Small Business Resources
Small business is the backbone of our local economy.
Commercial Rent Relieft Program
COVID-19: Rent assistance for small businesses. Learn about the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) for small businesses and the support you may be eligible for.
Temporary Layoff Reprieve Extended to July 3, 2021
The Ontario government has decided to again extend the permissibility of temporary layoffs until July 3, 2021 with an extension of the Infectious Disease Emergency Leave (IDEL) provisions until that time.
Earlier this summer the provincial government introduced legislation to effectively ‘stop the clock’ from ticking on temporary layoffs and also gave employers the latitude to implement things like a temporary reduction in hours or a reduction in wages.
As we reported at that time, the unilateral implementation of these measures might otherwise bring claims of “constructive dismissal”. However, these protective measures neutralized those arguments as far as the Employment Standards Act is concerned at least.
Those protections would have ended January 2, 2021. With this extension, you can continue to have employees “not at work” until at least July 3, 2021 without the need to pay termination amounts under the Employment Standards Act (ordinarily required where a layoff exceeds 13 week, or 35 weeks when benefits are continued). This continuation is welcomed news for employers who have not yet been able to return staff to work, and means their employees can stay connected to their workplaces.
It should be noted that this extension only protects layoff action under the ESA. Technically an employee could still consider remedies under common law though these actions may continue to be the exception given the still uncertain prospects for employment in the longer term. More developments are expected in the New Year.
Peterborough Police: Vacant/closed business building form
encouraging local businesses to complete the online form to indicate whether their business is currently vacant due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) for Small Businesses
CECRA for small businesses provides relief for small businesses experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19
Canadian Business Resilience Service
Free Service providing guidance on COVID-19 financial support programs
Government of Ontario
Provincial Opening Announcements (May 14) – Details Businesses May Need to Know
It takes a village to flatten the curve. Find or offer support to your community and local businesses through contactless options.
Webinars from Navigating the Impact on Canadian Businesses, Support for Canadian Businesses and On-Demand online learning.
Conference Board of Canada
The Conference Board of Canada brings you webinars like effective crisis communication to creating a respectful virtual workplace and many more.
Canadian Business Resilience Network
Cybersecurity And The Ever-Evolving Work Environment, With Field Effect Webinar
Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB)
CFIB is hosting a weekly COVID-19 webinar, which is aimed at helping your business cope with the ongoing pandemic. In each webinar, we will update you on the government supports and business closures before our experts field your questions. Join us to get answers and share your own experiences as we tackle this crisis together.
Main Street PPE Grant
New measures will help businesses reopen safer, rehire faster and recover from COVID-19
Information for employers & workers about ESA and OHSA
The Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development, in partnership with organizations across Ontario, is hosting webinars to help workers and employers better understand better their rights and obligations under the Employment Standards Act and the Occupational Health and Safety Act as they relate to COVID-19.
Ontario increasing services to workers and small businesses
Ontario is providing more than $600,000 to the Office of the Worker Adviser (OWA) and Office of the Employer Adviser (OEA) to help make it easier for workers and small businesses to navigate the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board’s (WSIB) compensation system.