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Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce

COVID-19 Business Update: March 26th, 4pm

The GNCC is committed to bringing timely information and updates on the business impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Information on government grants, resources, and programs, and how to apply for them, is available here.  

Today’s vital updates: 

  • The Government of Canada’s support bill has received royal assent and is now law. It covers $107-billion in aid packages, the details of which were announced here over the past few days. 
  • The Quarantine Act has been invoked. All international travelers returning to Canada must self-isolate for 14 days. This was previously the government’s advice; now, those who do not comply face fines or prison sentences. Make your staff aware. 
  • The Government of Ontario has announced the details of its WSIB relief package. All workplaces covered by WSIB insurance can defer premium reporting and payments until August 31st, 2020. Businesses do not need to notify WSIB that they are taking advantage of this deferral.  
  • The Government of Ontario has also announced the deferral of property taxes. School boards will be compensated for the shortfall from Provincial funds. 
  • The Government of Ontario will allow interest and payment relief until August 31st for businesses on the majority of provincially-administered taxes, including the Tobacco Tax; Fuel Tax; Gas Tax; Beer, Wine, and Spirits Tax; Mining Tax; Insurance Premium Tax; International Fuel Tax Agreement; and Race Tracks Tax. 
  • Scammers are attempting to exploit the new Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB). Be vigilant for suspicious text messages and warn your employees. 
  • The Ontario Chamber of Commerce has launched a COVID-19 portal for Ontario businesses. 
  • The Niagara Health Foundation is appealing for companies and residents to donate any masks they may have in their shops or workplaces. They will take any and all masks, whether they are N95/respirator or surgical, and will let hospitals decide which ones they can use. 
  • British Columbia and Alberta have announced that individuals flouting social distancing rules now face fines and even jail time. Other provinces may introduce similar measures, including Ontario. 

If you are showing symptoms, self-isolate for 14 days. Call a public health authority. Do not visit any healthcare provider in person before calling.  

It is important that everyone practice social 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, self-isolate for 14 days. This means that you must not leave your home under any circumstances. Have supplies delivered and left on your porch. 

Previous updates can be accessed at 

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

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