COVID-19 Information and Resources

The Temiskaming Shores & Area Chamber of Commerce continues to monitor the status of COVID-19 in our community and the impact on our members, local businesses and the economy.

To ensure that your business is supported through this time of difficulty and uncertainty, the chamber has compiled a list of credible resources, toolkits, and information-sources to ensure you and your business stay informed. We will be updating this page daily as information becomes available.

CHAMBER HEROES – We’re celebrating our Chamber Heroes. If you know a business who has gone above and beyond, please submit a nomination here.


Local Business organizations and contacts:

James Franks, Economic Development Officer
City of Temiskaming Shores
C: 705-647-2148

Chantal Charbonneau, Manager
Enterprise Temiskaming
P: 705-647-6154

Lois Weston-Bernstein, Business Manager
Temiskaming Shores & Area Chamber of Commerce

John Bernstein, Executive Director
South Temiskaming Community Futures Development Corporation

Dalton Potter – Business Development & Tourism Coordinator
Temiskaming Development Fund Corporation

Anne Marie LeRoy – Northern Development Officer
Ministry of Northern Development and Mines

For complete contact information for local business organizations to support you, please see

Timiskaming Health Unit

Mandatory Mask Policy – effective Friday, July 24, 2020

o Instruction letter to Employers / Operators – ENGLISH / FRENCH


o Policy Template (to modify as needed for your business/organization) – ENGLISH / FRENCH

o Sample Signage (to print & post) – ENGLISH / FRENCH

Current COVID-19 Information – Resources and Tools

Mental Health Resources and Contact Information

o   Advice for essential retailers during COVID-19 pandemic

o   Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): For businesses and employees

o   Risk-informed decision-making for workplaces/businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic

o   Bank of Canada asks retailers to continue accepting cash

Great Northern Family Health Facebook page

Temiskaming Hospital


Facebook page

The Temiskaming Foundation – Emergency Fund

The Temiskaming Foundation is stepping up to help local efforts to address the impacts of the Covid-19 crisis. TTF’s Emergency Fund will provide grants to local organizations whose programs and services benefit those vulnerable populations.

Far Northeast Training Board – COVID-19 Business Impact Survey

FNETB – Online Business Directory – Who is Open in Temiskaming District

Browse the Directory

Register Your Business

Enterprise Temiskaming Small Business Resource Centre

Business Seminars & Events

Temiskaming Shores & Area Chamber of Commerce – Newsletter Archive


Canadian Chamber of Commerce

Canadian Business Resilience Network – full listing of resources for business


Pandemic Preparedness for Business

Shopify Webinar – to help Canadian businesses move their operations online as well as explore the resources and ecommerce tools that are available through Shopify.

Ontario Chamber of Commerce

COVID -19 Preparedness for Business

Timmins Chamber of Commerce

COVID-19 Business Resources

Ontario BIA Association (OBIAA)

COVID-19 Resources

OBIAA Curbisde Pickup

Huntsville BIA – Business Preparedness Plan

FedNor Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF)

COVID-19: FedNor launches Regional Relief and Recovery Fund to support local economies Businesses across Northern Ontario unable to access existing relief measures can now apply for funding under new initiative

South Temiskaming Community Futures – Applications now open for COVID-19 Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF) – CF Stream

To download the Application, click HERE.  To download the Program Guidelines, click HERE.

Northern Ontario Heritage Fund

Northern Ontario Recovery Program

The Northern Ontario Recovery Program is designed to help businesses adapt operations according to local public health guidelines, while protecting employees and customers.

Deloitte – Small Business Relief Tool

BDC – Covid19 Supports for Canadian Business

Resources to prevent COVID-19 in the workplace

Find sector-specific guidelines and posters to help protect workers, customers and the general public from coronavirus (COVID-19) in Ontario.

Grant Thornton – Finding the way forward: Guiding businesses through coronavirus (COVID-19)

Information and Resource Hub

Workplace Safety & Prevention Services

The Workplace Safety & Prevention Services has created a Post-Pandemic Business Playbook and a series of additional resources to help businesses on the road to recovery. Download the playbook here.

Chambers of Commerce Group Insurance

Covid-19 Business Resource Centre

CFIB – COVID-19 Templates

Free templates to help your business during COVID-19

How your Business Can Help Fight Coronavirus

Retail Council of Canada

Recovery Playbooks

Provincial Updates

Ontario’s Action Plan: Responding to COVID-19 – Full list of resourcesupdated September 4, 2020

  • NEW – September 4th – Province Supports Ontario-Made Face Masks in the Fight Against COVID-19
  • NEW – September 4th – Third Straight Month of Employment Growth Marks Ontario’s Ongoing Economic Recovery
  • NEW – September 4 h – Ontario Welcomes Postsecondary Students Back to School
  • NEW – September 4th – Support for a safe return to school – Safe Return to Class Fund 
  • NEW – September 3rd – Ontario extending protection to prevent temporary layoffs from automatically becoming permanent job losses
  • Provincial Government Support for Individuals– NEW – September 3rd – Ontario Providing In-Demand Skills Training to Over 15,000 People
  • Provincial Government Support for Individuals– NEW – September 3rd – Governments Extend Child Care Funding to Support Working Parents
  • Provincial Government Support for Individuals– NEW – September 3rd – Canada and Ontario Invest in Affordable Housing in Sault Ste. Marie
  • Provincial Government Support for Individuals– NEW – September 3rd – Ontario Supporting Forestry Workers in Kenora
  • Provincial Government Support for Individuals– NEW – September 3rd – Ontario Expands Driver Testing Services Provincewide
  • Provincial Government Support for Individuals– NEW – September 3rd – Canada and Ontario Invest in Affordable Housing for Seniors in Sault Ste. Marie
  • Provincial Government Support for Individuals– NEW – September 2nd – Welcoming Caregivers to Ontario’s Long-Term Care Homes
  • Federal Government Support for Individuals– NEW – September 3rd – The Government of Canada announces over 1,000 new projects in support of seniors impacted by COVID-19 
  • Provincial Government Support for Individuals– NEW – September 2nd – Ontario Protecting Transit Riders and Workers as Province Reopens 
  • Provincial Government Support for Businesses– NEW – August 31st – Ontario Moving to Enhance Public Safety and Food Supply Chain
  • Provincial Government Support for Individuals– NEW – September 1st – Canada and Ontario invest in modern public transit infrastructure for residents of Quinte West
  • Provincial Government Support for Individuals– NEW – September 1st – Ontario Expanding Seniors Dental Care Program
  • Provincial Government Support for Individuals– NEW – August 31st – Ontario Preparing People for Careers in the Auto and Advanced Manufacturing Sectors
  • Federal Government Support for Businesses– NEW UPDATE (Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP) is extended to June 2021) – August 31st (Update) – Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP) – Various Enterprise Loans – Currently Active
  • Federal Government Support for Businesses– NEW UPDATE (Government announces greater flexibility and extension of Canada Emergency Business Account) – August 31st (Update) – $40,000 Business Loans – Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) – Currently Active

Provincial – Frontline and business: help us support you during COVID-19

Learn how to request a temporary rule or regulation change to help your business respond to COVID-19 (coronavirus).

Provincial – Financial Relief

Interest and penalty relief

Businesses will get five months of interest and penalty relief to file and make payments for the majority of provincially administered taxes.

Between April 1, 2020 and August 31, 2020, the province will not apply any penalty or interest on any late-filed returns or incomplete or late tax payments under select provincially administered taxes, such as Employer Health Tax, Tobacco Tax and Gas Tax.

This complements relief from the federal government on interest and penalties from not remitting Corporate Income Tax owing.

Education property tax deferrals

We have deferred the June 30 property tax payments municipalities make to school boards by 90 days.

WSIB payment deferrals

Employers can defer Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) payments for up to six months.

All employers covered by the WSIB’s workplace insurance are automatically eligible for the financial relief package.

  • Schedule 1 employers who owe premiums to the WSIB will be allowed to defer reporting and payments until August 1, 2020.
  • Schedule 2 businesses that pay WSIB for the cost related to their workplace injury and illness claims can defer reporting and payments until August 31, 2020.

No interest will be accrued on outstanding premium payments and no penalties will be charged during this six-month deferral period.

Affordable electricity bills

From March 24 to May 8, 2020, residential, farm and small business time-of-use customers will get the lowest rate — also known as the off-peak price — 24 hours a day. That means you will pay 10.1 ¢/kWh no matter what time of day you use electricity.

This rate will be automatically applied to your bill.


Federal Resources

COVID-19 Update Page

Resources for Business

Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan

Avoiding layoffs and rehiring employees

Reduced and deferred payments

Access to credit

  • Establishing a Business Credit Availability Program
  • Canada Emergency Business Account – The new Canada Emergency Business Account will provide interest-free loans of up to $40,000 to small businesses and not-for-profits, to help cover their operating costs during a period where their revenues have been temporarily reduced.

To qualify, these organizations will need to demonstrate they paid between $50,000 to $1 million in total payroll in 2019.

This program will roll out in mid-April, and interested businesses should work with their current financial institutions.

Supporting financial stability

Support for self-employed individuals

Tourism Industry Links and Information

Retail Council of Canada

Planning Checklist for Retailers: Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Business Development Bank of Canada

Webinar Offered by the Business Development Bank of Canada – How to cope with the impact of COVID-19 on your business

Support for Entrepreneurs Impacted by Coronavirus

Business Continuity Plan and Templates for Entrepreneurs 

Export Development Canada

EDC Stands Ready to Support Canadian Exporters Impacted by COVID-19


World Health Organization

Ontario Ministry of Health

Self-assessment tool, lists of information, resources and cases

Canadian Mental Health

Public Health Agency of Canada


Global Business Coalition: Joint Statement Air Cargo

International Chamber of Commerce: Joint Letter to G20 Heads of State and Government

International Chamber of Commerce: Joint Letter from ICC, the B20 and WHO Calling on G20 Leaders to Respond to COVID-19 Pandemic

International Chamber of Commerce: World Health Organization Joint Statement on COVID-19

Shopify Blog: Government Relief Programs for Small Businesses