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York Region Companies Turning to Online World to Cope With COVID-19 Crunch

Running Hutchings Farm provides enough work for her and her husband, Kevin, without the added task of bringing their farm store online. Business is busiest in summer and at Christmas, but come January, February and March, sales drop.

Government Announces Extension of Canada Emergency Business Account to Help Small Businesses

The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, and the Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade, the Honourable Mary Ng, announced that the deadline for new Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) applications is being extended from March 31 to June 30, 2021.
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York Region Business Update // March 2021

York Region Economic Development’s monthly e-newsletter shares highlights and news from the business community, small business supports, events, economic data, and more.


Highly Affected Sectors Credit Availability Program | COVID-19 Funding Spotlight

Qualified small to medium-sized Canadian businesses can receive from $25,000 to $1 million in HASCAP loans, and larger organizations with multiple locations such as a chain of restaurants or hotels can receive up to $6.25 million in funding support.
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York Region Business Update // February 2021

York Region Economic Development’s monthly e-newsletter shares highlights and news from the business community, small business supports, events, economic data, and more.

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Ontario Expands Eligibility for Main Street Relief Grant

The Ontario government is expanding the number of small businesses that can apply for the Main Street Relief Grant to help offset the costs of purchasing personal protective equipment (PPE) to cautiously and gradually reopen in parts of the province. Small businesses with 2 to 19 employees in all eligible sectors

Ontario Small Business Support Grant | COVID-19 Funding Spotlight

The Ontario Small Business Support Grant will grant small businesses between $10,000-$20,000 to help cover decreased revenue expected as a result of the provincewide lockdown.
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2020 Look Back: Our Top 15 York Region Business Community News Stories

2020 was a challenging year for the business community, but there were still moments worth celebrating. Check out our Top 15 list.
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Richmond Hill Headquartered Laipac Receives Clearance from Europe for their LooK SPOT COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Test of 5 to 8 minutes

Richmond Hill, Canada, Jan. 19, 2021 — Laipac Technology Inc. a leader in the development of IoMT (Internet of Medical Things), today announced that their LooK SPOT COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Test received CE IVD clearance for Europe.
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Applications Now Open for Ontario’s Small Business Support Grant

The Ontario government has opened applications for the new Ontario Small Business Support Grant. The grant, first announced in December, provides a minimum of $10,000 to a maximum of $20,000 to eligible small businesses who have had to restrict their operations due to the Provincewide Shutdown.
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Richmond Hill Headquartered Facedrive Health’s TraceSCAN Endorsed by LiUNA as the Wearable Contact-Tracing Solution of Choice

Facedrive Inc. , a Canadian “people-and-planet first” tech ecosystem, is honored to announce that TraceSCAN, Facedrive Health’s proprietary contact-tracing solution, has been endorsed by Labourers’ International Union of North America (“LiUNA”) for implementation across its construction sites.
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The New Ontario Small Business Support Grant

The government is announcing the new Ontario Small Business Support Grant, which will provide a minimum of $10,000 and up to $20,000 to help small business owners during this challenging period.
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York Region Headquartered Monitio Essential Receives Health Canada Authorization for COVID-19 Medical Device

December 15, 2020 — Monitio Intelligence Inc., an AIH Technology Inc. subsidiary, received Health Canada authorization for Monitio Essential -Self Assessment Screening Station under the category of Medical Device for Use in Relation to COVID-19.
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Richmond Hill Headquartered Facedrive Health’s Contact-Tracing Technology TraceSCAN Secures Federal Certification

Facedrive Inc. a Canadian “people-and-planet first” tech ecosystem is pleased to announce that its contact-tracing platform TraceSCAN, a unique wearable technology developed by Facedrive’s Health division, has been authorized by Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED).
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Markham Headquartered Lind Equipment’s Apollo UVC LED System Scientifically Proven to Effectively Kill SARS-CoV-2

Lind Equipment announced their newly developed Apollo UVC LED system has been proven to kill the SARS-CoV-2 virus — the first Canadian-designed UVC LED system proven effective.
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York Region-Made SARS-CoV-2 Detector from Vaughan Headquartered Kontrol Energy Set to Ship Worldwide

Dec. 8, 2020 – Kontrol Energy Corporation is set to ship its COVID-19 technology or BioCloud, to customers and distributors around the world. BioCloud is a real-time analyzer designed to detect airborne viruses, including SARS-COV-2, by continuously sampling air quality and triggering a silent, cloud-based alert to facility managers.
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Opening of State-of-the-Art Vaughan Hospital to Help with Surgical Backlog Caused by Coronavirus

At the northwest corner of Jane Street and Major Mackenzie Drive in Vaughan is a mammoth medical facility years in the making, but the Cortellucci Vaughan Hospital is now just months away from opening.

At a time when hospitals across Canada are being overwhelmed by capacity issues brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, the new hospital is expected to alleviate some of that pressure.

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Vaughan Headquartered Clearbridge Mobile Partners with CANet to Launch COVID-19 Healthcare Web App

Clearbridge Mobile is proud to have played a vital role in assisting the Cardiac Arrhythmia Network of Canada (CANet) launch, VIRTUES, an online web-based application developed to reduce emergency department visits and improve COVID-19 patient-driven care.
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Vaughan-based Drone Delivery Canada to Transport Pandemic Supplies to Georgina Island First Nation

With COVID-19 cases on the rise again throughout the province coupled with the unpredictable winds winter brings, Georgina Island First Nation was a prime candidate for the federal government’s drone delivery pilot project, said band councillor William McCue.