COVID-19 | March 20th News

March 20th Update: A word from Mayor Burcombe (Lac Brome)

March 20th Updates: Town Specific Updates


  • Municipal taxes are now due: June 1st, August 3rd, October 1st
  • Municipal offices are closed to the public
  • The town building inspector is no longer present at the office to respond to calls for an undetermined amount of time


  • The town is taking the following preventative measures:
    • Do not physically visit Town Hall, instead call or send an email
    • The reception desk at town hall is now closed to the public
    • The public library is also closed to the public
    • Any non-essential municipal services are currently suspended


  • All municipal buildings are closed
  • The municipal tax deadlines are being discussed and the decision will be made at the next council meeting. In the meantime, taxes can be paid online on the towns website or by a cheque dropped in the box outside of the Town Hall building
  •  You are still able to request permits through the town website, however, burn permits are not available. All building inspections are currently being suspended
  • All town leisure activities are cancelled. Inscription dates for the spring sessions will be modified


  • All municipal buildings are closed to the public. You are able to reach town employees by phone at 450-263-0141 or by email.
  • All essential and emergency services are still open


  • All municipal buildings are closed to the public. This includes the Art Centre and the library
  • Indoor sports and Night at the Cle-des-champs gym are cancelled
  • Essential and emergency services remain open
  • Town employees can be reached by the public at 450-295-2418 or by email at
  • Municipal taxes can be paid directly on the towns website or on the website of your personal bank


  • All municipal buildings are closed to the public
  • If you wish to make a payment by cheque or to deliver a document it is asked that you slide the envelope into the slot of the municipal building office door
  • Make sure you sign up for the emergency alert system for the town of Farnham
  • For seniors, there are activities available online on the town website and a list of all the businesses that will make deliveries


  • Recyc-Quebec asks people to keep their recyclables at home until a later date
  • Masks, gloves, and wipes must be put into the garbage


  • Town Hall, the library, and all other community activities are cancelled
  • Citizens are able to pay their taxes online
  • If you need a permit, please contact Jean Vasseur at 450-244-8833
  • For seniors, the following businesses are delivering: Le Marche Gendreault 450-296-4337, Les Pharmacies Proxim 450-248-2892, Familiprix 450-248-3348, La Papeterie Coupal 450-293-3643
  • Le Journal L’AMI will not be distributed, but you are able to access it online

Pike River:

  • The town hall is closed. If needed, please call or send an email
  • You may continue to leave documents in the box outside the door of Town Hall

Saint Armand:

Stanbridge East:

  • All municipal buildings are closed including: town hall, the library, and the community centre


  • Sign up for the CITAM alerts and mass notification system and the Sutton updates weekly newspaper. 1-844-642-3540
  • If you can follow the Ville de Sutton Facebook Page
  • Town hall is closed to the public, but the employees are meeting daily to discuss emergency plans
  • For seniors, here are some delivery services: IGA Sutton 450-538-2211 and for the Brunet Pharmacy 450-538-0055.
  • If you would like to volunteer you time to help make home deliveries please call the CAB at 450-538-1919 or via their website at
  • During the closure of the library several thousands of books and other resources are available online, free of charge, at catalog

March 20th Update: Lyne Bessette (MP) Update on COVID-19

Yesterday the Government of Canada announced more than $82 billion in support for Canadians. Click on the following link for details about Canada’s economic plan:


With respect to Canadian nationals abroad, we are currently working on three kinds of support:

  1. Financial assistance ($5,000 in emergency loans)
  2. Cooperation with airlines
  3. Cooperation with the countries concerned in order to deliver consular services given the prevailing emergency conditions.

It is extremely important that you make use of commercial flights while they are still available. If you are abroad and require assistance, contact Global Affairs Canada at or +1 613 996 8885 (collect if available).


Here are a few good starting points to find out how to get the help you need to deal with COVID-19:

4. Visit the government website for information on support available to small business. It will be constantly updated as the COVID-19 crisis evolves.

5. Download the Canada Business App to find support tailored to your needs and to answer specific questions about COVID-19.

6. See the Canadian Chamber of Commerce’s Pandemic Preparedness Guide to help businesses prepare for the days and weeks ahead. 

7. Talk to your bank. Canada’s banks are committed to supporting businesses and individuals during these difficult times in a responsible, fair and compassionate way. To help provide businesses with stability in these uncertain times, the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) is reducing the domestic stability buffer requirement, freeing up more than $300 billion in additional lending capacity for Canadian financial institutions.

Income tax returns

The deadline for filing corporate income tax returns is extended to August 31, 2020. For all individuals, the deadline is extended to June 1, 2020.

Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP)

Access to more than $10 billion in financing and credit insurance solutions through the following organizations:

Helping businesses retain employees

To support businesses that are facing revenue losses and to help prevent lay-offs, the government is proposing to provide eligible small employers a temporary wage subsidy. 

  • Waiving the payroll tax for three months by providing a 10% wage subsidy to small businesses
  • A subsidy up to $1,375 per employee and $25,000 per employer.
  • Employers benefiting from this measure will include corporations eligible for the small business deduction, as well as non-profit organizations and charities.

Agriculture and Agri-Food

Increased short-term credit available to farmers and the agri-food sector through Farm Credit Canada.

EI Work Sharing program

Provides benefits to workers who are willing to reduce their normal work schedule due to new circumstances beyond their employer’s control by increasing the duration of eligibility for work sharing agreements to 76 weeks, relaxing eligibility requirements and simplifying the application process. This was announced by the Prime Minister on March 11, 2020. Click on the link to apply.

Self-employed workers and EI

  • Waiving the one-week waiting period for those individuals in imposed quarantine that claim Employment Insurance (EI) sickness benefits. This temporary measure will be in effect as of March 15, 2020.
  • Waiving the requirement to provide a medical certificate to access EI sickness benefits.

Starting in April:

  • Introducing the Emergency Care Benefit providing up to $900 bi-weekly, for up to 15 weeks. This flat-payment Benefit would be administered through the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) and provide income support to:
    • workers, including the self-employed, who are quarantined or sick with COVID-19 but do not qualify for EI sickness benefits; and
    • workers, including the self-employed, who are taking care of a family member who is sick with COVID-19, such as an elderly parent, but do not qualify for EI sickness benefits.
  • The Emergency Support Benefit administered by the CRA will provide up to $5 billion in support to workers who are not eligible for EI and who are facing unemployment.

For parents

Starting in April, parents with children who require care or supervision due to school or daycare closures, and are unable to earn employment income, irrespective of whether they qualify for EI or not, will be able to access the Emergency Support Benefit through the Canada Revenue Agency.

In May, the Canada Child Benefit will be increased only for 2019-2020 by $300 per child.

Here is a table showing the start of these measures: