COVID-19Guidance and Resources for Business
Here’s What Your Chamber is Doing
- We’re assembling and streamlining business-related information and resources as they become available. Get the latest information on the resources, programs and relief strategies being put into place by the federal, provincial and municipal governments at www.tbchamber.ca/covid19.
- We’re gathering information about the unique needs of our region’s businesses. On April 27 we launched the first of six monthly surveys which will collect essential data for ongoing advocacy efforts and the development of recovery programs tailored to Thunder Bay’s needs.
- We’re in discussions with our Federal, Provincial and municipal governments to explore measures which will reduce business risk and stimulate business recovery.
- We’re reaching out to our Members. Our team is contacting Members directly to hear how we can help you and share the latest information about our advocacy work and the government supports available.
- We’re keeping you connected. Follow us on Facebook for updates on business resources and upbeat news about what Members are doing to help sustain our community during this difficult time.
NEW Directory Category:
COVID19 Safety Supplies & Services
If you’re looking for PPE, hand sanitizer, protective barriers or directional materials to help steer your customers and staff to safe habits, visit our Member Directory’s new #COVID19 category and start with a fellow Chamber Member! Check it out now.
Latest Update from the Chamber:
Small Business Relief Fund Grant Program
When COVID-19 struck Canada, businesses of all sizes were affected. Small businesses were hit particularly hard. Small businesses are the faces of our communities and neighbourhoods. Canadians everywhere have been supporting their local businesses throughout COVID-19, from ordering take-out to buying gift cards. Civic-minded organizations with the resources and means are also pitching in. The Canadian Chamber of Commerce, through the Canadian Business Resilience Network Small Business Relief Fund, is offering grants to Canadian small businesses adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic to help them recover and support their resilience.
These grants are made possible through the generosity of Salesforce and will be offered as a one-time payment of $10,000 to 62 businesses across Canada.
Online applications are being accepted from Monday, June 1 to Friday, June 12, 2020.
Learn more and apply here: https://cbrn.ca/smallbusinessrelieffund.
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More Chamber Updates
- Canadian Business Resilience Network Small Business Relief Fund to provide $10,000 grants May 28, 2020
- Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) Consultation Seeks Input May 27, 2020
- Business Resilience Service provides direct access to qualified business advisors May 26, 2020
- Ontario announces support for apprenticeship, tourism & hospitality May 25, 2020
- The Ecstasy (And Agony) Of Reopening – Work Refusals And Covid-19 May 25, 2020
- #ReimagineTBay Shines A Light On Local Business’ Efforts To Keep Us Safe May 25, 2020
- Help Us #reimaginetbay and WIN! May 25, 2020
- Letter to City Council: Outdoor Seating for Take-Out May 22, 2020
- Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistant Program Eligibility Expanded May 21, 2020
- Canada Emergency Business Account Eligibility Expanded & Support for Women Entrepreneurs May 19, 2020
Upcoming COVID19 Events for Business
- May 28: Safety Insights for Getting Back to Business
- Slide Deck
- One-Pager: Health & Safety Excellence Program
- April 30: Townhall with MPs Hajdu & Powlowski
- April 23: Employment Law & COVID-19 with O’Neill Associates
- April 16: Implementing Government Supports with MNP
- April 9: Burnout & Self-Care with Kelly Mental Health
- April 2: Overview of Government Supports
Other Webinar Recordings:
- Succeeding in Uncertainty: Managing your business through the COVID-19 crisis: PwC
- Townhall with the Northern Ontario Federal Liberal Caucus – May 19
- Ensuring the recovery and resilience of Canada’s food service sector: Canadian Chamber – May 12
- Clarifying Government Relief Programs: Ontario Chamber – May 7
- Meet the Northern Ministers: Northern Chambers – May 6
- COVID-19: How to get through the crisis with an online strategy: BDC – April 30
- Information Security and Data Privacy in the age of COVID-19: Ontario Chamber of Commerce – April 28
- How Big Data is Being Used to Combat COVID-19: Ontario Chamber of Commerce – April 24
- Using distance to generate new ideas for your business: UpHouse/Chambers Plan – April 23
- Understanding and Accessing the BCAP and Capital Loans During COVID-19: Ontario Chamber of Commerce – April 14
Resources for Business
Visit our Federal supports page for information on Federal supports including:
- Innovation Canada’s Interactive Business Benefits Finder
- Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy
- Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)
- Canada Emergency Business Account
- Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance
- Access to Capital
- Regional Relief & Recovery Fund (FedNor)
Visit the Canadian Business Resilience Network for other Federal resources.
Visit our Provincial Supports page for information on measures including:
- Ontario’s List of Essential Services
- Employer Health Tax
- Regional Opportunities Investment Tax Credit
- $6 Billion in Tax Deferrals
- Payment Deferral on WSIB
- Electricity Relief
- Supply Opportunities
Visit our Municipal Supports page for information on measures including:
- deferral of the May 6th interim tax levy installment to July 8th
- waiving the water penalty for water bills due April 14, May 15 & June 15
- extending payment terms for accounts receivable invoices from 30 days to 90 days
- waiving business-related permit and license fees for 3 months and reducing sign permit fees by 25%.
Visit the Canadian Business Resilience Network for info to contain the spread of COVID-19 and prevent a second wave.
Useful Info from Workplace Safety & Prevention Services:
Visit the Canadian Business Resilience Network and position your business to help drive economic recovery when the crisis passes.
Sign your business up today and browse for information on businesses open during the COVID-19 crisis!
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Emergency Loans up to $20,000
- interest-free, with no payments required, until October 2020
- loan terms offered for up to two years
- interest to be charged at prime rate beginning in October.
Visit www.thunderbayventures.com for more information and to apply.