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
Chantal Charbonneau, Manager
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 https://tsacc.ca/business-resources/
Mandatory Mask Policy – effective Friday, July 24, 2020
Current COVID-19 Information – Resources and Tools
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
- April 22, 2020 – English Results
- April 22, 2020 – French Results
- May 12, 2020 – English Results
- May 12, 2020 – French Results
- July 2020 – English Results
- July 2020 – French Results
FNETB – Online Business Directory – Who is Open in Temiskaming District
Canadian Chamber of Commerce
Canadian Business Resilience Network – full listing of resources 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
Timmins Chamber of Commerce
Ontario BIA Association (OBIAA)
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
Northern Ontario Heritage Fund
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
Grant Thornton – Finding the way forward: Guiding businesses through coronavirus (COVID-19)
Workplace Safety & Prevention Services
Chambers of Commerce Group Insurance
Free templates to help your business during COVID-19
Retail Council of Canada
Ontario’s Action Plan: Responding to COVID-19 – Full list of resources – updated 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
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
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.
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
- Launching an Insured Mortgage Purchase Program
- Bank of Canada actions
- Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions actions
Support for self-employed individuals
- Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)
- Deferral of Sales Tax Remittance and Customs Duty Payments until June
- More time to pay income taxes
Tourism Industry Links and Information
- NOTO – COVID 19 Best Practices – for the safe operation of the Tourism Industry
- Destination Northern Ontario – Business Reopening Toolkit –
- Destination Canada – Impact on Canadian Economy and Consumer Sentiment As of April 22
- Destination Canada – Impact on Canadian Economy and Consumer Sentiment As of April 15
- Tourism Industry Association of Canada: Regularly visit the TIAC website for updates and sign-up for their COVID-19 communications.
- Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada: Regular updates are posted on the ITAC website and there is a newsletter you can subscribe to on the same page.
- Tourism HR Canada: Read their recently published blog on COVID-19 here and check their website for more resources.
- Business Development Bank of Canada: Support for entrepreneurs impacted by the coronavirus COVID-19 can be found here. In addition, BDC is hosting a webinar on March 25th for businesses impacted by COVID-19, sign up here.
- Parks Canada: Information on Coronavirus (COVID-19) and your visit to a Parks Canada location can be found here.
Retail Council of Canada
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
Export Development Canada
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