COVID-19 SUMMARY | June 22

The following is a summary of information from the three levels of government as of June 22, 2020.
 
COVID-19 City of Toronto,Provincial,and Federal

Provincial Government:

  •  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 24th.
    • This decision was made in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and the local medical officers of health. It is based on positive local trends of key public health indicators, including lower transmission of COVID-19, ongoing hospital capacity, public health capacity to do rapid case and contact management, and a significant increase in testing.
    • Toronto Public Health and Peel Public Health will enter Stage 2 on Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at 12:01 a.m. They will join the 31 other public health regions that entered Stage 2 on June 12 and 19, 2020.
    • For complete details click HERE
  • The Ontario government has passed the Protecting Small Business Act, temporarily halting or reversing evictions of commercial tenants and protecting them from being locked out or having their assets seized during COVID-19. The legislation applies to businesses that are eligible for federal/provincial rent assistance for evictions from May 1, 2020 until August 31, 2020.
    • Landlords and tenants are encouraged to participate in the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) for small businesses. The pause on evictions does not apply to those participating in CECRA for small businesses, as the program requires landlords to enter into a rent reduction agreement with their impacted small business tenants and commits them to a moratorium on evictions for three months.
    • For complete details click HERE or to begin your application through the CMHC go HERE
  • The Ontario government has extended all emergency orders currently in force under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act. This extension will be in effect until June 30, 2020.
    • For complete details click HERE
  • The Ontario government is providing employers with a new general workplace guide, which will help them develop a safety plan to better protect workers, customers and clients.
    • The toolkit offers tips on how to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 as more people get back on the job during Stage 2 of the reopening of the province.
    • For complete details click HERE
  • The Ontario government will allow restaurants and bars to temporarily extend outdoor patio spaces to safely accommodate patrons and staff once licensed establishments are permitted to fully reopen for business.
    • Licensed establishments may create a patio adjacent to their premise or increase the size of their patio once they are permitted to welcome patrons on-site.
    • While the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) will not require licensees to apply or pay a fee for these temporary extensions, licensed establishments must ensure they have municipal approval and meet all other applicable requirements. These measures will be in effect until January 1, 2021 at 3:00 a.m.
    • For complete details click HERE
  • The province has increased the limit on social gatherings from 5 to 10 people across the province. 
  • For a complete list of support measures announced in the Ontario Government Spring Fiscal Update


City of Toronto:

  • The City of Toronto is preparing to oversee the safe restart of some services and partial reopening of many businesses following today’s Province of Ontario announcement that Toronto can join the rest of the province in Stage 2 of the provincial reopening on June 24.
    • Businesses that can reopen for modified services with appropriate public health measures in place and subject to conditions include:
      • restaurants and bars for delivery, takeout, and outdoor dining only
      • shopping malls, except for indoor dining spaces including any tables and seating in food courts
      • personal care services, such as barber shops, hair styling, nails, tattoos & aesthetic services (but not for care of a patron’s face, such as facials and beard trims)
      • drive-in cinemas and drive-thru concerts, theatrical productions, performance or artistic events.
      • Many recreational and cultural spaces can also reopen, subject to conditions:
      • water recreational services, including splash pads, wading pools, indoor and outdoor swimming pools
      • community centres for a very limited number of modified uses, including certain outdoor sports and recreational activities, day camp, pools, splash pads, spray pads and wading pools, and indoor activities and services other than non-aquatic indoor sports and recreational fitness activities.
      • Campgrounds, museums, galleries, aquariums, zoos and heritage institutions
      • libraries with limited on-site services.
    • For complete details click HERE
  • Effective July 2, 2020 masks or face coverings will be mandatory on the TTC. Children under two and those with medical conditions will be exempt. Instructions for wearing a mask and making your own simple face covering are available here.
    • To support TTC customers in this change TTC will be employing a one-time targeted strategy to distribute 1,000,000 non-medical masks to our customers. Working with the City’s Poverty Reduction Office, the distribution will start June 29.
    • Click HERE for an update with additional details. 
  • Toronto Public Health has expanded the number of guidance documents available to help local businesses and community organizations to prepare for safe reopening when the city receives provincial approval for Stage 2 reopening. These documents will provide guidance on adjusting operations to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
    • Certain businesses and workplaces may begin to prepare to reopen by reviewing public health guidance to help them to operate safely when we reach stage 2. Some of these measures include ensuring physical distancing measures are in place, staff and customers use cloth masks where physical distancing is not possible, and keeping a log of staff and customers with check-in times and contact information to help public health notify individuals, if needed.
    • For complete details click HERE
  • The City of Toronto has opened online registration for CaféTO.
    • An online registration form and guidebook for the proposed program is now available at toronto.ca/cafeTO.
    • Restaurants and bars, along with their patios, remain closed for dine-in service due to provincial orders and public health recommendations. Restaurants with existing patios can open them once provincial orders are lifted and as long as they follow public health guidelines. If approved by Executive Committee, followed by Toronto City Council later this month, the CaféTO recommendations would make it easier for many restaurant and bar owners to open patios, expand them, and access additional space for physical distancing, in accordance with public health guidelines.
    • For complete details click HERE
  • The City has received the list of BIA member requests for CafeTO patio space.
    • They have performed site reviews with the BIA 
    • Restaurants who have submitted a request will receive an update shortly
  • The City of Toronto, led by Toronto Public Health, is providing guidance to safely reopen restaurants for indoor and outdoor dining, and personal service settings for personal care services once provincial orders are lifted for these sectors of the economy.
  • Toronto City Council has approved the implementation of a Property Tax Payment Deferral Program due to COVID-19. 
    • Qualifying property owners are eligible to have late payment penalties and interest amounts waived for a period of up to six months, from June 1 to November 30, 2020, depending on the date of eligibility.
    • For complete details click HERE
  • For a complete list of Economic Support & Recovery resources, including immediate measures and links to provincial and federal programs

 
Federal Government:

  • The Federal Government is extending the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) by eight weeks, to ensure Canadians have the help they need as they transition back to work. This extension will make the benefit available to eligible workers for up to a total of 24 weeks.
    • For more information click HERE
  • Minister of Finance Bill Morneau announced that as of Friday, June 19, 2020, applications will be accepted so that more small businesses can access the Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA).
    • To qualify under the expanded eligibility rules, CEBA applicants with payroll lower than $20,000 will need:  
      1. A business operating account at a participating financial institution;Eligible non-deferrable expenses of between $40,000 and $1.5 million.
      2. A Canada Revenue Agency business number.
      3. A 2018 or 2019 tax return; and
      4. Eligible non-deferrable expenses of between $40,000 and $1.5 million.
    • For more information click HERE
  • The Government of Canada is investing $50 million towards helping businesses across the region adopt digital technologies to recover from the pandemic and emerge stronger.
    • For more information click HERE
  • The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) has been extended by three months to November 6, 2020
    • For complete details on the extensions and extended eligibility criteria click HERE and for calculations info click HERE
  • To review the measures and programs announced by the Federal Government of Canada to date:
  • Support for Businesses can be found here:


Government Affiliated Support Groups & Resources

Toronto Region Board of Trade

The Toronto Region Board of Trade has partnered with the City of Toronto to deliver a Toronto Region Business Portal for COVID-19 Support and Planning—Right now, you can watch and read how to access new government supports.
http://supportbusiness.bot.com/

Canadian Federation of Independent Business

CFIB has created an exceptional set of resources and FAQs including materials like a template lease deferral agreement to help with rent negotiations and other useful templates and guides.
Government of Canada – Canadian Business Resilience Network (CBRN)

In partnership with the Government of Canada, the Canadian Business Resilience Network is executing a coordinated, business-led, inclusive campaign with the overarching goals of mitigating the impact of the pandemic on our economy, our communities and our citizens and positioning the business community to help drive Canada’s economic recovery.  
It aims to: 

  • Provide tools and supports to businesses in their business continuity efforts – from development to implementation. 
  • Provide a consistent and reliable flow of accurate, up-to-date, authoritative information. 
  • Work closely with government to ensure the right supports are in place and to be a conduit for information from the government to the private sector. 
  • Instill confidence in Canadian business and the economy. 

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce, Canada’s leading and most representative business association, announced a new program, the Canadian Business Resilience Network Small Business Relief Fund, to provide small Canadian businesses from coast to coast to coast with $10,000 grants to help their recovery efforts during these unprecedented times.

The applications that best demonstrate how the funds will help the businesses, their employees and their communities will receive the funding.

The initiative will help 62 small Canadian businesses recover and support their resilience, for a total of $620,000 in funds. Businesses can use the $10,000 grants to support their recovery efforts, including paying salaries, acquiring safety and personal protective equipment for staff, replenishing materials or paying for the measures required to adapt business models to the economic impacts of COVID-19, among other key priorities.

For more information including CBRN tools and supports to businesses: https://www.canadianbusinessresiliencenetwork.ca/

Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC)

For assistance in navigating loan and relief options, small businesses and entrepreneurs are encouraged to contact Business Development Canada 

What the BDC is offering in the wake of COVID-19?

  • The economic aid by the Government of Canada included $10 billion to establish a Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP). The program will be deployed by the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) and Export Development Canada (EDC). Their goal is to help small and medium-sized organizations directly impacted by the COVID-19 crisis by providing them with short-term, low-interest rate loans to bridge them through this difficult period.
  • BDC is making available working capital loans of up to $2M to individual businesses with flexible repayment terms such as principal postponements. These loans are intended to provide working capital, not to pay down existing debt. To access these loans it is advised that businesses seek support through their normal financial institutions for an assessment of their situation; however this will this not always be possible. The financial institutions will then make a referral to BDC whose needs extend beyond what their financial institution can offer. As well, if you have an existing relationship with BDC as some of our clients do then a direct contact of your representatives is a very good idea.

For more information:
https://www.bdc.ca/en/pages/home.aspx
 



Government Links

Please see the links below for the latest announcements made by the three levels of Government concerning the COVID-19 situation.

Federal Government – https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection.html
Ontario Government – https://news.ontario.ca/archive/en & https://www.ontario.ca/page/2019-novel-coronavirus
City of Toronto  Government – https://www.toronto.ca/home/media-room/news-releases-media-advisories/ & https://www.toronto.ca/home/covid-19/
 



Open-For-Business Campaigns/Programs
 
The City of Toronto is promoting a number of campaigns to support small business – hospitality and retail.
We encourage members businesses to click on the links to learn more about how these programs may assist your business. 

The Beck Taxi delivery app is available for restaurant food deliveries.


Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) Canada Guide
To provide guidance on building operations and management, BOMA Canada and its volunteers from across Canada have put together the Pathway Back to Work – Commercial Real Estate and Re-Entry Guide.

To view the guide click HERE

Restaurants Canada Reopening Best Practices Guide & Resources
Last week Restaurants Canada released our Reopening Best Practices Guide which provided advice to guide your reopening plans.  Now, the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development through its partner WSPS has released an additional resource, Guidelines for H & S for Restaurant and Foodservice Workers.

DineSafe: A Practical Guide & Support Program For Reopening And Creating Guest Confidence
To understand how to best navigate this unprecedented time and support restaurant and foodservice operators, the Ontario Restaurant Hotel and Motel Association (ORHMA) has been working closely with industry leaders, government agencies, technology experts, legal advisors, and key supply partners. Together, they have developed best practices to help guide your safe and successful reopening. 

TTC – Riding the TTC during the COVID-19 pandemic

Effective July 2, 2020 masks or face coverings will be mandatory on the TTC. Children under two and those with medical conditions will be exempt. Instructions for wearing a mask and making your own simple face covering are available here.

  • To support TTC customers in this change TTC will be employing a one-time targeted strategy to distribute 1,000,000 non-medical masks to our customers. Working with the City’s Poverty Reduction Office, the distribution will start June 29. TTC are also doing a multi-lingual customer education campaign to ensure awareness.
  • The TTC’s full news release with messages from Mayor Tory, TTC CEO Rick Leary, and Dr. Eileen de Villa, the Medical Officer of Health for the City of Toronto, is available here: https://www.ttc.ca/News/2020/June/17_06_20NR_Board.jsp  
  • Click HERE for an update with additional details.