Hospitality Sector Support Resource

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This page contains links to information and resources to help Hospitality businesses mitigate the economic impacts of COVID-19. As the situation continues to evolve, so does available information. Please check back often for updates.

Health & Safety Guidelines for the Hospitality and Restaurant Sectors

Four non-profit health and safety associations contracted by Ontario’s Ministry of Labour are working to provide employers with reliable guidance on how to keep their workers and workplaces safe. Updated regularly, this resources is the most comprehensive and up-to-date place for employers to look for advice and rules at any time. Click here for updates.

The province's emergency order, restricting the operation of some businesses, including restaurants and bars, has been extended to May 29. Read more here.

Key findings from a recent Restaurants Canada survey:

  • 75% of Canadian food service business operators say they are either very or extremely concerned about their current level of debt.
  • 1 out of 2 independent restaurants say they might not survive the next 3 months.
  • Most multi-unit food service businesses expect they will have to permanently shut down at least one of their locations if conditions don’t improve within 3 months.
  • 3 out of 4 restaurant operators identified rent as a top source of debt, reinforcing urgent need for relief.

Commercial Rent Relief
The Ontario-Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance will provide forgivable loans to eligible commercial property owners experiencing potential rent shortfalls because their small business tenants have been heavily impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. To receive the loan, property owners will be required to reduce the rental costs of small business tenants for April to June 2020 by at least 75 per cent and commit to a moratorium on evictions for three months. It is expected that the program will be operational by mid-May. Learn more here.



This page contains links to information and resources to help Hospitality businesses mitigate the economic impacts of COVID-19. As the situation continues to evolve, so does available information. Please check back often for updates.

Health & Safety Guidelines for the Hospitality and Restaurant Sectors

Four non-profit health and safety associations contracted by Ontario’s Ministry of Labour are working to provide employers with reliable guidance on how to keep their workers and workplaces safe. Updated regularly, this resources is the most comprehensive and up-to-date place for employers to look for advice and rules at any time. Click here for updates.

The province's emergency order, restricting the operation of some businesses, including restaurants and bars, has been extended to May 29. Read more here.

Key findings from a recent Restaurants Canada survey:

  • 75% of Canadian food service business operators say they are either very or extremely concerned about their current level of debt.
  • 1 out of 2 independent restaurants say they might not survive the next 3 months.
  • Most multi-unit food service businesses expect they will have to permanently shut down at least one of their locations if conditions don’t improve within 3 months.
  • 3 out of 4 restaurant operators identified rent as a top source of debt, reinforcing urgent need for relief.

Commercial Rent Relief
The Ontario-Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance will provide forgivable loans to eligible commercial property owners experiencing potential rent shortfalls because their small business tenants have been heavily impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. To receive the loan, property owners will be required to reduce the rental costs of small business tenants for April to June 2020 by at least 75 per cent and commit to a moratorium on evictions for three months. It is expected that the program will be operational by mid-May. Learn more here.