Organizations are facing unprecedented times as the measures being deployed to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) are impacting capital markets, supply chains, and business operations. The uncertainties of the current environment serve as a powerful reminder to senior decision-makers of the need for risk management and crisis planning. Organizations that have typically survived crises were best able to recover if they: had a well-tested business continuity plan or prepared such a plan promptly had strong leadership to ensure decisive action in response to immediate uncertainties communicated swiftly and frankly with stakeholders and, where appropriate, the media demonstrated practical compassion for those impacted were prepared for the mundane and predictable problems of business continuity (e.g., alternative technological and communication systems, preservation of vital records and other operational requirements, including remote access) had access to financial and other resources to absorb the effects of the crisis or conducted an early and aggressive review of cash flow and developed a cash management plan COVID-19 poses significant challenges and, unlike many crises, has unfolded without much advance warning or scope for preparation. Nevertheless, there is a wealth of information and resources that organizations can use to weather the pandemic and its aftermath and can be accessed here. CEOs and small business owners may find it helpful to bring this information to their boards or other advisors to stimulate discussion on the issue. CRISIS RESPONSE STRATEGIES How is the organization reacting to this crisis? Are employees, shareholders and other key stakeholders staying calm and letting the leaders of the organization address the crisis? Do those in leadership positions have access to the resources and support necessary to respond decisively and effectively? If not, how can the organization best access external advice? Responding to COVID-19: Insights from Financial Leaders (Webinar) April 28, 2020, 12pm - 1 pm EDT I CPA Canada Business Continuity During a Crisis: Considerations 2020 I CPA Canada Business as Unusual 2020 I CPA Canada NFP: Running a Nonprofit Virtually Through a Pandemic (Webinar) 2020 | Ontario Nonprofit Network COVID-19 Digital International Business Information Event Hub 2020 | Function 4 NFP: Responding to COVID-19: What Canadian NPO Boards and Management Teams Should Know (Webinar) 2020 I PWC & Imagine Canada Leading Successfully in Turbulent Times 2020 | KPMG 8 Steps for Planning Your Emergency and Disaster Plan (includes templates) 2020 | BDC COVID-19 Business Continuity Plan: 5 Ways to Reshape (EY) 2020 I EY Pandemic Preparedness Guide for Business 2020 | Canadian Chamber of Commerce CASH FLOW MANAGEMENT Does the organization have sufficient funds (or access to financing) to continue operations? How will the organization fund extra costs or operate with reduced revenues during the crisis? Is a cash flow plan in place and how should it be revised to address unanticipated expenses? Optimizing Cash and Lender Dealings in the Current Crisis (Webinar) 2020 I CPA Canada COVID-19: Business Continuity During Crisis – Cash Flow Management March 2020 | CPA Canada COVID-19: Get Financing and Support for Your Business (Webinar) 2020 | EDC COVID-19: Is Your Company Insured for Business Interruptions? 2020 | BLG Cash is King: Cash-flow Maintenance, Taxes and Other Government Economic Measures in Response to COVID-19 2020 | Dentons Financing Opportunities During the COVID-19 Pandemic 2020 | Osler Responding to COVID-19: 7 Steps to Manage Cash Flow and Financial Headwinds 2020 I Grant Thornton Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy: What Employers Need to Know 2020 I Denton NFP: Fundraising Amidst a Global Pandemic 2020 I Nonprofit Pro NFP: Accessing Restricted Funds 2020 | Ontario Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee CORPORATE GOVERNANCE & COMMUNICATIONS How is the organization communicating to key stakeholders and the public in general? Is information being communicated to those who need to have it (e.g., is the CEO of a public company appropriately engaging the board? Is the board balancing its need to know with management's responsibility for dealing promptly with urgent issues? Returning to the Workplace After COVID-19: What Boards Should Be Thinking About 2020 | PwC Contractual Risks Amid the COVID-19 Outbreak 2020 | BLG Employer Strategies for Managing Novel Coronavirus Risks in the Workplace 2020 | BLG COVID-19: Is Your Company Insured for Business Interruptions? 2020 | BLG Stepping In: The Board's Role in the COVID-19 Crisis 2020 | Deloitte Directors' Duties and Governance Best Practices in Response to COVID-19 2020 I Davies COVID-19: Canadian Public Disclosure Considerations During the Pandemic 2020 I Davies NFP: What Nonprofit Board Members Should Be Doing Right Now to Address the COVID-19 Situation 2020 I Boardsource NFP: Communications, Protection, Readiness: NPower’s NonProfit Guide to Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery 2020 I Npower NFP: Governing an NFP Through the COVID-19 Crisis 2020 I ICD Board Oversight During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Checklist for Directors 2020 | Osler NFP: Annual General Meetings During the COVID-19 Pandemic 2020 | Volunteer Canada NFP: The COVID-19 Pandemic - Key Considerations for Charity and Non-Profit Governance 2020 | Miller Thomson LLP OPERATIONS AND PROTECTING EMPLOYEES What are the essential services that must continue, and which ones may be put on hold? What is the plan for operating with a skeleton crew? If those in leadership positions are out of commission, who can direct the organization as needed? New Details on the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy 2020 | CPA Canada Provincial Employment Standards Amendments 2020 | Dentons Contractual Obligations: Lessons Learned During the Pandemic 2020 | Dentons NFP: CRA Charities Directorate Announces Extension of T3010 Filing Deadlines 2020 | Canadian Charity Law 2020 | Government of Canada COVID-19 Quick Reference Considerations for Employers 2020 | Osler Employment Law in the Era of COVID-19: What Now and What's Next? (Webinar) 2020 | Osler NFP: Charity & NFP Law Update: Special COVID-19 Edition 2020 I Carters Note: Resources created by external organizations were not reviewed, developed or approved by CPA Canada. CPA Canada accepts no responsibility or liability that might occur directly or indirectly as a consequence of the use, application or reliance on these external resources.