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NEWS & UPDATES:

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​ 

FEDERAL:

Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan

Support for businesses:

Highly Affected Sectors Credit Availability Program (HASCAP)
Businesses heavily impacted by COVID-19 can access guaranteed, low-interest loans of $25,000 to $1 million to cover operational cash flow needs.

Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS) 
Canadian businesses, non-profit organizations, or charities who have seen a drop in revenue during the COVID-19 pandemic may be eligible for a subsidy to cover part of their commercial rent or property expenses, starting on September 27, 2020, until October 23, 2021.

Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS)
As a Canadian employer who has seen a drop in revenue during the COVID-19 pandemic, you may be eligible for a subsidy to cover part of your employee wages. This subsidy will enable you to re-hire workers, help prevent further job losses, and ease your business back into normal operations.

Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP)
Up to $6.25 million to help cover operating costs during a period where revenues have been temporarily reduced due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Large Employer Emergency Financing Facility (LEEFF)
Open Bridge financing for Canada's largest employers facing financial challenges

Managing your business during COVID-19
Resources for businesses, their employees and self‑employed individuals including financial support, loans and access to credit

PROVINCIAL:

COVID-19: Help for businesses in Ontario

MUNICIPAL:

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.

WORKPLACE SAFETY AND INSURANCE BOARD (WSIB):

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

SUPPORT FOR WORKERS: 

CHANGES TO EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS ACT (ESA) RULES:

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.

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

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