Burlington’s business organizations (Team Burlington) which include Burlington Chamber of Commerce, Burlington Downtown Business Association, Burlington Economic Development, Aldershot Village BIA and Tourism Burlington are taking a coordinated approach in engaging and supporting Burlington’s business community. We are constantly monitoring developments with COVID-19 and the impact locally.
We understand that this is a difficult time for everyone in our community. Please know that we are committed to continuing to support Burlington Businesses through it. The provincial and federal governments have made announcements pertaining to Businesses and how they will be responding to the economic effects of Coronavirus (COVID-19). We are in communication with these levels of government to ensure we stay educated and informed. If you have questions that are not addressed by the sources below, please reach out to us and we will do our best to source the information you are looking for.
We recognize that there is a lot of information coming out, from many different sources, and it can be difficult to know where to go for up-to-date and reliable information. It is our hope that the below list will make it easier and less overwhelming for businesses to get the information they need.
Team Burlington Business Support Forum Series
Team Burlington has launched the Business Support Forum Series, a video conference series, that provides businesses of all sizes with an opportunity to ask questions and hear from subject matter experts, as well as key leaders and decision-makers from all levels of government.
Mohawk Business Support Forum – May 27th at 10 am
Team Burlington has partnered with Mohawk College for Business Support Forum Expert Webinar. Burlington businesses will be provided with the opportunity to ask questions and interact with Mohawk College faculty to explore and discover support for your business as the economy enters into the recovery stage.
Tourism Economic Recovery Business Support Forum – May 28 at 9:30 am
Back to Business – Reopening Doors to Visitors
During this upcoming video conference, you will have an opportunity to speak directly with tourism experts to explore and discover how they can support your business as the economy enters the recovery stage. You will learn about tourism recovery initiatives and reopening best practices. We also will obtain industry input on collaborations being considered for the recovery strategy that will encourage the return of residents and welcome visitors to Burlington businesses.
Previous Business Support Forum Series
1. Municipal and Regional Business Support Forum: April 2nd
2. Provincial & Federal Business Support Forum: April 6th
3. Small Business Support Forum: April 16th
4. DeGroote Business Support Forum – Ask an Expert: May 5th
City of Burlington
- April 7: Burlington Approves Interm Property Tax Relief
- March 21: Burlington Mayor Meed Ward Declares State of Emergency for City Amid COVID-19
- March 20: Burlington Announces Upcoming Telephone Town Hall on COVID-19 Response and Support
- March 19: Tax Relief and Community Support – City of Burlington Media Release
- March 19: COVID-19 Update from Effie Triantafilopoulos MPP
- May 22: Ontario Helps People Impacted by COVID-19 Get Back to Work
- May 21: Ontario Leading COVID-19 Research in Canada
- May 19: Health and Safety a Top Priority as Schools Remain Closed
- May 14: Sector-Specific Guidelines for Businesses Reopening
- May 14: Detailed List of Stage One Reopening
- May 14: Ontario Announces Additional Workplaces that Can Reopen
- May 13: Voluntary Redeployment of Education Workers to Fill Staff Shortages
- May 11: Ontario Retail Stores Open for Curbside Pickup and Delivery
- May 8: Ontario Supports Job Creators as People Start Returning to Work
- May 6: Ontario Further Eases Restrictions on Retail Stores and Essential Construction During COVID-19
- May 6: Ontario Extends Electricity Rate Relief During COVID-19
- May 20: PM Announces Opening of Program to Protect Jobs and Help Businesses
- May 19: PM Announces Expansion of Support for Workers and Small Businesses
- May 15: Extending the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS)
- May 13: Details of the Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF) Announced
- May 11: Government Announces Support for Large and Medium-Sized Enterprises
- May 5: Supporting Canada’s Farmers, Food Business and Food Supply
- April 24: PM Announces Partnerships with Provinces and Territories to Deliver the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) for Small Businesses
- April 22: Support for Students and New Grads Affected by COVID-19
Personal Safety and Protection Equipment Directory
As the economy starts to re-open and with new health and safety guidelines being put in place for businesses, employees and consumers, we are developing a directory of businesses that produce and sell the following types of personal safety equipment, supplies and services, including safety masks and gloves, face shields, plexiglass screens or dividers, disinfectant services, and sanitizer (including non-medical grade options). If you have a supply of any of the above-listed products, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the list.
Black Robot – Physical Distancing Signage, Window & Floor Decals, & More
Black Robot, the sibling company of Yellow Robot Marketing is offering custom small-batch printing. Temporary and permanent signage available. Custom apparel, marketing collateral and more.
Order online at blackrobot.ca
Branded Burlington – Floor Decals
Branded Burlington is a custom apparel and print shop now offering floor decals to help customers and staff maintain a safe distance from one another.
Please contact email@example.com for more information.
CGA – Face Shields
CGA Iron Works is a small railings company located in Aldershot, Burlington, ON. In light of COVID-19, they are devoting 100% of their time towards making protective face shields that were comfortable to wear and enclosed on the sides.
Order online at cgafaceshields.com
Citron Hygiene – Sanitation Services, Hand Sanitizer, PPE Disposal Service
Citron Hygiene provides solutions that encompass restroom hygiene, warewashing, and chemical, pest control and life safety products and services to ensure building owners and managers can address their facility’s needs. In addition to their sanitation and PPE disposal services, they also have a supply of hand sanitizer.
Learn more at www.citronhygiene.com
Crescent Oil – Face Masks & Sheilds, Hand Sanitizers, Disinfectant Cleaner
Crescent Oil is a wholesaler and retailer of many brands of lubricants and equipment. They are now offering hand sanitizer, KN95 masks, surgical masks, face shields and disinfectant cleaner.
Order online at crescentoil.ca
Custom Mobility – Hand Sanitizer
Custom Mobility is a medical equipment supplier who is now offering hand sanitizer to meet the demand of consumers during COVID-19. Please click here for more information on how to purchase.
Ecolab – Disinfectant Sanitizer and Services
Ecolab is supporting frontline workers and businesses with cleaning and disinfecting solutions to maintain good hand hygiene and clean surfaces, tools and equipment so they can keep patients and consumers healthy, produce and prepare food safely and keep critical infrastructure running smoothly.
Learn more at www.ecolab.com
Eventscape – Social Distancing Barriers (Standing & Sitting), Teller Screens, Workstation Panel Height Extenders, & Custom Requests
Eventscape is a premiere fabricator of architectural features and custom elements that pivoted, retooled, at the pandemic outset and are offering personal protective equipment (PPE) to front line heroes and businesses.
Order online at eventscapehelps.com
Fast Signs Burlington – Safety Shields, Screen and Signage
Fast Signs Burlington has created special temporary signage options in addition to the more permanent safety and directional signage. Their offerings include germ prevention and hand washing signs, safety and directional signs, and new signs related to curbside pick up, social distancing, germ prevention and more.
Order online at fastsigns.com/656
Frid and Russel – Protective Barriers
Frid and Russel has a supply of protective barriers to keep employees and customers safe and to help prevent the spread of viruses like COVID-19. Designed to integrate into reception, open-plan offices and point of sale areas.
Order online at fridandrussel.com
Fully Promoted Burlington – Face Masks & Shields, Hand Sanitizers
Fully Promoted Burlington has adapted their business operations to supply a variety of medical and non-medical grade products to protect and supply consumers with the products they need to stay safe.
Order online at burlington.fullypromoted.ca
Gerrie Electric – Signage, Human Temperature Measurement Thermal Solution, Handheld Thermometer, Face Shields, Sanitizer and Gloves
Gerrie Electric is an industry-leading Canadian electrical distribution company, that is now offering a variety of products in-line with sector-specific guidelines for businesses reopening in Ontario. They also have supply of consumer-grade products to keep employers, employees and the public, protected and safe.
Information on the Human Body Temperature Measurement Solution.
For all other products, please visit gerrie.com
Please note that the handheld thermometer device, face shields, sanitizer and gloves for sale through the web are currently for sale only via phone orders 1-800-335-6621.
Jimmy Tees – Face Masks
Jimmy Tees has a supply of face masks for consumers and workers to meet the needs of new health and safety guidelines.
Order online at jimmyteespromo.com
Joseph Tassoni – Face Masks and Gloves
Fashion Designer, Joseph Tassoni is proud to produce personal reusable face and hand coverings made in Burlington to protect consumers and to keep our workers working.
Order online at josephtassoni.com
Joseph is also working directly with businesses to satisfy non-medical PPE needs with reusable face and hand coverings and items. For corporate purchasing, please click here to fill out your business information and contact details to get in touch with Joseph.
Mabel’s Labels – Face Sheilds & Masks, Floor & Wall Decals, Writable Stickers
Mabel’s Labels is the best-known brand of durable labels for families, and a growing line of products features baby bottle labels, allergy and medical alert products, sports labels, household labels and seasonal items. In light of COVID-19 they are now offering a variety of products for business and consumers.
View their product catalogue to order.
MarShield – Protective Shielded Barriers
With over 40 years of expertise, MarShield continues to lead the field in manufacturing, custom design, and innovation of lead shielding solutions. They are offering both safety protective shields and industrial shielded barriers.
Order online at marshield.com
Path Medical Care Inc. – Face Masks, Infrared Thermometer, Hand Sanitizing Dispensing Unit, & More
Path Medical Care Inc. is dedicated to supplying Canadian labs with the best quality solutions available in anatomical pathology and general lab supplies. They have a wide range of PPE products, including isolation gowns, face masks, shields, gloves, lab coats and other products needed in response to the pandemic such as infrared thermometers, swab kits, hand sanitizer and hand sanitizer dispensers.
Order online at www.pathcare.ca
Rizzo Assets Holding Inc.
Rizzo Assets Holding Inc. is a local family business based out of Brantford. Their company has shifted our clothing production to personal protective equipment (PPE) with the aim to provide other local businesses with the proper personal protective equipment across multiple industries during these uncertain times.
For more information on how to order, please Email – PPE
Rubicon Safety – Social Distance Barrier
Rubicon Safety has a supply of a social distancing barrier with installation options for the short and long term. They are ideal for factories, warehouses, and workplaces.
For more information on how to order, please click here.
Spirit of York – Hand Sanitizer
Spirit Of York Distillery in Toronto has repurposed its facilities to produce Health Canada-approved hand sanitizer for those in need during COVID-19.
Place an order here spiritofyork.com
Stratus Building Solutions – Disinfectant Cleaning Services
Stratus is here to help your business as you navigate these new reopening coronavirus commercial cleaning and disinfecting expectations to help you get back to business, and stay healthy, safe and productive from reopening day and beyond.
Order online at stratusbuildingsolutions.com
VIMI Corp – Face Masks & Shields, Floor Decals
VIMI Corp is located in Burlington and specializes in marketing tools and printed materials. In light of COVID-19, they are now offering face masks, face shields and floor decals to keep businesses and individuals protected.
Order online at www.vimi-ppe.com
Business Resources for COVID-19
Canada Business Resiliency Network (CBRN)
This toolkit prepared by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce’s Canadian Business Resilience Network (CBRN) is designed to provide guidance, or access to guidance, for business owners and senior managers responsible for re-establishing their operations while ensuring the health and safety of their staff, customers, suppliers and the general public is at the forefront.
Government of Ontario Sector Specific Guidelines for Reopening
Find sector-specific guidelines and posters to help protect workers, customers and the general public from coronavirus (COVID-19) in Ontario. Please click here to view the 90+ Workplace and Safety Guidelines.
- Halton COVID-19 General Information for Halton Workplaces
- Job Protection for Workers During the COVID-19 Situation
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. Access the portal here.
Deloitte Economic Recovery Dashboard
Deloitte has created a dashboard that manages key economic, political and societal markers to track and signal when a rebound is beginning. Access the dashboard here.
- Ontario Chamber of Commerce – Pandemic Preparedness Toolkit
- Canadian Chamber of Commerce – Pandemic Preparedness for Business
- Peninsula – COVID-19 Toolkit
Keeping your Business Safe During Closure
If your business falls under the non-essential category whose operations have been mandated to close here is a safety checklist from the Halton Region Police Service (HRPS) to ensure your business remains secure.
- Canadian Business Resiliency Network
- FedDev Ontario – COVID19
- Government of Ontario – COVID-19 Resources
- Government of Canada – Risk-Informed Decision Making for Mass Gatherings During COVID- 19
- Government of Canada – Resources for Canadian Business
- Guidance on Essential Services and Functions in Canada During the COVID-19 Pandemic
- CASW – Government of Canada Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Resources
- OHRC policy statement on the COVID-19 pandemic
- MNP LLP Business Resource Centre
- Public Health Ontario – COVID-19 Public Resources
- Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development – Employment Standards
- An Employer’s Guide to Responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic
- BDC – How to Cope with the Impacts of COVID-19 on your Business
- Canada’s Regional Development Agencies: COVID-19
- Food and Beverage Ontario: Covid-19 Updates and Resources
- Ontario Restaurant Hotel & Motel Association (ORHMA): Hospitality COVID-19 Resource Centre
- ORHMA Pandemic Relief Recommendations Provincial Government
- Navigating Coronavirus: COVID-19 Resources for Foodservice Operators
Economic Relief for SMEs
Wage Subsidy and Relief Measures
|Regional Recovery and Relief Fund (RRRF)||Provides financial contributions (interest-free loans) to help support fixed operating costs of SMEs, that are unable to access other COVID-19 business supports, through Canada’s Regional Development Agencies||www.feddevontario.gc.ca/|
|Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assitance (CECRA)||Offers forgivable loans to eligible commercial property owners to: reduce the rent owed by their impacted small business tenants||
Applications open May 25
|Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)||Payment of up to $2,000 per month for up to 4 months to help employees and self-employed individuals who lose their income because of COVID-19 (work shortage, illness or taking care of their children).||Apply for CERB at www.canada.ca/|
|Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS)||Businesses will be eligible for up to a 75% wage subsidy (CEWS) if they experience at least a 15% revenue reduction in March resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, retroactive to March 15, 2020; for April and May, the revenue reduction threshold is 30%||
Apply for CEWS www.canada.ca
Extended until August 29
Loans and Access to Credit
|Lending Program for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprise||Co-Lending Program will bring the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) together with financial institutions to co-lend term loans to SMEs for their operational cash flow requirements.||www.canada.ca|
|Loan Guarantee for SMEs||Small and Medium Enterprise Loan and Guarantee program established to enable lending, supported through Export Development Canada (EDC).||www.bdc.ca|
|Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA)||Will provide interest-free loans of up to $40 000 to small businesses and not-for-profits, covering operating costs for a period where revenues have been reduced, due to economic impacts of COVID-19.||www.canada.ca|
|Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP)||Established to allow BDC and Export Development Canada (EDC) to provide more than $10 billion of additional support to businesses.||www.canada.ca|
Tax Deferrals, Exemptions and Payments
|Burlington Approves Interim Property Tax Relief||No penalty will be charged on the April 21 property tax installment for all property owners, including no month-end interest and relief on the administration charge for any returned payments during this time. Next tax payment is not due until June 30th, 2020.||burlington.ca|
|Employee Health Tax||Retroactive reduction of the Employer Health Tax (EHT) and temporary increase of the exemption from $490,000 to $1 million||budget.ontario.ca|
|Provincial Tax Deferral||Deferral of $1.8 billion in property taxes for provincial education tax purposes for 90 days to assist municipal partners and property owners||budget.ontario.ca|
|Workplace Safety and Insurance Board Payment Deferral||Deferral of $1.9 billion of Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) premiums for employers for 6 months||www.wsib.ca|
|Income Tax Deferral||Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) will allow all businesses to defer, until after August 31, 2020, the payment of any income tax amounts owing on or after March 18 and before September 2020||www.canada.ca|
|Deferral of Custom Duties and Sales Tax for Importers||Businesses, including self-employed individuals, will be allowed to defer all Goods and Services Tax/Harmonized Sales Tax (GST/HST) payments until June, as well as customs duties owed for import||www.canada.ca|
Burlington Steps Up
Across Burlington, businesses of all shapes and sizes have shown great resilience overcoming the challenges that COVID-19 has brought on by adapting their operations and stepping up as community leaders. Businesses have retooled their operations and are finding innovative and creative ways to support our community. To compliment, Mayor Meed Ward’s Wall of Inspiration, we will be sharing success stories from Burlington’s business community to highlight their efforts and to celebrate their outstanding leadership during these unprecedented times. If you have any stories of businesses that have successfully adapted throughout COVID-19 please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Branded Burlington has developed a new e-commerce website to help facilitate gift card purchases for Burlington businesses. The project also provides additional support (in the form of sponsorship) through the purchase of Burlington Proud merchandise, where proceeds of the sale will be given to a business of the consumer’s choice.
Burlington Teen Tour Band
Burlington Teen Tour Band came together virtually and share a timely and inspirational song (by video) about unity in these challenging times, all while encouraging donations to our local hospital.
CGA Iron Works
CGA Iron Works, a local father and son business, based in Burlington, normally makes beautiful iron railings. They quickly retooled to be able to make 1 million face masks to help protect frontline workers. View the full story recently featured on CityNews.
Cogent Power has shown community leaders to supply power to temporary COVID-19 Hospital Facilities in Canada and the US. They will supply power transformer cores to ABB who will then turn it around quickly to supply to temporary hospital facilities.
Dawkins and Associates Inc.
Dawkins and Assoicates Inc. have pivoted their promotional business, leveraging their connections in China and logistics to help provide PPE for Hamilton Health Sciences and Long Term Care facilities. Thank you for adapting and to these times and supporting our community with much-needed PPE.
Deliver Grocery and Tech Genius
Tech Genius has launched a new business, Deliver Grocery to meet the needs of individuals who are not able or comfortable shopping for groceries. Deliver Grocery will pick up your groceries and deliver them to you with same day or next day delivery options. Simple fill out the form and confirm your delivery date!
Enable Education has shifted their focus to make Health and Safety training videos. They are now able to edit home-made videos to make look more professional with quick turn around times.
Glad Tidings Church
Glad Tidings Church has launched a free online grocery delivery service for those who are in mandatory isolation or for those who need to isolate based on underlying health issues. Their team of volunteers will shop & deliver groceries (using public health’s guidelines for safety) and have an online ordering process including a cashless, contact-free method of payment.
IKEA Burlington generously donated all the bed tray tables for Joseph Brant Hospital’s temporary Pandemic Response Unit that has been built as part of their emergency response. This timely donation will directly help the approximately 90 patients this facility can accommodate if and when COVID-19 cases surge locally.
At a time when the business community is facing extraordinary challenges, Joseph Tassoni is demonstrating incredible leadership, tenacity and innovation. To keep workers working and to help residents add an extra layer of precaution as we practice social distancing, Joseph is producing locally sourced, reusable, personal protective face masks that can be purchased here (please note, these are not medical grade). $5 from each purchase will be donated to the Joseph Brant Hospital.
Loch Side Bar and Lounge
The Loch Side Bar and Lounge has repurposed their kitchen to create frozen meals for customers to make at home. They also offer ready meals for pick-up and all items have been reduced to $10. Health care workers buy one get one free.
Mrs. B’s Gift House
This popular local business known for its sweets and treats (and also for it’s owners, Ward 6 Councillor Angelo Bentivegna and his amazing wife Diane) has already donated 5000 gloves to the City of Burlington and partnered with Acclaim Health in their distribution of 500 care packages to their personal support workers.
Nuvo Network, Fortino’s in Support of Food for Life
With Nuvo Network‘s Taste Kitchen and local Fortino’s stores supporting Food for Life in launching the Good Soup Project, thousands of litres of soup are being made with fresh, rescued food will be delivered to friends in need. For about $1.33 per meal, the Good soup is made with wholesome ingredients like turkey, fresh potatoes, carrots and herbs.
Pintoh Thai Cuisine
Pintoh Thai Cuisine is offering complete thai meal kits along with video prep for customers to make their own thai meals at home, in addition to regular takeout & delivery.
St John’s Ambulance
St John’s Ambulance has shown great support during these trying times and is offering their First Aid Awareness online course for free. Please click here if you are interested in enrolling.
The North Coal General Store
The North Coal Grocery Service offers 5 different curated packs of grocery items depending on the needs of the family including personal pack, roomie pack, family pack, protein pack and a produce pack. With every purchase, they’ll also be donated 1 pack to the Burlington Food Bank. Packs are available for curbside pick-up and/or delivery.
The Waterfront Hotel has generously donated an entire floor to house health care workers at Joseph Brant. Thank you for providing for our Health Care Heroes!
407 ETR had made a $5.2 million donation to help communities and assist the hospital with their response to the pandemic. On top of this generous donation, the company has also provided its customers with economic relief throughout the pandemic to ease financial hardships.
Business Support Phone Lines
Burlington Economic Development
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 Phoneline
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.
Mental Health Resources
For many, the pressure and uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic is taking a serious toll. Please see the materials below that will help business, employers, and employees manage their anxiety during this time:
- Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Halton – COVID-19 Resources
- Canada Psychological Association – Virtual Mental Health Resources
- Canadian Red Cross (CRC) – Psychological First Aid Guide
- Centre for Disease Control and Prevention – Manage Anxiety and Stress
- Government of Canada – Mental Health and Coping with COVID-19
- Government of Canada – COVID-19 and Mental Health Coping at Work
- Halton Family Health Centre – Virtual Walk-in Clinic & Mental Health Support
- Mental Health Commission of Canada – Tips for Managing COVID-19 Anxiety
Wellness Together Canada: Mental Health and Substance Use Support
Canadians are being challenged in a number of ways because of isolation, financial and employment uncertainty and disruptions to daily life. Wellness Together Canada provides tools and resources to help get Canadians back on track. These include modules for addressing low mood, worry, substance use, social isolation and relationship issues.
United Way Halton & Hamilton Phoneline
Do you know someone struggling? Call 211.
Powered in partnership with United Way, 211 is a helpline available by phone, chat or online search that helps Ontario residents navigate the complex network of government, health, community, and social service programs. It is a service offered 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, with interpretation in over 150 languages.
Community Resources for COVID-19
City of Burlington COVID-19 Community Resources
The City of Burlington’s portal is available for anyone needing help or offering help during this pandemic. The webpage features information and resources that are available throughout the City and ways you can support the community through donating and volunteering. It also includes a mapping tool to show the location of resources that are closest to you across Burlington.
Halton COVID-19 Community Resources
The Region of Halton recognizes that the COVID-19 pandemic has affected us all in many different ways, including socially and financially. The Halton COVID-19 Community Resource page is a source of information for social, financial and community support available.
Ontario COVID-19 Resources
The Government of Ontario has created a page for individuals and businesses to stay up to date on the latest COVID-19 news. The COVID-19 Ontario website outlines the Province’s response to COVID-19 and resources for the public to stay safe throughout the pandemic.
How Your Business Can Help Fight COVID-19
Joseph Brant Hospital Requests PPE from Business Community
Joseph Brant Hospital’s top priority is keeping members of the Burlington community safe. To protect patients, families and their team, they are actively screening everyone entering the hospital. This new procedure has increased their utilization of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
If your business can provide PPE such as N95 masks, gloves, and gowns, please reach out at email@example.com or call 905-632-3730 ext. 1314. If you are able to donate these items, please click here to view the details and specifications.
Ontario Together: Help Fight COVID-19
Ontario is welcoming help from businesses and organizations who can supply emergency products and innovative solutions to support our response to COVID-19. Visit their website for more information.
Help Canadian Manufacturers Meet Critical Shortages in the Fight Against COVID-19
Next Generation Manufacturing Canada (NGen) will invest $50 million in Supercluster funding to support companies as they rapidly respond to the COVID-19 pandemic by building a Canadian supply of essential equipment, products, and therapeutics.
These are your neighbours.
This is your community.
Small businesses need your support, now, more than ever.
So it’s time to get creative. Let’s come together and share ways to help them… here are a few ideas:
- Harness the power of social media. Even though their doors may be closed, business owners are still hard at work, and most are available on social media. Reach out to them individually with a DM (direct message) and ask how you can support them. Many of our Burlington businesses have implemented incentives to shop online so please utilize this option as much as possible.
- Order takeout or delivery. We’ve compiled a list of local eateries currently offering delivery, pre-packaged meals and curbside pick-up on Tourism Burlington’s blog. Don’t forget, parking is currently FREE in downtown Burlington to help facilitate easy “run in and grab” takeout options.
- Next time you’re online (like right now!), take some time and submit a positive Google review for your favourite business … yes, the Google reviews you’ve been meaning to write ever since you had the best slice of pizza, the best manicure, the best bouquet of flowers, etc… let’s use this downtime to help boost the ratings of the businesses in your community!
- Attend an online fitness workout – many of our Burlington fitness providers are posting daily workouts on social media. If you need somewhere to start, check out the Burlington Downtown blog.
- And once you’ve submitted those 5-star reviews, why not add a few more businesses to your social feeds? It’s time to make some more virtual connections!
Consider Supporting a Local Not-for-Profit or Charity
At this time, local organizations are working hard to continue to take care of those most in need at a time when support is even more in demand. To the extent that you are able please give generously directly to local not-for-profits and charities to ensure that critical support continues to be available to those most vulnerable within our community.
Do YOU have an idea that we can share with the community? Have you helped to support a local business in a unique way? Have you seen or heard of a business that is offering a promotion, curbside pick-up, online sales, free shipping etc.?
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know how Team Burlington can best support Burlington business during this time.