BusinessTO News – March 2nd


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March 2, 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


Registration for CaféTO now open

Registration for the City’s CaféTO program has opened and will remain open until March 26. To register for the program, a 2021 CaféTO certificate of insurance is required. Learn more about the enhanced CaféTO program and updated guidebook at

Ontario investing in Black Innovation Programs

The provincial government is investing $1.2 million over three years to help young Black entrepreneurs and Black-owned tech start-ups access the resources and tools they need to succeed. The funding will be provided through Ryerson University DMZ’s Black Innovation Programs.

Employees returning to work

Keeping employees safe at work is a top priority. If an employee has recovered from COVID-19, it is not required, nor recommended, that they get a clearance test or a doctor’s note to return to work. Toronto Public Health offers resources for businesses and employees including infographics such as how to protect yourself and others at work and carpooling to work.

Get involved in the future of Little Jamaica and Eglinton West

The City is responding to a call to action to help sustain, support and celebrate the Little Jamaican retail corridor on Eglinton West. Together let’s take this opportunity to develop a plan to allow the commercial main street and Black-owned businesses, the surrounding residential neighbourhoods, and the vibrant cultural character to flourish now and into the future. Register for the first public meeting on March 4 at 6:30 p.m. and share your ideas.

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 2021 tickets on sale

Tickets are now available for North America’s fastest-growing tech conference Collision. Join over 40,000 attendees including startups, investors, exhibitors and more.

Celebrate International Women’s Day with SheEO Summit 2021

Join SheEO Summit 2021 on March 8 and 9. Hear from cutting-edge thinkers, innovators and women working on the world’s to-do list discussing what’s next for the economy, education, food security and housing. Main stage content and breakout workshops will focus on Indigenous wisdom, social justice and the latest in behavioural neuroscience.

Webinars and Online Events

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

Ask the Expert: Legal Advice for Business (Free)
Friday, March 5, 9 a.m. to noon – Register

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

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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