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Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce

COVID-19 Business Update: July 27th, 2020

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.

Vital updates:

  • Ontario reported an additional 119 cases of COVID-19 today, with a firm majority once again in people under 40 years old. If the province is to remain at Stage 3 of the provincial re-opening framework, it is crucial that all of us exercise vigilance and follow public health guidelines. Maintain a 2-metre physical distance wherever possible. Exercise scrupulous hand and face hygiene. Wear masks and require their use in your business. Record the names, contact information, and time/date of visit for your customers and guests. Work remotely if you can. Do not take unnecessary risks. Niagara was one of the last regions to reach Stages 2 and 3, and it is possible that, in the event of a surge in cases, it would also be one of the first to be rolled back again. It is incumbent upon all of us to prevent that from happening.
  • Ontario Craft Wineries has launched a petition to scrap the 6.1% tax per bottle of VQA wine sold at their own wineries, which hurts Niagara’s wine industry. Canada’s taxes on wine are already some of the highest in the world. Each bottle of VQA wine sold generates an economic benefit of $98.20 to the Ontario economy. We hope you will join us in signing this petition.
  • The Ontario government, in partnership with the federal government, is providing up to $4 billion in urgently needed one-time assistance to Ontario’s 444 municipalities. Of the $4 billion, $777 million will be provided by the Government of Canada and $1.22 billion from the Government of Ontario to financially assist social infrastructure such as homeless shelters, women’s shelters and food banks. The balance will be provided in equal part by both governments, and will go to funding public transit systems that have seen steep revenue declines.

Reading recommendations:


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.

Remember that a COVID-19 test is only a snapshot of your health on the specific date and time the swab was taken. No testing is perfect and a negative result doesn’t mean you haven’t been exposed to COVID-19. You can still develop symptoms days after your test was taken.

It is important that everyone practice physical distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Maintain a 2-metre distance from other people. When maintaining distance is impossible, use a face mask. Wash hands frequently and thoroughly. Avoid touching the face. If you have recently traveled outside the country, you are legally required to self-isolate for 14 days.

Previous updates can be accessed here.

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