BUSINESS RESOURCES DURING COVID-19

During these uncertain times, it is important that we work together in partnership with all levels of government, local organizations and tourism industry organizations. We will continue to provide updates on available funding, resources and tools for our tourism businesses and stakeholders.

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Resources to Prevent COVID-19 in the Workplace
ONTARIO GOVERNMENT
For sector specific guidelines and posters to help protect workers, customers and the public from COVID-19.
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Retail Recovery Playbook
RETAIL COUNCIL OF CANADA
To assist retailers in their reopening planning, the Retail Council of Canada, in partnership with the Boston Consulting Group and retailers from across Canada, are leveraging global best practices for a diverse range of retail formats.

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RESTAURANTS CANADA

Restaurant Canada COVID-19 Reopening Best Practices
RESTAURANT CANADA
This document provides best practices that your operation can implement to comply with requirements from the government in the following areas; Physical Distancing, Cleaning and sanitation and Health and Personal Hygiene.

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CITY OF BARRIE

Business Response Action Plan
The Invest Barrie COVID-19 Business Response Action Plan includes Five Key Measures and supporting Action Items that will help protect the local economy and assist businesses with the supports needed to navigate these trying times.

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BARRIE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

 
  • The Barrie Chamber of Commerce is your trusted resource for all things related to leading your business through the impacts of COVID-19.

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GOVERNMENT OF ONTARIO

 
  • Government of Ontario Latest Announcements about COVID-19 - Newsroom
  • Download the COVID Alert mobile app to protect yourself and your community - Learn how it works

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GOVERNMENT OF CANADA


Support for Businesses

Avoiding layoffs and rehiring employees

  • Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy - providing wage cover of 75 percent of salaries for qualifying businesses. Employers of all sizes and across all sectors of the economy would be eligible, with the exception of public sector entities.
  • This program is designed to help employers the hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic to keep and retain workers.
  • Extending the maximum duration of the Work-Sharing Program from 38 weeks to 76 weeks for employers affected by COVID-19. This measure will provide income support to employees eligible for Employment Insurance who agree to reduce their normal working hours because of developments beyond the control of their employers.
Reduced and deferred payments
  • Allowing all businesses to defer, until after August 31, 2020, the payment of any income tax amounts that become owing on or after March 18 and before September 2020. This relief would apply to tax balances due, as well as instalments, under Part 1 of the Income Tax Act.
  • Deferral of Sales Tax Remittance and Customs Duty Payments until June - allowing businesses, including self-employed individuals, to defer until June 30, 2020 payments of the GST/HST, as well as customs duty owing in their imports. Learn more.
Access to credit
  • New Business Credit Availability Program to make more than $40 billion available to Canadian businesses in financing and credit insurance solutions through:
  • Canada Emergency Business Account will provide interest-free loans of up to $40,000 to small businesses and not-for-profits, to help cover their operating costs during a period where their revenues have been temporarily reduced. This program will roll out in mid-April, and interested businesses should work with their current financial institutions.
Supporting financial stability
  • Launching an Insured Mortgage Purchase Program, in which we will purchase up to $150 billion of insured mortgage pools through the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation. 
  • Bank of Canada actions - The Bank of Canada is acting in several ways to support the economy and financial system and stands ready to take any and all actions that it can to protect the well-being of Canadians during this difficult time. 
  • Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions actions - announced it is lowering the Domestic Stability Buffer by 1.25% of risk-weighted assets. This action will allow Canada's large banks to inject $300 billion of additional lending in to the economy.
Support for self-employed individuals
  • Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB), providing $2,000 a month for up to 28 weeks for workers who have stopped working or whose work hours have been reduced due to as a result of COVID-19.
  • Deferral of Sales Tax Remittance and Customs Duty Payments until June - allowing businesses, including self-employed individuals, to defer until June 30, 2020 payments of the GST/HST, as well as customs duty owing in their imports. Learn more.
  • More time to pay income taxes - allowing all businesses to defer, until after August 31, 2020, the payment of any income tax amounts that become owing on or after March 18 and before September 2020. This relief would apply to tax balances due, as well as instalments, under Part 1 of the Income Tax Act.

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