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The Province of Ontario is phasing out mandates related to the pandemic. The Leeds Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit has provided a guidance document for businesses on living well as we transition away from these regulations. Access the guidance document here.
Navigating Government Business Support Programs
Find out more about the programs, services, and funding opportunities you business may be eligible for during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Additional Resources for Small Businesses
Find out more about programs specifically for small businesses beyond the government supports found in the section above.
Provincial Supports for Small Businesses
Need help figuring out which programs you are eligible for?
For assistance with grants and to learn about other supports that may be available for your business, please contact:
Manager of Business Engagement & Partnerships, City of Brockville
Leeds Grenville Small Business Enterprise Centre
Their office is currently closed to the public, but staff are available to take phone or zoom calls with clients.
Call 613-342-0040 or email Jeanette at email@example.com
It is now more important than ever to support local businesses who are trying to stay afloat during the pandemic. Please visit www.brockville.com/business for the latest 'shop local' campaigns we are working on with the Brockville & District Chamber of Commerce and Downtown Brockville.
Please join us in supporting our local businesses by continuing to shop from them during these times, or by purchasing a gift card from them to use after things return to normal to help them with their immediate cash flow. You can also support your favourite local businesses by purchasing gift certificates to use after the pandemic from one central site: https://www.fansaveshelps.ca/collections/brockville (businesses are joining daily, so if you don't see the business you are looking for on here, please check back, or let that business know that you were trying to find them!)
Downtown Brockville (DBIA) has a list of downtown businesses that have moved to online shopping or phone ordering, as well as other businesses that are able to remain open at this time. You can find their list (updated regularly) on the Downtown Brockville website at www.downtownbrockville.com/for-the-public.php
Local Restaurants offering take out/delivery
Restaurants throughout the pandemic have been permitted to continue to operate provided that they move to take out and delivery only. The Leeds, Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit requires that food establishments offering takeout and delivery practice “social distancing” of six feet, or 2.5 metres, between customers. Please click here to read the new precautionary measures in place for food premises by the Leeds, Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit.
If you operate a restaurant in Brockville, you may be interested in our upcoming Picnic Box summer program
Read more information on our upcoming initiative to support local restaurants this summer. This program will launch in July 2021.
Grocery and Pharmacy options while in isolation
If you are in isolation or are concerned about your susceptibility to the virus, we have put together a list of grocery stores, pharmacies, and a few services for seniors offering pick-up, delivery, or dedicated shopping times. If you know of any other options that we should include, please let us know.
Business Continuity Plans
Planning how you will sustain your business as we advance through the pandemic is an important consideration for the days ahead. The Canadian Chamber of Commerce, the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety, and the Business Development Bank of Canada have great resources on what you need to consider and how you can protect and maintain your staffing levels.
- Canadian Chamber of Commerce Pandemic Preparedness for Business
- CCOHS Business Continuity Plan for Infectious Diseases
- bdc Business Continuity Plan and Templates for Entrepreneurs
Template: COVID-19 Safety Plan (Word Document) - use this template from the Provincial Government to document how your organization will keep workers and other people safe at your workplace during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Government of Canada
The Provincial Government
The help from businesses and organizations who can supply emergency products and innovative solutions to support the response to COVID-19.
- Supplies: If your business or organization can provide medical products such as ventilators, swabs, masks and eye protection: Tell us what you have
- Innovation: If your business or organization can help communities withstand the pandemic and you have a solution for:
- virtual mental health services for people who are vulnerable or living in remote communities
- supply chain resiliency monitoring
- financial planning and advising for small businesses that can be delivered online at low-cost including advice about relief programs and how to apply
- Tell us your solution
Ideas: If your business or organization has ideas, other products or services that could help Ontarians: Tell us your idea
Please visit the Ontario supply request website for more information and to apply.
Business Reopening Supports
Toll Free Business Information Line: 1-888-444-3659
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 following recommendations by Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health.
Businesses who have questions about closures of at-risk workplaces or how emergency measures impact their business or employment can call the Stop the Spread Business Information Line at 1-888-444-3659.
Help is available Monday-Friday from 8:30am-9:00pm and Saturday & Sunday from 8:30am-5:00pm
Guidance Documents for Workplaces
In partnership with the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development, the health and safety associations have released a series of more than 100 technical sector guidance documents to further support employers and employees in remaining safe in the workplace during the COVID-19 outbreak. They have also produced a general "return to business check list" that is applicable to most businesses, indicating the areas that should be considered before reopening.
Tackling the Barriers online portal
- Assist the health care system meet the needs of needs of the emergency
- Assist businesses in retooling or producing essential or health-related products and supplies
- Make it easier for businesses trying to operate remotely or in a non-traditional fashion and are facing unexpected challenges
News releases and information related to the COVID-19 outbreak from the Government of Ontario can be found on the official Ontario Newsroom website. Checking their page regularly is a good way to stay up to date on decisions and new regulations that may apply to your business.
Please click here to access relevant staff in our City Departments: https://brockville.com/departments