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Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce

COVID-19 Business Update: March 31st, 2020, 4pm

Information on government grants, resources, and programs, and how to apply for them, is available here.
The Government of Canada runs Support for Individuals and Support for Businesses pages with summaries of programs and application portals.

Today’s vital updates: 

  • Details of the Government of Canada’s 75% wage subsidy program have been pushed back. An announcement from Finance Minister Bill Morneau and Small Business Minister Mary Ng is expected on April 1st.
  • The GNCC’s first webinar on COVID-19 is available here. These webinars will be held regularly on Tuesdays and Thursdays. This Thursday, we will be joined by employment lawyers from Sullivan Mahoney and Lancaster, Brooks & Welch to answer your questions on your rights and obligations at this time. Sign up to get the call-in details here.
  • The Government of Ontario has extended the state of emergency until April 13th. Schools will remain closed until May, instead of the initially-expected return on April 6.

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 at your door. 

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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