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
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 email@example.com 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:
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.
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
Bottles of hand sanitizer
Other prevention products
Guard / security services
Accommodation maintenance services
IT support 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: firstname.lastname@example.org / Tel: 613-793-3594
Alain Dorion: email@example.com / Tel: 613-790-0974
Provincial Government Website:
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
- Shopify Capital
- Free Business Templates from CFIB for COVID
- Canadian Outlook Summary Spring 2020
- Mental Health and Covid-19
- National Arts Center & Facebook Artist Fees
- Facebook $100 million in business grants
- Video – Being productive at home
- How to cope with the impacts of COVID-19 on your business – BDC Webinar
- Top tips for being productive at home