RADIO SCRIPT: April 17, 2020 – $1.5 Million for temporary COVID-19 programs for businesses delivered by Kakivak
I am your Community Director/Community Liaison Officer for the Qikiqtani Inuit Association.
I want to share some important news on temporary COVID-19 programs to help the smallest, most vulnerable Inuit- owned businesses in the Qikiqtani Region.
These programs are delivered by Kakivak Association – QIA’s non-profit economic development arm.
The programs will also help ensure that Inuit remain employed.
With support from QIA, Kakivak has allocated $1.5 million to create two new temporary COVID-19 programs.
The first program is a $1 million Qikiqtani COVID-19 Emergency Wage Subsidy Program.
This program will provide urgent wage subsidies to help struggling businesses in the Qikiqtani Region avoid the lay-off of Inuit employees.
This Wage Subsidy Program will provide up to $20.00 per hour for each employee that would be laid off because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
There is also up to $1,500 available for training per employee for businesses who use this time to bolster their staff’s skills.
The second program is a $500,000 Qikiqtani COVID-19 Business Relief Program.
This program will provide small Inuit-owned businesses in the Region direct support for operating expenses.
This Business Relief Program will provide non-repayable contributions of up to $25,000 for each eligible applicant.
Businesses that have been forced to lay-off staff, close, or have a significant decrease in revenues can apply for one or both programs.
The programs are designed to help Inuit-owned businesses from March 15 to June 30, 2020.
In order to receive the funding, you have to provide details about your business and operations.
You will have to provide information about:
- Licenses and insurance
Each applicant must submit the completed application forms as well as the required supporting documentation.
The money for the Qikiqtani COVID-19 Emergency Wage Subsidy Program comes from Kakivak’s existing wage subsidy program funded through the Indigenous Skills and Employment Training (ISET) Program agreement.
The funding for the Qikiqtani COVID-19 Business Relief Program comes from a reserve of unspent Sivummut Funds transferred to Kakivak by QIA.
The application forms are available at: www.kakivak.ca
Business Relief Application:
Business Relief Guidelines:
Wage Subsidy Application:
Wage Subsidy Guidelines:
PLEASE REMEMBER . . . to minimize the spread of COVID-19:
- Wash your hands often
- Practice social distancing
- Stay at home as much as possible
Please be kind and check-up on Elders or vulnerable friends or family members who may need help. Call them, leave country food and supplies for them at the door, but DO NOT VISIT.
We are all in this together and united we can protect our communities.
Please visit our website at qia.ca for more information and daily updates.
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Thank you very much for your time. Have a good day and stay safe.