City of Toronto Updates – August 4th

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August 4, 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 and economic support at


Resources for Toronto businesses reopening in Stage 3

On Friday, July 31, the City of Toronto entered Stage 3of the province’s reopening framework. Additional Toronto businesses and facilities can now reopen subject to compliance with reopening conditions. The City has created resources to help Toronto businesses reopen safely, including sector-specific guidelines created by Toronto Public Health. Find the resources you need on the City’s website at, or schedule a virtual appointment with a business advisor through the BusinessTO Support Centre.

Here are a few more resources to help with reopening:

Reopening guidelines for restaurants and bars

Restaurants and bars are now permitted to offer indoor dine-in service while following clear requirements to protect the health and safety of restaurant patrons and employees. To guide businesses through the process, the City of Toronto has provided specific guidelines for reopening. A DineSafe poster and collection of personal information notice poster are also available for business owners to print and display at all entrances.

City of Toronto Programs and Resources

Financial Support and Resources

Federal and provincial government financial supports:

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

Webinars and Online Events

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

Reopening Guidance (Free)

*Webinars were developed leveraging guidelines that had been published and available up to and including the following dates – Retail Sector: June 11, Restaurant Sector: June 12, Manufacturing Sector: June 16, Personal Care Service Sector: June 19 and Events and Festivals: July 27.  Effective July 7, the use of non-medical masks or face coverings are now required in all indoor public spaces.

Why You Need An Online Store For Your Business – ShopHERE Powered by Google (Free)
Thursdays at 11:30 a.m. – Register

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

Toronto Women’s Entrepreneurship Forum 2020
August 11 – 12, from 2 to 5 p.m. – Register

Scarborough Business Association Cyber Breakfast: Building a Sustainable Community – Your Business and Variety Village / Variety the Children’s Charity
August 12, 9:15 a.m. – Register

Business AdviceTO Event Series (Free)

  • Business AdviceTO with Partners SheEO World – Women Entrepreneurs | Wednesdays at 9 a.m. – Register
  • Business AdviceTO with Partners Retail Insider | Wednesday, August 5, 11 a.m. to noon – Register
  • Business AdviceTO with Partners TechTO | Wednesday, August 5, noon to 1 p.m.  – Register
  • Business AdviceTO SisterTalk (BIWOC) Black Indigenous Women of Colour Biz Mentorship Circle | Thursdays at 10 a.m. – Register

Business Community News

Business supports Toronto’s COVID-19 relief and recovery efforts

To address the need for physical distancing within shelters during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Rapid Rehousing Project and Regent Park Project transitioned those experiencing homelessness from the shelter system into a mixture of permanent and temporary housing. To help furnish some of these housing units and make them ready for occupancy, Canadian mattress brand Polysleep worked with the Toronto Office of Partnerships to generously donate 100 mattresses and box springs valued at more than $76,000. Learn how you can make a difference.

Elevate to cancel annual tech fest and launch year-round social innovation hub

To prioritize the health and safety of the community, Elevate has decided to cancel its annual tech fest. Instead, Elevate will partner with the Design Exchange to launch the Elevate Social Innovation Exchange (Elevate SIX), a social innovation hub that will tackle the complex social, economic, and environmental challenges facing the country.

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