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CWCC COVID-19 Government Updates May 19, 2020

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Ontario Announces Additional Workplaces that Can Reopen

Additional seasonal, retail and household businesses must follow public health guidelines

The Ontario government announced the retailers, seasonal businesses and health and community service providers who will be permitted to open or expand their services on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at 12:01 a.m., provided that the general trend on health indicators continues to improve as part of the first stage of the government's reopening framework. Read more here

Learn more about Stage 1 of reopening Ontario

See the list of stage 1 businesses

Extending eligibility for the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy

Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced that the Government of Canada will extend the CEWS (Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy) by an additional 12 weeks to August 29, 2020. The Government has also made regulatory changes to extend eligibility for the CEWS to additional groups. Read more here.

Canada's Regional Development Agencies

Help now available for regional economies and small and medium businesses

Canada's Regional Development Agencies (RDA) work closely with businesses and innovators in their regions to fuel economic growth that creates more well-paying middle-class jobs for Canadians. Read more here.

Grow Back Better

Our Food Future’s 10-point recovery plan in response to COVID-19

Since Guelph and Wellington County won the Smart Cities Challenge and received $10 million in federal funding in 2019, we’ve been working hard to meet our goals of increasing access to food in our communities, supporting food producers, and reimagining how we find value in waste. Read more here.

Ontario Extends Emergency Orders to Keep People Safe

Some Outdoor Recreational Amenities Reopening with Restrictions

The Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, has extended all emergency orders currently in force until May 29, 2020. That includes the closure of bars and restaurants except for takeout and delivery only, restrictions on social gatherings of more than five people, and staff redeployment rules for long-term care homes and congregate settings like retirement homes and women's shelters. The government is also allowing drive-in religious gatherings. Read more here


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