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Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce

COVID-19 Business Update: July 3rd, 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:

  • As part of annual funding, Prime Minister Trudeau announced that the federal government will invest $40 million over three years in the Union Training and Innovation Program. This investment will provide support and training to Canadians. In addition, the PM announced that 92 infrastructure projects in BC – totalling about $150 million – will proceed under the Investing in Canada plan.
  • The Prime Minister spoke about hosting next week’s two-day virtual cabinet retreat in which the economic recovery, the threat of a second wave of COVID-19 cases, and the fight against racism would top the agenda. Further, Canada’s Finance Minister, Bill Morneau will release an economic update on Wednesday, as well as a report on how the Canadian response compares to other countries and what to expect in the upcoming months.
  • Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced that the province will be investing $3 million to provide free, virtual health and safety training through Employment Ontario. Up to 100,000 job seekers and workers will be able to take the virtual courses, learning the essential skills they need while practicing physical distancing. Training topics will include infection control and conducting incident investigations. If interested, visit Employment Ontario or contact one of the local offices in Niagara. Read the full press release here.

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.