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 toronto.ca/covid19.
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.
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.