you will find a collection of resources relevant for entrepreneurs and small businesses to help them whether this time of uncertainty.


Calls for COVID-19 Innovation

Call to action: Canadian manufacturers needed to help combat COVID-19 –  directly supports businesses to rapidly scale up production or re-tool their manufacturing lines to develop products made in Canada that will help in the fight against COVID-19.

COVID-19 Challenges Procurement Program – Seeking near-to-market solutions that need support from NRC IRAP to refine and sell a solution that meets a COVID-19 related need.

Call for suppliers supporting Canada’s response to COVID-19

Ontario calls for innovative solutions to help fight impacts of COVID-19


Relief for Canadian Businesses

NRC IRAP Innovation Assistance Program (IAP) – $250 million funding to help small to medium sized businesses who have been unable to secure funding under the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy. Deadline to apply: Wednesday, April 29th, 2020 at 11:59 pm EDT. 

Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP)helps Canadian businesses obtain financing during the current period of significant uncertainty. Export Development Canada and Business Development Bank of Canada will provide more than $10 billion in direct lending and other types of financial support.

Tax filing deadline extended to June 1, 2020

Tax payments deferred until August 31, 2020

Work Sharing ProgramTemporary special measures for the downturn in business due to COVID-19

Wage subsidy10% for next 90 says, up to a maximum of $1375 per employee and $25000 per employer.

Employment Insuranceone week waiting period waived for sickness benefits to provide support for workers in quarantine.

Emergency Care Benefitup to $900 biweekly for up to 15 weeks for self-employed people and others not eligible for EI sickness benefits.


Business Guides & Resources

COVID-19 CollectionMaRS, set of tools and tactics startups can use to prepare, plan, and respond to COVID-19.

How do we adapt to COVID-19?BDO Canada

Managing cash flow during a period of crisisDeloitte

Creating a business continuity planBDC

Creating a crisis communication planHubSpot

Managing the Impact of Global Supply ChainsEDC


Remote Working

How to set up your startup for remote workingBetakit

Guide to all-remote working – GitLab

Office ergonomics to help mind and bodyMyAbilities


COVID-19 Updates

Government of Canada – Public Health

List of Essential Workplaces

City of Brampton

City of Mississauga

City of Toronto

Peel Region