Announcements – March 9, 2021

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March 9, 2021
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BusinessTO News is a weekly newsletter focused on resources to help Toronto businesses mitigate the impact of COVID-19. For a full list of resources, visit


Toronto enters the Grey Zone

On March 8, Toronto entered the Grey Zone under the provincial COVID-19 response framework. Retail stores can operate at 25 per cent capacity, including stores in malls. Capacity limits must be displayed. Stores must also have signs posted requiring patrons to self screen for COVID-19 symptoms. Individuals must physically distance and wear a mask or face covering.

Funding for artists and art organizations

The Ontario government is providing $25 million to help artists and arts organizationssurvive the COVID-19 pandemic, remain solvent and prepare for a time when they can fully re-open their facilities, resume full programming and welcome back their visitors and audiences.

COVID-19 workplace outbreaks

On March 3, Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health issued a Class Order to all workplaces in the city of Toronto that are identified by Toronto Public Health as experiencing an active COVID-19 outbreak. Workplaces that are experiencing an active COVID-19 outbreak must comply with requirements until cleared by Toronto Public Health.

Launch of the Toronto Clean Energy Partnership

The City of Toronto, along with key partners in the federal and provincial governments and the clean energy and financial sectors, have launched the Toronto Clean Energy Partnership initiative. Join Deputy Mayor Michael Thompson on March 23 at 9 a.m. to learn more about this initiative, as he moderates a roundtable discussion with experts in the clean energy industry, global trade and sustainable finance.

Ontario launches campaign to help workplaces reopen safely

The Ontario government is launching new campaigns to help small businesses across the province reopen safely once lockdown orders are lifted in their area. The on-the-ground assistance includes a comprehensive suite of resources business owners can access at no cost to ensure they are helping to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace.

Business Community News

Collision Conference 2021

Collision is taking place online April 20 to 22. Woman in tech get 80 per cent off the ticket price as part of the women in tech programme. Women in tech tickets offer all the benefits of a general attendee ticket, along with first-preference access to exclusive women in tech programming. Collision is also offering free tickets to the most active developers and open source contributors in their network. Apply today.

University of Toronto Entrepreneurship Week

The University of Toronto’s annual celebration of entrepreneurship is taking place online from March 8 to11. This year’s lineup of virtual events includes pitch competitions and speaker series, workshops and more! View the complete schedule and register.

Resources for Businesses

The City of Toronto’s Business and Sector Resources page includes information on grants and programs available to Toronto businesses, on-demand webinars and information on safely reopening. Check back regularly for new content and follow BusinessTO on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Webinars and Online Events

Small Business – How to Prepare for Tax Season (Free)
Wednesday, March 10, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. – Register

Ask the Expert: Marketing and Sales (Free)
Friday, March 12, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Register

B Corp 101 Workshop: Learning to Measure What Matters (Free)
Tuesday, March 16, 10 a.m. to noon. – Register

Social Media for Your Business (Free)
Tuesday, March 23, 10 to 11:30 a.m. – Register

All Provincial Grants – Information Webinar (Free)
Wednesday, March 24, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. – Register

Guidelines for Mandatory Mask Usage in Enclosed Public Places (Free)
Watch On Demand

Ontario Small Business Support Grant Webinar (Free)
Watch on Demand

How to Successfully Apply for Government Funding (Free)
Watch on Demand

City of Toronto Programs and Resources

Financial Support and Resources

Federal and provincial government financial supports:

For one-on-one help with applications for any of these programs contact the BusinessTO Support Centre.

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