Mark your calendar and make sure your small business members are ready to submit their applications to the Canada United Small Business Relief Fund grant.
The Canada United Small Business Relief Fund will be managed by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce on behalf of the national Chamber network in support of other chambers and partners to help small Canadian businesses with their recovery efforts as a result of COVID-19.
If awarded, a relief grant can be used for any of the following activities:
- Purchasing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as masks, face shields, and latex gloves.
- Renovating physical space to adhere to local, Provincial or Federal reopening guidelines.
- Developing or improving e-commerce capabilities for your business.
A limited number of grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded. We intend to support local businesses of all kinds from across the country (from retailers to barbershops to farmers).
Learn more about the program and eligibility criteria at https://occ.ca/canada-united-small-business-relief-fund/.
Here is what you need to know to apply for the Canada United Small Business Relief Fund
Canada United FAQ and Answers
The safety and well-being of our members and community are of the utmost importance to us. We are working hard to communicate all updates to our members and our local communities. Please continue to check back for updates. We are here to help in any capacity we can.
The Ontario Government has announced that many regions in the province can move into Stage 3 on Friday July 17. For more information on the guidelines for Stage 3 re-opening CLICK HERE
The Canadian Chamber of Commerce has developed five key areas that need to be part of the country’s strategy to reopen the economy quickly and safely. They have also launched a toolkit for businesses as they move to reopen; that toolkit is available here.
We encourage all business to check out further resources the Chamber has made available on the Canadian Business Resilience Network platform.
- View Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan
- The Ontario Chamber of Commerce and Hicks Morley have created a Covid-19 Pandemic Preparedness Toolkit to support Ontario businesses.
Covid-19 Stage 1 Openings
Please view the detailed list of those businesses that are allowed to reopen in the first stage of reopening in Ontario. A detailed list of Stage 1 Openings
Resources for Covid-19 Protection
Looking to provide protection for yourself and your employees upon re-opening we have put together a list of PPE and Safety items that can be purchased locally for your business.
Does your company require PPE to return to work? As Canada’s industries return to work, there is an increased demand for PPE. The Rapid Response Platform automatically matches supply with demand, simplifying supplier discovery during the procurement process. To find out more go to the Rapid Response Platform
Ontario resources to prevent Covid-19 in the workplace: Find sector-specific guidelines and posters to help protect workers, customers and the general public from coronavirus (COVID-19) in Ontario.
Workplace Safety & Prevention Services Information Resources for remaining safe during Covid-19: WSPS remains focused on providing critical prevention and safety services during this time; helping employers navigate the pandemic to ensure the safety of their workers. On this page, find COVID-19 information, resources and supports for your business.
The Government of Ontario recommends taking the following actions to avoid the continuous spread of germs and viruses:
- wash your hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer
- sneeze and cough into your sleeve
- avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth
- avoid contact with people who are sick
- stay home if you are sick
Business Webinar Resources
The Canadian Business Resilience Network, a partnership between the Government of Canada and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, offers a series of webinars, videos and training resources for your business. To access these resources go Canadian Business Resilience Network.
The Ontario Chamber of Commerce has partnered with our members to provide you with up to date information to support your business.
The Government of Canada is taking immediate, significant and decisive action to support Canadians and businesses facing hardship as a result of the global COVID-19 outbreak.
Canada Revenue Agency is now offering online information sessions for self-employed, small businesses and non-profit on Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan on topics such as:
- Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS)
- Temporary 10% Wage Subsidy
- Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)
To register please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and indicate you would like to register for the CRA Webinar.