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BUSINESS RESOURCES & UPDATES

NEWS & UPDATES:

February 16, 2021: Ontario Expands Eligibility for Main Street Relief Grant

February 05, 2021: Applications Open for Ontario's New Skills Development Fund 

Minister Ng Announces launch of Highly Affected Sectors Credit Availability Program​ 

HAC's Federal COVID-19 Business Support Programs Guide (Dec 2020)

Ontario Small Business Support Grant

FEDERAL:

Support for businesses:

Highly Affected Sectors Credit Availability Program (HASCAP)

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

Government of Canada's Financial Support, Loans and Access to Credit Information available here

PROVINCIAL:

2021 ONTARIO BUDGET:

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

2020 ONTARIO BUDGET:

November 10, 2020: Ontario's Action Plan: 2020 Ontario Budget

Support for Businesses: 

ONTARIO'S GRANTS AVAILABLE FOR BUSINESSES:

Information available here

  1. Ontario Small Business Support Grant
  2. Ontario's Main Street Relief Grant: PPE support
  3. Property tax and energy cost rebates

ELECTRICITY RATES RELIEF:

January 27, 2021: Ontario Extends Off-Peak Electricity Rates to Provide Relief for Families, Small Businesses and Farms​

WORKPLACE SAFETY AND INSURANCE BOARD (WSIB):

Workplace Safety and Insurance Board Operational Review Report

November 06, 2020: Ontario Increasing Services to Workers and Small Businesses. Ensuring non-unionized workers have access to the workplace representation they need and the benefits they deserve
 

-  WSIB Financial Relief

To help reduce the financial burden of the COVID-19 pandemic on Ontario businesses, we provided the opportunity to defer premiums due between March to August 2020. 

All businesses that chose to participate in the financial relief package will have until June 30, 2021 to repay deferred amounts, interest-free. Deferred amount payments can be made in one or multiple installments between January and June 30, 2021.

Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy

Businesses that qualify for the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy program (CEWS) who are receiving a subsidy used to pay employees who are on leave and not working, do not need to report the earnings received through the subsidy for those employees. Businesses are able to retroactively adjust insurable earnings reported from March 15, 2020 onwards. 

Please complete the CEWS exemption worksheet to confirm if your business has been approved for the subsidy and to submit any required adjustments to your account if the exemption criteria has been met. The worksheet will also help you stay organized with what earnings you are deducting from WSIB premiums moving forward.

Completed forms or any questions you may have about CEWS and how to report your premiums, can be sent to employeraccounts@wsib.on.ca. 

More information, including an FAQ's section is available in the WSIB Financial Relief webpage here.

Support for Workers: 

ONTARIO'S NEW SKILLS DEVELOPMENT FUND

February 05, 2021: Applications Open for Ontario's New Skills Development Fund

EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS ACT (ESA):

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ontario government made a regulation that changed certain Employment Standards Act (ESA) rules during the “COVID-19 period.” This regulation has been amended to extend the COVID-19 period to July 3, 2021.

Extension of the COVID-19 Period During the COVID-19 period (March 1, 2020 to July 3, 2021):
  • -  A non-unionized employee is deemed to be on a job-protected infectious disease emergency leave under the ESA any time their hours of work are temporarily reduced or temporarily eliminated by their employer for reasons related to COVID-19.  
  • -  A non-unionized employee is not considered to be laid off under the ESA if their employer temporarily reduces or temporarily eliminates their hours of work or wages for reasons related to COVID-19. 
  • -  A non-unionized employee is not considered to be constructively dismissed under the ESA if their employer temporarily reduces or temporarily eliminates their hours of work or wages for reasons related to COVID-19.
Beginning on July 4, 2021:
  • -  Non-unionized employees will no longer be deemed to be on infectious disease emergency leave.
  • -  The ESA’s regular rules around constructive dismissal will resume. This means a significant reduction or elimination of an employee’s hours of work or wages may be considered a constructive dismissal, even if it was done for reasons related to COVID-19. 
  • -  The ESA’s regular rules around temporary layoff resume. For practical purposes, a non-unionized employee’s temporary layoff clock re-sets on July 4, 2021.  

Learn more about these COVID-19: Temporary changes to ESA rules or read the regulation (O. Reg. 228/20).

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 b.medensky@gtha.com

MUNICIPAL:

Please refer to News & Business Support for municipalities in the Greater Toronto Area here

RESOURCES:

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