Covid support Irish Business

Details of other business supports available from the
Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation can be found at

Webcast by Lean Business Ireland “Staying Productive during Covid 19“

with panellists:

  • Adrian Furey, VP Global Supply Chain & Logistics, Zimmer Biomet
  • Miriam Keogh, Head of Supply Chain & Continuous Improvement, Dawn Farms
  • Ciarán Crosbie, Associate Director of Continuous Improvement & Knowledge Transfer, Alexion
  • Rob Brosnan, Rob Brosnan, Lean Leader, GE Healthcare

and moderator, Mairead O’Donnell, Operations Director, Polar Ice Tech

Message from Chargée d’Affaires of Canadian Embassy to Canadian citizens living in Ireland

Dear Canadians in Ireland,

I hope that you and your loved ones are staying safe and healthy in these uncertain and stressful times.

Many Canadians, including some of you who will still be receiving this message, have left Ireland in response to Prime Minister Trudeau’s call for Canadians abroad to return home. If you are no longer in Ireland, feel free to take yourself off the “Registration of Canadians Abroad (ROCA)” system, so as to no longer receive these messages. Everyone else we strongly encourage to remain registered, as this will enable us to communicate important information directly to you.


Air Canada Flight information

There will be no direct flights from Ireland to Canada on Air Canada until it is expected at least June and most likely July.  There are options however for those who are either Canadian Citizens or have the allowed new Covid-19 entry requirement to fly via London Heathrow to Toronto (at least daily). There are also few flights a week to Vancouver or Montreal. Canadians abroad are strongly encouraged to register with the Government of Canada’s Registration of Canadians Abroad (ROCA) This will allow the Government of Canada to contact you with instructions and a code to book should there be a flight arranged to bring Canadians home. The website has flight details but schedules are subject to change.

Initiatives taken by the Irish Government in responding to the Virus

  • The Government has announced that all non-essential retail outlets are to close, while essential retail outlets can stay open but must implement social distancing measures. A list of essential retail outlets can be found here.
  • The €200m SBCI COVID-19 Working Capital Scheme for eligible businesses will be available within the next week. Maximum loan size will be €1.5 million (first €500,000 unsecured) and the maximum interest rate will be 4%. Applications can be made through the SBCI website at
  • A €200m Package for Enterprise Supports including a Rescue and Restructuring Scheme is available through Enterprise Ireland for vulnerable but viable firms that need to restructure or transform their business.
  • The Credit Guarantee Scheme for Covid-19  supports loans up to €1 million for periods of up to 7 years. Applications can be made to AIB, Bank of Ireland and Ulster Bank.
  • Microenterprises can access COVID-19 loans of up to €50,000 from Microfinance Ireland. Loans are available at an interest rate of between 6.8% and 7.8%.  Businesses can apply through their Local Enterprise Office or directly at
  • The Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection has confirmed that the government would refund employers who temporarily laid off their employees but are continuing to pay them €203 per week during the COVID-19 situation.

Initiatives taken by the Canadian Government in responding to the Virus

The Government of Canada is working closely with local, provincial, territorial, and international partners to minimize its health, economic, and social impacts of COVID 19. For more information concerning Canada's response to COVID-19, please consult: Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Canada’s response.

Prime Minister Trudeau has announced a $1 billion COVID-19 Response Fund, which include actions to:

  • Help Canadians make informed decisions and take action to protect their health and their communities by providing $50 million to support the Public Health Agency of Canada’s COVID-19 communications and public education efforts.
  • Further support public health preparedness by providing $500 million to provinces and territories for critical health care system needs and to support mitigation efforts as needed.
  • Provide support to workers in quarantine who will claim Employment Insurance sickness benefits by waiving the mandatory one-week waiting period.
  • Introduce enhancements to the Work-Sharing program to help support employers and their workers who are experiencing a downturn in business due to COVID-19.
  • Support federal public health measures such as enhanced surveillance, increased testing at the National Microbiology Laboratory, and ongoing support for preparedness in First Nations and Inuit communities, by providing $100 million.
  • Enhance Canada’s capacity in research and development by providing $275 million in additional funding building, on top of the recent $27 million announcement to fund coronavirus research in Canada.
  • Provide $50 million to the Public Health Agency of Canada to go towards personal protective equipment for provinces and territories, as well as to address federal needs.
  • Address the worldwide outbreak and help more vulnerable countries prepare for and respond to the virus by contributing an additional $50 million to support the efforts of the World Health Organization and other partners.