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.

Business Tools & Resources

Your Business During COVID-19

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Federal, Provincial and Municipal Government resources for your business. Updated April 6, 2020

Worker Impact Survey

Worker impact surveyThe Workforce Planning Board of Waterloo Wellington Dufferin (WPBWWD) is conducting a survey, with Workforce Planning West, to learn about how COVID-19 has impacted people’s jobs in our region.

WPBWWD is looking for everyone to respond - those who are self-employed, those still working, those laid-off and those who have stepped back from job searching at this time.

 This survey is open March 30th to April 9th, 2020.

Temporary Wage Subsidy for Employers

Screenshot of WorksheetThe Employer Wage Subsidy Worksheet is a calculator to help Canadian businesses and their advisers calculate the subsidy announced by the Canadian Federal Government on March 18, 2020. Tax Templates Inc. has created a free worksheet that can be accessed by clicking the link and entering your email address. 

Also linked here is the Canadian Federal Government's Frequently Asked Questions regarding the subsidy. 

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NGen COVID-19 Project Application Guide

Next Generation Manufacturing Canada will invest $50 million in Supercluster funding to support companies as they rapidly respond to the COVID-19 pandemic by building a Canadian supply of essential equipment, products, and therapeutics.

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Tips for your small business during COVID-19

View this infographic created by Dufferin County Economic Development

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The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety makes courses available to help workplaces

CCOHS has made selected courses and publications freely available to help support workplaces in their efforts to protect the health, safety and well-being of their employees during the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

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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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The Ontario Digital Main St. Initiative - Free Online Workshops

FREE digital skills workshops for Ontario's small main street businesses, from Ontario BIA Association, Digital Main Street, and Camp Tech.

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FREE E-Learning Course: Managing the Virtual Workplace

The Canadian Food Processors Institute is offering a free e-learning course.

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FREE E-Learning Course: National Sanitation Training Program

The Canadian Food Processors Institute is offering a free e-learning course.

Agriculture Resources

Ontario Federation of Agriculture - Free Resources

OFA logoThe Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council (CAHRC) has many resources to help you navigate the details and recommended protocols during this difficult time.

 

Free Webinar: Managing Farm Employees in a Pandemic

OFA is co-hosting a webinar with CAHRC on Monday, March 30, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. to further explore the implications of COVID-19 on your farm business. Click the link to register.

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Canadian Agricultural Partnership

The Partnership offers cost-share funding to support farmer, processor, other businesses, sector organizations and strategic partnerships.

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Canadian Federation of Agriculture (CFA)

CFA has been monitoring the COVID-19 situation as it relates to Canadian Agriculture and will be providing weekly updates.

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Christian Farmers Federation of Ontario

COVID-19: Resources & Information for Farmers

Get Informed

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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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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.

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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.

Key Contacts

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