Business Support & Resources
Digital Main Street: Programs for Ontario Business
As part of a partnership between the Government of Canada and the Province of Ontario, Digital Main Street has announced three new programs to support businesses across Ontario.
A program that provides independent small businesses and artists with a quick, easy and no-cost way to get selling online right away. More information here.
Make the POST Promise
The POST Promise is a self-declaration that a business is working to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and is the key to building consumer confidence. Once completed, a business is provided with the necessary communication and implementation tools to educate employees on the five key steps to workplace safety, which were created to be consistent with what has been recommended by the Public Health Agency of Canada.
Businesses who make the promise will be able to use and prominently display the POST Promise logo which is a nationally recognized symbol of a business’ commitment to doing their part to protect their customers’ and employees’ health and safety as COVID-19 restrictions ease. Participating business can also purchase a kit which will include additional communication tools like window decals, posters and tent cards which can be used to further build awareness of their commitment within their place of business.
Please visit postpromise.com to make the POST Promise.
Halton Business Resources for COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected businesses of every size. Halton’s website includes information on supports, services and relief programs that can assist business owners as the situation evolves and as the economy re-opens and recovers.
Visit halton.ca for more information.
Small Business Portal
DeGroote School of Business is partnering with Team Burlington to provide advisement to businesses navigating uncharted situations. DeGroote faculty members have a depth of research and industry knowledge that they are making available to support the livelihood of our business community.
CCC Pandemic Preparedness
In addition to the work of the health care industry when a pandemic hits, businesses play a critical role in protecting the health and safety of employees, and limiting the negative impact on the economy and communities. They also need to have business continuity plans that will minimize the impact on the business itself and facilitate a speedy resumption of activities if the business has been forced to scale
back or close during the pandemic. Preparedness, not panic, is the best way to mitigate the risks posed by a COVID-19 pandemic to the Canadian economy and our citizens.
OCC Pandemic Preparedness Toolkit
As the situation with COVID-19 continues to evolve, it is critical that businesses are equipped with the knowledge, skills, and resources to respond to protect public health and ensure the continued essential operations of their organizations.
The Ontario Chamber of Commerce team, in collaboration with Hicks Morley, have put together a toolkit to help support businesses be prepared for any human-resources or operational-related disruptions.
The guidelines and resources contained in this toolkit have been prepared to assist businesses in planning for and adaption to the disruption of COVID-19 and any future influenza pandemics.
Peninsula COVID-19 Toolkit
The recent outbreak of COVID-19, also known as coronavirus has now been deemed a global health emergency by the World Health Organization. Read Peninsula’s guidance on how to manage the impact of COVID-19 on your workforce.
Business Support Phone Lines
Business Resilience Service
The Business Resilience Service (BRS) allows you to connect with experienced business advisors from across Canada for guidance on which government relief programs will be most appropriate to support your small to medium-sized business, not-for-profit or charity on how to respond and reshape amid uncertainty.
The program, delivered to your organization free of charge, provides:
- Guidance on COVID-19 financial support program options and eligibility
- Direction on accessing the most appropriate support organizations
- Help to make decisions to support recovery plans
- Real-time insights and feedback to policymakers
To access the BRS call 1-866-989-1080 to connect with a business advisor from the accounting profession. The service is available 7 days/week from 8 am – 8 pm ET (5 am – 5 pm PT).
Burlington Economic Development Phone Line
Burlington Economic Development has set-up a business support phone line to provide businesses with a direct line to staff to answer questions and help make sense of new information coming out from higher levels of government. Businesses can reach out to (289) 337-5505 ext. 102, Monday to Friday between 9 am and 5 pm.
Stop the Spread Phone Line
The province has launched a toll-free line 1-888-444-3659 to provide support to Ontario businesses who have questions about the province’s recent emergency order to close at-risk workplaces following recommendations by Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health. If you have any questions about essential versus non-essential businesses, assistance is available from Monday to Sunday, from 8:30 am – 5:00 pm.
Halton Regional Police Service COVID-19 Hotline
For the duration of the pandemic, if a member of the public wishes to report an incident of non-compliance with the emergency orders, they may contact the Halton Regional Police Service COVID-19 Enforcement Hotline at 905-825-4722.
It is critical that residents use 911 for emergencies only.
Innovation Canada Matching Tool
With various economic relief measures available from all levels of government, it can be difficult to know what programs your business is eligible for. Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada has created a matching tool for businesses seeking programs, services and supports that are currently available.