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Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce

COVID-19 Business Update: July 2nd, 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:

  • Premier Doug Ford and Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Steve Clark announced today that the government is providing municipalities and urban Indigenous community partners with an additional $150 million to continuously protect vulnerable Ontarians. The new funding is a response to COVID-19 related costs, including helping municipalities renovate shelters, creating opportunities for longer-term housing and prepare for emergencies. The total funding for social services relief is now at $350 million. Ontario Government Media Release.
  • The contact tracing app, COVID Alert, was scheduled to launch a pilot today in Ontario but has been delayed so that more provinces can take part in the pilot, in the hope to expand it nationally.
  • Workplace Safety and Prevention Services have partnered with Lear and developed a “playbook” that lays out processes focused on keeping employees, customers and partners safe during these uncertain times. It raises awareness of new health and well-being protocols and includes practical guidelines from the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development (MLTSD), Health Canada and Public Health Ontario, that could be tailored by businesses to address various scenarios when returning to work.

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.