COVID-19 Resources for the Sign Industry

OSA reached out to government contacts to request clarity about whether or not sign companies are considered essential businesses. While the sign industry is not specifically listed under businesses permitted to open, we want to direct you the Ontario Government document Enhancing Public Health and Workplace Safety Measures in the Provincewide Shutdown. Under the category Supply Chain, the definition provided is "Businesses that supply businesses or places that are permitted to open within Ontario, or that supply businesses or services that have been declared essential in a jurisdiction outside of Ontario, with the support, products, supplies, systems, or services, including processing, packaging, warehousing, distribution, delivery, and maintenance necessary to operate." OSA members may want to have customers which are essential businesses complete the Affidavit of Sign & Graphics Work Required for an Essential Business which was provided by email as proof that the sign company is working to support an essential service. Members who need a copy of this affidavit can request it from OSA by email.

OSA knows that at this time of great uncertainty you need as much up-to-date information as possible as it pertains to your business. Your association is here for you and will be updating this page as new information becomes available as we continue to advocate on your behalf.

EFFECTIVE July 16, 2021: Ontario Moving to Step Three of Roadmap to Reopen on July 16 - Continuing Improvements in Key Indicators Allowing Province to Safely Expand Indoor Settings and Capacity Limits

EFFECTIVE June 30, 2021: Ontario Moving to Step Two of Roadmap to Reopen on June 30 - Continuing Improvements in Key Indicators Allowing Province to Ease Additional Public Health Measures.

COVID-19: enhanced public health and workplace safety measures 
Please scroll through the definitions of Supply Chain, Manufacturing, and Essential Construction as these are most relevant to sign companies. (April 19, 2021)

Toronto Public Health issues Section 22 Class Order to close workplaces to manage COVID-19 outbreaks. The Order is planned to require the closure of certain workplaces, or portions of workplaces, where five or more confirmed cases are identified within a 14-day period and where cases could reasonably have been acquired through infection in the workplace. (April 20, 2021)

Peel introduces expedited workplace closures to stop spread of variants and protect workers and our community. Updated Section 22 Order on workplaces (Class Order for Workplaces with COVID-19) that will direct all businesses with five or more cases of COVID-19 in the previous 14 days to close for 10 days where: the cases could have reasonably acquired their infection at work, or no obvious source of infection has been identified outside of the workplace. (April 20, 2021)

Ontario Strengthens Enforcement of Stay-at-Home Order - Implementing Stronger Enforcement, Travel Restrictions, Public Health Measures to Stop the Spread of COVID-19 and Save Lives (April 16, 2021)

Ontario Enacts Provincial Emergency and Stay-at-Home Order (April 8, 2021)

COVID-19 response framework: keeping Ontario safe and open (March 17, 2021)

Ontario’s COVID-19 vaccination plan (March 15, 2021)

Toronto Public Health Instructions for Workplaces (January 4, 2021)

Business Resources:

Sign Association Canada - COVID-19 Resources

International Sign Association - Business Continuity Resource Center

The Ontario Government has established a Workplace PPE Supplier Directory 

Frontline & Business: help us support you during COVID-19: Learn how to request a temporary rule or regulation change to help your business respond to COVID-19 (coronavirus). (Ontario Government)

Global Public Affairs: Canadian Relief/Stimulus Measures - COVID-19

Canadian Chamber of Commerce - COVID-19: Business Resilience

Ontario Chamber of Commerce - COVID-19 Tools and Resources for Business

Prime Minister announces support for small businesses facing impacts of COVID‑19 

Financial Support for Businesses:

Health and safety for small businessesLearn about your responsibilities as a small business employer and how to get help keeping your workplace safe. (July 15, 2021)

Ontario's Skills Development Fund - The ministry is seeking projects that will enable market-driven solutions and unlock the economic potential of skilled trades and broader workforce development initiatives to facilitate the province’s economic recovery. (February 5, 2021)

Businesses: Get help with COVID-19 costs (December 22, 2020)
For small businesses not in operation in April 2019 or April 2020, eligibility criteria will be announced in January 2021. Further details about the grant, including how to apply, will be available in January 2021.

Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS) (November 23, 2020)
Calculate your subsidy amount

Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) now open to businesses using personal banking accounts (Oct. 26, 2020)

The Canada United Small Business Relief Fund (CUSBRF) was established to help small businesses offset the cost of expenses to reopen safely or adopt digital technologies to move more of their business online.(Oct. 26, 2020)

Government announces new, targeted support to help businesses through pandemic (October 9, 2020)

Government introduces legislation to support Canadian workers, businesses and persons with disabilities (July 21, 2020)

COVID–19: CECRA for small businesses - Apply for CECRA for small businesses and help commercial tenants with rent relief

Ontario Provides Urgent Relief for Small Businesses and Landlords

Minister Ng announces hotline to provide small businesses in need with financial planning advice amid COVID-19
Small business owners with pressing financial needs can call 1-866-989-1080 (toll-free) seven days a week, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (ET).

Government of Canada - Support for your business

Prime Minister announces opening of program to protect jobs and help businesses 

Prime Minister announces expansion of support for workers and small businesses

Prime Minister announces additional support for businesses to help save Canadian jobs

Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS)

Prime Minister announces partnerships with provinces and territories to deliver the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance for small businesses

Prime Minister announces support for small businesses facing impacts of COVID‑19 

Government introduces Canada Emergency Response Benefit to help workers and businesses

Canadian Business Resilience Network In partnership with the Government of Canada, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce established the Canadian Business Resilience Network to help Canadian businesses navigate the COVID-19 reality and prepare for recovery.

Canada Revenue Agency - Free Liaison Officer Service for small business owners and self-employed individuals

Financial Support for Individuals:

Support for Learners A one-time funding for parents to help offset costs during the 2020-2021 school year. The deadline to apply is February 8, 2021.

UPDATED October 7, 2020: 

In place of the Canadian Emergency Relief Benefit (CERB), Canada has introduced:

COVID-19: Changes to Canadian taxes and benefits 

Ontario Protecting the Most Vulnerable During COVID-19 Crisis

Government of Canada - Changes to Employment Insurance

Prime Minister announces support for vulnerable Canadians affected by COVID‑19

Canadian Bankers Association - Mortgage Deferral to Help Canadians Experiencing Financial Hardship Due to COVID-19

Canada Child Benefits - Increased by $300 per child

Staying Healthy:

EFFECTIVE September 25, 2020Ontario Expands COVID-19 Testing to Pharmacies - by appointment; free

Ontario's COVID-19 Testing - Premier Ford announced that test results will be available online 

Public Health Ontario - COVID-19 Public Resources

Government of Canada - Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Outbreak update

Mental Health and the COVID-19 Pandemic

World Health Organization - Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) advice for the public

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