Provincial stay-at-home order

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April 13, 2021
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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


Provincial stay-at-home order

A third provincial emergency has been announced in Ontario in response to the rapid increase in COVID-19 transmission. The Province has strengthened public health measuresfor non-essential retailers limiting the majority of non-essential retailers to only operate for curbside pick-up and delivery at this time. A reminder that the City offers one-on-one virtual support to help small business owners through the BusinssTO Support Centre.

Second CaféTO registration window now open

Local restaurant operators interested in an expanded curb lane or sidewalk café as part of CaféTO can apply as part of the second registration window through Monday, April 26. Approved operators can have patios installed as early as June. Learn more about the CaféTO program, including registration for curb lane and sidewalk cafés, how to access options on private property, watch a helpful webinar recording, and read the updated guidebook by visiting

Free, no obligation, support for Toronto businesses to reduce energy costs

The City of Toronto’s Navigation Support Services program offers buildings and businesses support to reduce energy costs. Experienced City staff can provide guidance on how to better control energy costs in light of fluctuating business activity due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and also help apply options for energy retrofit projects. To learn more or participate, please email

Spring Cleanup

The City of Toronto has begun its annual spring cleanup efforts across the city. Hundreds of City staff, with appropriate health and safety protocols in place, will be out cleaning BIA areas, parks, roads, sidewalks and other public spaces. Local business owners can report litter hotspots on City property and illegal dumping on private property by submitting a service request at To report illegal dumping on City property, including parks and in the right of way, please call 311.

Business Community News

Marketing and technology help for businesses

Digital Main Street’s Digital Service Squad is available to help! Book a free consultation with tech and marketing experts and receive free one-on-one support to help your business with digital transformation. Learn more at

Toronto gets vaccinated!

Toronto residents over the age of 60 (born in 1961 or earlier) are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine at one of the City-run immunization clinics. Those age 50 and older who live in high-risk areas as identified by postal code are also able to book vaccine appointments at City-run clinics. Sign up, or assist a loved one with registering, by calling 1-888-999-6488 or visiting

The Collision Conference is next week

Join 40,000 people from around the world from April 20 to 22 to watch the biggest names in tech, marketing, finance and more at the Collision Conference. Get your tickets now.

Webinars and Online Events

WSIB Laws and Regulations for Small Business (Free)
April 14, 9:30 to 11 a.m. – Register

Ask the Expert: Marketing and Sales (Free)
April 16, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Register

B Corp 101 Workshop: Learning to Measure What Matters (Free)
April 20, 10 a.m. to noon – Register

General Small Business Tax Literacy Seminar (Free)
April 23, 9:30 a.m. to noon – Register

Scarborough Business Association Event Federal Budget Breakfast (Free)
April 24, 10:10  to 11:30 a.m. – Register

Web Presence 101: Ensuring Your Foundation is set
April 27, 10 to 11:30 a.m. – Register (Free)

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

Ontario Small Business Support Grant Webinar (Free)
Watch on Demand

How to Successfully Apply for Government Funding (Free)
Watch on Demand

CaféTO & Expanded Outdoor Dining Program 2021 (Free)
Watch on Demand

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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