business toolbox

UPDATED MAY 15, 2020

BACD and our network of 54 offices are gathering as many resources, ideas, solutions as possible for our business community. We know this time is not easy – however, let’s do our best to focus on the present moment. Let’s support each other, our community, our businesses, friends and family. Reach out to people, phone, text, FaceTime – whatever you can do to support each other.

Some ideas on how to support local businesses:

  • Like and Share their posts
  • Leave a Google and Facebook Review
  • Shop Online
  • Purchase gift cards
  • Reschedule appointments rather than cancel

Join the Durham Region Small Business Online Directory – suitable for businesses who have an online or digital service/product offer

BACD’s Business Services

The BACD team are OPEN FOR BUSINESS and continuing to work, offering virtual advisory services. Please call us on 905-668-4949 or email us to book a meeting. Let’s talk – a problem shared is a problem halved.

Virtual events to help businesses at this time BACD’s Virtual Event Calendar

Durham Region Government:

Invest Durham Economic Response Task Force Resources for COVID-19

Prime Minister announces additional support for businesses to help save Canadian jobs

Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

Prime Minister announces additional support for small businesses

Prime Minister announces new support to protect Canadian jobs

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

Prime Minister announces more support for workers and businesses through Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan

The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) The program provides a 75% wage subsidy to eligible employers for up to 12 weeks, retroactive to March 15, 2020.

Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) for small businesses The program will lower rent by 75% for small businesses that have been affected by COVID-19.

Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) The program will provide interest-free loans of up to $40,000 to small businesses and not-for-profits whose revenues have been temporarily reduced and to help cover operating costs.

Prime Minister announces expanded access to Canada Emergency Response Benefit and support for essential workers

Updated April 9.2020 Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response PlanPrime Minister’s office announcement

Lisa Paulin, Senior Account Manager in Virtual Business Centre
905-665-5620 or
Charles Hamilton,  Account Manager Durham Office
905.666.8796 or
Calling all Suppliers: Help Canada Combat COVID-19

ACTION: Government of Canada is seeking information from suppliers on their ability to provide products and services in support of Canada’s response to COVID-19

Disposable N95 masks
Disposable Surgical masks
Nitrile gloves
Vinyl gloves
Bottles of hand sanitizer
Other prevention products

Guard / security services
Nursing services
Food services
Laundry services
Accommodation maintenance services
Personal services
IT support services
Other services

NEXT STEPS:  Fill out this form if you can provide items from the list above, or any other product or services not listed.

TIMELINE:  As soon as possible

For inquiries regarding the Government of Canada Call for Suppliers
Martin Montreuil: / Tel: 613-793-3594
Alain Dorion: / Tel: 613-790-0974

Provincial Government Website:

Frontline and business: help us support you during COVID-19

COVID-19: Tackling the Barriers website
Ontario will begin to reopen its doors in a three-staged approach, and will require us to operate differently than before. In response, the provincial government has launched the COVID-19: Tackling the Barriers website to help identify the unique challenges created under these unexpected circumstances and consider ways to overcome them.

Ontario unveils guiding principles to reopen the province
The Ontario government released A Framework for Reopening our Province

Stop the Spread Business Information Line Now Open at 1-888-444-3659
March 25, 2020 9:45 A.M.Office of the Premier
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.

On March 23, Premier Doug Ford was joined by Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, Rod Phillips, Minister of Finance and Sylvia Jones, Solicitor General to announce that the government will be closing at-risk workplaces to prevent the spread of COVID-19. At-risk workplaces will be ordered to close by 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24 and where possible, take the necessary measures so staff can work from home allowing operations to continue. Teleworking and online commerce are permitted at all times for all businesses. List of Essential Workplaces

Ontario Together: Seeking Suppliers for urgent services

Stay up to date with COVID-19 Developments and Impacts from the Government of Ontario Newsroom