BusinessTO News – September 8th 2020


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BusinessTO Newsletter

September 8, 2020
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BusinessTO News is a weekly newsletter that focuses on available resources and supports to help mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on Toronto businesses. Learn about the current health situation, service changes, as well as resources to support reopening and economic support at


Province extends protection to prevent temporary layoffs becoming permanent job losses

The Ontario government announced it is extending protection to prevent temporary layoffs from automatically becoming permanent job losses. Under Ontario labour laws, termination of an employee after 13 weeks of being temporarily laid off triggers costly payouts. The Province’s regulatory amendment delays these terminations and severance liabilities, giving businesses more time to reopen and return to full operations. This extension will last until January 2, 2021.

Measures implemented to ensure passengers can safely use Metrolinx

As the province gradually reopens and more people return to work, the Ontario government is implementing measures to ensure passengers can safely take public transit. Metrolinx installed seat dividers on GO trains and buses, made face coverings mandatory for staff and passengers, and provided hand sanitizer dispensers on every GO bus and at every GO Transit station. These measures follow the Province’s comprehensive safety guidance for public transit systems and passengers.

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.

Webinars and Online Events

Reopening Guidance (Free)

*Webinars were developed based on guidelines that had been published and available up to and including the following dates – Retail Sector: June 11, Food Service Sector: August 7, Manufacturing Sector: June 16, Personal Care Service Sector: August 7,Events and Festivals: July 27 and Gym and Fitness Services Sector: August 17. Effective July 7, the use of non-medical masks or face coverings are now required in all indoor public spaces.

Infection Control 101 for Businesses Webinar (Free)
30-minute self-training module – Watch on Demand

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

Why Your Business Needs An Online Store – ShopHERE powered by Google Webinar Series (Free)
Thursday, September 10 at 11:30 a.m. – Register

The Digital Advantage: Securing Your Business
Thursday, September 24, 1 – 2 p.m. – Register

Ask an Accountant – Applying for Government COVID-19 Support Programs (Free) – Watch on Demand

Business Community News

Relief fund provides grants to help small businesses

The Canada United Small Business Relief Fund continues to accept applications for grants. Supported by the City of Toronto, the initiative provides funding of up to $5,000 to be used for COVID-19 recovery efforts such as purchasing PPE, renovating physical spaces or developing e-commerce capabilities.

Online tech events planned for September

From conversations with cleantech entrepreneurs to startup showcases and discussions around the future of work, there are many online tech events to keep Toronto’s tech community connected.

Businesses supporting the community

With more people experiencing food insecurity, Daily Bread Food Bank worked with the Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) to help facilitate pick-up and point-to-point delivery to their depots. CAA also supported the community by employing their contracted roadside assistance tow truck companies during off-peak times to deliver PPE, food and pharmacy products to agencies serving residents in need. In total, CAA coordinated and dispatched 1,976 product deliveries totaling over $90,000. Learn how your business can help.

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