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Federal and Provincial Resources for Business During COVID-19

Federal and Provincial Economic Recovery Programs

Government of Ontario – 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

Government of Ontario – Ontario Providing Electricity Relief to Families, Small Businesses and Farms During COVID-19

Service Canada – Free Webinar: Service Canada – Employment Insurance Benefits (Types of EI benefits, actions required for maintaining benefits earnings while on claim and other resources to support return to work endeavors) – Weekly webinar –
Email ON-YORK-DURHAM-SC-EVENTS-EVENEMENTS-GD@servicecanada.gc.ca to register for the webinar

BDC (Business Development Bank of Canada) – Relief measures for qualified businesses include: Working capital loans of up to $2 million with flexible terms, reduced rates and principal payment postponements for up to 12 months for all qualifying businesses. For existing BDC clients, postponement of principal payments for up to 6 months.
Business continuity plan and templates for entrepreneurs
• Free Webinar: BDC – How to cope with the impacts of COVID-19 on your business – March 25th at 12:00 pm. Register Here

Canadian Chamber of Commerce – Pandemic preparedness guide for business

Export Development Canada – EDC stands ready to support Canadian exporters impacted by COVID-19
• Free Webinar: EDC – Coronavirus (COVID-19): Managing the impact on global supply chains – Available on demand. Register Here

FedDev Ontario – COVID-19 support for tourism operators and small to medium-sized business or organizations

Government of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan – Support for Canadians and Businesses, will provide up to $27 billion in direct support to Canadian workers and businesses

Government of Canada: Resources for Canadian Businesses – Four key considerations include supporting your employees, financial implications and business preparedness, business travel and events, exporting and doing business in international markets

Government of Canada: Work-Sharing – Work-Sharing (WS) is an adjustment program designed to help employers and employees avoid layoffs when there is a temporary reduction in the normal level of business activity that is beyond the control of the employer

Government of Canada: Calling all Suppliers – Opportunities for suppliers to provide the government with products (eg. face masks, gloves, etc) and services in support of Canada’s response to COVID-19

Government of Ontario (Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade) – COVID-19 – Provincial Government – Support for Businesses

Ontario Together calls for suppliers and solutions – We welcome help from businesses and organizations. Tell us if you can:
Supply emergency products like ventilators, swabs and masks
Submit innovative solutions for specific scenarios
Submit a proposal for ideas, other products or services to help Ontarians

Resources to Support the Workplace

Canadian Federation of Independent Business – Coronavirus and small business: Keeping you and your employees safe

Employment and Social Development Canada – Information on employment insurance, labour program, and work-sharing program

World Health Organization – Getting your workplace ready for COVID-19