Financial Aid

Closure of all Non-Essential Businesses

  • New: Provincial governments are beginning to release guidelines for the resumption of “normal” business in their respective provinces. As these guidelines are released, retailers and brands will want to pay close attention. We welcome your comments on these measures.

    • The Manitoba government has announced Phase Two of its Restoring Safe Services plan, which includes the resumption of certain services, businesses, and travel, will begin on June 1, 2020.

    • The New Brunswick government has announced that the Campbellton region will immediately transition back to Phase 2 of the provincial COVID-19 recovery program.

    • Nova Scotia has announced a new $25-million Small Business Reopening and Support Grant program for certain businesses, non-profits, charities and social enterprises.  The program is expected to begin June 1, 2020.  

    • Saskatchewan’s guidelines prohibit the use of change rooms, as well as exchanges and returns. 

    • Ontario has released a three-stage framework for the resumption of business activities. Many retailers have opened as of June 12, when the province launched Stage 2 of the economic strategy.

    • Quebec has also announced that they will be reopening the economy throughout the month of may, including retail locations outside of shopping malls, which opened on May 4. Shopping malls will remain closed for the time being.

  • CSMO Textile has compiled a guide to assist Quebec firms as they resume business activities. CAF, alongside our sister organization Vêtement Québec, has translated the document to English with permission from CSMO Textile. Access the document in both languages below: 

  • CAF has been working with the Retail Council of Canada to clarify the new clothing and retail guidelines for the resumption of business activities in Saskatchewan. Since then, they have released an updated set of guidelines for retailers.

Deferral of GST/Customs Duties

  • New: At the end of March the federal government announced that they would defer the payment of taxes and duties on imported goods to June 30, 2020, after receiving urgent feedback from CAF and other industry organizations. As the new deadline approaches, we are in the process of gauging whether our industry would benefit from another extension. Many firms are still facing an unprecedented cash flow crisis, and apparel firms will be expected to pay 17-18% customs duties and GST on imports as of the end of June.

  • Contact to provide feedback on this matter.

Liquidity / Capital Support

Industry Events

  • CAF is anxious to continue providing information on educational topics directed at the apparel industry, in particular those pertaining to COVID-19. We have reached out to leading suppliers regarding the production of webinars on topics surrounding technologies/innovations that will help the industry recover from this crisis in the hopes of boosting our digital event programming at this time. 

  • If any firm has information that relates directly to the production of PPE, we are interested in organizing webinars on an immediate basis. Contact for more information.

  • WEBINAR RECORDING AVAILABLE: Planning the Revival of the Apparel Sector - Health & Safety, Business Supports and More with FASKEN. Click here to access free of charge. 

  • WEBINAR RECORDING AVAILABLE: A Discussion on COVID-19 and Modern Slavery with Matt Friedman. Click here to access free of charge.

  • WEBINAR RECORDING AVAILABLE: Summary of Mask Standards and Testing with SGS. Contact us for access to the recording free of charge.

  • WEBINAR RECORDING AVAILABLE: Mask-Making 101 - Creating Safe & reliable Masks for Community Use (with Odessa Ingarfield). Members receive recording free of charge - $10 USD for non-members. Contact for link and discount code.

  • WEBINAR RECORDING AVAILABLE: How to Use the CBSA Duty Deferral Program, presented by Livingston International and Trade Facilitation Services. Members receive recording free of charge - $17.50 USD for non-members. Contact for link and discount code.

  • Vêtement Québec Webinar (French Only) with Fasken - Se préparer pour la relance: Mesures d'hygiène et de santé pour le secteur manufacturier en vêtement/mode. Click here to download the recording.

  • Apparel Textile Sourcing Trade Shows is proud to officially announce the addition of Apparel Textile Sourcing Virtual (ATSV) as their fourth trade show on the 2020 calendar. ATS-Virtual event will take place from May 25 to 29, 2020. Click here to register for free.

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