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August 5, 2020 | COVID-19 Government and Business Support Updates

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We’re excited for chambers of commerce and boards of trade across the country to participate together in the Canada United campaign: a nationwide small and local business campaign encouraging Canadians to buy local.
Canada United is offering small business relief grants of up to $5,000 to help small Canadian businesses with recovery efforts as a result of COVID-19. The grant funds will grow over the next several weeks as every video watched and social post liked from Canada United will result in a 5¢ contribution from RBC and other partners. Funds can be used for PPE, renovations, or e-commerce capabilities. Learn more at https://GoCanadaUnited.ca.
Panel discussions: She Leads; Canada Prospers: The Importance of Women’s Entrepreneurship for Economic Recovery
August 11, 2020, 12:00-1:30PM
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a disproportionate effect on women. Most strikingly observed amongst women from disadvantaged populations, it is also taking a harsh toll on women entrepreneurs. Existing systemic inequalities pre-pandemic have been further exacerbated by recent shut-down measures, resulting in what some economists are calling a “she-cession,” as more women have lost their jobs and fewer women than men are re-gaining employment. What is clear is this: we will not achieve our full economic potential if support for women is not centred in our planning. for more info and to register click here
Support for Small Business Tenants and Landlords Extended
The Ontario government, in partnership with the federal government, extended the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) for small businesses by one month to help eligible small business pay rent for August. To find out how much rent support you may be eligible for, visit Ontario.ca/rentassistance. Read more here
Gross domestic product by industry, May 2020
Real gross domestic product (GDP) grew 4.5% in May, following two months of unprecedented declines when emergency measures to slow the spread of COVID-19 resulted in widespread shutdowns. In May, provinces and territories started reopening sectors of their economies to varying degrees. While May's gains offset some of the March and April declines, economic activity remained 15% below February's pre-pandemic level. Read more here
COVID Alert App Available
Privacy-First, Made-in-Ontario App Notifies Users of Potential Exposure to COVID-19
As Ontarians continue to do their part to help stop the spread of COVID-19, the Ontario government is encouraging everyone to download the new COVID Alert app on their smart phone from the Apple and Google Play app stores. This app, which is available beginning today, lets users know if they may have been exposed to the virus. It is free, easy and safe to use. The more people who download the app, the more effective it will be in stopping the spread of COVID-19. Read more here
Ontario Implementing Additional Measures at Bars and Restaurants to Help Limit the Spread of COVID-19
Measures to Further Protect the Health of Ontarians as the Province Continues to Re-open Under Stage 3
The Ontario government, in consultation with the Associate Chief Medical Officer of Health, has amended orders O. Reg 364/20: Rules for Areas in Stage 3 and O. Reg. 263/20: Rules for Areas in Stage 2, under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020, implementing additional measures for restaurants, bars, and other food or drink establishments, as the province carefully and gradually reopens. Read more here
Ontario Releases Plan for Safe Reopening of Schools in September
Province Providing Critical Investments and Resources to Keep Students and Staff Safe
The Ontario government is announcing the safe reopening of schools for in-class instruction beginning this September. The government has unveiled a plan that prioritizes the health and safety of students and staff, and provides school boards with unprecedented resources and flexibility, while accommodating regional differences in trends of key public health indicators. This plan was developed in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, the COVID-19 Command Table and paediatric experts. Read more here
Ontario Continues to Gradually and Safely Reopen Child Care for Working Parents
Strict Protocols and Additional Supports to Keep Kids Safe and Align Child Care with Reopening of Schools
The Ontario government announced its plan to allow licensed child care centres across Ontario to open at full capacity starting September 1, 2020. This decision was made in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and the COVID-19 Command Table. As a result, parents will be able to return to work knowing their children are in a safe and supportive care setting. Read more here
Ontario Improving Farm Animal Health and Agricultural Productivity
Research investment will help farmers safely manage livestock
The Ontario Government is investing $2.35 million in advanced animal research related to livestock health and well-being while also focusing on increasing productivity and competitiveness in the livestock sector. The findings will provide farmers with the latest knowledge and on-farm solutions for safely managing livestock so they can continue to be world leaders in the agriculture sector. Read more here
Ontario Safely and Gradually Reopens DriveTest Centres
Road tests for class G2 and motorcycle driver’s licences will resume August 4
People will be able to access more drive testing services as the Ontario government moves DriveTest centres into the second phase of its reopening plan. Beginning on Tuesday, August 4, 2020 road testing for class G2 and all motorcycle licences will resume and the number of locations offering commercial driver road tests will expand. Read more here
Province Supporting Innovative Made-in-Ontario Technology to Sanitize PPE
Ontario Funding Innovative Apple Grower in the Fight Against COVID-19
The Ontario government is providing Clean Works Medical and Pure Life Machinery with $2 million from the Ontario Together Fund to help manufacture a one-of-a-kind, sanitizing device called the Clean Flow Healthcare Mini. This Ontario-made device can decontaminate up to 800 N95 masks per hour along with other personal protective equipment. Read more here
Ontario Supporting Non-Profits as Province Recovers from COVID-19
Grant Program Will Ensure Royal Canadian Legions and Other Non-Profits Can Continue to Deliver Vital Services
The Ontario government is investing $83 million through the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) to provide grants to help eligible non-profit organizations, including food banks, child and youth programs and Royal Canadian Legion branches, recover from COVID-19 and continue the delivery of vital programming in their communities. Read more here

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