COVID-19 Business Resources

(Note: This page was last updated January 12, 2022)

Federal Announcements

https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection.html

Provincial Announcements

https://news.ontario.ca/newsroom/en

Financial Assistance

 Ontario Business Costs Rebate

Applications for the Ontario Business Costs Rebate Program open on January 18, with payments to eligible businesses provided retroactively to December 19, 2021. Eligible businesses will receive rebate payments for a portion of the property tax and energy costs they incur while subject to capacity limits. The rebate amount will be 50 percent up to 100 percent of these costs depending on the degree to which the business is subject to public health restrictions.

Eligibility: businesses that had capacity restrictions and/or were forced to close.

 Improving Cash Flows for Ontario Businesses

The Province of Ontario is providing additional support to help improve cash flows for Ontario businesses by providing a six-month interest-free and penalty-free period to make payments for most provincially administered taxes.

This will:

  • support businesses in the immediate term while capacity restrictions are in place
  • provide the flexibility Ontario businesses will need for long-term planning

The six-month period will begin on January 1, 2022 and end on July 1, 2022. No application is required to make use of this program.

 Ontario COVID-19 Small Business Relief Grant

Eligible businesses subject to closures as a result of the province’s move to the modified Step Two of the Roadmap to Reopen will receive a grant of $10,000.

 

To receive the grant, a small business must:

  • be required to close due to public health orders that took effect 12:01 a.m. on January 5, 2022
  • have fewer than 100 employees

 

Businesses that previously qualified for the Ontario Small Business Support Grant will be pre-screened to verify eligibility and will not need to apply for the new program.

 

Newly established and newly eligible small businesses will need to apply once the application portal opens in the coming weeks. Small businesses that qualify can expect to receive their payment in the coming weeks.

 

Eligible small businesses include:

  • restaurants and bars
  • facilities for indoor sports and recreational fitness activities (including fitness centres and gyms)
  • performing arts and cinemas
  • museums, galleries, aquariums, zoos, science centres, landmarks, historic sites, botanical gardens and similar attractions
  • performing arts venues and cinemas, museums, galleries, aquariums, zoos, science centres, landmarks, historic sites, botanical gardens and similar attractions
  • meeting or event spaces
  • tour and guide services
  • conference centres and convention centres
  • driving instruction for individuals
  • before and after school programs

 

Additional information is available on the Government of Ontario Website.

 Tourism and Hospitality Recovery Program

As a business, charity, or non-profit in Canada who has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, you may be eligible for a wage subsidy, a rent subsidy, or both through the Tourism and Hospitality Recovery Program.

You may qualify if you are either:

  • part of the tourism, hospitality, arts, entertainment, or recreation sectors
  • affected by a qualifying public health restriction

Find out if your activities are considered part of tourism, hospitality, arts, entertainment, or recreation

 

Local Lockdown Program

The Local Lockdown Program is a way businesses, charities, and non-profits affected by a qualifying public health restriction can be eligible for wage and rent support through the Tourism and Hospitality Recovery Program (THRP).

You do not have to be in the tourism, hospitality, arts, entertainment, or recreation sectors to be eligible for this support.  Find the details under the Tourism and Hospitality Recovery Program (THRP).

Hardest-Hit Business Recovery Program

As a business, charity, or non-profit in Canada who has faced deep losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you may be eligible for a wage subsidy, a rent subsidy, or both through the HHBRP.

 

Eligible organizations, regardless of their sector, may qualify for the HHBRP if they don’t qualify for the Tourism and Hospitality Recovery Program (THRP).

To qualify for the HHBRP, you must meet the following two conditions:

Tourism Relief Fund

The Tourism Relief Fund supports tourism businesses and organizations to adapt their operations to meet public health requirements while investing in products and services to facilitate their future growth.

Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB)

The Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB) gives income support to employed and self-employed individuals who are unable to work because they must care for their child under 12 years old or a family member who needs supervised care. This applies if their school, regular program or facility is closed or unavailable to them due to COVID-19, or because they are sick, self-isolating, or at risk of serious health complications due to COVID-19. 

If you are eligible for the CRCB, your household can receive $500 ($450 after taxes withheld) for each 1-week period.

 

Canada Worker Lockdown Benefit (CWLB)

The Canada Worker Lockdown Benefit (CWLB) gives temporary income support to employed and self-employed people who cannot work due to a COVID-19 lockdown. The CWLB is only available when a COVID-19 lockdown order is designated for your region. If you are eligible for the CWLB, you can receive $300 ($270 after taxes withheld) for each 1-week period. You may apply for any weeks your region is eligible between October 24, 2021 and May 7, 2022.

 

Agri-Food Protection Program for Producers

Funding is available for farms with intensive use of labour to support activities necessary to address new health and safety issues related to COVID-19.

 

Tourism related resources

Municipal Resources

On March 26, 2020 the County of Frontenac declared a state of emergency within the County of Frontenac. This declaration implements the emergency plan of the municipality and will help protect the health, safety, wellbeing, and property of our residents.

For more details regarding the municipal response to COVID-19, visit the relevant township web resources:

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