COVID-19 Business Resources

Public Health Guidance

Financial Assistance

Ontario-Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance Program (OCECRA)

  • Forgivable loans to eligible commercial property owners experiencing potential rent shortfalls because small business tenants have been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.

Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)

  • Provides temporary income support for those who have lost income because of COVID-19.
    • Offers $500 a week for up to 16 weeks, with a number of conditions for workers. 

Temporary Wage Subsidy for Employer (TWSE)

  • Permits employers to reduce payroll remittances to the CRA on account of federal and provincial income taxes.

Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS)

  • Up to 75% wage subsidy for qualifying businesses for up to 3 months, retroactive to March 15, 2020.

Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA)

  • Eligible business may borrow up to $40,000 through this federally funded revolving line of credit.
    • Intended to cover non-deferrable costs and available to businesses which paid an annual payroll of $20,000 to $1,500,000 in 2019.

BDC Co-Lending Program

  • The Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) will provide a guarantee to the business' primary bank to lend a term loan to the business for operational cash flow requirements and will assume 90% of the risk.
    • The loan will be interest-free for 12 months, with repayments starting after the first year. 

Regional Recovery and Relief Fund (RRRF)

  • Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario is now accepting applications to provide funding to small and medium-sized enterprises that are unable to access the government's existing support measures. 

Innovation Assistance Program

  • Since April 22nd, small and medium-sized business unable to secure funding under the CEWS and the BCAP can apply for financial assistance through the National Research Council IRAP Innovation Assistance Program.

Agri-Food Open for E-Business Funding

  • This intake will help businesses quickly expand their marketing channels and respond to new challenges through grants and funding. 

Agri-Food Workplace Protection Program

  • 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.
    • Additionally, funding is available for projects to implement health and safety measures related to COVID-19 in provincially licensed meat plants. 

Extending the Work-Sharing Program

  • The federal government is extending the maximum of the work-sharing program from 38 weeks to 76 weeks.

Federal and Provincial Announcements

June 9: Ontario Helping Parents Return to Work

  • The Ontario Government announced its plan to reopen child care centres across the province. 

June 8: Ontario Permits More Businesses and Services to Reopen in the Coming Days

  • The Ontario government announced Stage 2 of reopening the province, including increasing the limit on social gatherings to 10 people and opening additional businesses. 

June 8: Immediate family members now able to enter Canada

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that immediate family members will be able to enter Canada as long as they self-quarantine by law for 14 days upon entry.

June 2: Ontario Extends Declaration of Emergency until June 30

June 1, 2020: Ontario Extending Infectious Disease Emergency Leave for Workers during COVID-19

  • Non-unionized employees will be put on Infectious Disease Emergency Leave any time their hours of work are temporarily reduced by their employer due to COVID-19.

May 31, 2020: FedDev Ontario supports tourism and recovery efforts across Southern Ontario

  • The Tourism Industry Association of Ontario (TIAO) will receive $30 million in RRRF funding to provide financial relief to destination marketing organization across southern Ontario. 

Tourism related resources

  • Tourism Industry of Ontario
  • RTO 9 Southeastern Ontario (Frontenac Islands and South Frontenac)
  • RTO 11 Ontario's Highlands (North Frontenac and Central Frontenac)
    • Virtual Wanderer Program - Think about ways you can highlight your business through a virtual experience, and share it with Ontario's Highlands.
    • In March, Ontario's Highland's conducted a survey of tourism businesses on the impact of COVID-19. See the results.
    • Stay up to date with weekly tourism industry newsletters (OHTO Industry Update). Click here to sign up.
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. The four Frontenac townships have also declared states of emergency - details below:

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

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