Provincial Issues Posts

Ontario Small Business Support Grant Now Open

The Ontario Small Business Support Grant is intended to help small businesses (including sole proprietorships) in Ontario that are required to close or significantly restrict services under Ontario’s province-wide shutdown effective December 26, 2020.

Important Information on Provincial Emergency and Stay-at-Home Order

The Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and other health experts, has declared a second provincial emergency under s 7.0.1 (1) of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMPCA). As of January 14, 2021 at 12:01 a.m., a stay at home order is in effect for all of Ontario.

Northern Ontario Shutdown Extended to January 23

    The Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and other health experts, is...
Letter to Ontario:  Rising Insurance Costs for Restaurants

Letter to Ontario: Rising Insurance Costs for Restaurants

Insurance premiums for licensed restaurants and bars are increasing significantly for many establishments in Thunder Bay.  Some of our Members have seen a jump of 30-40% in their annual premium costs this year, despite greatly reduced revenues as a result of being closed or reduced to take-out only for months due to Ontario’s COVID-19 restrictions for non-essential businesses.  In this letter, the Chamber proposes that this additional expense could be covered by existing business relief funding.

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