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:
The CEWS calculator can be found on the CRA’s Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy web page, which includes detailed information to help employers understand how the CEWS can support their employees and operations, who is eligible to apply, and how claim periods are structured. The calculator uses a step-by-step approach to get employers to enter information about their business situation to provide an estimate of the subsidy they can expect to receive.
The calculator also includes printable spreadsheet and statement features that employers can use to view their claim at a glance and enter required information into the CEWS application form quickly and easily.
By providing employers with detailed information about their subsidy claim, the CEWS calculator can assist them in making informed decisions about retaining or re-hiring workers. The CRA will conduct a series of information sessions in the coming weeks for eligible employers and stakeholder organizations.
The CRA will open applications for CEWS Period 5 on August 17, 2020. Enhancements to the program, which are being introduced in Period 5, will include expanding eligibility criteria, introducing a sliding revenue-decline test to determine the subsidy amount, and providing a top-up subsidy for the most impacted employers. Employers can expect to receive their payment within 3-5 business days after applying if they are registered with direct deposit on their payroll account.
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More Chamber Updates
- Updated calculator now available for Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy August 14, 2020
- Business Survey Opens for August Intake August 4, 2020
- Ontario Implementing Additional Measures at Bars and Restaurants to Help Limit the Spread of COVID-19 July 31, 2020
- Mandatory Mask Directive for Businesses (with video) July 22, 2020
- Changes Proposed for Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy July 20, 2020
- Umbrella Clinic Awarded 10k Grant from Canadian Chamber of Commerce and Salesforce July 15, 2020
- Nearly All Businesses and Public Spaces to Reopen in Stage 3 July 13, 2020
- Emergency Loans Available for Aboriginal Businesses in Northern Ontario July 10, 2020
- May/Early June Results Available: COVID-19 Business Impact Survey July 7, 2020
- Announcing the Sustainable New Agri-Food Products & Productivity (SNAPP) Program – COVID 19 Response Fund July 7, 2020
Upcoming COVID19 Events for BusinessNo events scheduled.
- July 8: Bring About What You Think About
- June 17: Leadership During a Crisis
- June 4: Staying “Cyberstrong” during COVID19
- Returning to Work after COVID shutdown – O’Neill Associates Employment Law
- 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:
- Take Control of Your Business: Three Simple & Essential Tools to Help Your Business Survive and Thrive in a Period of Extreme Uncertainty: Canadian Chamber
- How Businesses can Persevere and Recover from COVID-19: Canadian Chamber
- Succeeding in Uncertainty: Managing your business through the COVID-19 crisis: PwC
- Ensuring the recovery and resilience of Canada’s food service sector: Canadian Chamber – May 12
- 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
- Understanding and Accessing the BCAP and Capital Loans During COVID-19: Ontario Chamber of Commerce – April 14
Resources for Business
- 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.
- 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%.
- waiving all municipal fees, waiving certain zoning restrictions and expediting process for outdoor patios
- reducing interest penalty to 0.5% for tax payment defaults
- rent relief for commercial tenants in City owned buildings
Visit the Canadian Business Resilience Network for info to contain the spread of COVID-19 and prevent a second wave.
- Thunder Bay District Health Unit: COVID-19 and Workplaces
- Thunder Bay District Health Unit: Mandatory Mask Directive
Useful Info from Workplace Safety & Prevention Services:
- Post Pandemic Resumption Checklist – Businesses Operating Through the Pandemic
- Post Pandemic Resumption Checklist – Businesses Returning to the Workplace after Working Remotely
- Post Pandemic Resumption Checklist – Businesses Returning after Shutdown of Operations
Visit the Canadian Business Resilience Network for tips to empower your workforce and continue business operations.
Visit the Canadian Business Resilience Network and position your business to help drive economic recovery when the crisis passes.
The Recovery Activation Program (RAP) is an immersive online workshop program that connects businesses with industry experts for guidance, mentorship and practical advice about process modernization and end-to-end digital transformation.
It is completely free for businesses and supports firms of any size across Ontario.
Local businesses are essential to our economy and communities. These businesses need our help, now more than ever. So, join and participate in the movement, buy local, and spread the word. Learn more about Canada United.