COVID-19 Business Support

Click here to view the business sectors that will require proof of vaccination starting September 22, 2021. Local businesses, organizations and facilities must continue to follow these general public health and workplace safety measures.

The Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, has released A Plan to Safely Reopen Ontario and Manage COVID-19 for the Long-Term.

This plan outlines a cautious and gradual approach to lifting remaining public health and workplace safety measures by March 2022. It will be guided by the ongoing assessment of key public health and health care indicators and supported by local or regional tailored responses to COVID-19.

Over the next six months, a plan to slowly and incrementally lift any remaining public health and workplace safety measures will be rolled out, including:

  • removing the provincial requirement for proof of vaccination
  • wearing face coverings in indoor public settings

To ensure that public health and workplace safety measures are lifted safely, this phased approach will be guided by the ongoing assessment and monitoring of key public health and health care indicators, such as:

  • the identification of any new COVID-19 variants
  • increases in hospitalizations
  • ICU occupancy and rapid increases in transmission

In the absence of concerning trends, public health and workplace safety measures will be lifted based on the proposed following milestones: 

A Plan to Safely Reopen Ontario

For more information on key dates and milestones, please visit A plan to safety reopen Ontario and manage COVID-19 for the long-term

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.  

Click here to LEARN MORE 

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 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.

LEARN MORE

 

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 local brick-and-mortar 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. 

Our DSS member, Tianna, will meet with brick-and-mortar businesses at no cost to help them complete an online assessment and introduce them to online training modules to build their knowledge and skills. She will also assist businesses with developing their Digital Transformation Plan (DTP) and applying for a one-time $2,500 grant to implement it. The Digital Transformation Grant application deadline is November 30, 2021

Tianna can also assist eligible businesses with basic website set-up, Google My Business profiles, 360º photos, social media presence, and much more. 

Contact Tianna by email: tthomas@grimsby.ca or click to 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:

  • Shopping and retail
  • Food and drink premises, including:
    • Bars
    • Restaurants
    • Banquet halls
    • Wineries
    • Breweries
    • Establishments where only beverages are served

Learn more about the orders under Section 22 here.

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