The Milton Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Town of Milton and Milton Economic Development are closely monitoring and assessing new developments pertaining to COVID-19, as well as its impacts on Milton business.

As business owners, employers, employees, and citizens, we recognize that this rapidly changing situation with COVID-19 is causing worry and concern.

To support you through this uncertainty, we have gathered and prepared several resources that you can navigate through these challenging times. We will be updating this page as more information becomes available.


Road to Recovery: What You Need to Know to Re-open

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Visit or PPE Micro Procurement Portal and fill in the form for ‘need PPE’. We can match you to a supplier.

 


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Preventing COVID-19 in the Workplace

Canadian Centre for Occupational H & S


Business Continuity Resources

Canadian Chamber of Commerce

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Recent Updates

AS OF January 14, 2021: The Ontario government is declaring a second provincial emergency under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMPCA). The government is also issuing a stay-at-home order requiring everyone to remain at home with exceptions for essential purposes, such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy, accessing health care services, for exercise or for essential work.

Click here to review any changes to safe work requirements contained within the recently updated Enhancing Public Health and Workplace Safety Measures in the Provincewide Shutdown document.

Additional Public Health Restrictions:

New Enforcement Measures:
The province will provide authority to all enforcement and provincial offences officers (including the Ontario Provincial Police, local police forces, bylaw officers, and provincial workplace inspectors) to issue tickets to individuals who do not comply with the stay-at-home-order, or those not wearing a mask or face covering indoors as well as retail operators and companies who do not enforce. Those who decide not to abide by orders will be subject to set fines and/or prosecution under both the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, (ROA) and EMCPA.

Workplace Safety: 
The Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development is taking additional steps to protect workers with the launch of the “Stay Safe All Day” campaign, focusing workplace inspections in areas of high transmission, including break rooms, and providing new educational materials to employers to promote safe behaviour before, during and after work.

As part of the “Stay Safe All Day” campaign, inspectors will use a data-driven approach to focus on workplaces with reported COVID-19 outbreaks, manufacturing businesses, warehouses, distribution centres, food processing operations, construction projects and publicly accessible workplaces deemed essential, such as grocery stores.

December 21, 2020: As COVID-19 cases continue to rise across the province, the Ontario government is imposing a Provincewide Shutdown. The shutdown will go into effect as of Saturday, December 26 at 12:01 a.m.

The Provincewide Shutdown measures include, but are not limited to:

The impacts of these time-limited measures will be evaluated throughout 28 days in Southern Ontario to determine if it is safe to lift any restrictions or if they need to be extended.

December 21, 2020: As COVID-19 cases continue to rise across the province, the Ontario government is imposing a Provincewide Shutdown. The shutdown will go into effect as of Saturday, December 26 at 12:01 a.m.

The Provincewide Shutdown measures include, but are not limited to:

The impacts of these time-limited measures will be evaluated throughout 28 days in Southern Ontario to determine if it is safe to lift any restrictions or if they need to be extended.


December 21, 2020: As COVID-19 cases continue to rise across the province, the Ontario government is imposing a Provincewide Shutdown. The shutdown will go into effect as of Saturday, December 26 at 12:01 a.m.

The Provincewide Shutdown measures include, but are not limited to:

The impacts of these time-limited measures will be evaluated throughout 28 days in Southern Ontario to determine if it is safe to lift any restrictions or if they need to be extended.


December 1, 2020: On November 30, the federal government presented its Fall Economic Statement which provided an update on the Canadian economy, showing that the Government of Canada’s unprecedented investment has effectively managed to stabilize the economy through the crisis. Nearly 80 per cent of the jobs lost at the start of this crisis have been recouped and bankruptcies are well below levels prior to this pandemic. However, many businesses continue to face significant challenges as Canadians limit physical contacts and employment gains have been slower for women, young people, racialized Canadians and lower income workers. The coming months will be difficult and ongoing fiscal support will remain necessary deep into 2021 in order to protect jobs and prevent widespread permanent losses in our economy.

The Fall Economic Statement calls for $51 billion in spending over the next two years and up to $100 billion on a three-year recovery package when the virus is under control and the economy is ready to absorb the stimulus. Federal COVID-19 support measures and tax deferrals have totaled $407 billion to date, or 19% of Canada’s GDP, and additional support measures were also introduced:


November 25, 2020: Both the federal and Ontario provincial governments have opened up applications for additional funding supports available to businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. These funding programs are in place to assist those businesses experiencing significant revenue decline help make their ends meet or ensure that their employees continue to receive pay.

The federal government has introduced the Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy and Lockdown Support available directly to businesses, in addition to extending the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy. Each of these supports will be available retroactive to September 27, 2020 until at least June 2021. Please see below links to the application portal for each:

Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy and Lockdown Support

Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy 

The provincial government has introduced a $600 million dollar fund available to businesses facing significant public health restrictions contained within the Red/Control or the Grey/Lockdown categories in the province’s COVID-19 Framework. This funding can be accessed to assist with property taxes, energy cost rebates or purchase necessary PPE for the safe operation of your business.

Get help with COVID-19 costs


November 13, 2020: The Ontario government is taking immediate action to respond to the rapid increase in COVID-19 cases and is updating the Keeping Ontario Safe and Open Framework, by lowering the thresholds for each level in the framework.

The framework changes are in response to the current data and trends, and will lower the threshold for each of the five levels for: weekly incidence rates, positivity rate, effective reproductive number (Rt), outbreak trends and the level of community transmission.

Based on these new thresholds, Milton is being moved to the Red-Control zone from the Yellow-Protect effective Monday, November 16, 2020 at 12:01 a.m.

There are new restrictions for businesses and workplaces that differ from from the current Yellow-Protect category. Please review the new Proposed Measures for your industry.


November 3, 2020: In consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and other health experts, the Ontario government has developed the Keeping Ontario Safe and Open FrameworkIt ensures that public health measures are targeted, incremental and responsive to help limit the spread of COVID-19, while keeping schools and businesses open, maintaining health system capacity and protecting vulnerable people, including those in long-term care.

The framework takes a gradual approach that includes introducing preventative measures earlier to help avoid broader closures and allow for additional public health and workplace safety measures to be introduced or removed incrementally. It categorizes public health unit regions into five levels: Green-Prevent, Yellow-Protect, Orange-Restrict, Red-Control, and Lockdown being a measure of last and urgent resort.

Click here to read the full release.


October 26, 2020: Federal Government announces the Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) will now be available to businesses that have been operating out of a non-business banking account (i.e. personal bank account).

To be eligible, businesses must have been operating as a business as of March 1, 2020, must successfully open a business account at a Canadian financial institution that is participating in CEBA, and meet the other existing CEBA eligibility criteria. The deadline to apply for CEBA is December 31, 2020.

Click here to read the full release.


October 20, 2020: The Ontario government is introducing the Supporting Ontario’s Recovery Act, 2020, that if passed, will provide liability protection for workers, volunteers and organizations that make an honest effort to follow public health guidelines and laws relating to exposure to COVID-19.

If passed, the Supporting Ontario’s Recovery Act, 2020 will provide targeted protection for those who are making an honest effort to follow public health guidelines and laws, including:

Click here to read the full release.