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Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce

COVID-19 Business Update: September 11th, 2020

The Government of Ontario today launched a webpage to report COVID-19 cases in schools and child care centres. This page will be updated every weekday with the most up-to-date COVID-19 information available.
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 today launched a webpage to report COVID-19 cases in schools and child care centres. This page will be updated every weekday with the most up-to-date COVID-19 information available, including a summary of cases in schools and licensed child care centres and agencies, if a COVID-19 case is confirmed at a particular school, and where the numbers come from. This information will be useful not only to working parents but also to employers, as outbreaks and shutdowns in local schools and daycares may affect the availability of their workforce.
  • The Ontario government is launching an online survey that will help inform long-term transportation planning for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, and guide highway and transit investment from today to the year 2051. This regional transportation plan will aim renew and expand modern infrastructure, foster a healthy environment, and allow the region to stay competitive in a global economy. By 2051, population and employment are forecasted to grow from 9 million to 14.9 million people, and 4.5 million to 7 million jobs, respectively.
  • The federal Minister of Transport, the Honourable Marc Garneau, announced today that Transport Canada, provincial and territorial governments, public health authorities, and Canada’s largest air carriers have established a consistent approach for air carriers to collect and share passenger information necessary to alert Canadians of possible COVID-19 exposure while travelling by air, in compliance with applicable privacy legislation. This would facilitate timely contact tracing and exposure notification for passengers on domestic flights.
  • Ontario reported 213 new cases of coronavirus today, marking the first time the province’s numbers have crossed the 200 mark in months. Premier Ford had previously declined to rule out a return to Stage 2 of the provincial re-opening framework or even a lockdown. The GNCC believes that a rollback of the reopening must be avoided, and the only way to accomplish this without compromising public health is through keeping the number of cases low through rigorous observation of public health guidelines.
  • A group of border city mayors is calling on the federal government to keep the Canada-U.S. border closed to non-essential travel until at least next year. The current border closure has been extended until September 21.

Reading recommendations:


If you are showing symptoms, contact your health care provider, call the Public Health Info-Line at 905-688-8248, or chat to Public Health online. For testing, call 905-378-4647 ext. 42819 (4-CV19) for information on test centres in Niagara and to book an appointment.

Remember that a COVID-19 test is only a snapshot of your health on the specific date and time the swab was taken. No testing is perfect and a negative result doesn’t mean you haven’t been exposed to COVID-19. You can still develop symptoms days after your test was taken.

It is important that everyone practice physical distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Maintain a 2-metre distance from other people. When maintaining distance is impossible, wear a mask or face covering. Wash hands frequently and thoroughly. Avoid touching the face. 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.