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COVID-19 Resources

YORK REGION COVID-19 STATUS

Step Three of the Roadmap to Reopen
Effective: Friday, July 16, 2021 at 12:01 a.m.
Updated: July 16, 2021

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QUESTIONS

For questions regarding the emergency brake and provincial support programs businesses can:

  1. Call the Stop the Spread Business Information Line at 1-888-444-3659, open Monday to Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., or
  2. Visit Get COVID-19 relief funding for your business.

Roadmap to Reopen

On May 20, 2021, the Ontario government  released its Roadmap to Reopen, a three-step plan to safely and cautiously reopen the province and gradually lift public health measures based on the provincewide vaccination rate and improvements in key public health and health care indicators.

 

Ontario entered into Step Three at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, July 16, 2021.

The province will remain in Step Three for at least 21 days to evaluate any impacts on key public health and health system indicators. All public health and workplace safety measures currently in place will remain in effect until the province moves to the next phase.

Learn about what’s open in Vaughan in Step Three

  • York Region continues to implement a flexible hybrid model for vaccine distribution and administration. This includes multiple fixed clinics sites in various sizes, drive-thru and mobile clinics.

    Book an appointment

  • York Region’s COVID-19 webpage is where the Region posts all of its COVID-19 updates, guidance and resources for residents and businesses.

  • Find sector-specific guidelines and posters to keep workers, customer and the general public safe on the Preventing COVID-19 in the Workplace webpage.

  • Learn the latest requirements for face masks and coverings at york.ca/mandatorymasks. 

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  • The Economic and Cultural Development (ECD) is working with partners to host webinars on the latest trends and topics.

    These webinars—and other events relevant to Vaughan businesses—are listed on our Events page.

  • The new Digital Boost: Vaughan Small Business Resiliency Program supports local small business owners in finding new opportunities during the COVID-19 crisis and beyond. 

  • During this challenging time, the City is committed to supporting businesses, consumers and all citizens, and has developed an online list of local businesses that are open during the current state of emergency. This voluntary listing includes both essential services and businesses that have modified operations and provide goods and services by phone, online, take-out or delivery.

  • Residents looking to do their part to support the local economy can do so by shopping remotely with local businesses and restaurants with #ShopVaughanLocal. Citizens are encouraged to do any of the following to show their support for small businesses in Vaughan:

    • Order take-out or delivery from a local restaurant
    • Buy gift cards for use at a later date
    • Order from local businesses online
    • Share your local love #ShopVaughanLocal
    • Access government supports for businesses on this page
  • In March 2020, the City launched the Vaughan Business Action Plan, which includes a series of measures to safeguard the local economy and protect businesses, consumers and all citizens. These measures include:

    • Support the restocking of store shelves
    • Enhance the movement of goods
    • Improve business ground transportation
    • Suspend the Municipal Accommodation Tax (MAT)
    • Maintain small business services

    In addition, the City also implemented:

    • A grace period of 90 days for business license renewals; and
    • A waiving of late penalty charges for interim and final tax bills until July 1.

    For more information, please visit the Vaughan Business Action Plan page.

  • The Vaughan Business Resilience Plan, launched in June 2020, is an immediate and long-term plan to help Vaughan’s business community build capacity to adapt to the post-COVID world. The Economic and Cultural Development department will:

    • help businesses and the economy build resilience;
    • build resilience into key economic opportunities and strategic sectors like healthcare, supply-chain and manufacturing, and tourism; and
    • share Vaughan’s reimagined public spaces within social distancing and invite the community to experience Vaughan’s culture and arts.

    For more information, read the Vaughan Business Resilience Plan Council Report and Project Matrix.

  • The Vaughan Rising Blog is a resource that aims to help Vaughan Businesses adapt to a post-COVID economy. The series will highlight bold and innovative ways that the Vaughan business community is demonstrating resilience and practical resources contributed by subject matter experts.

  • In response to COVID-19, the Government of Canada has introduced a suite of funding, tax credits and benefits. The programs most relevant to businesses are highlighted below.

    For more information, please visit: Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan page.

  • Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) provides $500 per week for eligible workers, including self-employed individuals.

  • Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy provides 75 per cent of salaries for qualifying businesses, including all sizes and sectors, non-profits and charities.

  • Canada Emergency Business Account (part of the Business Credit Availability Program) provides interest-free loans of up to $40,000 to small businesses and not-for-profits.

  • Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy provides direct support of up to 65 per cent of eligible expenses to tenants and property owners for qualifying organizations affected by COVID-19.

    Qualifying organizations that are subject to a lockdown and must shut their doors or significantly limit their activities under a public health order may be eligible for additional Lockdown Support of 25 per cent of eligible expenses.

  • Large Employer Emergency Financing Facility (LEEFF) provides bridge financing to Canada’s largest employers, including certain not-for-profit businesses.

  • Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF) provides interest-free loans for small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that are unable to access other federal COVID-19 relief measures.

  • The AIME@Home program offers grants of up to $100,000 per company to foster training that will lead to advancements in innovation within the manufacturing sector in Southern Ontario.

  • Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC)’s Small Business Loan offers up to $100,000 and can be obtained online in as little as 48 hours, from time of approval.

  • Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC)’s Purchase Order Financing helps businesses increase cash flow to fulfill domestic or international orders with very flexible times.

  • Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC)’s Working Capital Loan​ offers extra funds to bridge cash flow gaps and support everyday operations.

  • Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC)’s Capital Bridge Financing Program is for Canadian companies backed by a qualified venture capital firm, who have raised at least $500,000 in external capital before applying for the program, and  specifically impacted by COVID-19.

  • The Highly Affected Sectors Credit Availability Program (HASCAP) will help businesses with their day-to-day operating costs during the COVID-19 crisis and enable them to invest in their longer-term prosperity.

    Through HASCAP, the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) will work with participating Canadian financial institutions to offer government-guaranteed, low-interest loans of up to $1 million. Hard-hit businesses, like a chain of hotels or restaurants with multiple locations under one related entity, could be eligible for up to $6.25 million.

    The HASCAP Guarantee is available until June 30, 2021.

  • BioEnterprise Smartgrowth Program provides funding to small and medium businesses in Southern Ontario’s agri-technology sector to support scale-up and expansion projects.

    Next intake period is set to open January, 2022.

  • The Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) provides interest-free loans of up to $60,000 to small businesses and not-for-profits.

    The deadline to apply is June 30, 2021.

  • Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy provides direct support of up to 65 per cent of eligible expenses to tenants and property owners for qualifying organizations affected by COVID-19.

    Qualifying organizations that are subject to a lockdown and must shut their doors or significantly limit their activities under a public health order may be eligible for additional Lockdown Support of 25 per cent of eligible expenses.

    Claim periods have been extended to June 5, 2021. An application must be filed no later than 180 days after the end of a claim period.

  • The Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB) gives income support to employed and self-employed individuals who are directly affected by COVID-19 and are not entitled to Employment Insurance (EI) benefits. The CRB is administered by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).

    If you are eligible for the CRB, you can receive $1,000 ($900 after taxes withheld) for a 2-week period.

    You may apply up to a total of 19 eligibility periods (38 weeks) between September 27, 2020 and September 25, 2021.

  • Qualified applicants of the EDC Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP) Guarantee can quickly improve their cash flow through their bank or credit union to help manage day-to-day expenses like buying inventory and paying suppliers, or for new costs  due to COVID-19.

  • If you are a tourism operator or small- or medium-sized business or organization and have received RDA funding and COVID-19 is affecting your operations, you are encouraged to contact FedDev Ontario.​

  • Innovative Solutions Canada funds R&D and test prototypes in real-life settings. It has two streams with funding dedicated to Canadian innovators who want to start, grow and get to market.

  • Large Employer Emergency Financing Facility (LEEFF) will be open to large Canadian employers who

    1. have a significant impact on Canada’s economy, as demonstrated by (i) having significant operations in Canada or (ii) supporting a significant workforce in Canada;
    2. can generally demonstrate approximately $300 million or more in annual revenues; and
    3. require a minimum loan size of about $60 million.
  • Mitacs is expanding its effort to support Canadian businesses in the fight against COVID-19 by boosting funding, fast-tracking proposals and adding flexibility to project requirements.

  • The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA)’s Enhanced Agri-Food Workplace Protection Program offers grants of 70% up to $7,500 for Ontario agriculture and agri-food businesses to implement safety measures that protect employees against COVID-19.

  • Businesses that were required to shut down or significantly restrict services due to provincial public health measures (in areas with modified Stage 2 restrictions or categorized as control or lockdown) can apply for rebates, provided in the form of grants, for property tax and energy bills.

  • The Ontario Tourism and Travel Small Business Support Grant provides one-time payments of $10,000 to $20,000 to eligible small businesses in the tourism and travel sector.

    The deadline to apply is June 25, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. EDT.

  • The Ontario Small Business Support Grant helps small businesses that were required to close or significantly restrict services under the Provincewide Shutdown effective December 26, 2020.

    The grant provides businesses with $10,000 to $20,000 in funding to help cover decreased revenue.

    Applications are now closed but successful applicants will automatically be entitled to a second payment in an amount equal to the first payment they received.

     

  • The Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF) is a liquidity lifeline for businesses and organizations impacted by the economic disruption associated with the COVID-19 pandemic in nearly every sector of the economy. It aims to address gaps in or supplement other federal relief measures, as well as complement those provided by other levels of government.

    Recognizing the importance of supporting the region’s tourism sector, a minimum of 25 percent of all national RRRF funding is earmarked to assist local tourism businesses.

    Applications for RRRF loans will be accepted until June 30, 2021, or until such time that the Fund is fully committed.

  • Other funding opportunities that are not specific to COVID can be found on our Funding Programs and Funding for Tech Entrepreneurs pages.

  • The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) is a subsidy covering 75 per cent of salaries for qualifying businesses, including all sizes and sectors, non-profits and charities.

    Claim periods have been extended to June 5, 2021.

  • Through the Career Ready Fund (PDF), Centennial College is offering up to $9,000 of wage subsidies to increase both the quantity and quality of experiential learning opportunities available to postsecondary students, recent graduates and apprentices in Ontario’s automotive manufacturing and advanced manufacturing sectors.

    Extended to March 2022.

  • The Government of Canada Student Work Placement Program (SWPP) and TECHNATION Career Ready Program covers up to 75% of gross wages for Canadian companies and scale-ups that leverage student talent during the COVID 19 pandemic

  • Mitacs is expanding its effort to support Canadian businesses in the fight against COVID-19 by expanding internship offerings and bolstering industrial post-doc fellowships.

  • Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC)’s Work-Sharing program is designed to help employers and employees avoid layoffs when there is a temporary reduction in the normal level of business activity, beyond the control of the employer.

  • The Magnet Student Work Placement Program (SWPP) brings together employers, students, and post-secondary school stakeholders to create quality work-integrated learning (WIL) opportunities.

    The program provides employers with wage subsidies to hire post-secondary students for paid work experiences. Students in turn benefit with quality work experience so they can secure employment in their chosen fields of study.

  • Other relevant programs that are not specific to COVID can be found on our Funding Programs page.

  • Businesses and organizations are encouraged to deliver on-site rapid testing to help stop the spread of 

    The Provincial Antigen Screening Program provides free rapid antigen test kits to high-risk communities, organizations and essential workplaces.

    If you are not eligible for free test kits, you can still buy them and hire or train people to do on-site  testing for you.

    Learn more

  • A stable and reliable increase in vaccine supply to Ontario is enabling the Province and York Region to expand vaccine eligibility to additional groups, including workers in multiple sectors. 

    This list continues to evolve. View the list to see all eligible groups. 

  • The Government of Canada’s PPE Supply Hub has resources and information to help organizations sell and buy personal protective equipment (PPE) during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • The PPE Exchange is a marketplace for personal protective equipment (PPE) connecting customers in need of PPE with suppliers.

  • As Canada’s industries return to work, there is an increased demand for PPE. The Rapid Response Platform automatically matches supply with demand, simplifying supplier discovery during the procurement process.

  • The Actors’ Fund of Canada (The AFC) ​ is providing short-term emergency financial assistance to Canadian entertainment professionals.

  • The artsUNITE project is a sector-led wayfinding and support platform for the creative community.

    Its purpose is to:

    • Guide artists and creative organizations through the available resources for immediate relief;
    • Secure remuneration through paid work opportunities; and
    • Equip artists with adaptive supports for long-term sector recovery and regeneration from the pandemic.
  • The Bell Fund supports Canadian media content makers in creating for and
    connecting with, audiences here and everywhere.

  • Through financial support and industry research, the Canada Media Fund supports the Canadian television and digital media industries through two funding Streams:

    • The Experimental Stream encourages the development of innovative, interactive content and leading edge software applications for digital media platforms.
    • The Convergent Stream supports the creation of convergent television and digital media content which Canadians can enjoy anytime, anywhere.

    Program deadlines

  • The Canadian Artist + Musician Relief Fund provides support for low-income artists and musicians whose livelihoods are being affected by this pandemic. Whether it’s from cancelled gigs, lost jobs or a lack of business due to coronavirus.

  • Glad Day Lit’s Emergency Survival Fund supports paid work for LGBTQ2S artists and performers; grants to LGBTQ2S artists, performers and tip-based workers for food and housing; no-interest loans to artists, performers and tip-based workers; and Glad Day Lit admin costs and toward keeping Glad Day open.

  • This risk mitigation tool will assist workplaces/businesses in considering risks to employees, customers and clients during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, and provide examples of measures that may be implemented at the workplace/business to mitigate potential risks.

  • Over 90 sector-specific guidelines and posters have been developed to help protect workers, customers and the general public from coronavirus (COVID-19) in Ontario.

  • Use the Workplace Safety Plan template to create a plan to help protect your works and others from COVID-19.

  • To assist retailers in their reopening planning, Retail Council of Canada, in collaboration with Boston Consulting Group and retailers from across Canada, has prepared the Road to Retail Recovery Playbook to help Canadian retailers, large and small, plan for the reopening of retail sector across the country.

  • The UN World Tourism Organization’s COVID-19 webpage is a central source for data, webinars and other resources, including the COVID-19 Tourism Recovery Technical Assistance Package.

  • York Region’s COVID 19: Resources for the York Region Business Community page is a central source for:

    • Business reopening guidance and advice,
    • York Region Public Health resources and guidance,
    • Workplace PPE supplier directories, and
    • Other resources.
  • The Recovery Activation Program (RAP) is a no cost, immersive series of highly practical online programs that are designed to help you identify areas to modernize your business so that you can confidently take on all the challenges that are thrown at you in the wake of COVID-19, such as managing your workforce virtually, finding new customers without going to a tradeshow, and managing disrupted supply chains – just to name a few.

  • The Government of Canada is seeking manufacturers, businesses and skilled workers that can assist Canada in meeting the need for medical supplies.

  • Ontario Together: Help fight Coronavirus is seeking businesses, researchers and organizations that can supply emergency products and innovative solutions.

    Only have part of a solution? Look for partners with OCE’s COVID-19 Collaboration Platform.

  • Public Works and Government Services Canada is seeking businesses able to supply products and services in support of Canada’s response to Coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Increase your consumers’ confidence

 

As Vaughan’s economy begins to re-open from the COVID-19 pandemic, Vaughan businesses can assure local customers and future travellers that they can safely dine, shop, and play in Vaughan through two consumer confidence identifiers both supported by City of Vaughan Council:

POST Promise – a self-declaration for any type of business through a national not-for-profit corporation that was built specifically for this effort. It signifies a commitment to implement and practice five key steps to workplace safety, helping to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Safe Travels Stamp – a internationally recognized program through the World Travel and Tourism Corporation and the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario for tourism businesses. It allows travellers to recognize governments and businesses around the world who have adopted health and hygiene global standardized protocols – so visitors can experience “Safe Travels”.

These nationally and internationally recognized identifiers, provide businesses with a visual cue to show customers that it is working hard to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by following public-health measures and support a safe return to in-person experiences.

Increasing consumer confidence is part of an economic resiliency strategy for Vaughan’s Economic and Cultural Development department, inclusive of Tourism Vaughan – the City’s official destination marketing organization.

How to apply

  1. ALL BUSINESSES: Make the POST Promise on the POST Promise website free of charge. A POST Promise Toolkit with window decals and posters is available for purchase by businesses for $10. Taking the POST Promise is a pre-requisite for the Safe Travels Stamp and the Vaughan Safe Travels Toolkit.
  2. TOURISM BUSINESSES*: Once you’ve made the POST Promise, apply for the Safe Travels Stamp & Vaughan Safe Travels Toolkit by completing the application form (indicate “POST Promise” as the protocols you are following) and submit it to info@tiaontario.ca with your POST Promise certificate with Cc to tourism@vaughan.ca to receive the Safe Travels Vaughan Toolkit. This includes marketing assets to share the stamp on business websites, social media, e-newsletters and counter signs and window decals, shipped free of charge.

* Retail, sports & recreation, nature & outdoors, meeting & event venues and planners, culinary, attraction/entertainment, arts, culture & heritage, accommodation, and transportation

  • The POST (‘people outside safely together’) Promise is a self-declaration from a business to its customers and employees that it is working hard to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. The POST Promise signifies a commitment to implement and practice the five key steps to workplace safety, helping to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  It is run by a national not-for-profit corporation that was built specifically for this effort. A POST Promise toolkit is available for purchase by businesses at the cost of $10.

    The POST Promise is available to all kinds of businesses and is a pre-requisite for tourism businesses to receive the Safe Travels Stamp in Ontario. It is available to all kinds of businesses.  Learn more.

  • An international stamp designed to allow travelers to recognize governments and businesses around the world who have adopted health and hygiene global standardized protocols – so visitors can experience “Safe Travels”. The Safe Travels Stamp was created by the World Travel and Tourism Council, and in Ontario is issued by the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario.

    Learn more.

  • Increasing consumer confidence through these two consumer confidence identifiers is part of an economic resiliency strategy for Vaughan’s Economic and Cultural Development department, inclusive of Tourism Vaughan – the City’s official destination marketing organization. Tourism Vaughan has received the stamp in addition to local businesses like restaurants, event venues, retail shops, event planners, attractions, and majority of Vaughan hotels.

    A free Vaughan Safe Travels Toolkit is available free for businesses who receive the stamp and includes digital assets to download for website, social media and e-newsletter use; and printed assets for counter signs and window decals.

  • These consumer confidence identifiers signify a commitment from businesses to implement and practice leading health measure to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Communicating participation informs customers, and the employees of a business, that the business is taking part in a collective solution designed to help Canadians and travellers confidently and safely shop and work in businesses during and post the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • The Post Promise or the Safe Travels Stamp are NOT a “certification” or “approval” from any regulatory body. All businesses are still required to follow the laws and recommended guidelines from their local public health office and government bodies.

  • Safe Travels Stamp: Operating businesses including hotels, restaurants, airlines, cruise lines, tour operators, attractions, short term rentals, car rentals, outdoor shopping, transportation and airports around the world are eligible to receive the stamp.

    POST Promise: Any business across any industry

  • The five key steps to workplace safety:

    1. Maintain physical distancing: Keeping a distance of at least 2 meters is the recommended distance.
    2. Stay home if unwell: Self monitor for symptoms such as cough, fever, difficulty breathing.
    3. Wear a face covering when required or when safe physical distancing isn’t possible within your place of work, and consistently practice respiratory etiquette. Examples of respiratory etiquette include; cough or sneeze into the bend of your arm or use tissues and dispose of them safely.
    4. Clean and disinfect regularly.
    5. Wash and sanitize hands for at least 20 seconds.
  • Through www.postpromise.com businesses learn about the five key steps to helping prevent the spread of COVID-19 and voluntarily commit to implementing them in their business. Once completed, a business is provided with the communication and implementation tools needed to educate employees and make customers aware of the commitment that has been made.

  • The World Travel & Tourism Council (“WTTC”), the founding group for the Safe Travels program, represents the global private sector of Travel & Tourism, with a mission to ensure the sector is seamless, secure, safe, inclusive, and sustainable. The WTTC set out to standardize safe travel, developing new global standards and a stamp that would help travelers recognize the businesses and destinations following best practices.

  • The stamp helps travellers recognize the businesses and destinations that are following best industry and government standard safety practices, saving travelers the hassle and worry of whether or not a certain company is doing enough to keep guests safe.

  • There are many businesses in Vaughan that have committed to keeping guests safe with the Safe Travels Stamp. Look for the Safe Travels Stamp on visitvaughan.ca and hostinvaughan.ca

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