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Ontario Moving to Next Phase of Reopening on February 17

The Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, is easing public health measures sooner, with the next phase of measures being eased on February 17, 2022 at 12:01 a.m.   Effective February 17, 2022 Ontario will further ease public health measures, including, but not limited to:…

Applications Now Open: COVID-19 Small Business Relief Grant

The Government of Ontario is now accepting applications for the Ontario COVID-19 Small Business Relief Grant (OSBRG) from eligible small businesses that were required to close under the modified Step Two of the Roadmap to Reopen. The application portal will be open from February 9 to March 11 for applications…

Ontario Outlines Steps to Ease Public Health Measures

The Ontario government has released details of steps to ease public health measures, starting on January 31, 2022. Effective January 31, 2022 at 12:01 a.m Ontario will begin the process of gradually easing restrictions, while maintaining protective measures, including but not limited to: Increasing social gathering limits to 10 people…

Ontario Launches New Supports for Businesses

Ontario is introducing a new Ontario Business Costs Rebate Program and a six-month interest- and penalty-free period to make payments for most provincially administered taxes. Eligible businesses will receive rebate payments equivalent to 50 per cent of the property tax and energy costs they incur while subject to the current…

Canada Temporarily Expands Access to Lockdown Program and Worker Lockdown Benefit

Today, the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, announced the federal government’s intention to temporarily expand eligibility for key support programs. Using regulatory authority provided in Bill C-2, the government intends to introduce new regulations that would: - Expand the Local Lockdown Program to include employers…

Ontario Further Strengthening Response to Omicron

In response to the rapidly-spreading and highly transmissible Omicron variant, the Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, is applying additional public health and workplace safety measures, including capacity and social gathering limits. To further strengthen its response to Omicron, Ontario is introducing a 50 per…

Ontario to Raise Minimum Wage to $15 an Hour

As part of the 2021 Fall Economic Statement, the Ontario government will introduce legislation that, if passed, would raise the general minimum wage from $14.35 to $15.00 per hour effective January 1, 2022. Under the proposed changes, the special minimum wage rate for liquor servers would be eliminated and they…

Ontario Releases Plan to Gradually Reopen

The Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, has released A Plan to Safely Reopen Ontario and Manage COVID-19 for the Long-Term, which outlines the province’s gradual approach to lifting remaining public health and workplace safety measures, including the provincial requirement for proof of vaccination and…

Verify Ontario App for Businesses Available for Download

Who the App is For Verify Ontario is the Government of Ontario's official app for: businesses and organizations checking visitors' eligibility to enter based on their COVID-19 vaccination status saving businesses time by checking a visitor's vaccine certificate quickly and easily without the need to search for details Some businesses…