COVID 19- Business Resources
ALTHOUGH WE ARE NOT IN OUR PHYSICAL LOCATION AT THE SMALL BUSINESS ADVISORY CENTRE DUE TO THE COVID 19 PANDEMIC. We are here via phone (613) 283-7002 ext 108 (leave a voice and it will be sent to us through email, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we post a lot of information though Facebook @smallbizcentre and Instagram @smallbusinesscentre_SF_LC
|REGIONAL RELIEF AND RECOVERY FUND RRRF THROUGH VALLEY HEARTLAND CFDC
The Government of Canada has introduced a number of measures to support businesses, organizations, workers and communities through the COVID-19 global challenge, as part of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan.
To offer additional support to businesses, the organizations that support them and the communities in which they operate, the Government of Canada announced over $1.7 billion in additional funding for targeted measures. This includes the new national $962-million Regional Relief and Recovery Fund, which provides $675 million in financing support to SMEs that are unable to access existing COVID-19 measures, and $287 million to support rural businesses with access to capital through Community Futures Development Corporations.
As a CFDC we are pleased to participate in this important Government of Canada initiative in introducing the local stream of the Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF), which provides repayable loans to help small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with fixed operating costs, where business revenues have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
IF YOU ARE: a business operating in Lanark County or North Leeds, with business impacts challenged by the COVID-19 pandemic, you may be eligible for local RRRF support through interest free loans up to $40,000.
You can learn more at www.valleycfdc.com. In order to provide targeted assistance to the communities we serve, Valley Heartland CFDC will focus on providing RRRF assistance to sole proprietors, “main street” businesses, such as retail shops, restaurants, corner stores, social enterprises as well as businesses of strategic importance to the community.
CONTACT US TODAY and review our Program + Application Guidelines to learn if your business is a fit for the local component of the Regional Relief and Recovery Fund.
PLEASE NOTE: Incorporated SMEs may also be eligible to receive RRRF support direct from FedDev Ontario, for amounts up to $500,000. However, cannot receive funds from both a CFDC and FedDev Ontario. We encourage you to visit the FedDev Ontario website for more information on eligibility criteria for direct funding.
Though working remotely, our team remains here to help you. Please contract us via email or phone below or visit our website at https://www.valleycfdc.com/rrrf
Phone: 613 283 7002.
May 14th, 2020
The Provincial Government announcement today – Phase 1 of reopening starts for some more businesses.
A list of those that are eligible to reopen: https://files.ontario.ca/mof-detailed-list-stage-1-openings… .
The message from announcement is to only open your business if you are ready to. The health you and your employees is most critical. Please review the framework for reopening along with the workplace safety guidelines.
This information can be found at:
May 11, 2020 FACT SHEET
Public Health Guidance for Businesses in Leeds, Grenville and Lanark
As the Province of Ontario begins to reopen it is important that businesses prepare to operate in manner to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Sector specific guidance documents that provides health and safety information for employers and employees can be found at https://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2020/05/certain-businesses-allowed-to-reopen-under-strict-safety-guidelines.html. The following public health measures will support reopening stores or businesses while ensuring the risk of spreading the COVID-19 virus is minimized.
Stay home and away from stores and other business when sick. Do the symptom screening checklist before going out by using the provincial COVID-19 Assessment Tool https://covid-19.ontario.ca/self-assessment/. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, visit a local Assessment Centre.
Keep a 6 foot distance from others and adhere to all protective measures the store or business has in place. Wear a cloth face covering if the 6 feet distance can’t be maintained.
Practice proper hand hygiene. Have a supply of hand sanitizer with you at all times. Remember if you cough or sneeze do into your sleeve and not your hands.
1. Do the symptom screening checklist before going to work. Stay at home when sick with symptoms described on the provincial COVID-19 Assessment Tool https://covid-19.ontario.ca/self-assessment/ and visit a local Assessment Centre. Stay home until test results are known. If the test is positive for COVID-19 then follow public health advice and self-isolate for 14 days and symptoms are resolving.
2. If become sick while at work then notify supervisor/owner and leave immediately. Follow #1 above.
3. Adhere to all the infection prevention and control measures in the workplace.
1.Implement a formal screening process for all workers and insist all complete it before coming to work.
2.Post signage on the door of the business to notify the public that if they are sick they are to not enter the premises.
3.Set up the environment to maintain safe physical distance (6 feet).
»Use appointments to limit the number of people in one place.
»Monitor the number of people in your premises- consider half or reduced capacity.
»Monitor customers while in the business to keep their distance- use signs, marks on the floor, staff directing traffic flow, PA system.
»Use clear barriers to protect workers where possible.
»Wear a cloth face covering in those areas where physical distancing is hard to maintain i.e. small spaces where more than one person works.
»If you use vehicles as part of your business consider one person per vehicle or one employee in the front and another employee in the back.
»Stagger employee work schedules and breaks. Set up the break room so people can stay 6 feet away from each other.
»Consider which employees can work from home
»Consider an online meeting platform to meet with customers or colleagues.
»Consider the flow of your business. Customers should be directed one way throughout your place of business.
»If possible have and in and an out door to avoid customer congestion.
»Reduce the amount of money being exchanged, encourage debit, credit or e-transfers.
»Maintain online or telephone ordering services.
»Maintain curbside and delivery services as part of your normal business .
»Have hand washing facilities are available and supplied with hot and cold running water, liquid soap and paper towels for employees and customers to wash hands.
»Have hand sanitizer available for employees and customers.
»Have hand wipes available for employees and customers.
»Avoid touching your face including eyes, nose and mouth, wash hands after.
»Coach employees that if they happen to sneeze or cough to do so in their sleeve, wash hands after.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)- consider PPE appropriate for your business
»Face shield (cloth face covering if face shield not available) should be worn by employees if they are working in areas where physical separation cannot be achieved or maintained.
»Encourage customers to wear cloth face coverings when necessary especially if you cannot physically distance.
»Install clear barriers at cash registers or any other locations in the work place where a barrier would be appropriate.
»Have handwashing or hand sanitizer available for employees and customers.
»Train employees on the proper use of PPE.
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For more information, please call 1-800-660-5853 or visit our website at www.healthunit.org
- New details have been announced on the eligibility criteria for businesses to access the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) including additional flexibility for new businesses by reducing the 30-per-cent benchmark to 15 per cent. (April 8)
- The Prime Minister, announced temporary changes to the Canada Summer Jobs program that will help employers hire summer staff and provide young Canadians access to the jobs they need during this unprecedented time. (April 8)
Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) – Remember to update your account monthly
The Emergency Care Benefit and the Emergency Support Benefit have been merged into the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB). The CERB has also been better integrated with Employment Insurance to allow workers to apply for benefits through a single window.
This new benefit will cover people who have lost their job, people who are sick or quarantined, and parents who must stay home without pay to care for children, the same as the two previously announced benefits. The new CERB also includes workers who have no income due to the COVID-19 slowdown, but who haven’t yet been officially laid off. It will cover employees, contract workers, and self-employed workers. To qualify, applicants must have had $5,000 in employment income, self-employment income, or maternity or parental leave benefits for 2019 or in the 12-month period preceding the day they make the application.
The CERB will pay out $2,000 per month for the next 4 months, backdated to March 15th.
The application form will be available on April 6. If you have already applied for EI, you do not need to also apply for this new benefit, your claim will be automatically moved over to the CERB and you will receive the 16-week benefit. If needed, you can use your hours to apply for benefits after October 3, 2020.
You can apply in one of these three ways:
- by accessing it on your CRA MyAccount secure portal;
- by accessing it from your secure My Service Canada Account; or
- by calling a toll free number equipped with an automated application process.
If you’ve already applied for EI you do not need to reapply for the CERB. Your claim will be automatically moved over to the CERB, and benefits paid from this program first. If needed, you can use your hours to apply for EI benefits after October 3, 2020.
You can qualify for the CERB if you had $5,000 in employment income, self-employment income, or maternity or parental leave benefits for 2019 or in the 12-month period preceding the day you make the application.
The application is expected to be available April 6. Benefits should be delivered 10 days after you submit your application form. The earliest you could receive benefits through direct deposit is April 16th (or slightly later if by mail).
You will continue to receive your EI benefits. If your EI benefits end before October 3rd, 2020, and you are still unable to return to work, you can apply to the CERB once your EI benefits run out.
If you have enough EI insurable hours, you will still be able to access your normal EI benefits after the 16-week period covered by the CERB.
The province 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. https://www.ontario.ca/page/list-essential-workplaces
Help is available from Monday to Sunday, from 8:30 a.m.―5:00 p.m.
Welcome to the Canadian Business Resilience Network where you’ll find the latest information, tools and resources businesses need to make it through the COVID-19 pandemic.
Recordings of Webinars held through the centre in April
How to Manage Your Cash Flow Through the Covid-19 Crisis
How To Market Your Business Through the Covid-19 Crisis
How to Operate Remotely & Online Through the Covid-19 Crisis
Digital Resources For Businesses – Posted on the Smiths Falls DBA and Algonquin College sites
Algonquin College – Free courses
(Courses delivered by virtual classroom training are free until April 30, 2020).
Small Business Starter Kit – The DMS team wanted to put together a package of short snippet resource guides to provide you with topics and ideas you should consider
Product Photography Guide – Our own DMS team member Lana Pribic curated a small business product photography guide that is full of practical information
COVID19 Response Announcement – Including: 90 day free trials, Gift cards available on all plans, Local in-store/curbside pickup and delivery for POS, Community Forum/Live Webinars/Meetups for Support
Shopify Academy – Free Shopify training to help you build and grow a profitable business. Topics include starting your online store, promoting it via social media, photography, and more
Shopify Blog – Industry leading blog featuring articles on how-to-guides, practical advice, revenue strategies and more
If your organization uses Google G Suite, you now have free access to advanced Hangouts Meet video-conferencing capabilities through July 1, 2020
Think With Google Canada – Insights. Ideas. Inspiration. Take your marketing further with Google. Think with Google.
Grow With Google – Free training, tools, and events to help you grow your skills, career, or business.
Google Primer – Bite-sized lessons to better your business. Google Primer is a free mobile app that offers quick, easy-to-understand lessons to help business owners and individuals grow skills and reach their goals.
Google My Business – Businesses affected by COVID-19: Guidance on updating info and temporary closures
Hootsuite, the software that many of us use to manage our social media accounts, is giving free access to Hootsuite Professional plan tools to small businesses and non-profits until July 1st, 2020
Hootsuite Academy – Whether you’re looking to build your skills or take the next leap in your career, our courses and certifications will help you succeed with social media.
Digital Tools to
Keep Business Communications Open