BusinessTO News is a weekly newsletter focused on resources to help Toronto businesses mitigate the impact of COVID-19. For a full list of resources, visit toronto.ca/covid19.
COVID-19 update for small businesses
Toronto will remain in the Shutdown Zone of Stage One of the Province of Ontario’s Stages of Reopening until at least February 22. Most nonessential businesses must remain closed. Businesses that are open must continue to actively screen all workers before they enter the workplace. Businesses must also post signs at all entrances to the premises, in a location visible to the public, that inform individuals on how to screen themselves for COVID-19 prior to entering the premises. For more information, please view Toronto Public Health’s guidance for employers, workplaces and businesses, and printable posters and graphics.
Increased reporting for workplace outbreaks
Toronto Public Health (TPH) will increase reporting of active COVID-19 outbreaks at local workplaces. This information will be published on the COVID-19 Monitoring Dashboard, which is updated weekly on Thursdays. TPH has been publicly posting the names of workplaces in active outbreak that employ 20 or more people. This is to help protect the personal health information and the identity of people with COVID-19 in small workplaces.
CERB repayments for self-employed individuals
The Government of Canada announced that self-employed individuals who applied for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) and would have qualified based on their gross income will not be required to repay the benefit, provided they also met all other eligibility requirements.
From February 25 to March 7, SaveHospitality.ca, a coalition of independent Canadian restaurateurs and suppliers, is encouraging independent restaurants to participate in LocalLicious and offer a three-course prix fixe menu, with $1 from every menu sold to be donated to a local charity.
Meet Canada’s future economic stars
Canadians have always been innovative and in extraordinary times some businesses are experiencing rapid growth. Meet MaRS’ future Canadian economic stars and exciting companies gearing up for great things in the upcoming year.
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