Business Resources

COVID-19 Support

Prime Minister announces support for small businesses facing impacts of COVID‑19

Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan: Support for Canadians and Businesses

List of essential businesses in Ontario as released 03.23

City of Toronto partners with Ritual to support Toronto restaurants and food services

City of Toronto launches ShopHERE to help local businesses and artists open free online stores

City of Toronto announces plan to support retail stores re-opening for pickup and delivery service

Headlines

Ontario business owners pleased with the return of curbside pickup: ‘The earlier the better’  Toronto Star May 6

Ontario to reopen some retail stores within days, moving with ‘cautious optimism’ amid COVID-19 CBC May 6

Anxious about COVID-19 and returning to work? Here’s what you need to know CBC May 6

What reopening and when and what’s still closed in the GTA  CBC May 6

All businesses seeing 30% drop in revenue due to pandemic will be eligible for 75% wage subsidies: Trudeau CBC March 30

Ontario Premier Doug Ford extends State of Emergency another two weeks  CTV March 30

‘I have zero tolerance’ — Doug Ford takes aim at COVID-19 price gougers Toronto Star March 28

The road ahead: After the lockdown, the question confronting the government will be how to rebuild the economy Globe and Mail March 28

Are we flattening the coronavirus curve? Click here daily to compare Canada to countries around the world Toronto Star March 28

Canada How COVID-19 is affecting public transit use CBC March 27

Ford eyes grim economic numbers as pandemic hits workers hard

Toronto Sun March 27

David Rosenberg: Recovery looms, but you’ll have to wait for it

National Post March 27

Ottawa boosts wage subsidy after cries for relief Globe and Mail March 27

Ottawa expects 4 million Canadians to apply to emergency job loss fund due to COVID-19 – Globe and Mail updated March 26

Parliament passes legislation for COVID-19 support after opposition limits government powers  CBC March 25

Liberals rejig benefits for workers affected by COVID – 19  The Canadian Press March 25

Business owners call for wage subsidies to prevent cascade of layoffs, bankruptcies CBC – March 25

Some employers asking workers to take pay cuts or face lay-offs or use vacation for sick days. Can they? – Toronto Star, March 25

Other interesting Scarborough business articles

https://www.toronto.com/news-story/9622697-east-scarborough-gets-amazon-other-projects-with-city-of-toronto-help/

https://www.thestar.com/news/city_hall/2019/09/26/toronto-will-move-staff-to-etobicoke-and-scarborough-civic-centres.html

 

Non-profit and government business resources

Enterprise Toronto

“An array of helpful tools and resources to help you start and grow your business.”

https://enterprisetoronto.desk.com/

      • Enterprise Toronto business resource library
      • List of guides and resources available for small businesses

Business Development Bank of Canada

“The Business Development Bank of Canada is a
federal Crown corporation wholly owned by the Government of Canada. Its mandate is to help create and develop Canadian businesses through financing, growth and transition capital venture capital and advisory services, with a focus on small and medium-sized enterprises.”

https://www.bdc.ca/en/articles-tools/pages/default.aspx

      • Articles and advice
      • Entrepreneurial Toolkit – free digital maturity assessment, productivity benchmarking tool, Entrepreneurial self-assessment, website assessment, etc
        https://www.bdc.ca/en/articles-tools/entrepreneur-toolkit/pages/default.aspx

Toronto Business Development Centre

“In collaboration with MaRS Discovery District, Toronto Business Development Centre is here to provide you with all of the necessary tools and resources you need to grow your business. You will find a wealth of information about many subjects that will support your business, from planning, financing to marketing and insurance. We’re here to help your business succeed.”

Toolkit

      • Resource Library: Online articles, workbooks, videos, reports and templates covering every business topic
      • Market Research: Online resources to help businesses answer common market research questions
      • Open Online Courses: Free online courses including articles, templates, and videos all grouped by curated topics for easier access
      • Customer Development Immersive: In this 6-week paid course, entrepreneurs will be able to clearly identify their core target audiences and ways to effectively communicate with them.

FedDev Ontario Small Business Services (Canada Business Ontario)

“FedDev Ontario delivers programs and services to support innovation and economic growth in southern Ontario—Canada’s most populous region. We are a federal institution that is part of the Innovation, Science and Economic Development portfolio.”

https://www.feddevontario.gc.ca/eic/site/723.nsf/eng/home

      • Planning, starting, managing, growing, financing, tools and services
      • Secondary Market Research: free secondary market research service
        http://www.cbo-eco.ca/en/index.cfm/tools-and-wizards/secondary-market-
        research-service-request/
      • Business Guides: information on federal and provincial government programs, services and regulations

Toronto Public Library

https://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/smallbusiness/

      • Spaces to meet and work
      • Programs and seminars: free or low-cost programs, seminars, and workshops on social media, taxes, the law, networking, digital design, franchising, and more
      • Computer and Library Training: classes in basic computer skills, digital design, business software, etc
      • Recommended reading list, market research books, etc

Innovation, Science, and Economic Development Canada (ISED)

“Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) works with Canadians in all areas of the economy and in all parts of the country to improve conditions for investment, enhance Canada’s innovation performance, increase Canada’s share of global trade and build a fair, efficient and competitive
marketplace. We are the federal institution that leads the Innovation, Science and Economic Development portfolio.”

https://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/icgc.nsf/eng/home

      • Information and services on business grants and financing, insolvency, incorporate your business, international trade, intellectual property, etc

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