Below are links to resources provided by our Municipal, Regional, Provincial, and Federal governments in response to the COVID-19 crisis, as well as resources provided by other reputable and trusted organizations.

We will be updating this page as new information is announced.

We are here to support our local businesses! Please reach out the the Chamber office if you would like to discuss any issues you’re facing or if you need help navigating any of the information or links below.

For information on how you can get involved with supporting our community during this pandemic, visit our Not-For-Profit Organizations page.

Government Updates and Announcements

Government of Canada – Prime Minister of Canada News Releases

May 25 – Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance Now Open for Applications

May 20 – Prime Minister Announces Opening of Program to Protect Jobs and Help Businesses

May 19 – Prime Minister Announces Expansion of Support for Workers and Small Businesses

May 15 – Government Extends the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy

April 24 – Prime Minister Announces Partnerships With Provinces and Territories to Deliver the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance for Small Businesses

April 21 – Prime Minister Announces Further Support to Help Canadians in Need

April 17 – Prime Minister Announces New Support to Protect Canadian Jobs

April 16 – Prime Minister Announces Additional Support for Small Businesses

April 15 – Prime Minister Announces Expanded Access to Canada Emergency Response Benefit and Support for Essential Workers

April 11 – Government Introduces COVID-19 Emergency Response Act, No. 2 to Help Businesses Keep Canadians in Their Jobs

April 8 – Government Provides Further Flexibility for Employers to Access the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy

April 1 – Government Announces Details of the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy to Help Businesses Keep Canadians in Their Jobs

March 27 – Prime Minister Announces Support for Small Businesses Facing Impacts of COVID‑19

March 25 – Government Introduces Canada Emergency Response Benefit to Help Workers and Businesses

Government of Ontario – Newsroom

May 22 – Ontario Makes it Easier to Conduct Business during COVID-19

May 14 – Ontario Announces Additional Workplaces that Can Reopen

May 12 – Declaration of Emergency Extended While Ontario Gradually Reopens the Economy

May 11 – Ontario Retail Stores Open for Curbside Pickup and Delivery

May 9 – Ontario Government Supporting Parents as Economy Reopens

April 28 – Ontario Helping Businesses Overcome the Unique Challenges Created by COVID-19 | COVID-19: Tackling the Barriers

April 28 – More Frontline Workers Eligible for Emergency Child Care

April 27 – Ontario Unveils Guiding Principles to Reopen the Province

April 25 – Ontario Supporting Frontline Heroes of COVID-19 with Pandemic Pay

April 24 – Governments Invest $2.5 Million to Grow Agri-food e-Business During COVID-19

April 24 – Ontario Provides Urgent Relief for Small Businesses and Landlords

March 25 – Ontario’s Action Plan: Responding to COVID-19 | Premier Ford and Minister Phillips Announce Additional Health Care Resources and Support for People, Jobs and Employers

Read Enterprise Canada’s analysis on Ontario’s Fiscal update here.

March 23 – Ontario Orders the Mandatory Closure of All Non-Essential Workplaces to Fight Spread of COVID-19 | List of Essential Workplaces

March 17 – Ontario Enacts Declaration of Emergency to Protect the Public | Significantly Enhanced Measures will Help Contain Spread of COVID-19

March 16 – Premier Ford Announces Job Protection for Workers during the COVID-19 Situation | Ontario to Protect Workers Who Take Leaves From Work

March 16 – Statement from the Minister of Finance on the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Ontario’s Economy

Niagara Region – News Releases

May 14 – Economic Rapid Response Team Launches Second Survey of Niagara Businesses

May 5 – OpenInNiagara Website Connects Niagara Businesses With Customers

April 14 – Economic Rapid Response Team Completes First Survey of Niagara Businesses

April 3 – Enforcement of Mandatory Closures and Restrictions Due to COVID-19

April 3 – Niagara’s Municipalities Declare State of Emergency in Response to COVID-19

March 17 – Additional Measures to Help Prevent the Spread of COVID-19

Town of Lincoln – News and Media Releases

Supporting Business During Coronavirus

March 20 – Town Implementing Grace Period for Payments

March 18 – Niagara Economic Rapid Response Team Formed | Niagara Mayors and Regional Chair join together to form Niagara Economic Rapid Response Team

Resources for Reopening

Government of Ontario

Reopening Ontario After COVID-19

Ontario Together: Help Fight Coronavirus

Retail Council of CanadaCOVID-19 Recovery Planning

Workplace Safety & Prevention ServicesPost-Pandemic Business Playbook

Canadian Chamber of Commerce

Reopening Canada’s Economy: A National Guide for Business

Business Resilience Service

Business Financial Relief and Resources

Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan: Support for Canadians and Businesses | Economic Response Plan – Cost and Implementation

For Individuals and Workplaces

Sam OosterhoffCovidSupports

Government of Canada

Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)

For Business

Government of Canada

COVID-19: Changes to Canadian taxes and benefits | Canada Revenue Agency

Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) | Calculate Your Subsidy Amount

Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP)

Temporary Wage Subsidy for EmployersFrequently Asked Questions

Work-Sharing – Overview

Additional Support for Canadian Businesses from the Economic Impact of COVID-19

Niagara Economic Development

COVID-19 Business Support

Niagara COVID-19 Business Impact Survey Part 2

Business Development Bank of CanadaSupport for entrepreneurs impacted by the coronavirus COVID-19

Canadian Chamber of Commerce CBRN Small Business Relief Fund

Business Continuity, Toolkits, Plans

ISSERVICE TechnologyZoom Hosting Best Practices & Setup Guide

LegalShield Business SolutionsCOVID-19 Legal Resource Centre | Information for Individuals, Families, Businesses, and Digital Health

Canadian Chamber of CommerceCanadian Business Resilience Network

Shopify COVID-19 Response | Tools, information, and resources

Essential HR

Responding to COVID-19: A Guide for Employers

Blog | Blog posts to help employers navigate COVID-19


On-Demand Webinar How to Cope with the Impacts of COVID-19 on Your Business

On-Demand Webinar | Digitize Your Business and Gain a Competitive Edge with a Step-by-Step Plan

Business Continuity Plan and Templates for Entrepreneurs

Mental Health Resources

Government of CanadaMental Health Tips for Working from Home

Mental Health Commission of CanadaCOVID-19 Self-Care & Resilience Guide

CDCTips for Stress and Coping During COVID-19

Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) –

Responding to Employee Anxiety

Tips to Support Mental Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic

BounceBack Program

Public Health

Niagara Public Health

Public Health Ontario

Canada Public Health  

World Health Organization

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