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Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce

COVID-19 Business Update: June 10th, 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:

  • CBC News has reported that the U.S.-Canada border closure will be extended past June 21. Sources have stated that talks are being held to extend the restrictions, but the agreement has not yet been signed. On Monday, the Government of Canada announced that foreign nationals who are immediate family members (i.e. spouses or common-law partners, dependent children, parents or step-parents or the parents or step-parents of the person’s spouse or common-law partner, and guardians or tutors) of Canadian citizens and permanent residents and who do not have COVID-19 or show no signs or symptoms of the coronavirus will be allowed to cross the border into the country. Anyone who enters will have to self-quarantine for 14 days.
  • Today, the Government of Ontario launched Ontario Live, a new virtual hub designed to promote and support the province’s tourism and cultural industries. This initiative, developed in collaboration with industry partners and leaders, will provide support for Ontario’s culture and tourism industries and help to mitigate the economic toll of the COVID-19 outbreak on Ontario’s artists, creators and attractions. When complete, Ontario Live will allow all Ontarians to access concerts, online art experiences, gallery and museum tours, virtual tourism experiences and much more, from the safety of their own homes. It will continue to evolve to support COVID-19 recovery efforts for the tourism and culture industries. If you operate a tourism business, consider registering now.
  • As part of the Ontario government’s Stage 2 reopening plan, more facilities and services will be available at provincial parks in certain regions beginning on June 12, 2020. None of these apply in Niagara, however, which will remain at Stage 1.
  • The Ontario government has developed a plan for the gradual and safe resumption of in-person instruction at postsecondary institutions across the province for the summer term. The plan was developed in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health. Starting in July 2020, limited in-person education and training may restart for students who were not able to graduate due to COVID-19 closures. This first phase will allow institutions to reopen to provide in-person instruction to students in essential, frontline, and high labour market demand areas, such as nursing, personal support workers, engineering, and other critical professions. Thousands of students across the province could benefit from this summer’s reopening. In September, all students will have the opportunity to attend postsecondary education through virtual learning, in-class instruction, or hybrid formats.

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.

It is important that everyone practice physical 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 here.

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