COVID-19: Business Resources and Updates
This is the Oakville Chamber of Commerce’s central hub for business resources and updates regarding COVID-19. Please visit this page often as we continue to provide the most up-to-date information.
Order of Information Listed:
1. Chamber Updates
2. Recent Government Updates for Business
3. Financial Support for Business
4. Resources for Business: Navigating Support Programs, Business Operations & Continuity, Health & Safety, Human Resources, Marketing & Digitization, and PPE.
5. Monitoring COVID-19
Canadian Chamber launches #FreezeTheAlcoholTax Campaign
Brought in by the federal government in 2017, the escalator tax on alcohol raises taxes every year on the price of beer, wine, and spirits, forcing Canadians to pay more and making domestic products less competitive. Last week the Canadian Chamber of Commerce launched the #FreezeTheAlcoholTax campaign, calling on the federal government to stop the unfair alcohol escalator tax in the next federal budget.
Canadian Chamber launches ‘Our Restaurants’ campaign
More than 60 percent of Canada’s restaurants risk having to close their doors permanently by November, according to new government data. When COVID hit, 83% of businesses in the accommodation and food services industries temporarily closed and two-thirds were forced to lay off some staff, including almost a quarter that were forced to lay off all their staff. That’s why the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and 15 food service businesses, representing more than 60 brands, has launched the ‘Our Restaurants’ campaign.
Welcome Back Oakville Campaign
The #WelcomeBackOakville encourages residents to safely explore Oakville and support local business. The campaign includes an interactive map to see what businesses are open or if they are offering modified services. The map also includes a list of local PPE Suppliers. Oakville businesses can use the easy to share graphics to join the campaign on social media, using the hashtag #WelcomeBackOakville.
Recent Government Announcements
Ontario moves regions to new levels in COVID-19 Framework – November 27, 2020
Ontario provides Public Health Advice for the Holiday Season – November 25, 2020
Ontario Appoints New Ministers’ COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Task Force – November 23, 2020
Canada Revenue Agency opens applications for the Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy – November 23, 2020
Peel and Toronto to move into Lockdown on November 23rd – November 20, 2020
Ontario extends COVID-19 Orders – November 19, 2020
Ontario launches workplace education and enforcement campaigns – November 19, 2020
Government of Ontario establishes Supply Ontario – November 16, 2020
Halton Region in Red-Control Stage as of November 16th – November 13, 2020
Federal Government announces investment in the Workforce Development Agreements – November 13, 2020
Ontario announces Inclusive Community Grants – November 9, 2020
Ontario releases COVID-19 Response Framework – November 3, 2020
Financial Support for Business
COVID-19 Business Support Grants – Government of Ontario: Main Street Relief Grant for PPE, Property Tax Rebate Grant, Energy Cost Rebate Grant
Navigating the support programs for business
- Canadian Business Resilience Network – Canadian Chamber of Commerce and the Government of Canada
- 1-888-444-3659 Stop the Spread Business Information Line from the Government of Ontario
- Support for your business: Find COVID-19 support and other programs and services – Innovation Canada
- Small Business Recovery – Government of Ontario
Business Continuity & Recovery
Roadmap to Recovery – Canadian Business Resilience Network
Toolkit for Reopening Canada’s Economy – Canadian Business Resilience Network
Business Continuity and Recovery Plan – Canadian Chamber of Commerce
Post-Pandemic Business Playbook – Workplace Safety & Prevention Services
Work-Sharing Program – Government of Canada
Health, Safety, & Security
Guide on How to Develop a Workplace Safety Plan – Government of Ontario
COVID-19 Health & Safety Resources – Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety
COVID-19 Screening Tool for Workplaces – Government of Ontario
Using masks in the workplace – Government of Ontario
COVID-19 General Information for Halton Workplaces – Halton Public Health
Grocery and Retail Stores Public Health Guidelines – Halton Public Health
- Restaurant and Patio Public Health Guidelines – Halton Public Health
- Sports and Recreational Fitness Public Health Guidelines – Halton Public Health
- Commercial Business Security and Safety Tips – Halton Regional Police Service
Resources to prevent COVID-19 in the Workplace – Government of Ontario
COVID-19 Workplace Safety Posters – Workplace Safety & Prevention Services
COVID-19 Sector-Specific Health and Safety Guidelines – Workplace Safety & Prevention Services
Partners in Prevention Health & Safety: Free Virtual Event Series – Workplace Safety & Prevention Services
Workplace Decontaminating Checklist – Workplace Safety & Prevention Services
7 Steps for Managing Hazards as Stores Reopen – Workplace Safety & Prevention Services
Chambers Plan: COVID-19 Business Resource Centre – The Chambers Plan
Mental Health Resources – Canadian Mental Health Association
Mental Health Resources – Workplace Safety & Prevention Services
Payroll and COVID-19 – Canadian Payroll Association
Marketing & Digitization
Digital Main Street: The Government of Ontario in partnership with the Government of Canada, is helping small businesses enhance their online presence through the Digital Main Street Program. Sign-up for the Digital Main Street Program. It includes:
shopHERE powered by Google: The program will hire highly skilled and trained students to build and support the launch of online stores for businesses that previously did not have the capacity to do so themselves.
Digital Main Street Grants: The grant will help main street small businesses be digitally more effective, through a $2,500 grant administered by the Ontario BIA Association. Small businesses will be able to adopt new technologies and embrace digital marketing. Municipalities, Chambers of Commerce, and Business Improvement Areas (BIAs) can apply for a Digital Service Squad grant, which will allow them to establish teams to provide personalized, one-on-one support.
Future-Proof Main Street: The program will provide specialized and in-depth digital transformation services and support that helps existing main-street firms adapt to changes in their sector and thrive in the new economy. By leveraging teams of digital marketing professionals and talented students, these firms will be able to create new online business models, develop and implement digital and e-commerce marketing strategies, and maximize digital tools, platforms, and content.
Recovery Activation Program: The Recovery Activation Program (RAP) is an immersive online workshop program that connects businesses with industry experts for guidance, mentorship, and practical advice about process modernization and end-to-end digital transformation. It is completely free for businesses and supports firms of any size across Ontario. Learn more. Start by taking your FREE Digital Assessment Needs.
Ontario Made – Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters.
PPE Supply Hub – Government of Canada
Workplace PPE Supplier Directory – Government of Ontario
PPE Rapid Response Platform – matches supply with demand, simplifying supplier discovery during the procurement process.
What to do if you can’t acquire the PPE your workplace needs – Workplace Safety & Prevention Services
Stay up-to-date on the rapidly evolving situation, and on the nature of the virus itself, by frequently checking municipal, provincial, and national websites.