Retail Sector Support Resource

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

Retail Operation restrictions eased

Starting May 19, retail stores outside of shopping malls with street entrances can begin reopening with physical distancing measures. The first stage also involves the "gradually restarting," with libraries allowed to open for pickup, and allowing property management services, such as cleaning, painting and pool maintenance, to resume. Read more here.

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.

Health and Safety Guidelines

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.

Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy
To help employers through the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the federal government has implemented the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS). The CEWS aims to prevent further job losses, encourage employers to re-hire workers who were laid off as a result of COVID-19, and help position businesses to resume normal operations more easily following the crisis. The CEWS allows eligible employers to rehire workers who were laid-off due to COVID-19, retroactive to March 15, 2020. The CEWS application process is now open.

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

Retail Operation restrictions eased

Starting May 19, retail stores outside of shopping malls with street entrances can begin reopening with physical distancing measures. The first stage also involves the "gradually restarting," with libraries allowed to open for pickup, and allowing property management services, such as cleaning, painting and pool maintenance, to resume. Read more here.

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.

Health and Safety Guidelines

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.

Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy
To help employers through the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the federal government has implemented the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS). The CEWS aims to prevent further job losses, encourage employers to re-hire workers who were laid off as a result of COVID-19, and help position businesses to resume normal operations more easily following the crisis. The CEWS allows eligible employers to rehire workers who were laid-off due to COVID-19, retroactive to March 15, 2020. The CEWS application process is now open.

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