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. We have been in constant contact with municipal and provincial agencies to ensure that your concerns are made known to representatives and to share with you the information gathered. 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.
For those businesses struggling financially at this time, we have compiled information on Work Sharing, a government program providing financial assistance to companies and their employees. Program eligibility has been opened more broadly to provide support to companies feeling the impact of COVID-19 restrictions.
Ontario has implemented the Ontario Together Fund: "$50 million to support submissions that we can action quickly. The Ontario Together Fund will help companies retool, build capacity or adopt the technological changes needed to produce supplies and equipment for hospitals, long-term care homes and other critical public services." Can your business help? Check the Ontario Together: help fight Coronavirus page to see if your company can help. Ventilators, masks and other Personal Protective Equipment are in great need.
UPDATE, September 25, 2020: New Public Health Measures Implemented Provincewide to Keep Ontarians Safe
Changes to gathering limits (Ontario Government)
As of September 19, 2020, the new gathering limits are:
Reopening Ontario Businesses:
Nearly All Businesses and Public Spaces to Reopen in Stage 3 - Public Gatherings Will Increase in Size as the Province Continues its Path to Economic Recovery (July 13, 2020)
Ontario Unveils Guiding Principles to Reopen the Province
Premier and Ministers Commit to New Phased Approach for a Safe Restart and Recovery. No specific dates are provided as yet, but Ontario has released information on Reopening Ontario after COVID-19 and A Framework for Reopening our Province. Each phase will be rolled out in a staged approach. The province has provided Health and Safety Association Guidance Documents for Workplaces During the COVID-19 Outbreak.
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)Canadian Chamber of Commerce - COVID-19: Business Resilience
Financial Support for Businesses:
COVID–19: CECRA for small businesses - Apply for CECRA for small businesses and help commercial tenants with rent relief
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
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.
Financial Support for Individuals:
Canada Child Benefits - Increased by $300 per child
EFFECTIVE September 25, 2020: Ontario Expands COVID-19 Testing to Pharmacies - by appointment; free
Ontario's COVID-19 Testing - Premier Ford announced that test results will be available online