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Apr 6th 2020 Get .pdf
Updated April 6th  The attached PDF provides the latest information on: Petitions, Letters of Support, Media Support Surveys Grants Resourcesshow entire post

Updated April 6th 

The attached PDF provides the latest information on:

  • Petitions, Letters of Support, Media Support
  • Surveys
  • Grants
  • Resources for Artists, Entrepreneurs and retailers
  • Mental Health Support
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Apr 6th 2020 Get .pdf
Updated April 6th  The attached PDF provides the latest information on how to ask for rentshow entire post

Updated April 6th 

The attached PDF provides the latest information on how to ask for rent relief with templates and guidance from Toronto City Councillors.

 

 

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Apr 1st 2020
We are updating regularly as well – Update April 6th 2020 We have compiled a varietyshow entire post

We are updating regularly as well – Update April 6th 2020

We have compiled a variety of options to help during COVID – 19 Transitioning.

Please see all our resources below.

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Primary Government Sources

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Government Programs and Information

 

ALL AVAILABLE GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS

A list of all government programs available from our friends at the Waterfront BIA. These are updated regularly, so please check back often

 

 

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Government of Canada: Additional Support for Canadian Businesses

On this page, you can find:

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Government of Canada Resources for Canadian Businesses

On this page you can find: 

  • Avoiding layoffs and rehiring employees
  • Reduced and deferred payments

  • Access to credit

  • Supporting financial stability

  • Support for self-employed individuals

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City of Toronto COVID-19: Economic Support & Recovery

On this page you can find: 

  • Economic resources to help minimize COVID-19 impacts for Toronto’s businesses.
  • Economic Support & Recovery for Individuals & Families

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The City of Toronto and the Toronto Region Board of Trade 

On this page, you can find:

The City of Toronto and the Toronto Region Board of Trade are partnering to deliver you a one-stop information centre where you will find the resources, tools, and critical support programs you need to manage the challenge you’re facing. 

Right now, you can  watch and read how to access new government supports.

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Councillor Layton’s Community Resources

On this page you can find: 

 

Here you can find common questions to the CERB, Ontario Works, Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy and other information about Taxes, Loans, and Other Benefits

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Additional Resources

GOVERNMENT OF CANADA

COVID-19 Update Page

Resources for Business

Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan

Helping Canadians With the Economic Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Calling All Suppliers – Help Canada combat Coronavirus disease

ROE Guidelines for Issuing EI

COVID-19 – Benefits and services

Statement from the FCAC Commissioner

Canadian Business Resilience Network  – ADDED April 7th

 

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Employment Insurance and Labour and Occupational Health and Safety

Employment and Social Development Canada 

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Export Development Canada

EDC Stands Ready to Support Canadian Exporters Impacted by COVID-19

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Managing the impact on global supply chains

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PROVINCE OF ONTARIO

Ontario Together: Help Fight Coronavirus

List of Essential Workplaces

Extended Validation Periods

Electricity Relief

Stop The Spread Business Info Line

2020 Economic & Fiscal Update

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Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation & Trade

Support for Businesses

Comprehensive list of Government Responses to COVID-19

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Ontario Ministry of Health

Stats and Self Assessment Tool

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World Health Organization COVID-19 

Business and Employees

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WSIB

Financial Relief Package for Businesses

Adjudicative Approach to Claims

COVID-19 Updates

Health & Safety Excellence Program

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Credible Social Media Channels

Local

City of Toronto: https://twitter.com/cityoftoronto

Toronto Public Health: https://twitter.com/TOPublicHealth

Dr. de Villa: https://twitter.com/epdevilla

TFS Chief Pegg: https://twitter.com/ChiefPeggTFS

Mayor John Tory: https://twitter.com/JohnTory

Brad Ross: https://twitter.com/bradrossTO

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Provincial:

Government of Ontario: https://twitter.com/ONgov

Public Health Ontario: https://twitter.com/ONThealth

Premier Ford: https://twitter.com/fordnation

Minister of Health Christine Elliot: https://twitter.com/celliottability

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Federal:

Prime Minister Trudeau: https://twitter.com/JustinTrudeau & https://twitter.com/CanadianPM

Dr. Theresa Tam: https://twitter.com/CPHO_Canada

Minister of Health Canada Patty Hajdu: https://twitter.com/PattyHajdu

Federal Public Service: https://twitter.com/pspc_spac

Health Canada and Public Health Agency of Canada: https://twitter.com/GovCanHealth

Global Affairs Canada: https://twitter.com/GAC_Corporate

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Mar 27th 2020 Get .pdf
SIGN OUR PETITION TO SAVE SMALL BUSINESSES! Please send the following to the emails provided belowshow entire post
SIGN OUR PETITION TO SAVE SMALL BUSINESSES!


Please send the following to the emails provided below to show the Provincial and Federal Government of what small and local businesses NEED BEFORE APRIL 1st!

Copy this Letter

URGENT REQUEST FOR APRIL 1 SMALL BUSINESS RELIEF
March 25, 2020

Dear Premier Ford,

I’m appealing to you on behalf of the Kensington Market BIA. I am sure you agree that Small Businesses play a vital role in supporting our local economies and the Canadian way of life. Over the past several years this group has been largely overlooked – BUT now is the time they need you more than ever – their survival is imperative as this group of people will play a vital role in rebuilding our amazing country and bringing back community “spirit” and togetherness when this pandemic and physical distancing is over.

Small businesses employ millions of Canadians and help serve as the backbone of community and economic life. If these businesses aren’t saved from ruin over the next few months, local businesses will need to be rebuilt from scratch with new owners and “neighbourhoods” will suffer for years to come.

The Challenge

  • Hundreds of thousands of Canadian small business owners have effectively lost their jobs due to COVID-19 either because revenue has drastically reduced or from being required to close
  • Expenses (rent, utilities, etc) remain with no protection if they default
  • Expenses (rent, utilities, etc) remain with no protection if they default
  • Business assets and have ZERO protection if they default
  • Those open, are struggling to pay staff (the 10% government contribution isn’t enough to balance the loss of revenue)

Mediate Request (needed NOW)

  • Small business owners need cash, and they need relief on their expenses — especially rent
  • Provincial Government: needs to immediately order the banning of lock-outs by commercial landlords if a tenant cannot pay rent due to COVID-19 and provide off sets to landlords with federal funding help.
  • Federal government: needs to order a financial lockdown country wide so all payments freeze including rent, mortgages, taxes etc. until we get through this – not a downloading to some and not others
  • For businesses that have been able to keep some employees, they need enhanced wage support similar to those in other countries

Medium/Long-term Recommendation – Main Street Bailout

Only strong immediate action by governments, large financial institutions and insurance companies will ensure Canada’s small businesses survive this devastating time. In order to ensure small businesses not only survive, but can thrive when social distancing is over we encourage you to consider the full Proposal for a Main Street Bailout savesmallbusiness.ca.

Thank you for taking the time to hear from me and for taking the immediate action needed.

You can send this letter in TWO ways:

1. Email your MPs, MPPs, Councillors, and all representatives of government, including the opposition with this PDF attached.  – Addresses provided below;

2. OR; copy the letter above and submit to the websites provided below;


Do More

Also please sign a petition at, savesmallbusiness.ca.

Please keep sharing the petition with your network and applying pressure to your politicians (local and otherwise) to focus on the needs of small businesses.

Here are their current asks from Businesses!

  • Please fill out this survey so we have a better understanding of how many people are struggling to pay rent, retain staff and negotiate debt. The information provided through this survey will only be used in aggregate, meaning we won’t share your name or business publicly unless you explicitly give us permission. We will use this data to push the government for relief and get more media coverage.
  • If you are willing to share your story with media, please provide your phone number via the survey.
  • We are looking for a couple of people to help amplify this campaign. If you or someone you know has the capacity to design infographics, develop websites or do compelling social media, email Sara at admin@savesmallbusiness.ca. We have received some modest financial support for the hard costs of this campaign via supportive partners, so these could either be volunteer or paid roles, depending on your need.
  • Keep sharing this campaign! Now’s the time to make our voices heard.
Community General

Mar 19th 2020
UPDATED – April 6th Here is an evolving list of who is open in theshow entire post

UPDATED – April 6th

Here is an evolving list of who is open in the market! Please remember changes happen hourly, so additional stores may close and change their hours! We’ll try and keep you updated as best we can!

  • *Many stores also have lines where you need to keep 2m (6ft) distance apart as well.
  • *IF you know of any closures, changes that we have not caught, please also let us know and we will update accordingly.


Community General

Mar 1st 2020
On Aprill 1, 2020, St. Stephen’s Community House will be joining the Neighbhourhood Group, thusshow entire post
On Aprill 1, 2020, St. Stephen’s Community House will be joining the Neighbhourhood Group, thus strengthen support services across the community.

We are excited to announce that we will join The Neighbourhood Group on April 1, 2020!

The Neighbourhood Group brings together St. Stephen’s Community House, Neighbourhood Link Support Services and Central Neighbourhood House, three vital organizations with combined experience of over 200 years of building community.

We will continue to create opportunities to improve and enhance people’s lives, and help them to live independently and with dignity in the community. Combined, we will be able to serve over 50,000 neighbours in need, providing more than 100 diverse services and programs from 30 locations across the City.

Toronto Neighbourhood Group and St. Stephen's locations

Together we touch more lives through specialized employment programs, settlement and newcomer services, summer camps, conflict resolution, childcare, youth programs, subsidized housing, meals-on-wheels, in-home care for seniors, urban health and homelessness services and much more.

We welcome your questions and feedback!

Please contact us at:

St. Stephen’s Community House
Bill Sinclair, Executive Director
416-925-2103 x1239
sbill@sschto.ca

The Neighbourhood Group
Elizabeth Forestell, President & CEO
416-925-4363 x104
eforestell@tngcs.org

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Dec 23rd 2019
For those who missed out, it was a lit celebration! -- Happy #Solstice #xmas #hanukkahshow entire post
For those who missed out, it was a lit celebration! -- Happy #Solstice #xmas #hanukkah #kwanzaa and every other holiday this season :) -- <3 Kensington Market BIA

Full Article @ Blog.TO

Arts & Entertainment Community

Dec 19th 2019 Get .pdf
The Kensington Market BIA is seeking a candidate who will work with all aspects ofshow entire post
The Kensington Market BIA is seeking a candidate who will work with all aspects of digital marketing including advertising, content generation, outreach, engagement, social media, online reputation management, web and social copywriting and event support to help boost online traffic, social influence and potential online sales.
Jobs

Nov 21st 2019
Who knew that in Toronto, a big city in a big new country, my mothershow entire post
Who knew that in Toronto, a big city in a big new country, my mother and her family would find themselves living and working in Kensington Market, a neighbourhood so reminiscent of Krasnobrod, their shtetl hometown in Poland?

Article by Sherie Posesorski @ The Star

Community General

Nov 3rd 2019 Get .pdf
On Thursday, November 21st, St.Stephens – in – the – Field held the officialshow entire post

On Thursday, November 21st, St.Stephens – in – the – Field held the official public open house for the community to provide feedback on the masterplan + public realm projects.
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Attached is the follow-up to that meeting. Please see the Q&A document provided above!
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If you were unable to attend the meeting, please let us know if you would like to be added to the mailing list and if you have any questions please email kensingtonmarketinfo@gmail.com

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