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Covid-19: Government Support for Businesses


February 17, 2022: Ontario’s Safe Employers Receiving up to $1.5 Billion Rebate. Surplus Rebate for Businesses, eligibility requirements available here

January 5, 2022: Error in Spreadsheet for Wage and Hiring Support May Have Affected Your Eligibility for THRP

December 23, 2021: Applications Now Open for Tourism and Hospitality Recovery Program (THRP)

December 22, 2021: Details Announced on Federal COVID-19 Recovery Programs

December 16, 2021: Ontario Cutting Wholesale Alcohol Prices to Support Restaurants and Bars

October 7, 2021: Ontario Supporting People and Businesses

July 30, 2021: Government extends COVID-19 benefits and business supports to support stronger economic recovery 

March 29, 2021: Ontario 2021 Budget Commits $200 Million to Help Stabilize Tourism Industry and Protect Jobs

March 24, 2021: Ontario Announces Provincial 2021 Budget: Highlights for the Hotel & Tourism Sector

January 26, 2021:  Minister Ng Announces launch of Highly Affected Sectors Credit Availability Program​ 


Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan

Support for businesses available:

Tourism and Hospitality Recovery Program

Hardest-Hit Businesses Recovery Program

Canada Recovery Hiring Program

Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy

Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy

Tourism and Hospitality Recovery Program

Hardest-Hit Businesses Recovery Program

Tourism Relief Fund


COVID-19: Help for businesses in Ontario


City of Toronto
COVID-19: Financial Relief & Support Programs for Businesses
This page provides links to financial resources and relief measures to help businesses respond to the economic impact of COVID-19. Find COVID-19 sector-specific guidelines for businesses and COVID-19 guidance for employers, workplaces and businesses.


October 8, 2021: 2022 premium rates update
The WSIB announced the average premium rate for 2022 would be reduced by 5.1 per cent, leaving $168 million in the economy that can be invested in creating new jobs, technology upgrades, and improvements to health and safety. Businesses will receive their annual premium rate statements later this month. You can stay up to date by visiting the WSIB website

September 16, 2021: Ontario COVID-19 Worker Income Protection Benefit Extended To December 31, 2021



Ontario COVID-19 Worker Income Protection Benefit extended to December 31, 2021

On April 29, 2021, the Ontario COVID-19 Worker Income Benefit came into effect and the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA) was amended.  Employers are now required to provide eligible employees with up to three days of paid infectious disease emergency leave because of certain reasons related to COVID-19. Eligible employers must make their application for reimbursement to the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board within 120 days of the date the employer paid the employee. Paid infectious disease emergency leave was originally set to end September 25, 2021. It will now continue until December 31, 2021.

Ontario Extending COVID-19 Paid Sick Days 
The Ontario government has extended its Worker Income Protection Benefit program, which provides paid sick days, until July 31, 2022 

Request for Input for the Province of Ontario

COVID-19: Tackling the Barriers: Learn how to request a temporary rule or regulation change from the government to help your business respond to COVID-19 (coronavirus) or to submit a request. 

Send the GTHA your ideas that you would like the Provincial Government to consider via email to Bonnie Medensky at


Covid Alert App: Helping Ontario businesses and organizations to show their Ontario spirit and get the word out about COVID Alert

Canadian Anti-fraud Centre - COVID-19 

Ontario's Stop the Spread Business Information Line Now Open at 1-888-444-3659​

Archived News: COVID-19 Government Support for Businesses