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This is where you will find important documents and other resources related to the COVID-19 pandemic and how it effects us all here in Oshawa. If there's anything you're looking for that's not available here please contact us and we'll be happy to help.

Business Support

Business Advisory Centre Durham (BACD) Business Advisory and Support Services are currently free of charge

Special support for entrepreneurs from BDC

Export Development Canada supports and capital access

Canadian Federation of Independent Business - COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions

In partnership with the Government of Canada, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce established the Canadian Business Resilience Network to help Canadian businesses navigate the COVID-19 reality and prepare for recovery.

Details on employment insurance, the temporary foreign worker program, and other Federal employment programs: Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Employment and Social Development Canada

Durham College/Employment Ontario Community Employment Services- open virtually

Travel Advisory - Government of Canada

Business Continuity Planning & Pandemic Responses -

Pandemic Preparedness for Business - Canadian Chamber of Commerce

Pandemic Preparedness Toolkit for Ontario Businesses - Ontario Chamber of Commerce

Start-up Business Tools and Resources, eg: Cash Flow, Supply Chain -MaRS

BDO Guide to Adapting to COVID-19

BDC has a guides for Business continuity plan and templates for entrepreneurs as well as 8 steps for planning your emergency and disaster plan

June 1: Business community outlines needs on road to recovery

May 29: Health Department launches online toolkit to provide information on safe reopening of services

May 7: Businesses prepare to reopen; new site helps them source PPE

May 5: Online survey seeks feedback from local businesses on recovery efforts

April 24: Durham Economic Task Force letter to ask for support for small business

April 20: News Release Durham's business community unites during COVID-19

Prime Minister announces support for farmers and agri-food businesses under Canada's response to COVID-19

Employee Support - Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council

Government Support/Financial Assistance - Farm Credit Canada

Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council resources - Ontario Federation of Agriculture

Business Support - Canadian Federation of Agriculture

Health Information - World Organization on Animal Health

Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) - A Guide for Direct Sales to Consumers during COVID-19 and Beyond

Ministry of Health - COVID-19 Guidance for Food Premises

Agriculture and Food Jobs in Ontario

Durham Farm Fresh Press Release: Essential Food Items Available at Many Local Shops, Farms and Markets

Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) - Summary of government financial assistance for Ontario farm businesses

Durham Region recognizes the importance of the agriculture sector - Statement issued on behalf of Regional Chair and CEO John Henry.

Governments Invest $2.5 Million to Grow Agri-food e-Business During COVID-19

Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) - Crisis Management Tools by Farm Life

Province of Ontario: sector-specific guidelines and posters

Advanced Manufacturing Supercluster launches funding program to help scale - announcement, and funding details

Ontario and Canada are looking for help from businesses to make or supply healthcare products and innovative solutions. Learn how your organization can help.

Province of Ontario: sector-specific guidelines and posters

Tourism Industry Association of Ontario - COVID-19 Updates Page

Regional Development Agencies COVID-19 Info sheet

Tourism Industry of Canada - Current situation review and sign up for email updates related to COVID-19 Supports

Destination Canada - COVID-19 Updates

Destination Canada: Visitor Economy Webinar

Festivals and Events Ontario (FEO) - details on Force Majeure Insurance claims

Festivals and Events Ontario - Call for virtual content

Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance (CSTA) - Information for CSTA members during COVID-19

Department of Canadian Heritage - Information for Canadian Heritage grants & contributions recipients related to COVID-19

Central Counties Tourism (CCT) ‐ Information for the CTT (Durham, York, Headwaters) business community

Restaurants are encouraged to join the #TakeOutDay movement -

Durham Tourism Monthly Stakeholder Enews: April Edition

Canadian business leaders and tech workers Slack channel: Enabling the sharing of best practices for business continuity amidst disruptions.

Start-up Business Tools and Resources, eg: Cash Flow, Supply Chain - MaRS

Planning Checklist for Retailers: Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Retail Council of Canada

Restaurants are encouraged to join the #TakeOutDay movement -

Information and avocacy for those in the Health and Wellness industry (representing coaches, personal trainers, group instructors, yoga instructors, pilates instructors, chiropractors, physiotherapists, massage therapists, acupuncturists and sports and recreation centers and staff.)

Province of Ontario: sector-specific guidelines and posters

For upcoming scheduled webinars, visit the Invest Durham calendar

The below are available to watch on-demand.

Webinar Series:

  • Centre for Cybersecurity Innovation: Webinar Series on Cybersecurity

Mental Health Resources from the Province of Ontario

You can find information about programs that may be right for you based on your mental health and addictions needs, and the type of support that you prefer. You can:

Webinars Available-On-Demand

Blog Articles

Workplace PPE Supplier Directory: CLICK HERE

Invest Durham Supplier Directory: CLICK HERE

Province of Ontario: Health and Safety Association Guidance Documents for Workplaces During the COVID-19 Outbreak

Government Support and Funding

Canada's COVID-19 Economic Response Plan - Government of Canada

The Federal Response Programming includes support programs for business:

  • Avoiding layoffs and rehiring employees
  • Access to credit
  • Deferred payments
  • Support for self-employed individuals
  • Indigenous businesses
  • Supporting financial stability
  • Sector Specific Support

Up-to-date announcements: The Prime Minister's News Releases

Canada Business App - A dedicated COVID-19 tile has been added to the this app providing links to government announcements and information for businesses.

Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy Calculator

Take the Canadian Survey on Business Conditions (Read more about the survey here)

Regional Development Agencies COVID-19 Info sheet and details

Government introduces Canada Emergency Response Benefit to help workers and businesses

Employment Insurance, Work Sharing, and other Employee services - Employment and Social Development Canada

Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) for small businesses

Ontario's Action Plan: Responding to COVID-19

Ontario Dedicated COVID-19 Website

Ontario Together: Help Fight Coronavirus. Offer emergency products, and innovative solutions or volunteer to support the provincial response to COVID-19.

Reopening Ontario after COVID-19

PDF Guide: A Framework for Opening our Province

View the Durham Region COVID-19 Data Tracker for number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Durham Region

See COVID-19 Response and Updates from Municipalities on local programs and financial reliefs:

BDC Small Business Loans

  • No application fees. Online application process. Repayable over 5 years.
  • Use to: buy equipment, purchase extra software or hardware, apply for a patent, trademark or, other intellectual property protection.
  • Eligibility: Canadian company in operation for at least 24 months.
  • Apply online. Provide all required information and get approved within 5 days. Receive results or funds in 2 to 5 business days.

BDC: Working Capital Loan

  • Get a loan to complement your line of credit in order to boost inventory and take advantage of supplier discounts.

EDB-BDC: Purchase Order Financing

  • Loans to fulfill large international orders.
  • Get financing to cover up to 90% of the purchase order amount of contracts with international buyers.
  • The loan is dispersed directly to you, allowing you to pay your suppliers on time and fulfil contracts as promised. You can pay the loan back as you get paid by the buyer.

To find other grants and funding programs, Innovation Canada's online search tool allows companies to search for relevant funding.

Effective immediately, Bank of Montreal, CIBC, National Bank of Canada, RBC Royal Bank, Scotiabank and TD Bank have made a commitment to work with personal and small business banking customers on a case-by-case basis to provide flexible solutions to help them manage through challenges such as:

  • pay disruption due to COVID-19;
  • childcare disruption due to school closures; or
  • those facing illness from COVID-19.

This support will include up to a six-month payment deferral for mortgages, and the opportunity for relief on other credit products.

More information is available at Canada's Six Biggest Banks Take Decisive Action To Help Customers Impacted by COVID-19

Province of Ontario suspends time of use rate

Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA): CLICK HERE

Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) for small businesses

Opportunities to Help

Ontario Together: help fight Coronavirus. Offer emergency products, and innovative solutions or volunteer to support the provincial response to COVID-19.

Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) COVID-19 Collaboration Platform

COVID 19 - Urgent PPE Requirements for COVID 19 Emergency for the Region of Durham - visit the Bid and Tender opportunities with Durham Region website.

Make a donation to the Lakeridge Health Foundation

Ontario Shores Personal Protective Equipment Community Drive

Local community agencies are actively seeking volunteers and donations to provide help to vulnerable members in our communities in a safe way during this crisis. See Durham Region Community Resources for more details.