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 toronto.ca/covid19.
Ontario Government proposes temporary ban on commercial evictions
The Province announced its intention to protect commercial tenants from being locked out or having their assets seized by their landlords due to COVID-19. If passed, the proposed changes to the Commercial Tenancies Act would temporarily halt evictions of businesses that are eligible for federal/provincial rent assistance.
Restaurants and personal care services advised to prepare for safe reopening
CaféTO, an initiative to create more outdoor space for local restaurants and bars, will make it easier for businesses to open and expand patios and access additional outdoor space for physical distancing during the summer months. The program will allow the City to act quickly to help restaurants and bars when the next phase of reopening begins.
Canadian destination marketing organizations to receive federal funding
The federal government is investing in the recovery of the tourism sector through direct funding support to destination marketing organizations across Canada. To drive visitors back into local communities as the economy reopens, the initiative will help generate new revenue for tourism-dependent small and medium-sized businesses. Tourism Toronto will receive $7.9 million through this initiative.
Google Canada investment expands ShopHERE initiative across the country
Stay connected to other entrepreneurs and leaders with Business AdviceTO, a series of free weekly online events for tech, retail and female-led businesses.
The BusinessTO Support Centre is available to help businesses complete applications for government assistance programs, retail opening guidelines and general business advice.
Signup for the ShopHERE powered by Googleprogram for help setting up and launching your own Shopify online store quickly, easily and at no cost.
Join Digital Main Street for access to tools, resources, connections to trusted digital vendors, online learning and a Digital Service Squad who provide one-on-one virtual assistance.
Reopen safely with help from resources in the Toronto Public Health Planning Guide.
Make a difference in your community with DonateTO.
Supporting COVID-19 relief and recovery efforts through DonateTO
Faced with the overwhelming need to accommodate large volumes of perishable food items, The Toronto Office of Partnerships helped connect Second Harvestwith Exhibition Place and Spectra Food Services & Hospitality to secure a large cold storage facility at the Enercare Centre. This partnership has allowed Second Harvest to expand its capacity to store and distribute much-needed perishable food items to community food programs across Toronto. Learn how you can help at COVID-19: DonateTO.
Financial Support and Resources
Federal and provincial government financial supports:
COVID-19 Reopening Guidance for the Retail Sector(Free)
Thursday, June 11, 11 a.m. – Register | Watch On Demand (This webinar was developed leveraging guidelines that had been published and available up to and including May 18.)
Reopening Guidance for the Restaurant Sector (Free)
Friday, June 12, 2 p.m. – Register
Ask an Accountant – Applying for Government COVID-19 Support Programs (Free)
Wednesday, June 10, 3:30 p.m. – Register
Business AdviceTO Event Series (Free)
Business AdviceTO with Partners SheEO World | Wednesdays, 9 a.m. – Register
Business AdviceTO with Partners Retail Insider | Wednesday, June 10, 11a.m. – Register
Business AdviceTO with Partners TechTO | Wednesday, June 10, 12 p.m – Register
Scarborough Business Association Cyber Breakfast – The Future of the Franchise (Free)
Wednesday, June 10, 9:15 a.m. – Register
Digital Strategies for Artists and Organizations (Free)
Wednesday, June 10, 10 a.m. – Register