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COVID-19: RESOURCES FOR THE YORK REGION BUSINESS COMMUNITY

York Region remains committed to providing residents and businesses with trusted, dependable, and timely updates about the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19). For general government information related to COVID-19, please visit the Government of Canada, Government of Ontario, and/or The Regional Municipality of York official update websites.

COVID-19 BUSINESS SUPPORT PROGRAMS

The business community globally, in Canada, Ontario and York Region is significantly impacted by COVID-19. In response, various government levels, government enterprises, and industry organizations announced support programs for the business community during this pandemic. If you’re unsure what key programs are available to assist you with addressing specific challenges, we’ve organized some of the most pertinent resources by key need areas identified by our local business community.

Alternatively, below you’ll also find a more comprehensive list of programs organized by program owner (government-level, industry organization etc.) as well as an events calendar with links to select program ‘how to’ expert webinars. York Region’s Economic Strategy team is committed to supporting our business community during this crisis. Should you need additional information beyond the resources available below please email: edo@york.ca

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THE YORK REGION BUSINESS COMMUNITY MOBILIZES TO SUPPORT COVID-19 RESPONSE

The Government of Canada, the National Research Council of Canada, and the Government of Ontario are looking for businesses that can support the COVID-19 response. This can be a range of things including adapting your business to manufacture urgently needed ventilators and personal protective equipment (PPE), to providing innovative solutions and research to assist frontline responders and the government currently dealing directly with the COVID-19 crisis.

An increasing number of York Region companies have already mobilized to offer support and services to those on the frontline of the COVID-19 response. You can find a list of those companies and what they are doing to help below. If you’re company is in York Region and is supporting these efforts and is not on the list, please send an email to edo@york.ca providing us with details of what your company is doing.

AIRBOSS OF AMERICA CORP. | NEWMARKET, YORK REGION
Airboss has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for the manufacture and sale of 100,000 FlexAir™ Powered Air Purifying Respirator (“PAPR”) systems, 600,000 filters, and related accessories.  The contract is expected to be worth an aggregate amount of US$96.4 million.

DRONE DELIVERY CANADA | VAUGHAN, YORK REGION
Headquartered in Vaughan, York Region Drone Delivery Canada is in discussions with the federal government to review drone regulations. Given all that’s happening with COVID-19, they can provide assistance with flying medical and other urgent supplies to remote and rural communities across Canada.

EAIGLE | MARKHAM, YORK REGION
EAIGLE has recently made modifications in their artificial intelligence technology to help with the current situation caused by COVID-19. They’ve implemented remote crowd and body temperature monitoring into their AI solution to mitigate the Spread of COVID-19 in essential service facilities and public spaces.

ENGHOUSE SYSTEMS | MARKHAM, YORK REGION
Enghouse Systems and their subsidiary, Vidyo, has developed a program to help health units dramatically scale its telemedicine capabilities to combat and mitigate risk related to the coronavirus pandemic.

ENSIL | MARKHAM, YORK REGION
Ensil is offering free repairs for all medical devices related to the diagnostics and treatment of COVID-19.

EVERLINK | MARKHAM, YORK REGION
Everlink has made a significant donation to the Markham Stouffville Hospital Foundation to help in efforts battling the COVID-19 pandemic. The donation will help fund the purchase of urgently needed Personal Protective Equipment for all hospital staff that is battling this pandemic.

FLATO DEVELOPMENTS | MARKHAM, YORK REGION
The team at Flato Developments, a builder and land developer of commercial and residential communities, has begun distributing personal protective equipment (PPE) in the form of KN95 and surgical masks to front line workers serving communities across southern Ontario.

iSIGN MEDIA | RICHMOND HILL, YORK REGION
iSign Media are offering free use of its Safety Alert Messaging (“SAM”) solution to all levels of medical, health and emergency responders across Canada for the next six months.

MAGNA INTERNATIONAL | AURORA, YORK REGION
Magna International Inc. is ready to ramp up production of the sanitization devices if it can find a testing partner to prove they eliminate the virus that causes COVID-19.

MARTINREA | VAUGHAN, YORK REGION
Martinrea International Inc., Magna International Inc., and Linamar Corp. reached an agreement with the province after meeting earlier this week, auto parts manufacturers have been working with government officials to see how they can help build medical equipment such as ventilators, necessary to treat COVID-19 but in limited supply in countries grappling with a spike in hospitalizations.

MICROART SERVICES | MARKHAM, YORK REGION
Microart Services is ramping up its manufacturing of electronic components for medical ventilators, which are urgently needed to assist hospitals dealing with increased numbers of critically-ill patients due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

PEARSON CANADA | NEWMARKET, YORK REGION
Pearson Canada and its partner, Kivuto, are offering open access to K-G12 digital learning resources for families currently affected by the ongoing school closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

PERLA SOAPS | VAUGHAN, YORK REGION
Perla Soaps is ramping up its production and manufacturing about 100,000 units of hand sanitizers and will be supplied to organizations that need it most, including health services, front-line relief agencies as well as the Salvation Army and other shelters.

SMART CENTRES REIT | VAUGHAN, YORK REGION
Smart Centres REIT is offering rent-free use of a total of up to 1-million square feet of space in 200 shopping centres across the country, as well as its land, parking lots and signage, to all Canadian governments and health care authorities, effective immediately, to assist in their COVID-19 support efforts.

THE LAST STRAW DISTILLERY | VAUGHAN, YORK REGION
The Last Straw is transforming its production line to make 1,000 litres per week of much-needed hand sanitizers. Priority will be given to “special needs homes and nursing homes” as well as “a number of different first responders,”  including “Canada Border Services agencies and the people who have to continue to work in high-risk positions.

TÜV SÜD | NEWMARKET, YORK REGION
TÜV SÜD are a medical development test lab that are now providing fast-track testing for new ventilator products.

WOODBRIDGE FOAM | VAUGHAN, YORK REGION
The Woodbridge Group factory in Vaughan began making respirator masks that they say have the same pathogen-blocking qualities of the much sought-after N95 masks which are not produced anywhere in Canada.

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COVID-19 YORK REGION BUSINESS NEWS & BLOGS

Allstate Canada Headquartered in Markham to Provide more than $30 Million to Auto Insurance Customers Amid Pandemic

allstate buildingMARKHAM, ON, April 8, 2020 /CNW/ – Allstate Insurance Company of Canada, together with Pembridge Insurance Company and Pafco Insurance Company (ACG), is announcing a “Stay at Home Payment” of more than $30 million dollars to help its personal auto insurance customers. This is the latest in a number of relief measures offered by the company to help customers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Richmond Hill Based iSIGN Media Announces Signing of Agreement with Corbiz Strategies to Introduce Safety Alert Messaging (“SAM”) to Retirement Homes

caricature of mobile tech iSIGN Media Solutions Inc., a leading provider of interactive mobile proximity marketing and public security alert solutions, today announced the signing on an agreement with Corbiz Strategies to introduce iSIGN’s Safety Alert Messaging technology solution to retirement homes across Canada.

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Newmarket, Ontario, Canada
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