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.

As the Province begins to lift restrictions there are still many questions on new policies and procedures that will need to be implemented by businesses. Click the links below for sector specific guidelines that will assist you in developing a recovery plan.

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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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Restaurant Canada COVID-19 Reopening Best Practices
RESTAURANT CANADA
This document provides best practices that your operation can implement to comply with requirements from 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.

  • The Small Business Centre's Digital Service Squad presents their new program Going Digital. This program is for businesses with little to no web presence to help assist them in strengthening their business during COVID-19. 
  • The City of Barrie has launched a manufacturing forum for businesses to engage with one another to ask questions and provide solutions for their businesses during the ever-evolving time of COVID-19.  For more contact Nora Gavarre at [email protected] or call (705) 739-4220 ext. 4431.
  • Free transit available from March 20th - April 6th - Riders will be allowed to enter from the rear door to reduce the risk to transit operators. Consult the Live Bus Map to track your trip.
  • Water Wastewater Billing - there will be no new late fees or City-imposed non-sufficient funds (NSF) charges for water wastewater bills until June 30, 2020. Businesses and property owners can opt out or suspend pre-authorized payment plans by completing the Water Wastewater Pre-Authorized Payment Form. No water shutoffs will be carried out until June 30, 2020.
  • The City of Barrie has reduced enforcement of parking and the noise by-laws until further notice. The provisions in the noise by-law related to deliveries will not be enforced, which will allow grocery and other stores to receive deliveries of essential services and/or perishables at any time. 
  • There will be no new late fees or City-imposed non-sufficient funds (NSF) charges for tax bills until June 30, 2020. Businesses and Property owners can opt out or suspend pre-authorized payment plans by completing the Property Tax Pre-Authorization Payment Cancellation Form.

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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

 
  • Framework for Reopening our Province: Stage 1: Download PDF
  • Ontario's Action Plan includes $7 billion in additional resources for the health care system and direct support for people and jobs. It also will make available $10 billion in support for people and businesses through tax and other deferrals to improve cash flow, protecting jobs and household budgets.
  • Government of Ontario Latest Announcements about COVID-19 - Newsroom

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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. The program will be in place until August 29th. 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 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 four months for workers, small business owners and entrepreneurs not receiving a paycheque 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 installments, under Part 1 of the Income Tax Act.

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