COVID-19

COVID-19:
Business Resources

For general government information related to COVID-19, please visit the Government of Canada, Ontario Government, and/or The Regional Municipality of York official update websites. A mandatory mask mandate is in effect in York Region.

COVID-RELATED SECTION QUICK LINKS

FUNDING / BUSINESS REOPENING / RESOURCES / SUPPORT PROGRAMS / NEWS / SURVEY / UPDATES & ACTIVITY

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COVID-19 Business Funding Support Programs

Funding Program Overview

Click here or the image to download the Federal and Provincial Funding Programs Overview PDF

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Business Reopening Guidance & Advice

The business reopening guidance and advice provided within this section from various government levels and third-party industry organizations is provided as a courtesy to assist the business community within York Region. It is the responsibility of each business that is reopening to ensure they are following the guidelines of the Ontario Government to protect the health and safety of their employees and customers.

GOVERNMENT & INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS

ONTARIO GOVERNMENT

INDUSTRY ORGANIZATIONS

THE REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY OF YORK

As businesses prepare to open again with strict safety measures in place, the Regional Municipality of York has provided a number of materials that can be used to help advise employees and customers of proper social distancing, sanitization protocols, and more:

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:

Signage

Fact Sheets

Guidance Documents

Images:
Handwashing and cleaning images

Videos:
Steps to proper handwashing (GIF)

Graphics:
Self-monitoring versus self-isolation tips

Information for Farmers

Farmers seeking information and clarification regarding temporary non-resident farm worker housing and isolation periods can contact Health Connection at 1-800-361-5653 (prompt 4) to speak with a Public Health Inspector

  • COVID-19 Guidance for Farm Operations
  • Those who have travelled outside of Canada are required to self-isolate and not work for a period of 14 days starting from their arrival in Canada
  • During the 14-day period, the employer should supply the temporary farm worker with necessary supplies required to self-isolate (i.e., adequate food, potable water, toiletries etc.)
  • Temporary farm workers should not attend work if symptoms develop and isolate within the housing accommodation
    If a temporary farm worker is unable to adequately isolate from other housemates, alternate arrangements must be made
  • Employers should facilitate arrangements to ensure that physical distancing of 2 metres (6 feet) is practiced in the workplace

External Resources

WORKPLACE PPE SUPPLIER DIRECTORIES

Links to 3rd-party and public-domain PPE supplier directories listed on this website are provided as an information service to the local business community. York Region Economic Strategy does not endorse, recommend, or approve the suitability of any product, service, or supplier listed in these directories, and users should make their own inquiries and conduct due diligence as necessary prior to choosing to do business with any particular supplier. The Regional Municipality of York shall not be liable or responsible for any matter arising from use of the products or services listed on 3rd-party and public-domain directories linked below.

COVID-19 Business Resources

GOVERNMENT OF CANADA

OTHER GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS OR AGENCIES

OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS REGARDING BUSINESS SUPPORT

ONTARIO GOVERNMENT

OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS REGARDING BUSINESS SUPPORT

THE REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY OF YORK

OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS REGARDING BUSINESS SUPPORT

THE #SPIRITofYR CAMPAIGN

We, as a community, are facing unprecedented COVID-19 challenges and are being asked to do our part to flatten the curve by practicing physical distancing and staying home as much as possible. But we, as a community, won’t let it break our spirit.

We are inviting residents, businesses and organizations in the York Region community to share their positive stories of a neighbour, a frontline worker, family member or anyone who has gone above and beyond during COVID-19. For full details on how to participate visit: york.ca/spiritofyr

LOCAL MUNICIPALITIES

OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS REGARDING BUSINESS SUPPORT

OTHER INDUSTRY ORGANIZATIONS

NOT-FOR-PROFITS

TECH SECTOR

FINANCIAL SECTOR

ADVANCED MANUFACTURING

CONSTRUCTION SECTOR

AGRI-FOOD SECTOR

RETAIL, SERVICE, AND TOURISM SECTOR

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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 fill out the contact form.

EMPLOYEE SUPPORT & RETENTION
PROCUREMENT & SUPPLY CHAIN RISK
FREQUENTLY ASKED COVID-19 BUSINESS QUESTIONS

York Region Economic Strategy in partnership with Mentor Works have developed a thorough FAQ that covers everything from general COVID-19 business questions, transitioning to remote work, available government funding programs, and more.  Click the link below to explore the entire frequently asked questions document.

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COVID-19 York Region Business News

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York Region COVID-19 Business Impact & Recovery Survey

The Regional Municipality of York, in partnership with local municipalities, the York Region Business Coalition of Chambers of Commerce and Boards of Trade, and the Workforce Planning Board of York Region have partnered to support the local business community as the economy reopens and starts recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic. Key results and insights from the York Region COVID-19 Business Impact and Recovery Survey conducted in May 2020 are now available.