Provincial Supports

Provincial Supports

 A list of programs available for businesses in the Province of Ontario.

Program

Description

Link

Stop the Spread Business Information Line

Now Open at 1-888-444-3659

The province has launched a toll-free line to provide support to businesses with answers about the recent emergency order to close at-risk workplaces

https://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2020/03/stop-the-spread-business-information-line-now-open-at-1-888-444-3659.html

Tax Relief (Provincially Administered Taxes)

Providing a five-month interest and penalty-free period to make payments for the majority of provincially administered taxes (Employer Health Tax, Tobacco Tax; Fuel Tax; Gas Tax; Beer, Wine and Spirits Taxes; Mining Tax; Insurance Premium Tax; International Fuel Tax Agreement; Retail Sales Tax on Insurance Contracts and Benefit Plans; and Race Tracks Tax).

 

Regional Opportunities Investment Tax Credit

The government is proposing to introduce a new 10 per cent refundable Corporate Income Tax credit for capital investments in specific regions of Ontario.

Qualifying investments include Class 1 and Class 6 capital property including expenditures for constructing, renovating or acquiring eligible commercial and industrial buildings and other assets. The tax credit would be available for expenditures in excess of $50,000 and up to a limit of $500,000.

Additional approvals may apply.

 https://budget.ontario.ca/2020/marchupdate/annex.html#section-3

Tax Relief

Providing a five-month interest and penalty-free period to make payments for the majority of provincially administered taxes (Employer Health Tax, Tobacco Tax; Fuel Tax; Gas Tax; Beer, Wine and Spirits Taxes; Mining Tax; Insurance Premium Tax; International Fuel Tax Agreement; Retail Sales Tax on Insurance Contracts and Benefit Plans; and Race Tracks Tax).

 

 https://budget.ontario.ca/2020/marchupdate/annex.html#section-2

Commercial Vehicles - Extension of validation Periods for Driver

New regulations include extensions for driver licences, licence plate validation, Ontario Photo Cards, and Commercial Vehicle Operator Registration certificates, among others.

The Ministry of Transportation is also automatically extending the due dates for medical or vision reports

 

Municipal Emergency Act, 2020 - Supply Chain - Temporary Changes to Municipal Noise By-Laws

The new legislation ensures that for the near future, the delivery of goods to Ontario's businesses and consumers isn't impacted by municipal noise by-laws that may unintentionally be impeding such deliveries when they are most urgently needed.

 

Off-peak Time-Of-Use (TOU) electricity rate

Starting March 24th - Off-peak Time-Of-Use (TOU) electricity rate for small businesses, and farm customers for a 45-day period. The government is working to suspend time-of-use electricity rates, holding electricity prices to the off-peak rate of 10.1 cents-per-kilowatt-hour.

 

WSIB COVID Relief

The financial relief package allows businesses to defer premium reporting and payments until August 31, 2020.

Businesses who report and pay monthly, quarterly or annually based on their insurable earnings are eligible for this deferral.

https://www.wsib.ca/en/financialrelief

https://www.wsib.ca/en/novel-coronavirus-covid-19-update

Ontario’s Action Plan: Responding to COVID‑19

The Province is working with its partners to act urgently to protect the people of Ontario.

The government’s first steps, outlined today, will provide $7 billion in additional resources for the health care system and to provide direct support for people and jobs.

https://budget.ontario.ca/2020/marchupdate/action-plan.html

Agriculture and Food Jobs in Ontario

In an effort to connect job seeks to employers in Ontario’s agriculture and food sector, specifically around the COVID-19 crisis, the government has launched new tool.  If you’re looking for a new professional opportunity and the chance to make a difference during this COVID-19 outbreak, this is a one-stop-shop that highlights employment openings and training resources in Ontario’s agriculture and food sector.

 

https://www.ontario.ca/page/agriculture-and-food-jobs-ontario

 

Temporary Doubling of the Employer Health Tax Exemption

In order to provide immediate financial relief to employers during this time when their businesses are impacted by the COVID‑19 outbreak, the government proposes to retroactively raise the EHT exemption from $490,000 to $1 million for 2020. The exemption would return to its current level of $490,000 on January 1, 2021.

https://budget.ontario.ca/2020/marchupdate/annex.html#section-1
 

Ontario-Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance Program


The Ontario Government is committing $241 million to partner with the federal government and deliver more than $900 million in urgent relief to small businesses and their landlords through a new program, the Ontario-Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance Program (OCECRA). The OCECRA 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.

 

New Website Accepting Proposals for Temporarily Changing Rules and Regulations

To help remove obstacles and streamline Ontario’s ability to respond to the outbreak and navigate through it, several temporary rules and regulations have been put in place.

 To support your ongoing work during COVID-19, you can request a temporary regulation or policy to change to help.

https://www.ontario.ca/page/frontline-business-help-us-support-you-during-covid-19

Ontario Unveils Guiding Principles to Reopen the Province

The Ontario government released a framework for reopening our province, which outlines the criteria Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health and health experts will use to advise the government on the loosening of emergency measures, as well as guiding principles for the safe, gradual reopening of businesses, services and public spaces. The framework also provides details of an outreach strategy, led by the Ontario Jobs and Recovery Committee, to help inform the restart of the provincial economy.

https://www.ontario.ca/page/reopening-ontario-after-covid-19

Province Takes Critical Steps to Help Businesses Adapt to New Environment

The Ontario government is ensuring employers have the safety guidelines they need to protect workers, customers, and the general public from COVID-19 as it prepares for a gradual reopening of the provincial economy. The government safety guidelines released today will provide direction to those working in manufacturing, food manufacturing and processing, restaurant and food service, and the agricultural sector. These measures build on more than 60 guidelines developed by Ontario's health and safety associations in response to COVID-19 for various sectors such as retail, health care, construction, transportation, police services, firefighters, and transit employees. 

https://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2020/04/ontario-providing-employers-with-workplace-safety-guidelines.html?utm_source=ondemand&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=p

Ontario Announces Additional Workplaces that Can Reopen

The Ontario government recently announced the retailers, seasonal businesses and health and community service providers who will be permitted to open or expand their services on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at 12:01 a.m., provided that the general trend on health indicators continues to improve as part of the first stage of the government's reopening framework. The workplaces opening as part this stage are well-positioned to put workplace safety measures in place and get more people back to work, while not overburdening public transit and other services.

The government also announced additional seasonal services and activities will be permitted to open as early as Saturday May 16, 2020 at 12:01 a.m., in time for the Victoria Day long weekend, as key public health indicators continue to show progress.                   

Ontario Announces Additional Workplaces that Can Reopen

Applications now open for Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance program

Announced by the federal government in April, the Ontario-Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance program helps landlords and tenants weather the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Administered and delivered by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, the program offers unsecured, forgivable loans to eligible commercial property owners. Assistance is available for the months of April, May and June, and will be applied retroactively. Learn more about the program and apply online

Ontario-Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance

Ontario extends emergency orders 

While the province has entered the first stage of its framework for reopening, the emergency orders currently in force have been extended to May 29. This includes the closure of bars and restaurants except for takeout and delivery, social gatherings of more than five people and staff redeployment rules for long term care homes and congregate settings. In addition, the restriction on all non-essential travel at the Canada-U.S. border has been extended until June 21. https://www.ontario.ca/page/reopening-ontario-after-covid-19

Digital Main Street assists businesses through digital transformation

  

Businesses are finding new ways to sell, market and expand their services with the help of Digital Main Street. Future Bistro created a new takeout menu, implemented physical distancing measures in their restaurant and worked with Digital Main Street to promote their re-launch. Toronto Krav Maga Academy is maximizing its content production by creating Youtube videos that are repurposed for IGTV as well as turning blog posts into an ebook. Companies like Anavi Designs and North Park Physiotherapy and Rehab are using this time to work on web improvements such as SEO updates, blogging and a new eCommerce website. Businesses looking for resources, connections to trusted digital vendors, online learning and one-on-one virtual assistance can sign up for help at no cost.
https://digitalmainstreet.ca

New Toolkit Will Help Employers Create Safer Working Environments for Employees during COVID-19

The Ontario government is providing employers with a new general workplace guide, which will help them develop a safety plan to better protect workers, customers and clients. The new downloadable toolkit offers tips on how to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 as more people get back on the job during Stage 2 of the reopening of the province.

Ontario Releases Guide on How to Develop a Workplace Safety Plan