March 25, 2020
Reposted from Invest Oakville – Click the link for daily updates on business resources
The coronavirus pandemic is impacting business operations, and employers are seeking information to address new challenges and make informed decisions.
The following list provides an overview of information and resources currently available to the business community. The list will be updated as new details and programs are released.
GET INVOLVED: SUPPLIES AND SOLUTIONS NEEDED
- Call to Action: Canadian manufacturers needed – If you are a Canadian manufacturer or business that can assist Canada in meeting the need for medical supplies, your help is needed: Call to Action.
- Supplier Opportunity: Help Canada Combat COVID-19 – the Government of Canada is seeking businesses to supply products and services in support of Canada’s response to COVID-19. For more information, visit Help Canada Combat COVID-19.
- Ontario Together: Province seeks emergency products and solutions – the Government of Ontario is seeking help from businesses who can supply emergency products and innovative solutions to support the response to COVID-19. To get involved, visit Ontario Together.
GOVERNMENT UPDATES AND SUPPORT
Government of Canada
- Resources for Canadian businesses, including credit availability, tax payments, employee retention programs, and benefits for self-employed.
- Canada’s Economic Response Plan: Government of Canada announces $82-billion in new economic measures to support Canadian workers and businesses.
- Employment and Social Development Canada: Employment Insurance, labour and occupational health and safety information.
- Work-Sharing Program: temporary special measures to support employers and employees affected by the downturn in business, including retaining skilled employees and workers.
- Canada Business App: navigate government services, get recommendations, set up notifications, and find support to address questions about COVID-19.
Province of Ontario
- Stop the Spread Business Information Line Now Open at 1-888-444-3659: the province has launched a toll-free line to support Ontario businesses with questions about the province’s recent emergency order to close at-risk workplaces. More information.
- Ontario Closing At-Risk Workplaces to Protect Health and Safety, lists essential businesses, March 23, 2020
- Ontario Supporting Workers, Municipalities and Retailers in Reponse to COVID-19, March 19, 2020
- Ontario Enacts Declaration of Emergency to Protect the Public, March 17, 2020
- 2019 Novel Coronavirus: Ministry of Health update including provincial statistics, self-assessment tool, and news feed.
Halton Region Small Business Centre
Small Business Centre will deliver services remotely, providing access to resources, tools, templates, and seminar registration.
Town of Oakville
- Digital Main Street Squad offers free remote assistance to businesses looking to enhance digital presence and sell products online.
- Announcements and service changes in response to COVID-19.
FUNDING AND RELIEF PROGRAMS
Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC)
- Support for Entrepreneurs impacted by coronavirus
- Business continuity plan and templates for entrepreneurs
Export Development Canada (EDC)
Facebook Small Business Grants
Facebook Small Business Grants Program will offer $100-million in cash grants and ad credits for up to 30,000 eligible small businesses in over 30 countries.
Mortgage Payment Deferral
Canada’s Big Six Banks coordinate relief, including six-month payment deferrals for personal and small business mortgage payments, BNN Bloomberg.
Customer Support Measures to address economic uncertainty during the pandemic, including off-peak, time-of-use rates for small business 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
- Canadian Chamber of Commerce: COVID-19 Business Resilience
- Canadian Federation of Independent Businesses
- CBRE: COVID-19 Real Estate Market Insights
- Deloitte: Pandemic Preparedness and Resiliency
- Retail Council of Canada: Information for Retailers
- World Health Organization: Key Guidance for Business and Employees
The Economic Development department remains committed to delivering service to the Oakville business community. Staff are available via phone or email to provide information and support during these challenging times.