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Current Updates

We have issued information regarding the Ontario stay-at-home order effective Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 12:01 a.m.

If you have questions about what will be open or impacts to your business or employment, call the Stop the Spread Business Information Line at 1-888-444-3659.

Chatham-Kent Public Health: Information for Workplaces

Ontario COVID Business Resources

Ontario has launched two websites for businesses. These includes sector-specific resources, PPE suppliers, workplace safety and more. 

Federal Support For Small Businesses

Small and medium-sized businesses are the backbone of the Canadian economy. During this extraordinary time, the Government of Canada is taking strong action to help Canadian businesses as COVID-19 is affecting them, their employees and their families.

 Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade

Ontario Providing Urgent Relief for Small Businesses and Landlord: Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA)

The temporary ban on commercial evictions for CECRA-eligible tenants originally ran from May 1, 2020 to October 30, 2020 and has been extended until January 31, 2021.

The Ontario government is partnering with the federal government to provide urgent relief for small businesses and landlords affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. The province is committing $241 million through the new Ontario-Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance Program (OCECRA). The total amount of provincial-federal relief that would be provided is more than $900 million, helping to ensure small businesses are ready to reopen their doors when the emergency measures are lifted. Partnering with the federal government on the OCECRA builds on the provincial government's approach to supporting business during COVID-19.

Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS)

Eligible employers who had any drop in revenue can now qualify for the Federal wage subsidy

Enhanced Agri-Food Workplace Protection Program

Eligible submissions for project costs incurred on or after March 15, 2020 are being received and assessed on a continuous basis, while funding is available or until February 26, 2021.

  • Aquaculture farm businesses, off-farm packing services and corn detasseling services can claim up to $7,500 per business. Other eligible farm businesses can claim up to $15,000 per business.
  • Support of up to $100,000 is now available for small capital projects including housing modifications, workplace modifications and equipment to allow greater physical distancing for workers through the On-Farm Worker Safety Improvement Program.

Apply now for the Enhanced Agri-Food Workplace Protection Program

Ontario Workplace PPE Supplier Directory

The province of Ontario has released a directory of personal protective equipment (PPE). 

Chatham-Kent Businesses Who Supply PPE

Develop your COVID-19 workplace safety plan

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