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COVID-19: Key Government Tools





STOP THE SPREAD Business Information Line 1-888-444-3659

If you have questions about what will be open or impacts to your business or employment, call the Stop the Spread Business Information Line at 1-888-444-3659. Help is available from Monday to Sunday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


ONTARIO COVID-19: Tackling the Barriers Website

Businesses working to retool their operations to produce health-related products, or those that want to continue their operations in this new environment of physical distancing, can submit any potential roadblocks through the website. The province is prepared to allow temporary changes to provincial rules and regulations in order to remove any barriers that are hindering business and negatively impacting Ontario's supply chain.











Prime Minister of Canada announcements:

March 29th: Prime Minister announces support for vulnerable Canadians affected by COVID‑19

March 31st: Prime Minister announces new partnerships with Canadian industries to fight COVID-19
April 8th: Prime Minister announces Changes to Canada Summer Jobs program to help businesses and young Canadians affected by COVID-19

April 17th: Prime Minister announces new support to protect Canadian jobs

April 22nd:  Prime Minister announces Support for students and new grads affected by COVID-19

April 24th: Prime Minister announces agreement in principle with all provinces and territories to implement the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA)





GOVERNMENT OF CANADA (by department):

Health Canada
Public Health Update Service
Department of Finance
Canada Revenue Agency
Canada’s Regional Development Agencies
Trade Commissioner Service
Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC)
Export Development Bank of Canada (EDC)
Employment and Social Development Canada
Statistics Canada

FedDev Ontario
Canada Development Investment Corporation

    Canada Border Services Agency
For help understanding the definition of essential services across borders and to understand what documentation will be required at the Canada – US border. Toll free line, staffed 24/7, to answer specific questions about Border Crossing: 1-800-461-9999 from within Canada, and 1-204-983-3500 or 1-506-636-5064 from outside Canada.

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
On March 31, ISED has approved a 9-month deferral for payments on:
- Strategic Aerospace and Defence Initiative (SADI),
- Technology Partnerships Canada (TPC),
- Automotive Innovation Fund (AIF),
- Program for Strategic Industrial Projects (PSIP).

    Transport Canada
Director General of Civil Aviation at Transport Canada confirms that parts manufacturers, distributors, suppliers, and repair and overhaul organizations have been included in the list of essential aviation workers.

    Stay Connected - Canada Business App dedicated COVID-19

COVID-19: Tools to Support Businesses


A comprehensive list of government support programs accross Canada.


Canadian Business Resilience Network
In partnership with the Government of Canada, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce established the Canadian Business Resilience Network to help Canadian businesses navigate the COVID-19 reality and prepare for recovery.

TEAL GROUP offers Market Intelligence on the impact of the COVID-19 global pandemic:
UPDATE on April 6th COVID-19 And Civil Aviation Markets

COVID-19 And Military Aerospace Markets


Export Development Canada COVID-19:

EDC WEBINAR (on demand):

Business Development Bank of Canada – Support for Entrepreneurs impacted by coronavirus:

BDC WEBINAR (on demand): How to cope with the impacts of COVID-19 on your business




Supply chain: Beyond this challenge - Medium-to-long term actions


CanExport - Impact of COVID-19

Resources for Canadian businesses: COVID-19


Canadian Payroll Association

Insurance Bureau of Canada

Mastercard News Release and Video re: contactless payments


Work-Sharing Program - Temporary special measures

ENQUIRIES to be sent to:

Innovative Medicines Canada
Canadian Chamber of Commerce – Pandemic Preparedness for Business
World Health Organization COVID-19 - Business and Employees
Council of Canadian Innovators – COVID-19 Slack Channel (you must create an account)
Canadian Federation of Independent Business - keeping you and your employees safe

Uber Eats

OAC continues to work with our Government partners during this difficult time, to provide information as it becomes available with respect to COVID-19 considerations and impact.