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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, Ontario Government, and/or The Regional Municipality of York official update websites. A mandatory mask mandate is in effect in York Region from July 17th to the end of November 2020.

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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.

ONTARIO GOVERNMENT

INDUSTRY ORGANIZATIONS

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

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Handwashing and cleaning images

Videos:
How to properly put on, take off and dispose of masks/face coverings and gloves during COVID-19 (1 Minute, 55 seconds)
Steps to proper handwashing video (1 minute)
Steps to proper handwashing video (20 seconds)
Steps to proper handwashing (GIF)

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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

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WORKPLACE PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT 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 above.
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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 are now available.

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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.

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

The Government of Canada, the National Research Council of Canada, and the Ontario Government 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.

4S CONSULTING | MARKHAM, YORK REGION
Occupational health and safety consulting firm, 4S Consulting, is providing complementary training modules to businesses on how to deal with COVID-19 in the workplace for when operations begin to return to normal.

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.

AMICO | RICHMOND HILL, YORK REGION
Amico has been manufacturing medical products and equipment that are being used by hospitals and industry partners in the fight against COVID-19.

APOTEX | RICHMOND HILL, YORK REGION
Apotex provided pharmaceuticals to support six clinical trials taking place in Canada to better understand the impact of this product in fighting the coronavirus COVID-19.

BESI | VAUGHAN, YORK REGION
BESI, a professional glass and panel installation company, is now making ‘sneeze shields’

BRENTWOOD CLASSICS | VAUGHAN, YORK REGION
Making machine washable and reusable non-medical masks made with double-layered 100% cotton fabric and soft elastic ear-loop bands for comfort. Masks are available in adult or child sizes. Assorted packs are a random selection of colours. Ships in 1-3 business days.

BTNX INC. | MARKHAM, YORK REGION
Manufactures the Rapid Response COVID-19 IgG/IgM Test Cassette, a rapid, qualitative test for the detection of anti-SARS-CoV-2 IgM and anti-SARS-CoV-2 IgG antibodies in human whole blood, serum, or plasma samples, as an aid in the diagnosis of COVID-19 disease. Interpretation of test results are positive (two lines or three lines) and negative (one line). Available for sale to healthcare professionals in United States and Europe (CE marked). Health Canada approval pending for diagnostic use.

C17 MEDIA | RICHMOND HILL, YORK REGION
C17 Media have prototyped and begun their goal to produce 100,000 face masks that will be given to frontline workers. A gofundme campaign has been started if you’d like to support them with this effort.

CELESTICA | NEWMARKET, YORK REGION
Celestica is manufacturing 7,500 ventilators on behalf of Starfish Medical and will be distributing them within Canada to help ensure hospitals and healthcare workers have the medical equipment needed to help save lives.

CONSTELLATION HOMEBUILDER SYSTEMS | MARKHAM, YORK REGION
Constellation Homebuilder systems developed a COVID-19 Screening Tool specifically for the home building industry, and allows managers and HR teams to quickly and easily execute digital health assessments that are both secure and confidential

CREATIVE PATH | RICHMOND HILL, YORK REGION
Creative Path is now producing PPE face shields to donate to local hospitals. A gofundme campaign has been developed and already surpassed its goal of $10,000 to cover the cost of producing 10,000 face shields.

CROSSWING | AURORA, YORK REGION
CrossWing will manufacture Cleanbot UV and Cleanbot MIST, two next-generation robots that overcome serious limitations of first-generation disinfecting systems.

CURB SIGNS | AURORA, YORK REGION
Curb Signs is manufacturing PPE face shields and also helping with providing social/physical distancing signage for workplace employees.

DESIGN PLASTICS INTERNATIONAL | NEWMARKET, YORK REGION
Design Plastics International has adjusted their operations to manufacture the COVID shield face mask and can currently produce 5,000 to 10,000 per day, but is looking at the potential of scaling up to 50,000 per day if required based on sales demand.

DRONE DELIVERY CANADA | 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
Facedrive launched COVID-19 contact tracing solution, TraceSCAN Bluetooth wearable technology. Facedrive Health will provide support in deploying the contact tracing solution, training staff and closely monitoring to ensure a successful adoption.

FACEDRIVE | RICHMOND HILL, 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.

HI-TECH EDM | VAUGHAN, YORK REGION
HI-Tech EDM is typically a parts manufacturer for the automotive, aerospace, and power generation industries, but has pivoted to manufacturing face shields to support Mackenzie Health frontline workers dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.

IBM CANADA | MARKHAM, YORK REGION
IBM is offering Watson Assistant for Citizens to governments, health care and academic institutions via the IBM public cloud, free of charge for at least 90 days, along with access to IBM experts who will help organizations set up the virtual agent. They also launched a virtual telephone agent with the City of Markham to answer COVID-19 related questions.

ICON DIGITAL | MARKHAM, YORK REGION
Icon Digital, a digital media display operation is providing sneeze guards to essential businesses to help protect front line staff and consumers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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.

KITCHEN ESSENTIALS | MARKHAM, YORK REGION
Kitchen Essentials partnered with Inabuggy to offer quick, On-Demand delivery of food-service supplies, ingredients and PPE to restaurants.

KONTROL ENERGY | VAUGHAN, YORK REGION
Kontrol Energy announced that it has received approval for an initial government grant of $50,000 from the National Research Council of Canada to accelerate its new Covid-19 testing technology, the Kontrol BioCloud® analyzer (“BioCloud analyzer” or “BioCloud”).

LAIPAC TECHNOLOGY | RICHMOND HILL, YORK REGION
Laipac Technology, an industrial-focused IoT device designer and manufacturer has pivoted it’s operations to support the COVID-19 response in a variety of ways including developing a surgical face mask production machine.

Laipac develops Look SPOT, a rapid Covid-19 test that gets results in less than five minutes. The test, which is expected to roll out in September, will be able to detect proteins of the new coronavirus from a nasal swab sample in less than five minutes with 95 per cent accuracy, according to Laipac.

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.

LEO LAB | VAUGHAN, YORK REGION
Leo Lab, traditionally a custom orthotics company using 3D printing has transitioned to printing 500 face shields per day in support of the ‘Sens Shielding Heroes Campaign‘.

LIND EQUIPMENT CANADA | MARKHAM, YORK REGION
Lind Equipment, which produces lighting products for the military and mining operations, is now working to use their UV light systems to sterilize PPE in hospitals.

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.

MAKERWIZ | RICHMOND HILL, YORK REGION
Makerwiz, a creative enterprise dedicated to promoting the Maker Movement, is using its 3D printers to make a protective face shield for staff in senior’s homes and will donate some of its product to help keep health care workers safe.

MARKET BREWING COMPANY | NEWMARKET, YORK REGION
Market Brewing Company has pivoted operations as an alcohol producer to begin manufacturing Health Canada approved hand sanitizer to support the COVID-19 response with the first batch being delivered to Southlake Regional Health Centre in Newmarket.

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.

NEWMAKEIT | NEWMARKET, YORK REGION
NewMakeIt, a makerspace in Newmarket, is working with Newmarket public library staff to utilize 3D printers to make up to 200 face shields per week to support local frontline workers.

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.

PLAS-TECH | VAUGHAN, YORK REGION
Plastic fabrication company, Plas-Tech, pivoted nearly overnight and is now one of Ontario’s top PPE suppliers producing over one million face masks in the fight against COVID-19.

PLC GRAPHICS | MARKHAM, YORK REGION
PCL Graphics has converted into a PPE safety supplier in order to help fight COVID-19. They have switched over their printing facilities in order to mass produce wearable face shields, masks and large screens to protect workers/consumers and other life saving devices.

PLEXXUS | RICHMOND HILL, YORK REGION
Plexxus is working closely with the Ministry of Health and Ontario Health to identify inventory levels and gaps. They have also facilitated several capital procurement orders for Ontario Health to help in the fight against COVID-19.

PROTECT YOUR OFFICE | RICHMOND HILL, YORK REGION
Protect Your Office Partners partners with leading infection prevention and control experts to create safe workplace environments.

PROTO3000 | VAUGHAN, YORK REGION
Proto3000 is providing 3D printing support related to the production of PPE face shields and ventilator components and parts.

RESOURCE INTEGRATED LTD. | RICHMOND HILL, YORK REGION
Resource Integrated Ltd. is offering a full range of PPE, sanitizing, safe distancing and signage products available now for online ordering.

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.

SMP CANADA | RICHMOND HILL, YORK REGION
SMP Canada has retooled their operations to focus on the production of face masks to support the response to COVID-19.

THE STEAM PROJECT | RICHMOND HILL, YORK REGION
The STEAM Project is a collaborative approach to learning that allows both children and teens to enjoy Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics without the limitations of teaching or learning in a traditionally structured school setting, but during the COVID-19 pandemic has pivoted to 3D-printing full face shields for frontline emergency workers.

STERLING INDUSTRIES | VAUGHAN, YORK REGION
The Vaughan-based company will be ramping up face mask production from 200,000 per week to over 1 million per week as a result of a $1-million investment from the Province of Ontario and lead to the production of 10,000,000 face masks for Ontario Health.

TAVOS INDUSTRIES | RICHMOND HILL, YORK REGION
Tavos Industries has developed environmentally-friendly packaged single-use hand sanitizer packages that are being distributed throughout the community to support the COVID-19 response.

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

VEXOS | MARKHAM, YORK REGION
Vexos will be manufacturing ventilators at its Markham facility along with its US manufacturing facility. These life-saving medical devices will be used throughout Canada, the USA, and the rest of the Americas.

VISUAL DEFENSE | RICHMOND HILL, YORK REGION
Providing free access to the ROVER app to municipalities who are impacted from COVID-19, to help with maintaining roads.

WOODBRIDGE GROUP | 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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    Vexos ventilatorMARKHAM, Sept. 30, 2020 /CNW/ — Vexos Inc., a Global Electronics Manufacturing Services provider, is pleased to announce that Health Canada has approved the Mechanical Ventilator Milano (MVM) ventilator for use under Interim Order. In May, Vexos signed a contract with the Government of Canada to manufacture and supply 10,000 MVM units as part of the national mobilization to combat the Covid-19 pandemic.

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    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 councilor William McCue.

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