Businesses who have questions about reopening, 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 8:30 a.m.–9:00 p.m. Monday to Friday and 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Additionally, there is a four-week hotline service called the Business Resilience Service. This is a national, bilingual service operated by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce to help entrepreneurs and small business owners in need of financial planning advice, particularly those who may not have access to an accountant. The service will also be open to not-for-profit organizations and charities. Small business owners with pressing financial needs can call 1-866-989-1080 (toll-free) seven days a week, from 8:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.
The Timmins Economic Development Centre (TEDC) is helping businesses navigate available supports related to COVID-19. In partnership with the City and Chamber Joint Business Continuity Recovery Advisory Task Force, the TEDC is the designated hotline for individuals seeking business assistance. Contact the TEDC at 705-360-2656 Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. for support including:
Issued on June 11, 2020: Dr. Lianne Catton, the Medical Officer of Health for the Porcupine Health Unit, said today, that the opening of more businesses and public spaces in the PHU area, announced earlier this week, is good news for residents and local businesses. However, she notes, “the work is not over. It is critical to recognize our shared responsibility to ensure safe and successful reopening”.
Issued on June 9, 2020: The Ontario government announced its plan to reopen child care centres across the province to support the next stage of the province's reopening framework.
Issued on June 8, 2020: The Ontario government announced that it will ease restrictions in communities where it is safe to do so. Effective Friday, June 12, 2020 the province will increase the limit on social gatherings from five to 10 people across the province. Additional businesses and services will be permitted to reopen with proper health and safety measures in place. For more information on what can open in Stage 2, visit Ontario's website.
Issued on June 4, 2020: Effective at 12:01 a.m.June 5th, 2020 lodges, cabins, cottages and other shared, short-term rental accommodations are permitted to open, subject to the following restrictions:
For full details, visit the webpage Reopening Ontario.
To prepare your workplace, consider the following actions:
Learn how you can create a workplace safety plan to help protect your workers and others from COVID-19, including a template for you to customize based on your needs.
Review a list of companies that sell personal protective equipment (PPE) and other supplies to keep your employees and customers safe from government of Ontario website.
There are many things that workplaces can do to prevent the spread of COVID-19, particularly by facilitating proper hand hygiene, respiratory etiquette and physical distancing. Provide access to and adequate supplies for handwashing (soap and water), and alcohol-based hand sanitizers at multiple, prominent locations in the workplace. Implement physical distancing (maintaining a distance of at least 2 metres from other people), to the greatest extent possible. This could include using the telephone and video conferencing rather than meeting face-to-face, including in the same building.
Any worker who feels ill should be sent home immediately to self-monitor and self-isolate. They should call their primary care provider, the health unit at 1-800-461-8181 or Telehealth at 1-866-797-0000. Additionally, employees who are well but who have a sick family member at home with COVID-19 should notify their supervisor and follow recommendations on how to reduce the spread.
Visit Ontario's website to find sector-specific guidelines and posters to help protect workers, customers and the general public from COVID-19 in Ontario. These will help employees and workers better understand how to prevent the spread and know to keep workers safe on the job.
Find COVID-19 support and other programs and services on the Government of Canada website