Toronto Prepares For Restart of Some Services and Partial Reopening of Many Businesses – City of Toronto Update – June 23

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June 23, 2020
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Toronto prepares for restart of some services and partial reopening of many businesses

The City of Toronto is preparing to oversee the safe restart of some services and partial reopening of many businesses on Wednesday, June 24. This follows the Province of Ontario announcement that Toronto can enter Stage 2 of the provincial reopening plans.Learn about Toronto Public Health’s guidelines for reopening, including guidelines for businesses and workplaces, food premises, personal services and more.

Ontario Government providing loans to Indigenous-owned small and medium-sized businesses

As the province begins to reopen the economy, the Government of Ontario is providing up to $10 million to Indigenous-owned small and medium-sized businesses. Businesses that are ineligible for, or unable to access existing federal and provincial COVID-19 responsive initiatives for small businesses are eligible for loans of up to $50,000. Loans will be available through Aboriginal Financial Institutions.

City of Toronto Programs and Resources

Financial Support and Resources

Federal and provincial government financial supports:

For one-on-one assistance with applications for any of these programs visit the BusinessTO Support Centre.

Webinars and Online Events

CaféTO Webinar (Free)
Learn about CaféTO and guidelines to participate, and get updates on permitting and licencing, the education and enforcement strategy for 2020 and updates from Toronto Public Health as they relate to patios.
Tuesday, June 30, 1:30 p.m. – Register

Reopening Guidance (Free)

  • Retail Sector – Watch On-Demand (includes guidelines published up to and including June 11)
  • Restaurant Sector – Watch On-Demand (includes guidelines published up to and including June 12)
  • Manufacturing Sector – Watch On-Demand (includes guidelines published up to and including June 16)
  • Personal Care Service Sector – Watch on-Demand (includes guidelines published up to and including June 19)

Ask an Accountant – Applying for Government COVID-19 Support Programs (Free)
Wednesday, June 24, 3:30 p.m. – Register

Business AdviceTO Event Series (Free)

  • Business AdviceTO with Partners SheEO World – Women Entrepreneurs | Wednesdays, 9 a.m. – Register
  • Business AdviceTO with Partners Retail Insider | Wednesday, June 24, 11 a.m. – Register
  • Business AdviceTO with Partners TechTO | Wednesday, June 24, 12 p.m. – Register
  • Business AdviceTO SisterTalk (BIWOC) Black Indigenous Women of Colour Biz Mentorship Circle | Thursdays at 10 a.m. – Register

Scarborough Business Association Cyber Breakfast – Re-opening and Support Programs(Free)
Wednesday, June 24, 9:15 a.m. – Register

Collision from Home 
Collision is moving online for 2020. Join “The world’s best speakers” and tech’s leading lights for one incredible online event.
June 23 – 25 – Register

Business Community News

Digital Main Street helps businesses with a range of digital solutions

Toronto businesses are working with Digital Main Street to improve and expand their digital offerings. TOWN, Pookadai Florist and Gary’s 17 Emporium are taking advantage of the ShopHERE powered by Google program to build online stores, Hola Spanish Classesworked with the team to shift their classes online, and Lazy’s Daisy’s Café is investing in new client engagement tactics. Learn how Digital Main Street can support your business.

Toronto’s tech community has strong fundamentals to help it spring back says Mayor

Toronto is North America’s third-largest market for tech talent. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, many tech companies were forced to put their operations on hold. Mayor John Tory sees great potential for Toronto’s tech community as the economy reopens.

Startup shifts focus from marketing lights to sourcing PPE for front-liners

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, staff at Toronto-based startup Nanoleaf pivoted from the business of lighting designs to sourcing medical-grade masks. To date, the company has delivered one million masks to healthcare professionals and another 500,000 to workers in essential industries.

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