Who should stay Open, who can help, shop safety & Impact Survey

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Essential Businesses

The provincial government has released a list businesses deemed essential. These include:

  • Grocery stores
  • Pharmacies
  • Restaurants (take-out only) and hotels
  • LCBO and Beer Stores
  • Taxis and other transportation providers
  • Veterinary services

Read the full list of essential businesses here

The mandatory closure of all non-essential workplaces in order to contain COVID-19 in Ontario will come into effect Tuesday, March 24 at 11:59 p.m. and will be in effect for 14 days with the possibility of extending this order as the situation evolves.

Impact Survey

Please help us, along with advocates assess the impact on our BIA community – Complete this quick survey!

Storefront Safety

We encourage you to put up extra signage within your windows communicating “There is no cash left on premise / active alarm system on premise / video surveillance on premise“. Additionally, please consider signing up for the Night Time Directory with the police. It essentially creates and a call tree should anything unfortunate happen to the premise and authorized the police to call the contacts. 11 Division / 14 Division

I need help getting my Business Online?

We have assigned a Digital Service Squad team member to cover your BIA. Austin can be reached directly at insert austin@digitalmainstreet.ca here or appointments can be booked directly through their calendar link found here: https://calendly.com/austin-dms. Let your businesses know we are here to support them, and share Austin’s contact information and booking link. Most importantly – they can access this at no cost.

Retail Check List

Retail Check list has been created by the Retail Council of Canada.

Employment Insurance for Entrepreneurs Workshop

Workshop @ 2:00pm Wednesday March 25, 2020 – Register Here

The process to apply for Employment Insurance can be tedious especially if you have never done it before. The Government has announced that self employed business owners will be able to access $900 biweekly for 15 weeks. This is stage 1 and it may be extended and the amount could be increased. Brought to you by the Afro-Caribbean Business Network.