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

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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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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Fact Sheet: Water quality considerations for re-opening buildings

This fact sheet by the Town of Mono and Town of Orangeville provides information related to re-opening your building’s water supply.

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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.

Ontario Health Update: Personal Protective Equipment

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View updated information from Ontario Health with the best evidence on: 

  • PPE Use During the COVID-19 Pandemic (updated from March 30th)
  • Optimizing the Supply of PPE during the COVID-19 Pandemic (updated from April 11th)
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Restaurants Canada COVID-19 Rapid Recovery Guide

Reopening resource for foodservice operators - a summary of recommended practices that can be implemented in your operation.

Regional Relief and Recovery Fund

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The Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF) provides financial contributions (interest-free loans) to help support fixed operating costs of SMEs, where business revenues have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

In southern Ontario, $252.4 million is available as follows:

  • $213 million for SMEs facing financial pressure; and
  • $39.4 million to provide rural businesses with access to capital and business support, delivered by southern Ontario’s Community Futures Development Corporations.
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Health and Safety Resources for Dufferin County Businesses

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Workforce Resources for Dufferin County Businesses

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Tips for your small business during COVID-19

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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.

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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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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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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Agriculture Sector Resources

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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.

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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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