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Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce

COVID-19 Business Update: May 21st, 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 Canadian Chamber of Commerce’s Canadian Business Resilience Network has made a Re-opening Toolkit available for businesses, with many helpful resources for businesses re-opening or planning their re-opening.
  • In his daily briefing, Premier Ford expressed a desire to expand testing and that more information would be coming next week, including more testing on asymptomatic people and on workers in certain sectors. The province has seen an increase in cases since the Victoria Day long weekend, and no more information about when – or if – Ontario will be able to move to Stage Two of the recovery framework is available.
  • The Prime Minister and Canada’s chief public health officer have advised Canadians to wear masks whenever physical distancing is not possible. If your business is open to the public, we recommend that you ask or require staff and customers to wear masks in order to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
  • Shopify has joined Twitter in announcing that even after the pandemic, most of their employees will not return to the office, transitioning to a permanent work-from-home model.

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.