All Canadian and Ontario government news releases can be found on the Ontario Chamber website. Some key information to note:
ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES LIST REDUCED FROM 74 to 44 CATEGORIES
Following advice from Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, on April 3, 2020, Ontario updated the list of essential businesses that can remain open. The restrictions are aimed at further reducing contact between people and stopping the spread of COVID-19. See the revised list here.
- Cannabis stores and most construction projects, including non-critical industrial construction have been removed from this list.
- If you have questions about what will be open or impacts to your business or employment, call the Stop the Spread Business Information Line at 1-888-444-3659.
- The new essential services list will go into effective at 11:59pm on Saturday, April 4.
- The OCC and MNP LLP hosted a webinar yesterday about everything you need to know regarding business supports announced by the federal and provincial governments to assist companies through the COVID-10 pandemic. Click here to watch and access the powerpoint here.
Further details about the Government of Canada’s Emergency Wage Subsidy Program have been released and are updated on our website. Read the Ontario Chamber’s reaction here.