Support for Businesses

Information & Resources for Businesses and the Workforce During COVID-19

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The Town’s Economic Development Office is working with industry and business development partners from throughout the region to identify important information and resources to assist local businesses and their employees in responding to the economic impact of COVID-19.

Financial Support Programs

Payment and Filing Deferrals

Support & Recovery Resources

For the most up-to-date Town of New Tecumseth information, please visit our COVID-19 Information page.


The Government of Canada has developed tools to help businesses and individuals navigate the various COVID-19 support programs. These tools allow users to quickly find programs they may qualify for by answering a few simple questions. 
Support for Businesses
Support for Individuals


The Province of Ontario has announced Stage 1 of Phase 2 of its Framework for Reopening Our Province
View the Province's plan for Stage 1
See the detailed list of Stage 1 openings

Financial Support Programs

Regional Relief and Recovery Fund

The Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF) provides financial contributions in the form of interest-free loans to help support fixed operating costs of small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), where business revenues have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Nottawasaga Futures, the Community Futures Development Corporation (CFDC) that provides services in New Tecumseth, will focus on assisting eligible “main street” businesses with loans of up to $40,000.

Apply to the RRRF through Nottawasaga Futures

Canada Emergency Business Account

The Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) will provide interest-free loans of up to $40,000 to eligible small businesses and not-for-profits, to help cover their operating costs during a period where their revenues have been temporarily reduced.

Learn more about the CEBA

Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy

The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy will enable business owners to re-hire workers previously laid off as a result of COVID-19, help prevent further job losses, and be better positioned to resume normal operations following the crisis. Employers may be eligible for a subsidy of 75% of an employee's wages - up to $847 per week - for up to 24 weeks, retroactive March 15 to August 29, 2020.

Apply for the CEWS

Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance Program

The Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) program will provide forgivable loans to qualifying commercial property owners to cover 50% of three monthly rent payments that are payable by eligible small business tenants who are experiencing financial hardship during April, May, and June.

Learn more about the CECRA

Canada Emergency Relief Benefit

If you have stopped working because of COVID-19, the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) may provide you with temporary income support. The CERB provides eligible workers and self-employed individuals with $500 a week for up to 16 weeks.

Apply for the CERB

Business Credit Availability Program

The Government of Canada established the Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP) to provide additional support to small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) through Export Development Canada (EDC) and the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC). The program includes:

Businesses seeking support through any of the BCAP programs should contact their primary lender where they have a pre-existing relationship, so that the financial institutions may assess the client’s financial request.

Agri-Food Open for E-Business Targeted Intake

The Governments of Canada and Ontario are supporting the agriculture, agri-food and agri-products sectors to capture online e-business opportunities that will help create new, expanded or enhanced markets and open new retail channels to help generate new revenue streams for future growth.

The Agri-Food Open for E-Business targeted intake will help businesses/organizations quickly expand their marketing channels and respond to new market challenges, increase online sales in the sector and provide consumers with access to more local food.

This targeted application intake features two funding streams:

  1. Bring Your Business Online: Provides a grant of up to $5,000 to eligible organizations/businesses to help establish an online presence.

  2. Develop Online Business Opportunities: Provides cost-share funding for up to 90 per cent of eligible costs to a maximum of $75,000 to develop e-business opportunities on a larger scale.

Learn more about Agri-Food Open for E-Business

Regional Tourism Organization 7 Operations Implementation Program

The Operations Implementation Program (OIP) is designed to assist tourism operators in their stabilization and recovery efforts from the effects of COVID-19 with social media marketing to promote their operations. Regional Tourism Organization 7 (RTO7) will match the business' investment in operational expenses (i.e. mortgage or rent payments, insurance, inventory purchases) with a $1,000 (including HST) social media advertising campaign. 

The term "tourism operator" is defined as a consumer facing organization that has direct access to the consumer and relies on that consumer for their income.

Learn more about OIP

Farm Credit Canada Support Program

To ensure producers, agribusinesses and food processors can remain focused on business-critical functions rather than worrying about how to access funds to keep operating through this challenging period, effective immediately, Farm Credit Canada (FCC) has put in place:

  • a deferral of principal and interest payments up to six months for existing loans; or

  • a deferral of principal payments up to 12 months

  • access to an additional credit line up to $500,000, secured by general security agreements.

Learn more about the FCC COVID-19 Support Program

Large Employer Emergency Financing Facility 

The Large Employer Emergency Financing Facility (LEEFF) provides bridge financing to Canada’s largest employers, whose needs during the pandemic are not being met through conventional financing, in order to keep their operations going.

Apply to to the LEEFF

Payment and Filing Deferrals

Municipal Property Taxes

In an effort to provide financial relief to those who may need it due to the COVID-19 pandemic, The payment date for the second installment of interim property tax bills has been deferred from April 30th to May 29th, 2020, the last business day of May.

Please note that this is not a reduction in property taxes. By extending the due dates, the Town is hoping to give businesses that are in need of financial relief additional time to make payments. If your business is still able to make payment on or before the original due date, we encourage you to do so.

Income Tax Filings

Businesses can defer the payment of any income tax amounts that become owing on or after March 18 and before September 2020. This relief would apply to tax balances due, as well as installments, under Part I of the Income Tax Act.

No interest or penalties will accumulate on these amounts during this period.

Review extended payment and filing deadlines 

Sales Tax and Customs Duty Remittances

Businesses, including self-employed individuals, can defer payments of the GST/HST and customs duty owing on their imports, until June 30, 2020.

Any GST/HST payment that becomes owing from March 27 until the end of May can be deferred until the end of June. For GST and customs duty payments for imported goods, deferral will include amounts owing for March, April and May.

These amounts were normally due to be submitted to the Canada Revenue Agency and the Canada Border Services Agency as early as the end of March 2020.

Learn more about the deferral of tax remittances

Workplace Safety and Insurance Board Premiums 

The Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) financial relief package allows businesses to defer premium reporting and payments until August 31, 2020. Businesses who report and pay monthly, quarterly, or annually based on their insurable earnings are eligible for this deferral. 

All businesses covered by the WSIB’s workplace insurance are automatically eligible for the financial package. No action is required from businesses to receive the financial relief.

Learn more about the WSIB Relief Package

Utilities

Municipal Water and Wastewater

In an effort to provide financial relief to those who may need it due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Town has made the following changes to Water and Wastewater due dates:

  • Water and Wastewater bills issued with a due date of April 15th were extended by 30 days, making the revised due date May 15th, 2020.

  • Water and Wastewater bills issued in April with a due date of May 15th have been deferred by 30 days, moving the due date to June 15th, 2020.

  • Water and wastewater bills issued in May with a due date of June 15th have been deferred by 30 days, moving the due date to July 15th, 2020.

This is not a reduction water and wastewater fees. By extending the due dates, the Town is hoping to give businesses that are in need of financial relief additional time to make payments. If your business is still able to make payment on or before the original due date, we encourage you to do so. Water and Wastewater billing cycles will continue to be adjusted by 30 days until further notice.

Electricity
Alectra Utilities and Hydro One have each announced support measures for customers affected by COVID-19:

The Province of Ontario has also announced Electricity Rate Relief measures for families, small businesses and farms paying time-of-use (TOU) rates.

Natural Gas

Enbridge and Union Gas have each committed to supporting customers affected by the pandemic, ensuring residential and small business customers do not have their service disconnected for non-payment and providing enhanced payment plans for customers who have concerns about their ability to pay their utility bill.

Support & Recovery Resources

Nottawasaga Futures Free Local Business Consulting Services

Nottawasaga Futures provides a free business consulting program to assist business owners. In addition to supports for business planning, financials, and accounting, businesses can access help in:

  • Applying for funding programs being offered by the federal government.

  • Making sure their website is optimized for buying or booking appointments online;

  • Setting up online ordering for both delivery and take-out through their website;

  • Converting existing stores to e-commerce to offer online buying capabilities;

  • Offering online and/or live classes or consultations using tools like Skype and ZOOM;

  • and much more!

Learn more about the business consulting program

Digital Main Street and Beyond

The County of Simcoe's Digital Main Street and Beyond program helps businesses achieve digital transformation. The program is built around an online learning platform, structured training programs, and a Digital Service Squad, a team of highly trained professionals who help businesses grow and manage their business through the adoption of digital tools and technology. 

Eligible businesses will receive digital supports and up to 10 hours of free one-on-one coaching from a Digital Service Squad that will work with the business to establish or enhance their web presence by activating free and easy to use tools such as Shopify, Google My Business, and social media.

Learn more about Digital Main Street and Beyond

Ontario's Framework for Reopening Our Province

The Province's Framework for Reopening Our Province lays out the government’s approach to the next chapter in the ongoing fight to defeat COVID‑19. It outlines the principles the government will use to reopening businesses, services and public spaces in gradual stages.

Phase 2: Restart - Stage 1

On May 14th, 2020, the Province announced its plan for Stage 1 of Phase 2 of its Framework for Reopening Our Province, including a detailed list of Stage 1 openings

To ensure that these first actions to reopen the province are a success, the public should continue to adhere to public health measures, including practising physical distancing or wearing a face covering when physical distancing is difficult or not possible, as well as regular hand-washing and staying home when ill. 

Resources to prevent COVID-19 in the workplace

The Province of Ontario is releasing safety guidelines to protect workers, customers and the general public from COVID-19 as it prepares for a gradual reopening of the provincial economy. Find sector-specific guidelines and posters to help protect workers, customers and the general public from coronavirus (COVID-19) in Ontario. 

As new sectors of the economy begin to reopen, additional COVID-19 workplace safety resources will be added

Workplace Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Supplier Directory

To support business-owners, workers and the economic recovery of the province, the government has launched a website to provide businesses with information on PPE suppliers. To prioritize the needs of patients, frontline health care workers and first responders when it comes to having critical equipment and supplies to protect themselves during the COVID-19 outbreak, businesses are encouraged to access only the PPE they need to keep their employees and customers safe.

Closure of Non-Essential Workplaces

To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Province of Ontario has ordered the closure of non-essential workplaces. 

Businesses with questions about the order are encouraged to call the Province's toll-free Stop the Spread Business Information Line at 1-888-444-3659. 
Read the latest list of essential workplaces

Temporary Rule or Regulation Change Request

The Provincial government is looking for ideas to adjust rules and regulations to support the health care system and businesses retooling to help in the fight against COVID-19.
Submit a Request

Ontario's Action Plan: Responding to COVID-19

Ontario's Action Plan will provide support for people and businesses through tax credits and deferrals to improve their cash flow, protecting jobs and household budgets, while providing the resources necessary to protect their health.


Additional Provincial Government Announcements

The Province of Ontario has also made a number of announcements and implemented programs that will impact the local business community and workforce:

Canada's COVID-19 Economic Response Plan

The Government of Canada's COVID-19 Economic Response Plan includes a wide range of measures to support Canadian businesses and their employees who are facing financial hardship as a result of the pandemic. 

 Business Development Partner Resources

The Town's business development partners and service providers are regularly updating resource lists and hosting webinars to help educate business owners as they navigate this complex and challenging situation. Find more information at the following organizations' websites: