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Several organizations are compiling lists of resources for companies to use to try and navigate this difficult and unprecedented economic environment. We are particularly grateful to the Hamilton and Burlington Chambers of Commerce for the links they have compiled.
- Government of Canada’s Overall COVID-19 Page
- Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan: Support for Canadians and Businesses
- Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) – Employment and Social Development Canada
- Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Resources for Canadian businesses
- Five Steps for government assistance (from Hamilton CoC)
- The Canada Revenue Agency The Liaison Officer service offers help to owners of small businesses to understand their tax obligations.
- Work-Sharing (WS) is an adjustment program designed to help employers and employees avoid layoffs when there is a temporary reduction in business activity beyond the control of the employer.
- Ontario’s Workplace Safety Plan
- Government of Ontario’s General COVID-19 Information Page
- Ontario’s Action Plan: Responding to COVID‑19
- Ontario Ministry of Health Stats and Self Assessment Tool
- How Your Organization Can Help Fight Coronavirus – Ontario Together
- Stop the Spread Phoneline: The province has launched a toll-free line 1-888-444-3659 to provide support to Ontario businesses who have questions about the province’s recent emergency order to close at-risk workplaces. Assistance is available from Monday to Sunday, from 8:30 am – 5:00 pm.
- City of Hamilton’s COVID-19 information page
- City of Burlington’s COVID‑19 related FAQ
- Residents of Burlington can call Halton Region Public Health at 311 for direction on assessment and testing.
- Joseph Brant Hospital’s COVID-19 Resource page: www.josephbranthospital.ca/covid-19
- Halton Region’s COVID-19 Resource page: www.halton.ca/coronavirus
- COVID-19 and Ontario Workplaces: Protecting Employees and Knowing Your Rights as an Employer.(.pdf)
- Service Canada is establishing a new dedicated toll-free phone number to support inquiries related to waiving the EI sickness benefits waiting period: https://www.canada.ca/en/services/benefits/ei/ei-sickness.html
- Telephone: 1-833-381-2725 (toll-free)
- Managing Risk, is one of a large number of resources provided by Gowling WLG.
Hamilton Street Railway (HSR):
- To check HSR schedule updates, click here.
- For all other questions relating to HSR service, click here.
- Burlington transit is directing web visitors to the City’s webpage for the most up to date information about schedule changes, policies, etc. See:
Metrolinx GO Service
- No. 16 Express Bus between Hamilton and Toronto has essentially been cancelled for now.
- Lakeshore West and East train service has also been impacted. Click here for all schedule changes.
Taxi / Ride Sharing
- Hamilton Cab: (905) 777-7777 – www.hamiltoncab.com/
- Blue Line Taxi: (905) 525-0000 – www.525blue.com/
- Ancaster Taxi Inc: (905) 648-8294
- Wavetrans: 905-777-9283
- Burlington Taxi: 905.333.3333 – burlingtontaxi.com/
Hamilton International Airport
- Canadian Chamber of Commerce Pandemic Preparedness for Business
- Ontario Chamber of Commerce: Pandemic Preparedness Toolkit: Download the Toolkit here.
- Business Continuity Checklist: Maintaining business during an infectious disease outbreak. Click here to download.
- Deloitte Summary – How to Access the Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP) Program.
- Hamilton Chamber’s “Digital Main Street” Program
- US CDC’s Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employees.
- Details of cash grants offered by Facebook for eligible small businesses.
The BDC in particular is providing a number of resources for affected small to medium sized businesses:
- Special support for businesses.
- Business Continuity Plan and Templates for Entrepreneurs
- Working Capital Loans
- Purchase order financing to cover up to 90 percent of purchase order amounts to ease cash flow to suppliers
- Webinar for business, available here.
- COVID-19 frequently asked questions for Canadian exporters (Export Development Canada)
- COVID-19: Managing the impact on global supply chains (Export Development Canada webinar)
- Contact a trade commissioner abroad.
- Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters is in contact with federal officials who are overseeing the response to the coronavirus. They will share additional available information and welcome your concerns and input. Click here to visit their website.
- The Burlington Chamber of Commerce offers a number of .pdf briefs describing aspects of Export Development Canada (EDC) Programs:
- Working with donors in times of crisis by Blue Sky Philanthropy.
- Templated Coronavirus Appeals for Non Profits
- GoToMeeting: LogMeIn will offer all products including GoToMeeting for free for three months in addition to providing Emergency Remote Work Kits – learn more here
- Zoom: Nonprofits can apply for a discount through TechSoup Canada here.
- 6 Tips to Respond to Employee Anxiety About COVID-19
- Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Halton.
- Canadian Red Cross (CRC) – Psychological First Aid Guide.
- Government of Canada – Mental Health and Coping with COVID-19.
- Halton Family Health Centre – Virtual Walk-in Clinic & Mental Health Support
- Tips for Managing COVID-19 Anxiety.
- Tips to Support Mental Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic.
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