CCSBE’s mission is to (remove one of the “to”s)  provide a collaborative marketplace for the exchange of ideas, research and best practices among academics, practitioners and policy influencers for the benefit of Canadian small business and entrepreneurship.

We have taken steps to update our operational plan for our CCSBE 2020 conference in light of COVID-19 with the support of our members, sponsors, and community partners. We have continued to monitor the situation and in the interest of everyone’s safety and health, have made a decision to host the CCSBE 2020 conference virtually. We will be in touch with everyone on the registration details, speakers, and logistics in the coming weeks.

CCSBE remains committed to supporting small businesses across the country during this challenging time. We are sharing (below) a list of resources and support programs related to COVID-19 accessible to small businesses.

WEKH: covid-19-resources-for-women-entrepreneurs

Small Business Loan Guarantee Program: Covid-19 Response Stream – Now Open

Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance For Small Businesses

Canada’s Covid-19 Economic Response Plan: Support For Canadians And Businesses – Canada.Ca

Canadian Chamber Supports Government Measures · Canadian Chamber Of Commerce Covid19

Government of Canada: Support for Businesses

Federal – Canada Emergency Response Benefit

Federal – Canada Emergency Business Account

Federal – Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS)


CEBA: Beginning Friday, June 19, sole proprietors and businesses without payroll will be eligible to apply for this interest-free loan of up to $40,000 through 232 participating financial institutions across Canada. To access a CEBA FAQ, click here.

CERB: June 17:  The Canada Emergency Response Benefit has been extended 8 weeks, an increase from 16 to 24 weeks. CERB is available to workers who: stopped working due to COVID-19, are eligible for Employment Insurance regular or sickness benefits, or have exhausted their Employment Insurance regular benefits or Employment Insurance fishing benefits between December 29, 2019 and October 3, 2020. For eligibility info and to apply:

Innovation Academy: A fun event/virtual camp for young entrepreneurs will be running in July. They will have an incredible line up of youth entrepreneurs, futurists and innovators to talk about how we can all create impact and innovation in this new world.  If you have youth or students that need to see it please send to them >

Applications for Cohort 6 of the Lazaridis ScaleUp program are now open: Lazaridis ScaleUp is a national, no fees, no equity accelerator designed to help the highest-potential Canadian scale-ups increase their growth rate and become global category leaders. Participants learn from industry experts in multi-day, hands-on workshops and training sessions covering leadership, product, people, finance, sales, marketing and global growth. 10 companies are selected each year from across Canada.  We don’t charge fees or take equity from participating.Details are found on our website here: Please consider forwarding this link to any of your companies who are looking to scale globally. We target companies who have an established product-market fit, $1M in revenue and teams with at least 5 people. Contact if you have more questions.

MITACS IS BOOSTING ITS FUNDING FOR SMEs until July 1,  to 75% of a project’s cost from the 50% they typically fund. Mitacs funds R&D and innovation projects from $15K to millions and they provide you with access to expertise.  If you are looking for assistance in bringing your ideas to market, take a look