Information and Resources

Disclaimer: This page is a work in progress and will remain so during the COVID-19 crisis,
Valley REN Staff are committed to keeping each listing as up to date as possible.


There are multiple sources of information relevant to businesses and entrepreneurs as COVID-19 continues to grow and impact the country and our economy. The Valley REN team has compiled a list below of relevant sources that you may wish to review.

In response to COVID, we have created an Economic Recovery Taskforce and related Teams. You can find more information on these teams here. 

Following the completion of our initial survey, results have been compiled and can be found here.

Resiliency and Reopening Resources

Mask Info from the Province of NS: 


How to Wear a Mask - poster (PDF)

Mask Required - sign (PDF)

Preparing to Reopen Nova Scotia 
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. For specific business questions, send a message to

Take the POST promise
The POST Promise signifies a commitment to implement and practice the five key steps to workplace safety, helping to prevent the spread of COVID-19. It’s supported by many of the largest associations in Canada, which represent thousands of businesses. The objective is to have businesses across the country take part in a collective solution to help Canadians confidently and safely take the first steps back into public spaces and the workplace.


Planning for a New Normal: Considerations for Nova Scotia

Community Toolkit for Economic Recovery and Resiliency by Economic Developers Alberta

Reopening Canada’s Economy by Canadian Chamber of Commerce

Essential Guide to COVID-19 Recovery Planning by SimplyCast

Building a Crisis Resilient Workforce by Deloitte

Leading Successfully in Turbulent Times by KPMG

COVID-19 Prevention Guide for Event Organizers, Theatres and Performance Venues


Annapolis Valley Business Reopening Guidance

COVID-19 Tip Sheets (by sector) by Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety

Reopening Businesses in Halifax by Halifax Chamber of Commerce

Safe Work Practices in the Nova Scotia Construction Industry by Construction Safety NS

Restaurants Canada Reopening Guide

COVID Prevention in the Workplace by BDC

Road to Retail Recovery Playbook by Retail Council of Canada

Hospitality Reopening Guide by P&G Professional

NS Tourism Recovery by Tourism NS

Restaurant - Rapid Recovery Guide by RANS

Return to Work Guidelines by Cosmetology Association NS

Guidance for U-Pick Farms

PPE Supplier Directory - Nova Scotia

PPE Portal - Ignite Labs


Work Safe For Life - WCB’s COVID-19 Resource Hub

Halifax Partnership Reopening and Recovery Webpage

Yarmouth and Area Chamber of Commerce COVID-19 Risk Assessment Guide

Deloitte COVID-19 Economic Recovery Dashboard

FAQ For Businesses

We've compiled a list of FAQ for businesses, entrepreneurs and employers. Please click here.

General Information and Updates

The provincial State of Emergency has been extended until September 20th, 2020.

The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety have developed pandemic tip sheets to help employers protect their workers and prevent the spread of COVID-19. The tip sheets are available at

Canada - Supports by Industry

Province of Nova Scotia COVID-19 Dashboard – This provincial dashboard includes the latest information specifically pertaining to Nova Scotia, along with sections of advice to businesses and community organizations

Government of Canada COVID-19 Dashboard – This national dashboard includes updates on the COVID-19 virus, self-assessment tools and highlights Canada’s response

Government of Canada: Economic Response Plan Dashboard – This page links to support for individuals including those facing unemployment and those who are unable to work due to the COVID-19 pandemic

Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan: Support for Canadians and Businesses – This page breaks down the supports for both individuals and businesses from the Government of Canada

World Health Organization: Getting your Workplace Ready for COVID-19

Mental Health ResourcesWhere to get support in NS during the COVID-19 pandemic

REN Municipal Partners
Provincial Call to Action

Nova Scotia Together: Help Fight Coronavirus – Are you a business that can supply products and services in support of Nova Scotia’s response to COVID-19? This includes:


  • Bottles of hand sanitizer
  • Disposable N95 masks
  • Disposable surgical masks
  • Eye protection
  • Gowns
  • Hospital Beds
  • Nitrile gloves
  • Vinyl gloves
  • Ventilators
  • Other prevention products


  • Guard / security services
  • Nursing services
  • Food services
  • Laundry services
  • Accommodation maintenance services
  • Personal services
  • IT support services
  • Other services

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