New Ontario Small Business Support Grant: CLICK HERE
Ontario COVID-19 Response Framework:CLICK HERE
On November 7th 2020, the province moved Ontario’s public health unit regions to the Keeping Ontario Safe and Open Framework. The framework categorizes public health regions into five levels: Green-Prevent, Yellow-Protect, Orange-Restrict, Red-Control, and Lockdown being a measure of last and urgent resort. To find out which level your region was moved to on November 7th, CLICK HERE.
Ontario Live- Virtual Marketplace to Support Local and Support Ontario: CLICK HERE
In an effort to rally Ontarians to support local during these challenging times, the government of Ontario has created a virtual and interactive market place that connects consumers to local food, drink, experiences, and more. If your farm business includes Ontario tourism, attraction, or sells directly to the public, the Ontario Live website is a great resource for you to take advantage of. Registration for the platform is complimentary and the audience is province wide.
Ontario’s Small Business Recovery Resources Webpage: CLICK HERE
COVID-19 Alert App Available for Download:CLICK HERE
Province of Ontario Workplace Resources – CLICK HERE
The Ontario government is providing employers with a new general workplace guide, which will help them develop a safety plan to better protect workers, customers and clients. The new downloadable toolkit offers tips on how to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 as more people get back on the job during Stage 2 of the reopening of the province.
The ShopHERE program offers local businesses and artists the opportunity to start selling online. GoogleCanada announced a one million dollar investment to enable Digital Main Street to expand the program to municipalities across the country, offering more businesses and artists the opportunity to build their own online store. Because the opportunities afforded by the digital economy are still limited if people don’t have the right skills, Google’s investment will also help more small businesses and artists receive the digital skills training needed to participate in the digital economy.
Ontario Restaurant Hotel & Motel Association DineSafe –CLICK HERE
To understand how to best navigate this unprecedented time and support restaurant and foodservice operators, the Ontario Restaurant Hotel and Motel Association (ORHMA) has been working closely with industry leaders, multiple government agencies, technology experts, legal advisors and key supply partners. Together, they developed DineSafe – a catalogue of best practices to help guide safe and successful reopening.
The Ontario Government’s Ontario Together Fund offers $50 Million in support to companies that can retool, build capacity, or adopt the technological changes needed to produce supplies and equipment for hospitals, long-term care homes, and other critical public services. The workplace supplier directory provides resources for businesses looking to procure PPE –CLICK HERE
Provincial COVID-19 Support for Business Hub:CLICK HERE
The Province of Ontario has launched a webpage that includes all provincially announced supports for businesses, including resources on how to (1) stop the spread, (2) financial relief, (3) tax relief, (4) how your business can help fight COVID-19, (5) guidance for employers, and (6) other helpful resources.
Ontario Providing Employers with COVID-19 Workplace Safety Guidelines:CLICK HERE
The Ontario government is ensuring employers have the safety guidelines they need to protect workers, customers, and the general public from COVID-19 as it prepares for a gradual reopening of the provincial economy. The Government safety guidelines announced April 30 will provide direction to those working in manufacturing, food manufacturing and processing, restaurant and food service, agricultural sector, construction sector, and long-term care sector. For workplace posters relating to the above-mentioned industries,CLICK HERE.
Ontario Makes it Easier to Conduct Business during COVID-19:CLICK HERE
Announced on May 22, 2020 and retroactive to March 17, 2020, the Ontario government has passed temporary and permanent legislative amendments have been made to help corporations continue to function while still adhering to physical distancing guidelines and legal requirements.
The Ontario Government has launched a website to help businesses overcome the unique challenges caused by the global pandemic. Business working to retool their operations to produce health-related products, or those that want to continue their operations in this new environment of physical distancing can submit any potential roadblocks to the website. The province is prepared to allow temporary changes to provincial rules and regulations in order to remove any barriers that are hindering business and negatively impacting Ontario’s supply chain.
Learn how the Ministry of Health is helping keep Ontarians safe during the COVID-19 outbreak. Find out how to protect yourself and how to recognize the symptoms.
Ontario Launches ‘Stop the Spread Business Information Line’:CLICK HERE
The Province of Ontario has launched a toll-free line 1-888-444-3659 to provide support to Ontario businesses who have questions about the province’s recent emergency order to close at-risk workplaces following recommendations by Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health.
Ontario Chamber of Commerce COVID-19 Resource Kit:CLICK HERE
The Ontario Chamber of Commerce has developed a COVID-19 Pandemic Preparedness Toolkit for Ontario Businesses. The guidelines and resources contained in this toolkit have been prepared to help businesses plan for and adapt to the disruption caused by COVID-19 and any future influenza pandemics. Updated March 19, 2020