Ontario’s Re-Opening Framework

The Province of Ontario released its framework for re-opening Ontario and the relaxation of restrictions related to COVID-19. Learn how the Province is planning to reopen businesses, services and public spaces in a 3 stage approach:


On May 14th, the Ontario Government announced the retailers, seasonal businesses and health and community service providers who will be permitted to open or expand their services on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at 12:01 a.m., provided that the general trend on health indicators continues to improve as part of the first stage of the government’s reopening framework.

More Info: https://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2020/05/ontario-announces-additional-workplaces-that-can-reopen.html

Workplace Safety & Prevention ServicesGuidance on Health and Safety for Retail Sector during COVID-19: https://www.wsps.ca/WSPS/media/Site/Resources/Downloads/covid-19-retail-health-and-safety-guidance.pdf?ext=.pdf

Tenant/Landlord Rent Relief

Ontario-Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance Program (OCECRA)

Updated 30-JUNE,2020

The Prime Minister in conjunction with the provincial governments announced the Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) which will lower rent costs by 75 per cent for small business tenants that have been affected by the COVID-19 shutdown. Qualifying commercial property owners will receive forgivable loans, to cover 50 per cent of three monthly rent payments from small businesses facing financial hardship during April, May, June.  On June 30th the government announced the extension of the program to include July as well. The CMHC administers CECRA for small business on behalf of the Government of Canada and the Province.

  • The program will provide forgivable loans to qualifying commercial property owners to cover 50 per cent of FOUR monthly rent payments that are payable by eligible small business tenants who are experiencing financial hardship during April, May, June and now July.
  • The loans will be forgiven if the mortgaged property owner agrees to reduce the eligible small business tenants’ rent by at least 75 per cent for the FOUR corresponding months under a rent forgiveness agreement, which will include a term not to evict the tenant while the agreement is in place. The small business tenant would cover the remainder, up to 25 per cent of the rent.
  • Impacted small business tenants are businesses paying less than $50,000 per month in rent and who have temporarily ceased operations or have experienced at least a 70 per cent drop in pre-COVID-19 revenues. This support will also be available to non-profit and charitable organizations.

The federal government has confirmed that CECRA is available to all landlords, regardless of whether or not they currently have a mortgage. 

For more up-to-date details visit the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation website: https://www.cmhc-schl.gc.ca/en/finance-and-investing/covid19-cecra-small-business

Business Support for Corso Italia BIA Members

As we continue to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, several programs and initiatives have been launched to help businesses adapt and weather the storm. We encourage you to take advantage of these programs and help save your business community.

Promote your Business Across Corso Italia BIA Platforms

We encourage businesses to utilize promoting their services online. Online promotions have always been crucial when it comes to the success of small businesses, and this is especially true as we continue to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. Please share what your business is offering on our social media platforms. Facebook @corsoitaliabia, Instagram @corsoitaliabia, Twitter @corsoitaliato.

We also created a list of businesses offering services during COVID-19. To view the list visit the Corso Italia Businesses Open During Covid-19 page. To add a business please fill out this form.

Distantly – People Can Make Online Donations to Small Businesses

Toronto Mayor John Tory announced the launch of an online donation platform where people can make direct donations to small businesses to help reduce the impact of the COVID-19. This platform allows customers to continue to support local main street businesses impacted by non-essential closures.

Corso Italia businesses can set up their free Distantly account today. Toronto residents who are able, can make a secure online donation to their favourite local business. These contributions will help to alleviate expenses, such as rent and payroll.

The Neighbourgood – Promote your Gift Card

The Neighbourgood is an initiative launched to support Toronto small businesses setup and promote their e-gift cards during the shutdown. It is FREE for businesses to participate, and ALL PROCEEDS GO TOWARDS HELPING BUSINESSES stay afloat, support your staff, and rebuilt operations. Here’s how it works:

  • For those already selling gift cards, they will add them to their site and promote you across their site and on socials. 
  • For those not yet selling gift cards, they can set you up on their gift card account (for free) and help you connect it to your own Stripe, Square, or Paypal so that payments go directly to you. 

Promote your Business at Stay Home Toronto

Stay Home Toronto was established to reinforce the the message for residents to stay home, but to also encourage us to consider and support small businesses in our communities at the same time. Even if you are adapting your business to support social distancing, it can be a challenge for the community to find out about you. 

The Stay Home Toronto website profiles small business owners across Toronto who have adapted to provide online, virtual, and other services we can all use while staying at home, i.e., restaurants that have adapted to deliver, yoga studios offering online classes etc. Here’s how you can join:

  • Fill out some Basic Info on their Contact Us page. 
  • Stay Home will do all the work the find your logo and write a brief description.
  • You business will be added within 2-3 days

Deliver to your Customers Without the Delivery Fees

 Ambassador offers an e-commerce ordering solution called Smart Cart, which they can embed directly into a restaurant’s website, or build into an entirely new website.

There’s no app to download. The websites has an ordering interface. Customers can also place orders right from Instagram and Facebook Messenger directly to the restaurant. Businesses will still need to arrange the deliveries, but the system affords them the ability to complete contact-free payments, while keeping 100% of the profits.

Sell Gift Cards with GIFTforward

GIFTforward partners with businesses to offer gift cards to the public at discounted rates, to be used once your business reopens. It is a simple to use online platform and they have WAIVED THEIR FEES (will make no profit) to help businesses get the cash to survive. Should many Corso Italia businesses partner with GIFTforward, we can promote these opportunities across our social media platforms. 

City of Toronto COVID-19 Business Resources


Corso Italia Businesses Open During Covid-19

As our community struggles through this crisis, don’t forget to support your favourite local businesses as much as possible… we want to ensure they are still able to serve you once restrictions are lifted and life returns to normal (whatever that may be!). We’re doing our best to keep this listing up-to-date so check back when you are planning your next take-out, delivery, food order or online shop.

RESTAURANTS – Take Out / Delivery

AddressRestaurantDeliveryPick UpOnline OrderHow to Order
140 Westmount AveWallace EspressoYNYDM on Instagram:
1688 DufferinCora’s CuisineYY N Call 416.725.5891
1154 St. ClairBig Slice RestaurantY (After 5pm)YYUber Eats, Skip the Dishes
1160 St. ClairPizzaioloYYYhttps://pizzaiolo.ca/orders
1167 St. ClairPopeyesYYY Uber Eats
1168 St. ClairMcDonald’sYYYUber Eats, Skip the Dishes
1171 St. ClairChurch’s ChickenYYYUber Eats, Skip the Dishes , DooorDash
1176 St. ClairTim Horton’sYYYTim Horton’s App
1182 St. ClairPizza e PazziYYYUber Eats, Skip the Dishes , DoorDash. www.pizzaepazzi.ca/order-italian-food-online
1193 St. ClairPho Rang DongYYNCall 416 849 4775
1201 St. ClairShunoko SushiYYYUber Eats, DoorDash
1216 St. ClairBoneyard Grill (Reopening on April 14)YYYUber Eats, DoorDash, Fedora, Ritual
1218 St. ClairSunnyside GrillYYYUber Eats
1238 St. ClairSushi CaliforniaNYN Call 416.658.1238
1240 St. ClairTricolore Bar CaféNYN 
1245 St. ClairThe Cat’s Cradle Sports and SpiritsYYNCall 416-654-2234
1284St. ClairEl Sazon Mexicano YYNCall 647-344-0119
(Weekends Only)
1313 St. ClairTre Mari Bakery Y Y NCall 416-654-8960 OR Email catering@tremaribakery.ca
1318 St. ClairLa BruschettaNYNCall 416-656-8622 OR Email
1352 St. ClairFrank’s Pizza House Y Y  https://frankspizzahouse.ca/delivery-menu/


1176 St. Clair
Blue Sky Pharmacy
1177 St. ClairBio Pharmacy
1203 St. ClairSt. Clair Drugmart
1263 St. ClairClair Gardens Pharmacy

Grocery / Food Retail

1162 St. ClairSun Sun Fruit Market
1169 St. Clair7-Eleven
1175 St. ClairFruit Mart Plus
1199 St. ClairNutriviva
1265 St. ClairOntario Honey House/Bees Are Life Inc.
1299 St. ClairDiana Meat Groceries
1300 St. ClairTalho & Salsicharia
1301 St. ClairCabreira Meats

Financial Services/Accounting

AddressFinancial Services/AccountingContact
1164 St. ClairCIBC416-652-1152
1202 St. ClairBMO Bank of Montreal416-652-3444 sara.bailao@bmo.com
1241 St. ClairScotiabank416-654-8906
1254 St. ClairIC Savings416-653-4007 amaida@icsavings.ca
1278 St. Clair Unit 9Edward Jones416-651-2136
1285 St. ClairLismont Professional Corporationinfo@lismont.ca
1295 St. ClairNational Bank of Canada416-654-8890
1347 St. ClairTD Bank(416) 654-6655


AddressGaming/ToysHow to Order
1187 St. ClairSpielhaus Boardgame Cafespielhaus.com

Textiles/Home Decor

AddressTextiles/Home DecorHow to Order
1327 St. ClairTanyas Furniture & Bath GalleryCall 416-652-0763
1356 St. ClairOntario Fashion TextilesCall 416-654-8790

Dry Cleaners/Tailors

AddressDry Cleaners/TailorsContact
1308 St. ClairQuality Tailors & Cleaners647-340-9141


1278 St. Clair Unit 6Jones Deslauriers Insurance 416-532-5580


142 Westmount AveCorso Italia BIA416-654-3879
1292 St.ClairAfter Breast Cancer416-654-1868


1270 St. ClairUnion Travel416-654-4444

Services / Misc Retail

AddressServices / Misc Retail
1161 St. ClairGlobal Parcel Express
1174 St. ClairSt. Clair Photo Plus
1180 St. ClairLacozy Gifts & Discount


1278 St. Clair Unit 7Kumon

Curbside pickup & delivery rules


In most areas of Canada, including Ontario, online retail businesses can continue to sell to customers online, or by taking orders by email, telephone or other electronic means including social media. Curbside pickup is permitted as long as 2-meter physical distancing is maintained by employees and customers. For non-essential businesses, customers cannot enter the facility.

We have both essential and non-essential businesses in Corso Italia. Many are offering Curbside Pickup or Doorstep Delivery, or both. Each business should be following the recommended precautions and we recommend that customers also practice caution and follow the recommended protocol for reducing the spread of COVID-19.

The Ontario government announced on May 6th that it will be allowing all retail stores with a street entrance to provide curbside pickup and delivery, as well as in-store payment and purchases at garden centres, nurseries, hardware stores and safety supply stores. The business owners should review the health and safety guidelines developed by the province and its health and safety association partners. As early as Friday, May 8 at 12:01 a.m., garden centres and nurseries will be able to open for in-store payment and purchases, operating under the same guidelines as grocery stores and pharmacies. Hardware stores and safety supply stores will be permitted to open for in-store payment and purchases as soon as 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, May 9. On Monday, May 11 at 12:01 a.m., retail stores with a street entrance can begin offering curbside pickup and delivery, in accordance with the Ministry of Health’s Guidance Document for Essential Workplaces and occupational health and safety requirements.

IMPORTANT: The information provided on this page is general information. Each business owner / operator should refer to the guidelines and documentation provided by the provincial government as it relates to their specific business. Please visit https://www.ontario.ca/page/list-essential-workplaces

Note: “essential business” means a business listed in Schedule 2.

For more information refer to links below: 

COVID-19 Main Street Business by-law updates

24-hour Retail Delivery Noise Exemption

All retail businesses are noise exempt from the City’s Noise Bylaw to facilitate after-hour deliveries. Retailers can receive deliveries 24 / 7 to ensure goods remain in stock. More info

AGCO Allows for Licensees to now sell Liquor for Takeout or Delivery with Food

The AGCO will now allow bar and restaurant licensees to temporarily sell beer, wine and spirits as part of a food order for takeout or delivery. These changes are effective immediately and last until December 31, 2020. More info

COVID-19 Relief Information

In response to Covid-19 all levels of government are implementing measures to support businesses and employees during this pandemic and are offering the following programs to help Canadians get through this. We do our best to keep this information up-to-date. For the latest in government support for businesses you can always check HERE.

Income Tax Payment Deferral: The CRA will defer income tax payments, until after August 31, 2020, the payment of any income tax amounts that become owing on or after March 18 and before September 2020. More Info.

Provincial Tax Relief: In its Spring Fiscal Update, the Ontario government announced the following measures to support small businesses:

  • Provincial tax deferrals on the Employer Health Tax (EHT), Tobacco Tax, Fuel Tax, Beer Tax and Mining Tax and other provincially-administered taxes until August 31, 2020 with no interest or penalty
  • WSIB premium deferrals until August 31, 2020 with no interest or penalty
  • Business Education Property Tax deferrals for one payment quarter (90 days after June)
  • Employer Health Tax (EHT) exemption threshold increased to $1-million for the next year
  • Property tax reassessments being conducted this year for the 2021 tax year have been postponed.
  • More Info…

Deferral of Sales Tax Remittance (HST and GST): The Federal Government will be deferring the Goods and Services Tax / Harmonized Sales Tax (GST/HST) remittances and customs duty payments to June 30,2020.

  • Monthly filers have to remit amounts collected for the February, March and April 2020 reporting periods;
  • Quarterly filers have to remit amounts collected for the January 1, 2020 through March 31, 2020 reporting period; and
  • Annual filers, whose GST/HST return or installment are due in March, April or May 2020, have to remit amounts collected and owing for their previous fiscal year and installments of GST/HST in respect of the filer’s current fiscal year.
  • More Info

City Property tax and utility bill payments 60 Day Grace Period: The City of Toronto is providing a 60 day grace period for property tax and utility bill payments. More info.

Temporary Business Wage Subsidy: The federal government announced that qualifying businesses are eligible for a wage subsidy of employee remuneration dating back from March 15 and in Mid-May they extended the period and the subsidy will be covered until November 6, 2020 The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy would apply at a rate of 75% wage subsidy of the first $58,700 normally earned by employees – representing a benefit of up to $847 per week., all seasonal workers will also be covered.

Businesses can begin to apply to the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy beginning on Monday, April 27, 2020. The application will be available through your My CRA Business Account. If you don’t already have a My CRA Business Account, you should register for one now so that you are ready to apply on April 27th and able to receive direct deposit to your bank account.

The subsidy is retroactive to March 15 and available to eligible employers who suffer a drop in gross revenues of at least 30% in April or May, when compared to the same month in 2019, OR, a 30% drop when compared to the average of January and February 2020 revenues, would be able to access the subsidy. For March subsidy, businesses would only need to demonstrate a 15% drop in revenue since closures where only required starting mid-month. For more information please click here.

CRA has set up a calculator so employers can see how much they can expect to receive from the wage subsidy program.

Eligible employers would include employers of all sizes and across all sectors of the economy, with the exception of public sector entities.

Emergency Community Support Fund: The Federal Government announced $350 million will go towards funding non-profit and community organizations organizations providing Covid-19 assistance.

For non-profit organizations and registered charities similarly affected by a loss of revenue, the government will continue to work with the sector to ensure the definition of revenue is appropriate to their circumstances.

An eligible employer’s entitlement to this wage subsidy will be based entirely on the salary or wages actually paid to employees. All employers would be expected to at least make best efforts to top up salaries to 100% of the maximum wages covered.

Eligible employers would be able to access the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy by applying through a Canada Revenue Agency online portal. More details regarding how to apply for the program will follow.   Funds will be available between 4 – 6 weeks depending on how quickly CRA can administer this.

Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA): Eligible businesses will receive loans of $40,000 by the government that are interest free for the first year. For businesses that meet certain criteria the first $10,000 will be forgiven.

On May 19 the government expanded the criteria for the Canada Emergency Business Account to include more small business owners.

The program will now be available to a greater number of businesses that are sole proprietors receiving income directly from their businesses, businesses that rely on contractors, and family-owned corporations that pay employees through dividends rather than payroll.

Commercial Rent Relief: On April 16 the Federal Government announced Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) for small businesses to cover April, May and June. The Prime Minister indicated that Ottawa would have to collaborate with the provinces in order to set it up. Applications will be available through Canada Mortgage Housing Corporation (CMHC) on Monday, May 25.

Canada’s Emergency Response Benefit (CERB): A benefit of $2,000/month for the next four months will be available to employees who meet the following criteria:

  • Wage workers who are self employed, i.e. independent contractors, who cannot work due to Covid-19.
  • Employees who stopped working due to Covid-19.
  • Employees who are sick, quarantined or taking care of someone who is sick with Covid-19.
  • Contract workers who cannot work due to Covid-19.
  • Working parents who have to stay home without pay to take care of children due to school/daycare closures.
  • Employees who still have their job but are not being paid due to insufficient work and were asked by the employer not to come to work.
  • On April 16 it was announced that the zero income criteria would be relaxed to allow persons earning less than $1,000/mo to apply for CERB.

BusinessTO Support Centre: The City of Toronto recently announced a new service, called the BusinessTO Support Centre, to assist businesses in completing applications for government assistance programs. 

For up to date information on government support during COVID-19 please follow the links below.

COVID-19 General Information | City of Toronto

COVID-19 Business Resources | City of Toronto

COVID-19 General Information | Province of Ontario

COVID-19 General Information | Government of Canada

COVID-19 Canada’s Economic Response

COVID-19 Resources for Small Mainstreet Businesses | TABIA

COVID-19 Business Continuity Tips | Canadian Business Resilience Network

COVID-19 Resources for Small Business | Canadian Federation of Independent Business