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Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce

COVID-19 Business Update: April 23rd, 2020, 4:00pm

Information on government grants, resources, and programs, and how to apply for them, is available here.
The Government of Canada has a support page with summaries of current programs and application portals.

Today’s vital updates:

  • The Canadian Chamber of Commerce is hosting a webinar tomorrow (April 24th) between 2pm and 3pm, in which they will give guidance and tips to bricks-and-mortar businesses that need to transition to an e-commerce model. Registration is free.
  • On the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, the Ontario government is extending all emergency orders that have been put in place to-date under s.7.0.2 (4) of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act until May 6, 2020. For a full list of the legislation that this covers, see here.
  • The Prime Minister has announced an additional $1.1 billion for a national research/medical strategy dedicated to COVID-19 vaccine development, production of treatments, and tracking of the virus. This is in addition to the funding announced last month.
  • Businesses that would like Canada Post to hold their mail can apply here, or request their mail to be forwarded here. The fee will be refunded, along with any mail holding and forwarding fees charged since March 1st.
  • The GNCC’s latest Espresso Live webinar, with Alex Digenis of Henley Honda & Subaru of Niagara, Sue-Ann Staff of Sue-Ann Staff Estate Winery, and Mike Watt of Walker Industries, is available here. Our next webinar on April 28th features Mayor Walter Sendzik of the City of St. Catharines, and Mayor Terry Ugulini of the City of Thorold. To watch live and ask your questions, register here for free.

If you are showing symptoms, you must self-isolate for a minimum of 14 days. Call a public health authority immediately. Do not visit any healthcare provider in person before you have been directly advised to by public health authorities.  

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, you are legally required to self-isolate for 14 days.

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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