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. 

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:

https://www.ontario.ca/page/reopening-ontario-after-covid-19

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

https://www.toronto.ca/home/covid-19/covid-19-economic-support-recovery-for-businesses/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:
@Wallaceespresso
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
labruschetta@hotmail.com
1352 St. ClairFrank’s Pizza House Y Y  https://frankspizzahouse.ca/delivery-menu/

Pharmacy

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

Grocery / Food Retail

AddressConvenience/Grocers
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
nancy.tiralongo@cibc.com
1202 St. ClairBMO Bank of Montreal416-652-3444 sara.bailao@bmo.com
1241 St. ClairScotiabank416-654-8906
antonella.falcone@scotiabank.com
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
diana.santos@nbc.ca
1347 St. ClairTD Bank(416) 654-6655
Manju.Dhajal@td.com

Gaming/Toys

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
sales@tanyas.ca
1356 St. ClairOntario Fashion TextilesCall 416-654-8790
info@ontariofashion.com
www.ontariofashion.com

Dry Cleaners/Tailors

AddressDry Cleaners/TailorsContact
1308 St. ClairQuality Tailors & Cleaners647-340-9141
Sohail.ali.x2012@gmail.com

Insurance

AddressInsuranceContact
1278 St. Clair Unit 6Jones Deslauriers Insurance 416-532-5580
alexs@jdimi.com

Community/Non-Profit

AddressCommunity/Non-ProfitContact
142 Westmount AveCorso Italia BIA416-654-3879
corso@torontocorsoitalia.com
1292 St.ClairAfter Breast Cancer416-654-1868
alicia@afterbreastcancer.ca

Travel

AddressTravelContact
1270 St. ClairUnion Travel416-654-4444
uniontravel@rogers.com

Services / Misc Retail

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

Educational/Tutors

AddressEducational/Tutors
1278 St. Clair Unit 7Kumon

Curbside pickup & delivery rules

UPDATED MAY 6, 2020

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