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Business Information–COVID-19

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Last Updated: February 14, 2022

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Breaking News: Ontario Moving to Next Phase of Reopening on February 17

The Province of Ontario has announced that they will be moving to the next phase of their reopening plan on February 17, 2022 at 12:01 a.m.

Effective February 17, 2022

Ontario will further ease public health measures, including, but not limited to:

  • Increasing social gathering limits to 50 people indoors and 100 people outdoors
  • Increasing organized public event limits to 50 people indoors, with no limit outdoors
  • Removing capacity limits in the following indoor public settings where proof of vaccination is required, including but not limited to:
    • Restaurants, bars and other food or drink establishments without dance facilities
    • Non-spectator areas of sports and recreational fitness facilities, including gyms
    • Cinemas
    • Meeting and event spaces, including conference centres or convention centres
    • Casinos, bingo halls and other gaming establishments
    • Indoor areas of settings that choose to opt-in to proof of vaccination requirements.
  • Allowing 50 per cent of the usual seating capacity at sports arenas
  • Allowing 50 percent of the usual seating capacity for concert venues and theatres
  • Increasing indoor capacity limits to 25 per cent in the remaining higher-risk settings where proof of vaccination is required, including nightclubs, restaurants where there is dancing, as well as bathhouses and sex clubs
  • Increasing capacity limits for indoor weddings, funerals or religious services, rites, or ceremonies to the number of people who can maintain two metres physical distance. Capacity limits are removed if the location opts-in to use proof of vaccination or if the service, rite, or ceremony is occurring outdoors.

Capacity limits in other indoor public settings, such as grocery stores, pharmacies, retail and shopping malls, will be maintained at, or increased to, the number of people who can maintain two metres physical distance.

Effective March 1, 2022

Ontario intends to take additional steps to ease public health measures if public health and health system indicators continue to improve. This includes lifting capacity limits in all remaining indoor public settings.

Ontario will also lift proof of vaccination requirements for all settings at this time. Businesses and other settings may choose to continue to require proof of vaccination. Masking requirements will remain in place at this time, with a specific timeline to lift this measure to be communicated at a later date.

Click here for the full press release from the Province.

 

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The Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA)  Government of Canada Business Financing & Income Support

Repayment deadline for CEBA loans to qualify for partial loan forgiveness is being extended from December 31, 2022, to December 31, 2023, for all eligible borrowers in good standing. Repayment on or before the new deadline of December 31, 2023, will result in loan forgiveness of up to a third of the value of the loans (meaning up to $20,000).

 

 

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Business Credit Availability Program, BDC Business Development Bank of Canada Business Financing & Income Support

Highly Affected Sectors Credit Availability Program (HASCAP) Guarantee 100% guaranteed loans of $25,000 to $1 million to cover operational cash flow in response to COVID-19, available through your financial institution until March 31, 2022 (extended).

Co-Lending Program Up to $12.5 million for your operational cash flow requirements; available until or before December 31, 2021 (ended).

Mid-Market Financing Program
Junior loans ranging between $12.5 million and $60 million for medium-sized businesses particularly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic; available until or before December 31, 2021 (ended).

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Business Credit Availability Program for Exporters, EDC Export Development Canada Business Financing & Income Support EDC has introduced initiatives to help Canadian exporters respond to COVID-19 including; - Guarantee on loans of up to $5M so that companies can access more cash immediately - Cover insurance losses for goods shipped even if the buyer has not accepted the goods, subject to terms - Waiving the 60-day waiting period for insurance claims.

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Private Bank Debt & Payment Relief Private Banks Business Financing & Income Support Effective immediately, Bank of Montreal, CIBC, National Bank of Canada, RBC Royal Bank, Scotiabank and TD Bank have made a commitment to work with personal and small business banking customers on a case-by-case basis to provide flexible solutions to help them manage through challenges such as pay disruption due to COVID-19; childcare disruption due to school closures; or those facing illness from COVID-19.

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BDC Continuity Plan Business Development Bank of Canada Business Advisory Support Contains themed templates that can be used by businesses to develop contingency plans for dealing with emergency situations. Templates include but not limited to, identifying essential services, key customers, critical suppliers and action plan for maintaining essential services.

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Stop the Spread Business Information Line: 1-888-444-3659 Province of Ontario Business Advisory Support The Province has launched a toll-free line 1-888-444-3659 to provide support to Ontario businesses who have questions about the province's recent emergency order to close at-risk workplaces following recommendations by Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health.

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Province of Ontario Postponing Planned Property Tax Reassessment Province of Ontario Business Tax Support The government is postponing the planned property tax reassessment for 2021.

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Water Bill (North Grenville)  Municipality of North Grenville Business Tax Support  The Municipal Office is closed to the public during the provincial shutdown. However, the Municipality remains operational to provide essential services and assistance to residents and businesses by virtual appointment.
💦 Water bills will be issued in February, 2022

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Rent and Property Expense Support for Businesses Government of Canada Business Financing & Income Support As a business, non-profit organization, or charity in Canada who has seen a drop in revenue during the COVID-19 pandemic, you may be eligible for a subsidy to cover part of your commercial rent or property expenses.
 
Depending on the period you are applying for, you may be eligible to claim your commercial rent or property expenses through one of the following:
 
Tourism and Hospitality Recovery Program (THRP) – Rent
Effective: October 24, 2021, to May 7, 2022
Hardest-Hit Business Recovery Program (HHBRP) – Rent
Effective: October 24, 2021, to May 7, 2022
Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS)
Effective: September 27, 2020, to October 23, 2021

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Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP). Export Development Canada Business Financing & Income Support EDC is working with our federal partners and financial institutions to bring financial relief and support to Canadian companies through the Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP). We’re proud to assist businesses—both exporting and non-exporting—with expertise, insurance, and improved cash flow.

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Cash-flow Supports for Businesses Through Tax Deferrals Province of Ontario Business Financing & Income Support

Effective January 1, 2022, the province is providing additional support to help improve cash flows for Ontario businesses by providing a six month interest and penalty free period to make payments for most provincially administered taxes.

This measure will provide up to $7.5 billion in relief to help approximately 80,000 Ontario businesses. This will
support businesses now, while capacity and operating restrictions are in place, and provide the flexibility Ontario businesses will need for long term planning.

Businesses have the option to delay payments on the following provincial taxes
• Employer Health Tax
• Beer, Wine & Spirits Taxes
• Tobacco Tax
• Insurance Premium Tax
• Fuel Tax
• International Fuel Tax Agreement
• Gas Tax
• Retail Sales Tax on Insurance Contracts & Benefit Plans
• Mining Tax
• Race Tracks Tax

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Preventing COVID-19 in the Workplace: Employers, employees and essential service workers Government of Canada Business Advisory Support The Government of Canada has outlined detailed policies and practices for employers to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace.

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Ontario Agri-Food Job Portal Province of Ontario Business Financing & Income Support A one-stop-shop that highlights employment openings and training resources in Ontario’s agriculture and food sector.

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NG Green Municipality of North Grenville Business Financing & Income Support A new local currency can be purchased to spend at residents' favourite businesses! Sign-up to be a participating business and accept the currency.

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Digital Service Squad Municipality of North Grenville Business Advisory Support Our Digital Service Squad is here to help you with your business' online presence. They can connect eligible businesses with grants such as the $2,500 Digital Transformation Grant and other free programs. The Digital Service Squad will be avaiable to assist businesses until February 2022.

 

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Expanding Rebates for Property Tax and Energy Costs Province of Ontario Business Advisory Support

To support businesses that are most impacted by provincial public health measures, the government is expanding the new Ontario Business Costs Rebate Program (OBCRP). The new OBCRP program will support eligible businesses that are required to close or reduce capacity due to
recently announced public health measures.

Eligible businesses will receive rebate payments for a portion of the property tax and energy costs they incur while subject to capacity limits. The rebate amount will be 50 per cent up to 100 per cent of these costs depending on the degree to which the business is subject to public heath restrictions.
o Eligible businesses required to reduce capacity to 50 per cent, such as smaller retail stores, will receive a
rebate payment equivalent to 50 per cent of their property tax and energy costs.
o Eligible businesses required to close for indoor activities, such as restaurants and gyms, will receive a rebate payment equivalent to 100 per cent of their costs.

The Ontario Business Costs Rebate Program was announced on December 22, 2021. Under the program, eligible businesses were to receive rebate payments equivalent to 50 per cent of the property tax and energy costs they incur while subject to the capacity limits at the time.

A full list of eligible business types will be made available in mid January 2022.

Online applications for this program will open in mid January 2022, with payments to eligible businesses provided retroactive to December 19, 2021.
Businesses will be required to submit documentation including property tax and energy bills as part of the
application process.

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