COVID-19 resources for small and medium businesses, employers and employees have been collected below to help Heart of Orléans BIA Members and Associate Members during the Coronavirus pandemic.
Please note that information is changing rapidly. The links below are intended to direct you to the most up-to-date information.
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1. My Health
Ottawa Public Health (COVID-19)
What is the current situation in Ottawa?
Learn how the Ministry of Health is helping to keep Ontarians safe during the 2019 Novel Coronavirus outbreak. Find out how to protect yourself and how to recognize symptoms.
Public Health Agency of Canada
COVID-19 Updates, prevention and risk, symptoms and treatment, being prepared, travel advice, and Canada’s response.
Read the Statements from Dr. Vera Etches
Dr. Vera Etches is the Medical Officer of Health for Ottawa Public Health (OPH).
Symptoms and Treatment
2. My Business
Resources for Canadian Businesses
CRA – Income tax filing and payment dates
The deadline for businesses to pay any income tax amounts that become owing or due after March 18, 2020 and before September 1, 2020 has been extended to September 1, 2020. This means you will not be assessed any penalties or interest if your balance due is paid by September 1, 2020.
Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA)
The program provides forgivable loans to qualifying commercial property owners to cover a percentage of monthly rent payments that are payable by eligible small business tenants who are experiencing financial hardship during.
Temporary Wage Subsidy
The Temporary Wage Subsidy for Employers is a three-month measure that will allow eligible employers to reduce the amount of payroll deductions required to be remitted to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).
Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS)
As a Canadian employer whose business has been affected by COVID-19, you may be eligible for a subsidy of employee wages.
Work-Sharing (WS) is an adjustment program designed to help employers and employees avoid layoffs when there is a temporary reduction in the normal level of business activity that is beyond the control of the employer.
Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP)
Through this program, Export Development Canada (EDC) and the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) will provide direct lending and other types of financial support at market rates to businesses with viable business models whose access to financing would otherwise be restricted.
Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA)
To ensure that small businesses have access to the capital they need to see them through the current challenges, the Government of Canada has launched the new Canada Emergency Business Account, which has been implemented by eligible financial institutions in cooperation with Export Development Canada (EDC).
Pandemic Preparedness Guide for Business
To help businesses prepare for and manage through a potential COVID-19 escalation in Canada, the Canadian Chamber has developed a brief guide source from a number of best practice documents and designed to assist business planning and continuity efforts.
The COVID-19 Challenges Procurement Program
This program posts challenges seeking near-to-market solutions from small and medium-sized businesses (fewer than 500 staff) that need financial support from the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC IRAP) to refine and sell their product or solution to meet a COVID-19 related need.
Purchase Order Financing
Increase your cash flow to pay your suppliers
Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF)
This initiative is implemented by the six regional development agencies, which are familiar with their regions’ economic realities and are often the first point of contact for people at the local level.
Employer Strategies for Managing Novel Coronavirus Risks in the Workplace
COVID-19, also known as novel coronavirus, is a serious public health concern. Employers will be at the forefront dealing with a multitude of COVID-19-related issues, which could cause severe business disruptions. Employers are advised to prepare contingency plans to manage the COVID-19 novel coronavirus in North America.
COVID-19 Small Business Help Centre
Small Business Resources for Dealing with COVID-19. Everything you need to know to keep your business safe.
COVID-19 Information for Workplaces
Various resources for the workplace including guidance, recommendations, posters, etc.
COVID-19 Guidance for Food Premises and Food Delivery Services Providing Delivery or Takeout
Ottawa Public Health (OPH) is recommending that any food premises (including restaurants, take out, take out counters, drive-thru, bakeries, fast food establishments, etc.) delivering food and/or providing take out during the COVID-19 pandemic take added precautions to protect their health and the health of those around them.
List of Essential Workplaces
Read the list of essential workplaces in response to COVID-19 (2019 novel coronavirus).
COVID-19 Guidance for Retail Stores – Including Grocery Stores and Pharmacies
As cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Ottawa, Ottawa Public Health (OPH) is recommending that all stores that remain open take specific actions.
FREE 1/2 Hour Chat with Rhapsody Strategies
Catherine Fair, Master Coach from Rhapsody Strategies is offering a free 1/2 hour chat with Heart of Orléans BIA businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Rhapsody Strategies , an award winning business coaching firm based in Ottawa, has worked extensively with BIA’s and Chambers throughout Ontario. They either have in the past or are currently working with The Heart of Orléans, Barrhaven, Downtown Rideau, Kitchener and Newmarket BIA’s as well as with numerous chambers of commerce. Their work typically involves developing board-wide strategic plans along with committee-specific strategies.
Rhapsody’s coaches work with business owners in one-on-one settings to help them realize their true business and personal potential. Business owners who find that the phrase “You’re meant for more” resonates with them, are typical Rhapsody Strategies’ clients.
Online Store, Payment Processing and/or Delivery Process Set Up
Is your company weathering the COVID-19 crisis? Do you need help getting your business to work in an online environment? Terradare Solutions is a local Ottawa business that provides services to clients locally and internationally. They provide automation, cloud services and creative technology solutions to help their clients increase their efficiencies through the use of technology and sound business processes. Given the current climate, businesses are having to think strategically, re-tool and pivot to ensure that their business both stays a float and provides ongoing revenue. We encourage you to reach out to Terradare for a complimentary call to find out how they might assist you with your online technology requirements i.e. setting up or refining an online store, payment processing, delivery process etc.
Pandemic (COVID-19) Tip Sheets
Use these free tip sheets as guidance while operating during a pandemic, including the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Each document offers health and safety tips and good practices, for both employers and workers, specific to each industry or sector.
e-Learning courses for Pandemics
To help support workplaces during the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety have made these online products and resources free of charge.
3. My Family
Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)
If you have stopped working because of COVID-19, the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) may provide you with temporary income support.
Dealing with Mortgage Payment Difficulties
When unforeseen financial circumstances impact your ability to make regular mortgage payments, it’s important for you to take quick action.
EI Sickness Benefits
Employment Insurance (EI) sickness benefits can provide you with up to 15 weeks of financial assistance if you cannot work for medical reasons.
Stop the Spread of Germs
Germs are types of microbes, such as bacteria or viruses, which can cause diseases. They are spread directly from person to person, or indirectly by touching a surface that has been contaminated with them.
Employment Standards Amendment Act (Infectious Disease Emergencies), 2020
The Ontario Legislature has passed the Employment Standards Amendment Act (Infectious Disease Emergencies), 2020 to provide job-protected leave to employees in isolation or quarantine due to COVID-19, or those who need to be away from work to care for children because of school or daycare closures or to care for other relatives.
Physical (social) Distancing
In order to decrease transmission of COVID-19 in Ottawa, Ottawa Public Health is now recommending that all residents of Ottawa practise physical (social) distancing. Physical (social) distancing involves taking steps to limit the number of people you come into close contact with. This will help to limit the spread of COVID-19 in the community.
How to prepare for the COVID-19 pandemic
There are things you can do to prepare for this pandemic, and ensure you are prepared in case you or someone in your house becomes ill.
Support for Families
Learn about funding that families can apply for if they have children who are not in school or child care because of coronavirus (COVID-19). Find out if you are eligible and how to apply.
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