|Toronto Public Health Section 22 Order|
On April 23, Toronto Public Health’s Section 22 order to close workplaces with an active COVID-19 outbreak went into effect. This order was issued to help stop the spread of COVID-19 in workplaces as quickly as possible. Workplaces must notify Toronto Public Health via the online COVID-19 Workplace Reporting Tool as soon as they become aware of five or more individuals who have attended the workplace and test positive for COVID-19 within a 14-day calendar period. This is in addition to the existing workplace requirements to notify Toronto Public Health when two or more people connected to the workplace test positive within 14 days. Learn more about the Section 22 Class Order for Workplaces including questions and answers.
|Mayor John Tory welcomes Netflix|
Mayor John Tory welcomed Netflix to its new home in Canada following the announcement Netflix will be opening an office in Toronto. Netflix and the City have a shared commitment to supporting the growth and diversification of the sector, working with communities to support pathways to opportunities. Learn more about the City’s film office and its unique industry programs.
|CaféTO curb lane installations begin May 8|
CaféTO curb lane installations will begin on Saturday, May 8, as planned to ensure there will be no delay for participating restaurants when outdoor dining is permitted again. CaféTO curb lane locations provide expanded outdoor dining space by reallocating the public right-of-way on Toronto streets for use by restaurants and bars that have registered and been approved for the program. Learn more about CaféTO including how to register.
|Workplace vaccination clinics|
To supplement publicly run vaccination clinics, employers may open workplace clinics in hot spot communities. Toronto Public Health encourages workplaces to contact the province at email@example.com to learn more about setting up a workplace vaccination clinic for when vaccine supply is available.
|Ontario to introduce paid COVID-19 leave|
The province will introduce legislation that, if passed, will offer up to three paid sick days per employee. By providing time-limited access to three paid leave days, the province is ensuring employees can pay their bills as they help stop the spread of the virus, including by getting tested, waiting for their results in isolation or going to get their vaccine.
|Business Community News|
|Clean Energy Markets: Virtual Tuesdays with Central and Eastern Europe|
As part of the Toronto Clean Energy Partnership initiative, the City and its partners are hosting a series of one-hour webinars to learn more about the heating and cooling of cities in seven markets and the economic opportunities for Toronto’s green industries in each city. The series of events kicks off on May 11 with the City of Warsaw. Learn more and register online.
|Webinars and Online EventsAsk the Expert: Marketing & Sales|
May 14, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Register (Free)
T2 Corporation Income Tax Return Seminar
May 17, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Register (Free)
B Corp 101 Workshop: Learning to Measure What Matters
May 18, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. – Register (Free)
E-Commerce 101: What, Why, How
May 18, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. – Register (Free)
Scarborough Business Association Events SBA Cyber Breakfast
May 19, 9:15 to 10 a.m. – Register (Free)
Guidelines for Mandatory Mask Usage in Enclosed Public Places
Watch On Demand(Free)
How to Successfully Apply for Government Funding
Watch on Demand(Free)
CaféTO & Expanded Outdoor Dining Program 2021
Watch on Demand (Free)
The Trade Accelerator Program (TAP) – Information Webinar
Wednesdays at 2 p.m. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to register. (Free)
Business Learning Hub Courses
Register (Pay what you can)
Small Business Centres Ontario
On-going Online Events and e-Learning – Register (Free – $35)
|City of Toronto Programs and Resources|
Business licensing and permit application portalBusinessTO Support Centre: One-on-one virtual support to help businesses
CurbTO: Provides temporary curbside parking pick-up zones for main street businesses
Digital Main Street: Provides support for businesses interested in adopting technologies
Reopening GuidelinesMandatory mask-wearing guidelinesPrintable posters
Preventing COVID-19 in the Workplace: Requirements of employers to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace
ShopHERE powered by Google: Get help to set up and launch an online store quickly, easily and at no cost
|Financial Support and ResourcesFederal and provincial government financial supports: |
Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) program
Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) program
Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS)
Support for Indigenous BusinessesBusiness Credit Availability Program
Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF)
Ontario Small Business Support GrantFor one-on-one help with applications for any of these programs contact the BusinessTO Support Centre.