The following information and the attached PDF were provided by the Executive Director of Stakeholder Relations, Office of the Premier of Ontario.


The Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, has released A Plan to Safely Reopen Ontario and Manage COVID-19 for the Long-Term, which outlines the province’s gradual approach to lifting the remaining public health and workplace safety measures by March 2022. The plan will be guided by the ongoing assessment of key public health and health care indicators and supported by local or regional tailored responses to COVID-19.

Enhanced COVID-19 Vaccine Certificate with QR Code and Verify Ontario App Available for Download Starting October 15

Ontario Making it Easier and More Convenient to Show Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination.

Canadian Chamber Encouraged by New Border Measures for Fully Vaccinated Travellers, but Questions Remain
Canadian Chamber President and Chief Executive Officer, Perrin Beatty, issued the following statement on yesterday’s new border measures for fully vaccinated travellers:


“As Canada moves from recovery into growth, having workable border measures for fully vaccinated travellers is critical for Canadian businesses. While many questions remain about how this partial reopening will work, we welcome today’s announcement as a positive step towards making safe international mobility a reality.” 

Clarification on Bill C-208 Provides Much Needed Certainty for Small Businesses

On July 19th, the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Finance, released a statement offering clarification on Bill C-208 and the taxation for intergenerational transfers of small business shares.

Business Leadership for Canada’s Net-zero Future

To ensure Canada’s pathway to net-zero is competitive, enhances investment, creates jobs for Canadians and promotes innovation, how we get there matters.On July 19th, the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Finance, released a statement offering clarification on Bill C-208 and the taxation for intergenerational transfers of small business shares.

Ontario Government’s proposed plan to offer paid leave for COVID-19

On April 29, 2021, the Ontario Government amended the Employment Standards Act, 2000 to require employers to provide employees with up to three days of paid leave for reasons related to COVID-19

Ontario Chamber of Commerce "Ontario’s Paid Sick Day Program is a Step in the Right Direction" April 28, 2021
Rocco Rossi, President and CEO of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, released a statement in reaction to the Government of Ontario’s Paid Sick Day Program Proposal. 

Latest Vaccination Information from Canadian Chamber of Commerce

Vaccine Resource Hub provides businesses with a one-stop-shop to help in building vaccine confidence amongst their team. This includes practical guidance for how employers can speak with their employees about vaccinations.


Workplace Recovery Toolkit includes the latest information and best practices for businesses to operate safely.

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The Canada Small Business Financing Program makes it easier for small businesses to get loans from financial institutions by sharing the risk with lenders.  Up to a maximum of $1,000,000 for any one borrower, of which no more than $350,000 can be used for purchasing leasehold improvements or improving leased property and purchasing or improving new or used equipment. Financial institutions deliver the program and are solely responsible for approving the loan. For more information download their PDF pamphlet or click here to find a lender near you


The Government of Canada has also introduced many COVID-19 supports to help businesses weather the storm. To get a tailored list of the ones that fit your business situation or to discover other federal, provincial and territorial programs and services designed to help Canadian businesses grow, try the interactive business benefits finder. You can also sign up for the notification feature to receive emails when there are changes to your favourite programs, when application deadlines are approaching, or when a new program that meets your needs is introduced.

You can also discover the Overview of Federal Government Services for Small Business page which highlights programs and initiatives for small business.