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GOVERNMENT OF CANADA: Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Outbreak update
Canada's COVID-19 Economic Response Plan: Support for Canadians and Businesses including Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS), Business Credit Availablity Program (BCAP), Emergency Business Account (CEBA), CERB for self-employed individuals and more information on federal support programs.
Visit Canadian Business Resilience Network for information on reopening, tips and advice, links to financial support programs and assistance for your recovery.
DOWNLOAD the Canada Business App, from the federal government. It is easy to navigate government services, get recommendations tailored to your business, set up personalized notifications and find the answers you need to start up, scale up and access new markets.
GOVERNMENT OF ONTARIO: Visit dedicated website for updates
Guide for developing Workplace Safety Plan - published June 16
Resources to prevent COVID-19 in the workplace. Find sector-specific guidelines and posters.
Emergency order extended to July 29. See details on what those orders include in the press release dated July 16.
Frontline and business: Would a change to a rule or regulation help your business survive during COVID-19? Make your request official through an easy-to-use form. READ MORE
Ontario Needs Supplies: Businesses and organizations who can supply emergency products and innovative solutions to support the government’s response to COVID-19 can visit Ontario.ca/OntarioTogether.
Ministry of Economic Devlopment, Job Creation and Trade asking for feedback from small business to help develop a Small Business Success strategy by conducting consultations online and in person. Closing date Sept. 1, 2020. READ MORE on the goals of the consultations and how to participate.
CEWS program to be extended (July 17)
Emergency orders extended to July 29. READ press release here. (July 16)
HPEPH updates instruction to have a policy in place to prohibit persons from entering or remaining if the person is not wearing a non-medical mask or face covering (July 10) HPEPH Update
Ontario is taking the first step in a made-in-Ontario plan for growth, renewal and economic recovery (July 8)
Ontario Introduces Legislation to Protect Public Health as Economy Reopens (July 7)
Vic Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade issued a statement on the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA): (July 2)
Rent Assistance Program extended to July (June 29)
CEBA Loan eligibility expanded (June 26)
Deadline to recall laid-off workers extended (June 23)
Declaration of Emergency extended until July 15 (June 24)
Commercial evictions on pause (June 18)
It has been three months since declaration of emergency (June 17)
Ontarians encouraged to establish social circles of up to 10 people (June 12)
Belleville begins to reopen with Stage 2. Read the release from the province (June 11)
Emergency orders extended until June 19. Get the list (June 8)
COVID-19 testing expanded for general public, frontline workers, first responders and workplace (May 29)
Prime Minister announces expansion of support for workers and small businesses (May 19)
Additional workplaces can reopen but must follow public health guidelines (May 14)
Declaration of Emergency extended to June 2 while the economy gradually reopens. (May 12)
Update on support for seniors (May 12)
Ontario government allows retail stores with a street entrance to offer curbside pickup and delivery. (May 11)
Ontario continues to prepare for the next phase of restarting the economy (May 8)
Restrictions eased on some retailers, with garden centres opening on Friday, hardware and safety supply stores on Saturday. (May 6)
Ontario's emergency order extended. (May 6)
Ontario provides Guidance Documents for Workplaces during COVID-19 outbreak for more than 60 sectors. (Apr. 30)
Ontario launches new website to help businesses overcome the unique challenges they now face. The province is prepared to allow temporary changes to the rules and regulations in order to remove barriers that are hindering business and negatively impacting the supply chain. READ release (Apr. 28)
Canada's First Ministers released a joint statement that includs a set of common principles for restarting the economy, acknowledging the need for a gradual approach (Apr. 28)
Ontario economy will reopen in stages (Apr. 27)
Urgent relief for small businesses and landlords announced by the province (Apr. 24)
MP Neil Ellis offers an update on support measures for non-profit organizations and businesses including the wage subsidy. (Apr. 21)
Health Experts say the COVID-19 outbreak has likely peaked in Ontario. Social distancing still needed to prevent further spread. (Apr. 20)
Update on support measures that will be made available to a variety of business sectors (Apr. 17)
Federal support for food banks (Apr. 9)
Details on 75% Wage Subsidy (Apr. 8)
List of Essential Businesses - updated April 3 (enforced April 4)
Ontario provides full transparecy by releasing COVID-19 modelling (Apr. 3)
Ontario extends emergency declaration to stop the spread of COVID-19 (Mar 30)
Ontario prohibits gatherings of more than five people with strict exceptions. Stronger action is required to stop the spread of COVID-19 (Mar 28)
Ontario protecting consumers from price gouging with offenders facing fines of up to $500,000 for charging unfair prices on necessary goods. (Mar 28)
The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) is announcing a number of temporary measures to support Ontarians and businesses that have been significantly impacted by the spread of COVID-19. This includes licensed restaurants and bars can sell alcohol with food takeout and delivery orders. (Mar 26)
List of Essential Workplaces - Note that teleworking and online commerce are permitted at all times for all businesses. Click here for full list of essential workplaces. (Mar. 23)