COVID 19- Business Resources
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Feb. 14th, 2022
Ontario Moving to Next Phase of Reopening on February 17
Improvements in key indicators allowing province to safely ease public health measures sooner
January 7, 2022
Ontario Providing Supports for Small Businesses, Workers and Families
Province’s plan includes $10,000 grant for eligible small businesses and additional electricity-rate relief
Since the beginning of the pandemic, our government has provided unprecedented levels of support to protect people, jobs and our economy, and we will continue to deliver on that commitment. As part of our plan to support workers and businesses, the government is announcing an Ontario COVID-19 Small Business Relief Grant for small businesses that are subject to closure under modified Step Two of Roadmap to Reopen beginning January 5, 2022. It will provide eligible small businesses with a one-time grant payment of $10,000.
Eligible small businesses will include:
- Restaurants and bars
- Facilities for indoor sports and recreational fitness activities (including fitness centres and gyms)
- Performing arts venues and cinemas, museums, galleries, aquariums, zoos, science centres, landmarks, historic sites, botanical gardens and similar attractions
- Meeting or event spaces
- Tour and guide services
- Conference centres and convention centres.
Eligible businesses that qualified for the Ontario Small Business Support Grant and that are subject to closure under modified Step Two of Roadmap to Reopen will be pre-screened to verify eligibility and will not need to apply to the new program. Newly established and newly eligible small businesses will need to apply once the application portal opens in the coming weeks. Small businesses who qualify can expect to receive their payment in February.
Electricity Rate Relief Support
The Ontario government is providing electricity rate relief to support small businesses, as well as workers and families spending more time at home while the province is in Modified Step Two. For 21 days, starting at 12:01 am on Tuesday, January 18, 2022, electricity prices will be set 24 hours a day at the current off-peak rate of 8.2 cents per kilowatt-hour, which is less than half the cost of the current on-peak rate.
The off-peak rate will apply automatically to residential, small businesses and farms who pay regulated rates set by the Ontario Energy Board and get a bill from a utility and will benefit customers on both Time-of-Use and Tiered rate plans. This will provide immediate savings for families, small businesses and farms as all Ontarians work together to slow the spread of the Omicron variant.”
Ontario Business Costs Rebate Program
The government is also announcing that online applications for the Ontario Business Costs Rebate Program will open on January 18. This program will provide eligible businesses that are required to close or reduce capacity with rebate payments for up to 100 per cent of the property tax and energy costs they incur while subject to public health measures in response to the Omicron variant.
Eligible businesses required to close for indoor activities, such as restaurants and gyms, will receive a rebate payment equivalent to 100 per cent of their costs. Those required to reduce capacity to 50 per cent, such as smaller retail stores, will receive a rebate payment equivalent to 50 per cent of their costs. A complete list of eligible businesses will be provided prior to the launch of the application portal.
Improving Cash Flow for Ontario Businesses
The government is also improving cash flows for Ontario businesses by providing up to $7.5 billion through a six-month interest- and penalty-free period starting January 1, 2022 for Ontario businesses to make payments for most provincially administered taxes. This supports businesses now and provides for the flexibility they will need for long-term planning.
Building on Ontario’s leadership on improving cash flows for businesses, the Province continues to call on the federal government to match provincial tax deferral efforts by allowing small businesses impacted by public health restrictions to defer their HST remittances for a period of six months.
These measures will build on Ontario’s support for businesses and workers, including:
- Cutting wholesale alcohol prices to provide approximately $60 million in annual support to restaurants, bars and other businesses, as well as making it easier for business to create and extend patios and permanently allowing licenced restaurants and bars to include alcohol with food as part of a takeout or delivery order.
- Extending COVID-19 paid sick days until July 31, 2022 to keep workers safe and ensure they do not lose pay if they need to miss work for reasons related to COVID-19.
- Enabling an estimated $10.1 billion in cost savings and support to Ontario businesses in 2021, with more than 60 per cent, or $6.3 billion, going to small businesses, including:
- Supporting a reduction in Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) premiums.
- Allowing businesses to accelerate write-offs of capital investments for tax purposes.
- Reducing the small business Corporate Income Tax rate to 3.2 per cent.
- Providing the Digital Main Street program, which helped more than 20,000 businesses across the province to increase their digital presence in 2020-21.
- Introducing and temporarily enhancing the Regional Opportunities Investment Tax Credit to encourage investments in certain regions of Ontario that have lagged in employment growth in the past.
- Providing targeted COVID-19 support through the Ontario Tourism and Travel Small Business Support Grant.
- Lowering high Business Education Tax (BET) rates for job creators.
- Increasing the Employer Health Tax (EHT) exemption from $490,000 to $1 million.
- Lowering electricity bills through measures such as the Comprehensive Electricity Plan, with the Province paying for a portion of high-priced, non-hydro renewable energy contracts.
- Providing targeted COVID-19 support through the Ontario Small Business Support Grant, which delivered $3 billion in urgent and unprecedented support to over 110,000 small businesses across the province.
Small businesses are at the heart of every community across our province and are the backbone of our economy. Supporting people, families and businesses though this difficult time has and will remain a top priority for our government.
Canada Summer Jobs Program
Deadline for Employers to apply for subsidy January 25th, 2022, For more information: Canada Summer Jobs
December 17, 2021
Ontario Further Strengthening Response to Omicron
Additional measures to slow the spread as province accelerates booster dose rollout
To further strengthen its response to Omicron and reduce opportunities for close contact as the province gets as many vaccines into arms as possible, Ontario is introducing a 50 per cent capacity limit in the following indoor public settings:
- Restaurants, bars and other food or drink establishments and strip clubs;
- Personal care services;
- Personal physical fitness trainers;
- Retailers (including grocery stores and pharmacies);
- Shopping malls;
- Non-spectator areas of facilities used for sports and recreational fitness activities (e.g. gyms);
- Indoor recreational amenities;
- Indoor clubhouses at outdoor recreational amenities;
- Tour and guide services;
- Photography studios and services;
- Marinas and boating clubs;
- Facilities used for sports and recreational fitness activities;
- Entertainment facilities such as concert venues, theatres and cinemas;
- Racing venues;
- Meeting and event spaces;
- Studio audiences in commercial film and television production;
- Museums, galleries, aquariums, zoos, science centres, landmarks, historic sites, botanical gardens and similar attractions;
- Casinos, bingo halls and other gaming establishments; and
- Fairs, rural exhibitions, and festivals.
December 10, 2021
Responding to Omicron and Protecting Our Progress
NEWS RELEASE October 15, 2021
Enhanced COVID-19 Vaccine Certificate with QR Code and Verify Ontario App Available for Download Starting October 15
Ontario Making it Easier and More Convenient to Show Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination
NEWS RELEASE September 27, 2021
Ontario Investing $100 Million to Help Tourism Sector Rebound From COVID-19
NEWS RELEASE September 24, 2021
Ontario Cautiously Easing Capacity Limits in Select Settings Where Proof of Vaccination is Required
NEWS RELEASE September 14th, 2021
Ontario Releasing Guidance to Support Proof of Vaccination Policy
September 01, 2021
Ontario to Require Proof of Vaccination in Select Settings
Province to launch enhanced vaccine certificate and verification app to stop the spread of COVID-19
Ontario to Require Proof of Vaccination in Select Settings | Ontario Newsroom
As of September 22, 2021, Ontarians will need to be fully vaccinated (two doses plus 14 days) and provide their proof of vaccination along with photo ID to access certain public settings and facilities. This approach focuses on higher-risk indoor public settings where face coverings cannot always be worn and includes:
- Restaurants and bars (excluding outdoor patios, as well as delivery and takeout);
- Nightclubs (including outdoor areas of the establishment);
- Meeting and event spaces, such as banquet halls and conference/convention centres;
- Facilities used for sports and fitness activities and personal fitness training, such as gyms, fitness and recreational facilities with the exception of youth recreational sport;
- Sporting events;
- Casinos, bingo halls and gaming establishments;
- Concerts, music festivals, theatres and cinemas;
- Strip clubs, bathhouses and sex clubs;
- Racing venues (e.g., horse racing).
Province Launches New Modern Ontario Business Registry
Online registry will provide simpler, faster, and better government services beginning in October
NEWS RELEASE– August 06, 2021
NEWS RELEASE– August 05, 2021
Helping Ontario Food and Beverage Processors During COVID-19
New funding intake to support businesses adapting to pandemic
NEWS RELEASE May 20, 2021
Ontario Releases Three-Step Roadmap to Safely Reopen the Province
Province Safely Reopening Outdoor Recreational Amenities Prior to End of Stay-at-Home Order
NEWS RELEASE- May 13th, 2021Province Launches New Ontario Tourism and Travel Small Business Support GrantOntario Tourism and Travel Small Business Support Grant
Ontario to Introduce Paid COVID-19 Leave
Province to reimburse employers for up to three paid leave days related to COVID-19 for every employee
News release -April 19, 2021 – Ottawa, Ontario – Department of Finance Canada
Budget 2021: A Recovery Plan for Jobs, Growth, and Resilience
2021 Budget Commits $200 Million to Help Stabilize Tourism Industry and Protect Jobs
News Release – March 24, 2021
Ontario’s Action Plan: Protecting People’s Health and Our Economy
March 16th, 2021
Health Unit Issues Class Order for Perth and Smiths Falls in Response to Increase of COVID-19 in West Lanark County
News Release February 8th, 2021
NEWS RELEASE –January 27, 2021
sole proprietorships) in Ontario that are required to close or significantly restrict services under
Ontario’s provincewide shutdown effective December 26, 2020.Eligible businesses can receive between $10,000 and $20,000. Starting at $10,000 for all
eligible businesses, the grant will provide businesses with dollar for dollar funding up to a
maximum of $20,000 to help with revenue losses resulting from government mandated
NEWS RELEASE-January 4, 2021
Ontario Supporting Home-Based Food Businesses During COVID-19
Government providing entrepreneurs with a new “How to” guide
NEWS RELEASEDecember 22, 2020
Safer at Home Programs Provide Relief to Ontario FamiliesProvince Expands Support for Learners Program and Lowers Hydro Bills
December 21, 2020
Ontario Building On Supports for Employers During COVID-19
Listing of Supports for Small Business (December 21, 2020)
December 21, 2020
Ontario Announces Province wide Shutdown to Stop Spread of COVID-19 and Save Lives
December 11, 2o2o
Ontario Moving Regions to New Levels with Stronger Public Health Measures
November 23, 2020
Canada’s Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS)
November 19th, 2020
Ontario Supporting Small Businesses with Financial Advice and Training
November 16th, 2020
Ontario Launching New Agency to Centralize Government Procurement
Supply Ontario will purchase goods and services more efficiently and cost effectively
November 10th, 2020
Ontario’s Action Plan: Protect, Support, Recover Promotes Job Creation by Reducing Taxes on Employers
2020 Ontario Budget Enables Significant Provincial and Municipal Property Tax Relief
November 3rd, 2020
Ontario Releases COVID-19 Response Framework to Help Keep the Province Safe and Open
October 29th, 2020
Province Proudly Promoting Ontario-Made Products to Spur Economic Recovery
Check out the Support Ontario Made site here https://www.supportontariomade.ca/
October 9th, 2020
Government announces new, targeted support to help businesses through pandemic
September 25th, 2020
New Public Health Measures Implemented Province wide to Keep Ontarians Safe
The September extension for CECRA is now available.
What you need to know:
- The September extension is based on the existing program parameters for the April, May and June period. No new documents are needed to opt-in.
- New applicants can apply for up to 5 months of rent assistance (from April through August) all at once. Once the initial application is pre‑approved, a property owner can opt-in for September.
- Property owners can only opt-in once and no new tenants can be added.
- This is the final extension of the program.
August 31st, 2020
Government announces greater flexibility and extension of Canada Emergency Business Account
July 27th, 2020
The Canada Revenue Agency announces an extension to the payment deadline and offers interest relief on outstanding tax debts during the COVID-19 pandemic
July 14, 2020
Canada, U.S. agree to keep borders closed another 30 days
July 13, 2020
Nearly All Businesses and Public Spaces to Reopen in Stage 3-news release
Framework for Reopening our Province – Stage 3
July 13, 2020
Federal wage subsidy for businesses to be extended to December
July 6, 2020
Today Medical Officers of Health from Eastern Ontario Health Unit; Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit; Renfrew County and District Health and Ottawa Public Health announced a regional approach to the use of face coverings/masks in enclosed public places within their respective jurisdictions.
Each public health unit will be issuing an Instruction under the province’s Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act Stage 2 which states that the person responsible for a business or organization that is open shall operate the business or organization in compliance with the advice, recommendations and instructions of public health officials, including any advice, recommendations or instructions on physical distancing, cleaning or disinfecting.
In Leeds, Grenville and Lanark, this Instruction will require businesses to adopt a policy to ensure facial coverings/masks are worn inside enclosed public spaces/settings that are openly accessible to the public. The Instruction comes into effect as of Tuesday, July 7, 2020 at 12:01am and will be reviewed on September 30, 2020. The LGLDHU, to support implementation of this Instruction, will provide information and consultation to operators of enclosed indoor spaces. This directive is to be primarily used to educate people on facial covering/mask use in enclosed public spaces where 2-metre physical distancing cannot always be maintained.
As the province continues to reopen, there are increased opportunities for people to have close contact with others in enclosed public spaces. This could lead to an increased risk of potential spread of COVID-19, especially indoors or confined spaces where there is minimal airflow, higher concentrations of people, and an increased chance of sharing high-touch surfaces.
PPE Supplier List
Resources to prevent COVID-19 in the workplace
Commercial Rent Relief
June 30, 2020, extension announced
The CECRA portal opened on Monday, May 25, 2020.
Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) for small businesses provides much needed relief for small businesses experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19. It offers forgivable loans to eligible commercial property owners so that they can reduce the rent owed by their impacted small business tenants by at least 75% for the months of April, May and June, 2020.
June 12, 2020
Phase 2 of Reopening
Postmedia Business Marketing Grant
Postmedia has announced the launch of a Marketing Grant Program for local businesses. The marketing grant program has two components:
Grants ranging from $500-$15,000 per month per client are available for the months of June, July and August 2020. Businesses can apply for the full marketing grant program or matching grant program at http://www.postmediasolutions.com/grant/. Within 48 business hours, your application will be reviews and you will be contacted with next steps.Questions can be directed to Debbie Canning: email@example.comFunding Opportunities Available for Non-Profits and Charities
Thanks to the Government of Canada Emergency Community Support Fund, the Canadian Red Cross COVID-19 Emergency Support to Community Organizations are launching funding through two programs:
Regional Relief and Recovery Fund
The Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF) provides financial contributions (interest-free loans) to help support fixed operating costs of SMEs, where business revenues have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Fund, valued at more than $962 million nationally, is delivered by Canada’s six regional development agencies.In southern Ontario, $252.4 million is available as follows:
For more information: Ontario – Regional Relief and Recovery Fund
Valley Heartland Community Futures Development Corporation
Fully allocated to date –New Regional Relief and Recovery Funding is now available through Valley Heartland Community Futures Development Corporation. Funding is focused on assisting “main street” businesses such as retail shops, restaurants, corner stores, and businesses of strategic importance to their communities, with loans up to $40,000. Other details are:
Applications must be submitted through Valley Heartland.For more information please visit the website: https://www.valleycfdc.com/rrrfPhone: 613-283-7002
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Canada Summer Jobs Program Update
Agri-Food Open for E-Business Initiative – Funding Intake
Addressing Labour Supply and Training Challenges – Funding Intake
Extended by 8 weeks
The CERB has been extended. It is now available to those who are eligible for a maximum of 6 eligibility periods (or 24 weeks total).https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/benefits/apply-for-cerb-with-cra.htmlTo support workers and help businesses keep their employees, the government has created the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)This taxable benefit will provide $2,000 a month for up to four months for workers who lose their income as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The CERB will be a simpler and more accessible combination of the previously announced Emergency Care Benefit and Emergency Support Benefit.For more information: Canada – Emergency Response Benefit Canada’s 6 big banks are offering deferred mortgage payments and various credit product support. Call your local branch for details.FedDev
Farm Credit Canada (FCC)
Farm Credit Canada (FCC) has received an enhancement to its capital base that will allow for an additional $5 billion in lending capacity.For more information: www.fcc-fac.ca
Employment and Social Development Canada
Training & Support Resources
Digital Tools to Keep Business Communications Open
Lake 88 Free Advertising
Lake 88 “Back to Business” Promotion – Submit your business name, location, phone number, website to: firstname.lastname@example.orgThey will provide on air updates to get the word out to public and rotating mentions through all businesses. You will appear on website listings for 30 days, then require resubmission. For more information visit: www.lake88.ca/helping-our-communities-get-back-to-business
Canadian Business Resilience Network
In partnership with the Government of Canada, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce established the Canadian Business Resilience Network to help Canadian businesses navigate the COVID-19 reality and prepare for recovery.For more information: Canadian Business Resilience Network.ca/
The Ontario and Canadian Chamber of Commerce Preparedness Help:
Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB)
- 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)
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.