Business Support Through the COVID-19 Pandemic
If you are a business owner of any kind, we know that this period of uncertainty is very difficult. During this time, we want to provide some information for things you can do to both help and receive help over the coming weeks and months.
How to Help
Offer Your Supplies and Services to Those In Need
If you are a business that has the following items in your supplies, please consider taking part in the Canadian Government’s request to help Canada during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The government is looking for surplus stock of the following items:
- Disposable N95 masks
- Disposable surgical masks
- Nitrile gloves
- Vinyl gloves
- Bottles of hand sanitizer
- Other prevention products
They are also looking for people who can provide the following services:
- Guard / security services
- Nursing services
- Food services
- Laundry services
- Accommodation maintenance services
- Personal services
- IT support services
- Other services
If your business can help during this time, please consider filling out this submission form with how you can help. Please contact your local Provincial Senior Business Advisor or Strategic Account Manager if you have any further questions.
If Help Is Needed
Gift Certificate Support Through AttractionsOntario
People are being actively encouraged to purchase gift certificates right now to help companies in the future. Buying a gift certificate brings in income right now, and also ensures people will come into your store again once the emergency measures are lifted.
If you are a tourism attraction or business and offering gift certificates, please contact AttractionsON to let them know about your online gift certificate sales. They have a page dedicated to these gift certificates, and they will be promoting these offers on social media as well.
For more information, or to submit your business, please reach out to:
Your local RDA (Regional Development Agency) is here to help businesses as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.
These RDAs are on the front line of economic development in Canada, and can help to address key challenges that businesses are facing economically. They are monitoring the current COVID-19 situation closely, and watching the impact it has on our local economies.
If you are a tourism operator or small- or medium- sized business or organization and have received RDA funding and COVID-19 is affecting your operations, you are encouraged to contact your local RDA office. Your local RDA office can review your situation and provide guidance.
- You may be eligible to receive additional funding and/or flexible arrangements.
- Further support will be determined on a case-by-case basis as the situation evolves.
If you are a tourism operator or small- or medium- sized business or organization impacted by the sudden shifts in the economy and need pressing assistance, the RDAs could assist you with:
- Access to federal funding to help you stay in business.
- Advice and pathfinding services to other federal programs and services available.
For further information, please contact FedDev Ontario.
These programs are being run through their individual organizations, so please be sure to reach out to the individual programs for further information.