City of Toronto Updates October 13th

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BusinessTO Newsletter

October 13, 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 toronto.ca/covid19.

Announcements

Federal government announces new support to help businesses through pandemic

The Federal government plans to introduce new, targeted supports to help hard-hit businesses safely get through the second wave of COVID-19, including:

  • the new Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy, which would provide rent and mortgage support until June 2021 for qualifying organizations affected by COVID-19
  • a top-up Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy of 25 per cent for organizations temporarily shut down by a mandatory public health order
  • extension of the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy until June 2021
  • expanded Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA), which would enable businesses and not-for-profits eligible for CEBA loans to access an interest-free loan of up to $20,000, in addition to the original CEBA loan of $40,000

Toronto Live Music Venue study released

The City of Toronto and the Canadian Live Music Association, in partnership with Downtown Yonge Business Improvement Area and Ontario Creates, last week released the results of a long-awaited Toronto venues study entitled Re:Venues: A Case and Path Forward for Toronto’s Live Music Industry. Among other findings, the study confirms that the total economic impact of Toronto live music venues is $850 million annually, providing the equivalent of 10,500 full-time jobs.

Government of Ontario implementing additional public health measures

The Ontario government announced it is implementing additional public health measuresin Toronto, Ottawa and Peel Region to reduce the transmission of COVID-19. These modified Stage 2 restrictions came into effect on Saturday, October 10 and will be in place for a minimum of 28 days. The targeted measures include:

  • reducing limits for all social gatherings and organized public events to a maximum of 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors where physical distancing can be maintained
  • prohibiting indoor food and drink service in restaurants, bars and other food and drink establishments, including nightclubs and food court areas in malls
  • closing of indoor gyms and fitness centres, casinos, bingo halls, indoor cinemas, performing arts centres and more

PPE grants for small main street businesses

The Ontario government last week announced the Main Street Recovery Plan, which includes proposed legislation that would provide one-time grants of up to $1,000 for eligible main street small businesses with two to nine employees—in retail, food and accommodations, and other service sectors—to help offset the unexpected costs of personal protective equipment (PPE).

Government of Ontario to help apprentices cover living expenses during training

The Ontario government announced new initiatives to make the skilled trades more accessible by helping apprentices cover living expenses during their in-class training. These include the Grant for Apprentice Learning to support those ineligible for Employment Insurance (EI) while attending in-class training, and the Apprentice Development Benefit that will increase the maximum benefit rates for EI-eligible apprentices in full-time in-class training.

Business Community News

New initiative promotes Ontario-made products

A new Ontario Made branding initiative free for Ontario manufacturers is promoting the purchase of products made here in this province. The initiative includes: a searchable database that connects consumers and supply chain partners to manufacturers of made-in-Ontario products; a new Ontario Made logo that manufactures can use to help consumers identify local products; and outreach to retailers to promote these products in-store.

Businesses asked to promote COVID Alert app with poster display

With the number of COVID-19 cases in Toronto continuing to increase, the city is at risk of experiencing exponential growth of COVID-19 infections. To help mitigate the spread of infections, the City of Toronto is encouraging businesses to display a new posterpromoting the COVID-19 Alert app.

COVID-19 prevention and control guidelines for businesses

Business owners and operators must continue to follow Toronto Public Health guidance in order to provide a safer environment for employees and customers. Find up-to-date online information specific to retail stores and shopping malls, food and drink establishments, and banquet halls and other event venues. For further information and support, 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.

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

Cash Flow Management Strategies for Small Business (Free)
Wednesday, October 14, 10 a.m. – noon – Register

B Corp 101 Workshop: Learning to Measure What Matters (Free)
Tuesday, October 20, 9 – 11 a.m. – Register

Starting Your Business 101 (Free)
Tuesday, October 20, 9:30 – 11 a.m. – Register

Low-Cost Marketing Ideas to Increase Traffic to Your Business (Free)
Wednesday, October 21, 10 a.m. – noon – Register

Helping SMBs Build Business Resilience with Agility (Free)
Monday, October 26, 2 – 3 p.m. – Register

Safeguarding Your Business from Cyber Threats (Free)
Tuesday, October 27, 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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