COVID-19 Resource List
We have compiled a list of resources and updates for business owners to stay up to date on the municipal, provincial, and federal responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, available supports for small business, and the sharing of best practices. If you have questions or concerns, email firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know how we can help. Frequently asked questions about essential businesses
Public Health measures continue to be effective at preventing the spread of COVID-19. Businesses should ensure that they are implementing the necessary infection prevention and control measures and following public health measures correctly.
Here is a checklist to help your business determine if you’re meeting the requirements that can help your business stay open: COVID-19 Open Business Checklist
Fines and Enforcement
As of January 8th, 2021, this is the list of provincial, health, and municipal laws and by-laws regarding COVID-19 and the associated fees and enforcement in the event of non-compliance. We hope this is helpful. Please access the document by clicking here.
- Webinars with City of Hamilton public health for businesses
- Podcast by Municipal World - Helping Main Street Businesses survive COVID-19
- Rapid Recovery Series
- Economic Recovery Task Force: The City of Hamilton has established an Economic Recovery Task Force to provide multi-sectoral leadership and direction to guide Hamilton’s economic recovery in the immediate aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here to view the terms of reference.
- Hamilton Business Centre: Visit the newly created COVID-19 Resource Page on the HBC website for up-to-date information.
- Google My Business: Optimization Checklist
- Hamilton Chamber of Commerce: COVID-19 Business Continuity & Recovery Information
- Canada's COVID-19 Economic Response Plan: On March 18, 2020, the Prime Minister announced a new set of economic measures to help stabilize the economy during this challenging period. These measures, delivered as part of the Government of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan, will provide up to $27 billion in direct support to Canadian workers and businesses.
- Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy Program: As a Canadian employer whose business has been affected by COVID-19, you may be eligible for a subsidy of 75% of employee wages for up to 24 weeks, retroactive from March 15, 2020, to August 29, 2020. A new calculator on the CRA website has launched for businesses to calculate the amount they can expect to claim through the subsidy program. Try it now here.
- Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA): The Canada Emergency Business Account is a $40,000 government-guaranteed loan to help eligible businesses pay for operating costs that cannot be deferred and are critical to sustain business continuity (e.g. payroll, rent, utilities, insurance, debt payments and property tax). For a breakdown of how to apply via your financial institution.
Support for Entrepreneurs
- Support for Entrepreneurs Impacted by Coronavirus
- Business Continuity Plan and Templates for Entrepreneurs
- Alcohol and Gaming Commission: Liquor sales licensees may now sell liquor for takeout or delivery along with food
- BC Economic Development Association: Workplace and Employer Resources and Suggestions Planning for Coronavirus: A Guide for Businesses and Organizations
- Canadian Chamber of Commerce: Business Resilience Service
- Export Development Canada: EDC Stands Ready to Support Canadian Exporters Impacted by COVID-19
- Government of Canada: COVID-19 Update Page
- Government of Canada: Resources for Business
- Small business financial planning advice hotline: 1-866-989-1080 (toll-free) seven days a week, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (ET).
- Google Analytics: Google Analytics for Small Business Reference Guide
- Imagine Canada: Supports for Non Profits During COVID-19
- Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction: Small Business Support
- MEDJCT: Calling All Suppliers
- Municipal World: Municipal World Coronavirus News Update
- OBIAA: Sign For Small Businesses - Generic
- Ontario Chamber of Commerce: COVID -19 Preparedness for Business
- Ontario Ministry of Health: Stats and Self Assessment Tool
- Restore Your Economy: Leadership in Times of Crisis
- Retail Council of Canada: Road to Retail Recovery Playbook: to assist retailers in their reopening planning, Retail Council of Canada, has prepared the Road to Retail Recovery Playbook to help Canadian retailers, large and small, plan for the reopening of retail sector across the country.
- World Health Organization COVID-19: Business and Employees