COVID-19 Business Support

With key public health and health system indicators continuing to remain stable or improve, Ontario is cautiously and gradually easing public health and workplace safety measures with all remaining measures, directives and orders to end by April 27, 2022.

Changes to public health and workplace safety measures

As of March 21, 2022:

  • Capacity limits lifted in all indoor public settings 
  • Proof of vaccination requirements lifted, with businesses being allowed to implement them voluntarily
  • Passive screening of individuals prior to entering a business will no longer be required 
  • Businesses and organizations that are open will no longer be required to prepare and make available a safety plan
  • General masking requirements will be lifted; however, masking will still be required in certain indoor settings, including:
    • Public transit, including indoor areas and vehicles. This does not include businesses or organizations that provide sightseeing or touring services
    • Health care settings including:
      • Hospitals
      • Psychiatric facilities
      • Doctors’ offices
      • Immunization clinics
      • Laboratories
      • Specimen collection centres
    • Home and community care provider locations only if you are an employee or contractor
    • Long-term care and retirement homes
    • Shelters and other congregate care settings that provide care and services to medically and socially vulnerable individuals

For a complete list of settings and exceptions to masking requirements that may apply, please refer to O. Reg. 364/20.

Visit the face covering and masking page, for additional information including wear and fit.

To learn about changes to government programs and available supports as your business recovers from COVID-19, including how to set up an employer-led vaccine clinic, how to reopen and operate safely and how to secure rapid antigen testing, click here

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: 

  • Highly Affected Sectors Credit Availability Program (HASCAP) 
  • Black Entrepreneurship Loan Fund 
  • Large Employer Emergency Financing Facility (LEEFF)
  • Additional support by sector 
  • Provincial and territorial support

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Financial relief and tax relief

The Ontario Government has various programs and supports that offer businesses financial and tax relief. Initiatives include: 

  • Ontario Business Costs Rebate Program
  • Pausing Commercial Evictions 
  • Improving Cash Flow for Ontario Businesses 
  • Employer Health Tax Relief 
  • Regional Opportunities Investment Tax Credit 
  • Jobs Training Tax Credit 

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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.

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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 

Digital Main Street is a government funded program designed to assist main street businesses as they adopt digital tools, technologies and services. Businesses can access free workshops, training on topics relevant to their learning needs, and activate free and easy to use digital tools with the help of a Digital Service Squad.

Learn more about Digital Main Street here

 

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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