COVID-19 Information for Businesses

As the COVID situation escalates in Canada and in Ontario, it is becoming essential for business owners to not only think about their personal health, but of the health of their business as well. We’ve pulled together some resources that will provide support during these trying times as a business owner. Make sure to check back regularly as the situation is rapidly changing.

Enhancing Public Health and Workplace Safety Measures in the Provincewide Shutdown


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Find information regarding:

  • Declaring a provincial emergency 
  • Restricting mobility
  • Reducing outdoor gathering limits
  • Closing additional workplaces and introducing mitigation measures for those that remain open
  • Increasing enforcement
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COVID-19 Business Retention & Expansion Report

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Impacts of COVID-19 on Dufferin County Businesses - Survey Results

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The Western Ontario Warden's Caucus (WOWC) survey was facilitated by all counties in Western Ontario, to identify the impacts of COVID-19 on business.

This report displays the survey results collected from 35 business owners in Dufferin County. 

Also linked here is a summary of the original Dufferin County Business Impact Survey results. 

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Find Fresh Local Food in Dufferin

Support local growers and producers. See where you can buy fresh local food in Dufferin County.

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Where to purchase PPE in Dufferin County

Looking for gloves, masks, face shields, hand sanitizer, cleaning products, signage, floor decals, or plexiglass barriers? Find what you need to get back to business safely! See the following list of businesses selling personal protective equipment.

ShopHERE powered by Google - Sign up for a FREE online store

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Thank you Digital Main Street and Google Canada for helping us bring the ShopHERE program to Dufferin County. ShopHERE gives independent businesses and artists hands on support to create their own online storefront. Click the link below to sign up and for more information.

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Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan: Support for Canadians and Businesses

"On March 18, 2020, the Prime Minister announced a new set of economic measures to help stabilize the economy during this challenging period. "

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List of Essential Workplaces

Ontario is closing non-essential workplaces effective March 24, 2020 11:59pm. See list of essential workplaces for more information.

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Ontario Together: help fight Coronavirus

The Ontario Government is launching Ontario Together, a new website that will help businesses and their employees work with the province to meet the challenges of COVID-19.

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Small Business Enterprise Centre (SBEC)

Looking for businesses support? SBEC staff are available for small business consultations.

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Dufferin Board of Trade (DBOT)

DBOT has created a list of resources for businesses to help local businesses prepare for and manage through a potential COVID-19 escalation in Canada.

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Government of Canada - Response to COVID-19

The Government of Canada has provided an account of their response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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World Health Organization - Getting Workplace Ready for COVID-19

The World Health Organization (WHO) has put together a document with recommendations on how to ready your workplace for COVID-19.

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Canadian Chamber of Commerce

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce has resources for Pandemic Preparedness for Business, including a Pandemic Preparedness Guide.

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Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC)

COVID-19 Pandemic Preparedness Toolkit for Ontario Businesses.

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BC Economic Development Association

Planning for Coronavirus: A guide for businesses and organizations.


Workplace Safety & Prevention Services

The Workplace Safety & Prevention Services has created a Business Pandemic Preparedness Checklist.

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Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME)

COVID-19 resources and updates from the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters.