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Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce

COVID-19 Business Update: June 22nd, 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:

  • The government of Ontario is providing up to $10 million to Indigenous-owned small and medium sized businesses to help them with much needed capital as the province begins to safely and gradually reopen the economy. Loans of up to $50,000 will be available to businesses that are either ineligible for, or unable to access, existing federal and provincial COVID-19 response initiatives for small businesses. The funding is being delivered through the Support for People and Jobs Fund. Loans will be available through Aboriginal Financial Institutions. Up to 50% of each loan will be in the form of a non-repayable grant, with no interest due on the loan portion until December 31, 2022.
  • The Ontario government is allowing more businesses and services to open and getting more people back to work by moving the City of Toronto and Peel Region into Stage 2 on Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at 12:01 a.m. Windsor-Essex will remain in Stage 1 and the situation in the region will continue to be assessed on an ongoing basis.
  • The Chief Medical Officer of Health has also strongly recommended that local medical officers of health use their authority under section 22 of the Health Protection and Promotion Act to issue class orders to ensure that employers of temporary workers take actions to decrease the risk of transmission of COVID-19 on farms. These actions could include:
    • All foreign workers self-isolate for 14 days from the date of their arrival, with the resources and supports they need to avoid any contacts with others and notification to public health unit if they have any COVID-19 symptoms;
    • All workers coming from any area where there is community transmission have tested negative for COVID-19 within 48 hours prior to beginning work;
    • Daily active screening;
    • Accurate and updated contact information of permanent, temporary and contract employees available to the public health unit within 24 hours and ensuring employees are assigned to the same group to support effective case management and contact tracing;
    • Physical distancing maintained between workers as best as possible and personal protective equipment to be provided based on risk assessment; and
    • All legislative requirements to protect worker health and safety are followed.
  • On June 25, the GNCC will host its 15th episode of the Espresso Live webinar series. Join GNCC CEO, Mishka Balsom and guests Jeffrey N. Halpern, CPA, CA, TEP, FEA, Business Succession Advisor for TD Wealth and Aaron Gillespie, CPA, CA, Partner, Enterprise Tax for KPMG as we examine succession planning and the potential impacts COVID-19 might have on those looking for change in their business. Register here for free.

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.