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Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce

COVID-19 Business Update: April 1st, 2020, 4pm

Information on government grants, resources, and programs, and how to apply for them, is available here.
The Government of Canada runs Support for Individuals and Support for Businesses pages with summaries of programs and application portals.

Today’s vital updates: 

  • Full details of the Government of Canada’s emergency wage subsidy program have been released. The Government anticipates that payments will go out in 6 weeks.
  • Premier Ford has announced that the government will invest $50 million in the Ontario Together Fund, which aims at helping manufacturers re-tool to provide vital supplies in the fight against COVID-19. If your business could help, let the Government of Ontario know here.
  • St. Catharines Economic Development has launched PickupSTC, a website to promote St. Catharines businesses currently offering delivery and takeout options. To be on this list, fill out this form.

If you are showing symptoms, self-isolate for 14 days. Call a public health authority. Do not visit any healthcare provider in person before calling.  

It is important that everyone practice social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Remain at home unless absolutely necessary. Minimize contact with other people. Wash hands frequently and thoroughly. Avoid touching the face. Maintain a 2-meter distance from others if you are required to be out in public. If you have recently traveled outside the country, self-isolate for 14 days. This means that you must not leave your home under any circumstances. Have supplies delivered and left at your door. 

Previous updates can be accessed at 

Stay safe and be vigilant. The GNCC is here to support you. Contact us with any questions you have. 

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