BusinessTO Newsletter Nov 3rd


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BusinessTO Newsletter

November 3, 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


City of Toronto requests Province temporarily cap commissions for food service deliveries

Toronto City Council last week approved a motion to request the provincial government implement a temporary cap on commissions for food service delivery companies. The City does not have the authority to regulate food delivery service companies or cap the fees that they charge. The motion is just one of the ways the City is working to support small businesses and the restaurant industry which has been severely impacted by the pandemic.

Online consumer directory promotes Ontario-made products

Industry group Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters, with the support of the Ontario government, launched the new Ontario Made Consumer Directory. The guide will make it easier for shoppers to find made-in-Ontario products while supporting local businesses and manufacturers. Manufacturers are encouraged to register their products to participate in this marketing initiative.

Business Community News

Canada’s Music Incubator introduces virtual programs

Canada’s Music Incubator (CMI) is offering virtual programs as part of its 2021 professional development programming. CMI One-On-One is a year-round opportunity for artists, managers and music industry professionals to meet with CMI mentors. CMI will resume in-person professional development programs when permitted by public health authorities. Applications for all 2021 programs are now open.

Toronto restaurateurs encouraged to participate in ToGoToronto

The popular dining website lists more than 700 Toronto restaurants that are open for safe takeout or delivery. The site is still accepting new restaurant registrations, and restaurateurs across the city are encouraged to participate at no cost.

Online events for the tech community

From a virtual job fair that offers job seekers a chance to connect with potential employers to a fintech demo day that connects investors to startups, there are a number of online tech events in November.

Businesses supporting the community

In response to the COVID-19 public health crisis, global apparel and accessories company Mad Engine LLC worked with the Toronto Office Partnerships to donate over 12,000 cloth masks valued at over $75,000 to agencies serving vulnerable populations in Toronto. This is just one of many ways the business community is contributing to the delivery of vital, community-focused services to keep Torontonians safe. Learn how you can help at DonateTO.

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, Gym and Fitness Services Sector: August 17 and Banquet Halls: October 15 . Effective July 7, theuse of non-medical masks or face coverings are now required in all indoor public spaces.

Site Design and Planning for a New Era of Live Events (Free)
Watch On Demand

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

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

Ask the Expert – Legal Advice for Businesses (Free)
Friday, November 6, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. – Register

Wave 2 & What You Need to Know Now: Scarborough Health Network’s Response to COVID in Our Community – Scarborough Business Association Cyber Breakfast
Wednesday, November 10, 9:15 – 10 a.m. – Register

Business AdviceTO – Cleantech North: Resilience and Recovery
Thursday, November 19, 4 – 5 p.m. – 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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