Restaurants and food services
- Restaurant and food services health and safety during COVID-19
- COVID-19 Health and Safety Guidance for Restaurant Servers, Cooks and Dishwashers
- Restaurant and Food Service: Guidance for Health and Safety
The purpose of this document is to guide businesses in reopening by following health and safety measures. Please continue to follow the guidelines of the Province of Ontario and the Eastern Ontario Health Unit.
Reopening Ontario: what’s in each stage. Learn about what can reopen in each stage and where, according to the government’s regional approach to stage 2.
Find sector-specific guidelines and posters to help protect workers, customers and the general public from coronavirus (COVID-19) in Ontario. In addition, Workplace Safety & Prevention Services offers recommendations for different types of industries.
The Canadian Business Resilience Network - CBRN is sharing posters for you to use such as,
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada - Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) - Information for industry
Measure for international agricultural employees:
SUPPORT FOR THE AGRICULTURAL SECTOR
COVID-19 support program - Payment deferrals and credit line program
The Governments of Canada and Ontario are supporting the agriculture, agri-food and agri-products sectors to capture online e-business opportunities that will help create new, expanded or enhanced markets and open new retail channels to help generate new revenue streams for future growth.
The Agri-Food Open for E-Business initiative will help food producers, farmers markets, retailers, garden centres, greenhouses, nurseries, and agricultural associations develop online business, providing consumers with greater access to a wide variety of food and agriculture products.
This targeted application intake features two funding streams:
Collecting business data is now more important than ever as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to disrupt economies around the world.
The purpose of the Canadian Survey on Business Conditions is to measure the impact of COVID-19 on businesses in Canada. Information collected is intended to help governments, chambers of commerce and business associations across Canada devise strategies and mechanisms to foster the survival and continuity of businesses in Canada. These data will be critical for making informed decisions in the weeks and months ahead.
If you are a business owner, you have until April 17 to make your voice heard. Don’t miss this opportunity: click here.
What is the Canada Emergency Response Benefit?
The CERB supports Canadians by providing urgently needed financial support to employed and self-employed Canadians who have been directly affected by COVID-19. It provides a payment of $2,000 for a 4-week period (equivalent to $500 a week) for up to 16 weeks.
How to apply?
Applications for the CERB will begin the week of Monday, April 6, 2020.
Prior to April 6, individuals who are without work and are eligible for EI can continue to apply for Employment Insurance. If you are not eligible for Employment Insurance, find out how you can get ready to apply for the CERB through the Canada Revenue Agency.
Who can apply?
The CERB will be available to workers:
The Benefit is only available to individuals who stopped work and are not earning employment or self-employment income as a result of reasons related to COVID-19. If you have not stopped working because of COVID-19, you are not eligible for the Benefit.
Get ready now!
1 - There are two ways to apply:
Do you have a CRA My Account? Open one now here.
Is your direct deposit and mailing information up to date with the CRA? You will need your social insurance number (SIN).
2 - Determine the best day of the week to apply once the system is available
Whether you apply online or by phone, we want to provide the best service possible to everyone. To help manage this, we have set up specific days for you to apply. Please use the following guidelines:
Here are the days to apply based on your birth month:
What are the payment methods?
The CERB is paid by direct deposit or by cheque if your direct deposit information is not on file.
When to expect payment?
Apply again every 4 weeks
You will need to apply and confirm your eligibility for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit every 4 weeks (to a maximum of 16 weeks) if your situation continues. Each payment of the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) covers a 4-week period, beginning March 15, 2020.
For more information on the Canada Emergency Response Benefit, click here.
Premier Ford is forming a team to develop a growth plan for Ontario after COVID-19. The plan will ensure that Ontario's economic growth will be sustained once the emergency is over. The plan now begins with the Ontario Jobs and Recovery Committee.
What is the committee doing?
The committee is developing a plan that will get Ontario's economic engine back on track and focus on job creation, stimulate economic growth and protect our province from future threats. In fact, it is developing a long-term strategic goal to get the economy moving again. For all those who have lost their jobs or have had their businesses shut down, this committee will focus on getting them back on their feet once the pandemic is over.
The Committee will be consulting with a wide variety of people to assess the impact of COVID-19 on the provincial economy and develop an action plan to move forward, including business associations, chambers of commerce, municipal leaders, corporate leaders, small business owners, and entrepreneurs.
What is the Ontario's Action Plan: Responding to COVID-19?
With many people losing their jobs, the government launched Ontario's Action Plan: Responding to COVID-19. This is a $17 billion package with funding targeted to help families and a variety of sectors across the province.
Emergency assistance Program
The government is also providing $52 million from the package to better support individuals and families in financial crisis through social assistance. This funding will support those who are not able to access federal assistance to cover needs such as food costs, rent, medicine and other essential services during this time. Individuals can easily apply online for assistance. Apply here
What about small businesses?
The Ontario government has also worked with the federal government to develop the Small and Medium-sized Enterprise Loan that will enable up to $40 billion in lending, supported through Export Development Canada and the Business Development Bank. This new program will help businesses meet cash flow requirements through guaranteed loans.
For more information, News Release.