Covid-19 Resources for Businesses

 

Reopening Guidance Package for BIAs

Now that we are experiencing some semblance of normality, and even though some of you have already opened your businesses, the resources contained in this article will be valuable tools for several months to come.

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The City of Toronto is preparing to oversee the safe restart of some services and partial reopening of many businesses. Resources have been developed to help support business through this time. For guidance on safely reopening, business operators can reference the Toronto Public Health Planning Guide, and visit the COVID-19: Reopening Guidelines for Businesses & Organizations to view sector specific resources.

Decisions about when and how businesses can begin operating will be made by the Government of Ontario in accordance with its framework to reopen the province after COVID-19.

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The City of Toronto is preparing to oversee the safe restart of some services and partial reopening of many businesses and has provided resources to support business through this time. For guidance on safely reopening, business operators can reference the Toronto Public Health Planning Guide, and visit the COVID-19: Reopening Guidelines for Businesses & Organizations to view sector specific resources.

Decisions about when and how businesses can begin operating will be made by the Government of Ontario in accordance with its framework to reopen the province after COVID-19.

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Facebookusinesses preparing to reopen can access helpful resources from the City of Toronto, including reopening guidelines, webinars and more: toronto.ca/reopening

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Businesses preparing to reopen can access helpful resources from the @cityoftoronto, including reopening guidelines, webinars and more: toronto.ca/reopening

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Businesses preparing to reopen can access helpful resources from the @cityofto, including reopening guidelines, webinars and more: toronto.ca/reopening

Social Images: Recommend that BIAs use a photo that reflects the businesses they are speaking to.

 

On-Demand Webinars

Restaurants and Bars

​Reopening Guidance for Restaurants and Bars

 

Retail

COVID-19 Reopening Guidance for the Retail Sector

 

Personal Care Services

Reopening Guidance for the Personal Care Services Sector

 

Manufacturing

Reopening Guidance for the Manufacturing Sector

 

Please note that these webinars were developed leveraging guidelines that had been published and available up to and including the following dates – Retail Sector: June 11, Restaurant Sector: June 12, Manufacturing Sector: June 16 and Personal Care Service Sector: June 19.

Government Financial Resources for Businesses and Landlords Updated

CEBA

As of June 26, 2020, businesses eligible for CEBA now include owner-operated small businesses that do not have a payroll, sole proprietors receiving business income directly, as well as family-owned corporations remunerating in the form of dividends rather than payroll. Applicants will have to demonstrate having eligible non-deferrable expenses between Cdn.$40,000 and Cdn.$1,500,000 in 2020.  

The expanded CEBA is being made available gradually by more than 230 financial institutions across the country, starting with the larger banks.  Other participating financial institutions will start offering the program over the coming weeks.

More info can be found here:  https://ceba-cuec.ca/

Resources For Business and their Landlords

Commercial landlords in Ontario can now apply for rental assistance to help their small business tenants impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The relief is delivered to small businesses and their landlords through the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance Program (CECRA). CECRA provides forgivable loans to eligible commercial landlords to help cover 50 per cent of commercial rent for tenants for the months of April, May and June 2020. The tenant will be responsible for covering up to 25 per cent of rent, so that up to 75 per cent of the rent is covered. To find out how much rent support you may be eligible for, click here

In addition, Premier Ford recently announced a ban on commercial evictions for businesses from June through August. The ban will apply to small businesses who are eligible for the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) program, who have experienced at least a 70% decline in revenue due to the pandemic. 

Canada Wage Subsidy

As a Canadian employer whose business has been affected by COVID-19, you may be eligible for a subsidy of 75% of employee wages for up to 24 weeks, retroactive from March 15, 2020, to August 29, 2020.

This wage subsidy will enable you to re-hire workers previously laid off as a result of COVID-19, help prevent further job losses, and better position you to resume operations.

 

For more information on both programs, please visit, http://www.canada.ca

 

Now that we're back to some semblance of normaility, the City has put together a number of resources to help you with your Re-Opening. I know that many businesses have already reopened, but these resources will be helpful for many months to come.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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