COVID-19 Business Support

Click here to view the business sectors that will require proof of vaccination starting September 22, 2021

Ontario moved into Step Three of the Roadmap to Reopen on July 16, 2021, at 12:01 a.m. based on the provincewide vaccination rate and continuing improvements in key public health and health system indicators.

In response to evolving data around the Delta variant and based on the recent experiences of other jurisdictions, the government, in consultation with Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, is pausing the exit from the Roadmap to Reopen.

The Chief Medical Officer of Health and other health experts will continue to monitor the data to determine when it is safe to exit the Roadmap and lift the majority of public health and workplace safety measures currently in place.

Click to learn more about the Roadmap to Reopen

Local businesses, organizations and facilities must continue to follow these general public health and workplace safety measures.

COVID-19 Business Training and Assistance

 Businesses can access free training and assistance, including:

Assistance and support for small businesses is available from:

Workplace COVID-19 safety fact sheets, guides and posters are available at Ontario.ca/covidsafety. These include multilingual tip sheets for employers.

 

Resources to Prevent COVID-19 in the Workplace

Get information to help develop a plan to protect workers, customers and the public from COVID-19. Find posters, tools and guidance for Ontario workplaces.  

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Financial Support for Your Business 

Financial support, loans and access to credit

The Federal Government has various programs that offer businesses financial support, loans and access to credit. Programs include: 

  • Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS) 
  • Highly Affected Sectors Credit Availability Program (HASCAP) 
  • Loan Guarantee for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises 
  • Co-Lending Program for Mall and Medium-Sized Enterprises
  • Black Entrepreneurship Loan Fund 
  • Mid-Market Financing Program 
  • Mid-Market Guarantee and Financing Program 
  • Large Employer Emergency Financing Facility (LEEFF)
  • Additional support by sector 
  • Provincial and territorial support

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Support for self-employed individuals

The Federal Government is offering support for self-employed individuals. Supports include: 

  • Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB) 
  • Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB) 
  • Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB)

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Indigenous businesses

The Federal Government is offering support for Indigenous businesses

  • Indigenous Community Business Fund

 

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Avoid layoffs, rehiring employees and creating new jobs

The Federal Government is offering support to businesses looking to avoid layoffs, rehiring employees and creating new jobs. Supports include:

  • Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) 
  • Extending the Work-Sharing program 
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Wellness Support for Your Business

These are unprecedented times and the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic have made many feel a high level of uncertainty, anxiety and stress. It's so important to take care of ourselves and loved ones, acknowledge the affects these impacts are having, have open conversations about them and seek out support for our mental health.

Find a selection of resources, programs and services relating to mental health and wellness below for business owners and their employees.

 

Canadian Centre for Occupation Health and Safety

Everyone at the workplace has a shared responsibility for safety and health, and that includes mental health. Discover tools to help support your mental health efforts in creating a space where workers feel safe, respected, and valued.

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Mental Health in the Workplace

Because Canadians spend much of their waking hours at work, promoting good mental health in the workplace is important. Learn how promoting mental health at work can benefit you and how to promote it in the workplace.

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BDC Well Being Resources 

The Business Development Bank of Canada offers a collection of resources featuring a range of services for mental health and well-being.

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Not 9 to 5 

Not 9 to 5 is a non-profit organization empowering hospitality, food and beverage service workers by mobilizing education and support for mental health and substance use. Not 9 to 5 promotes harm reduction practices and helps to connect the hospitality workforce to mental wellness resources. We love real talk but loathe judgement and stigma. 

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PPE Supplies for Businesses 

As you prepare to reopen, be sure to identify the personal protective equipment (PPE) and supplies you need to keep your employees and customers safe. The Ontario Government offers access to PPE supplies through a new online resource to help Ontario businesses support employees’ safe return to work. 

 

Visit the Workplace PPE Supplier Directory to see where your business can get free rapid tests, access funding, sell supplies to government, or search for PPE suppliers and testing services. 

Other Support Program's for Businesses 

Digital Main Street

The Town of Grimsby is once again participating the Digital Main Street’s Ontario Grants Program (OGP), which provides small local businesses with access to a trained Digital Service Squad (DSS) member to help them adopt online technologies and digitally transform their sales, marketing and back-office operations. 

 

Grimsby's DSS member will meet with brick-and-mortar small businesses at no cost to help them complete an online assessment and introduce them to online training modules to build their knowledge and skills. These experts can also assist businesses with developing their Digital Transformation Plan (DTP) and applying for a one-time $2,500 grant to implement it. This one-on-one DSS assistance also includes support for basic website set-up, Google My Business profiles, 360º photos, social media presence, and much more. 

Learn more about Digital Main Street.

 

All Checked In

AllChecked.In is helping small businesses get back on their feet by offering one month free to Ontario businesses for its premium pre-screening app service. After the first month, businesses can choose to continue with their premium plan or downgrade to the Essential tier, which is 100 per cent free!

AllChecked.In provides a simple and secure way for establishments to offer a contactless Check-In portal. Designed to be hands-off, AllChecked.In offers businesses a modern solution to customer logs. The solution operates by requesting information of customers and securely storing it, providing access only if requested by Health Authorities.

AllChecked.in was designed to be easy to use, not only for your customers but also for your business. With the platform, you will be able to manage your locations yourself.

WATCH THE DEMO

Visit AllChecked.In online and create an account. Select either the Standard or Pro plan and enter promotional code OntarioDSS on the checkout page to redeem your free month.

  

Recovery Activation Program (RAP)

The Recovery Activation Program (RAP) offers the support you need to evolve your business, digitally transform, and adapt to the new normal.

The Toronto Region Board of Trade and World Trade Centre Toronto is offering fully-funded immersive training, mentoring and support to assist with digital modernization – at no cost to you - through its Recovery Activation Program (RAP). This new, free initiative is designed to help businesses improve their digital capacity, and build their network through curated programs that will help them take the next step toward their digital restructuring.

Participants start this process by completing the Digital Needs Assessment, which will gauge their digital competencies and help them leverage technology to:

  • Attract new customers
  • Improve supply-chain efficiencies
  • Manage your workforce virtually
  • Streamline costs
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Orders under Section 22 of the Health Protection and Promotion Act

Niagara Region Public Health is putting additional health measures in place in order to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

Dr. M. Mustafa Hirji, Medical Officer of Health (Acting) for Niagara Region has issued orders under Section 22 for:

Orders under Section 22

  • Shopping and retail
    All owners / operators of shopping malls and businesses that engage in retail sales to the public, including stores within a shopping mall in Niagara must:
    - Actively monitor compliance with the required capacity limits set in the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020, S.O. 2020, c.17 and applicable regulations for the shopping mall, business, place, facility, or premise under your control, and ensure that physical distancing of two metres is maintained by patrons, store staff and mall staff in all common areas, stores, washrooms, hallways, entrances, etc., at all times.

    - Actively manage all line-ups or groups of patrons congregating and ensure all patrons waiting in line-ups inside or outside the shopping mall or retail store under your control maintain physical distancing of at least two metres.

    - Actively monitor compliance and ensure that all patrons, store staff and mall staff, whether inside the mall or retail store under your control, or in the vicinity of a line-up outside the mall or retail store under your control, wear a mask or face covering in a manner that covers their mouth, nose and chin unless entitled to an exception from this requirement in the Reopening Ontario Act.

    - Conduct daily interactive screening of all employees for symptoms of COVID-19, using the Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 Screening Tool for Workplaces, or another tool with the same minimum set of questions. Answers to daily screens must be collected and retained for at least one month.

    - Ensure the workplace is arranged to help employees keep two metres distance from each other and from patrons at all times. For example, spacing of stations and visual cues. For emphasis, employees on breaks should keep two metres distance from each other.

    - Provide sufficient alcohol-based hand rub (minimum alcohol concentration of 70 per cent) at every entrance and exit of the establishment, with prompting to use it upon entry and exit.

    - To encourage honest and forthright reporting of COVID-19 symptoms and / or contact amongst employees, ensure that all employees are aware of any benefits and / or pay to which they may be entitled to if they must isolate due to symptoms of COVID-19, being tested for COVID-19, or being a contact of COVID-19.

    - Comply with all other requirements that apply to your business, place, facility or establishment as set out under the Reopening Ontario Act and the applicable regulations.

    - Follow all further instructions from Niagara Region Public Health pertaining to COVID-19 that apply to your premise

    - Ensure all stores within the shopping mall set a maximum capacity limit that's consistent with required capacity limits set in the Reopening Ontario Act, and its regulations. Monitor the capacity limit to ensure physical distancing of at least two metres is maintained by patrons, store staff and mall staff at all times.

    For greater certainty, nothing in this order is intended to require persons who are members of the same household to maintain a physical distance of at least two metres from each other while in a place of business or facility

  • Food and drink premises
    All owners / operators of food premises, including bars, restaurants, banquet halls, wineries or breweries, including ones where only beverages are served within Niagara must:
    - Record the following information from every patron who is 16 years of age or older that enters an indoor or outdoor dining area in the establishment, other than patrons who briefly enter the area to place, pick up, or pay for a takeout order:
          - Name
          - One form of contact information (phone number, email address, physical address)
          - Time of arrival and departure
          - Table number or location
          - Attestation that the patron doesn't suffer from any COVID-19 symptoms, excluding those from a chronic non-contagious existing diagnosis)

    - Don't serve patrons for indoor or outdoor dining on the premises if they don't provide information for the above records.

    - Retain the above records for a period of at least one month, and ensure the records are maintained and stored in a secure manner to preserve privacy of patrons, and appropriately and securely destroyed after the one month retention of those records has elapsed.

    - Disclose the records to a medical officer of health or an inspector under the Health Protection and Promotion Act on request, or as otherwise required by law.

    - Conduct daily interactive screening of all employees for symptoms of COVID-19, using the Ministry of Health's COVID-19 Screening Tool for Workplaces, or another tool with the same minimum set of questions. Answers to daily screens should be collected and retained for at least one month.

    - Ensure the workplace is arranged to help employees keep two metres distance from each other and from patrons at all times. For example, spacing of stations and visual cues. For emphasis, employees on breaks should keep two metres distance from each other.

    - Ensure that patrons are seated at all times, except while:
          - Entering the area and moving to their table
          - Placing or picking up an order
          - Paying for an order
          - Exiting the area
          - Going to or returning from a washroom
          - Lining up to do anything stated above
          - Necessary for the purposes of health and safety

*Please note, as of July 14, 2021, patrons may move to and from their table to the dace facility to partake in physically distanced dancing within the provisions of Ontario Regulation 364/20

- Ensure that patrons seated at different tables are separated by a distance of at least two metres, or by plexiglass or some other impermeable barrier.

- Provide sufficient alcohol-based hand rub (minimum alcohol concentration of 70 per cent) at every table, and at the entrance and exit of the establishment, with prompting to use it upon entry and exit.

- To encourage honest and forthright reporting of COVID-19 symptoms and / or contact amongst employees, ensure that all employees are aware of any benefits and / or pay to which they may be entitled to if they must isolate due to symptoms of COVID-19, being tested for COVID-19, or being a contact of COVID-19.

Failure to comply with these orders is an offence for which you may be liable, on conviction, to a fine of not more than $5,000 for every day or part of each day on which the offence occurs or continues.

      - Entering the area and moving to their table

      - Move to and from their table to the dace facility to partake in physically    

        distanced dancing within the provisions of Ontario Regulation 364/20
      - Placing or picking up an order
      - Paying for an order
      - Exiting the area
      - Going to or returning from a washroom
      - Lining up to do anything stated above
      - Necessary for the purposes of health and safety

 

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