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.
New COVID-19 prevention measures for restaurants and bars
Mayor Tory announces five-point plan to support restaurants and bars
Mayor Tory last week announced a five-point plan to support food and drink establishments through the COVID-19 pandemic. As part of the plan, City staff are exploring ways to facilitate winter patio operations. The City is encouraging the Government of Ontario to extend regulations that would continue to permit liquor sales licensees to sell beer, wine and spirits with takeout and delivery orders. The City will also request that the provincial government work with the insurance industry to prevent undue increases to policy costs and premiums that negatively impact hospitality businesses. In addition, the City will urge the province to continue the pause on commercial evictions until the COVID-19 resurgence eases. These measures are in addition to the City’s efforts to extend the patio season by allowing portable heaters to be installed on temporary patio spaces set up in curb lanes and on sidewalks as part of CaféTO, which is set to end November 15.
City Council advocates for mask use in workplaces
Toronto City Council voted last week to request that the Province of Ontario require masks or face coverings in all workplaces where physical distancing for employees and visitors is challenging. This move follows after Toronto Public Health had identified that COVID-19 case clusters and outbreaks have occurred among staff and patrons in a diverse range of workplaces.
Business Community News
City of Toronto encouraging businesses to display COVID Alert app poster
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.
Online event to promote mutual assistance among entrepreneurs
A free online event hosted by the Open People Network will bring together startup entrepreneurs to share their business needs and offer mutual support. Startups will each have two minutes to explain their business and what they need help with. Other online participants will then have a chance to offer help where they can. If you are you looking for a Chief Technical Officer, manufacturer, designer, or other startups to partner with, the #PitchIt e2e event is a way to find support. Thursday, October 22, 2 p.m. Register and apply to participate.
Business Diversity Economic Expo to address equity gap in business
The Ontario Chamber of Commerce is hosting a virtual business-to-business equity trade show and networking event that will spotlight businesses that are black-owned, indigenous-owned, people of colour-owned, women-owned, LGBTQ2+-owned, and owned by people with disabilities. The Business Diversity Economic Expo takes place October 22, October 28 and November 17.
Local Recovery Challenge offers financial support to businesses using connectivity in their product or service
A digital services initiative is offering up to $50,000 in financial support to start-ups and small and medium-sized enterprises for product development, market traction and scaling their company using connectivity. Part of the ENCQOR 5G initiative to support Ontario-based businesses in testing and/or adopting 5G capabilities, the Local Recovery Challenge is open to all businesses—with a special focus on sectors such as ride sharing services; delivery services; navigation, mapping and route optimization; proof of delivery; credential validation; and more. Complete a short contact form before October 30 and someone will reach out to you to discuss your application.
COVID-19 prevention and control guidelines for businesses