COVID-19 Resource Centre
As new information is continually being released about COVID-19, the FEO Team is working hard to gather and summarize the information to share with our members.
Provincial Government Announcements
- (July 7) Click here to read about the Reopening Ontario Act 2020
- (June 16) Click here for information on the new general workplace guide.
- (June 9) Click Here for the Phase 2 Announcement
- (May 21) Click Here for the Latest News from the Province
- ( May 20) Click here for the latest COVID-19 news from the Province of Ontario
- (May 15) Click here for the latest news from the Province of Ontario
- (May 14) The Premier indicated that there will be an announcement today about more businesses being allowed to re-open. The Ministry of Health has also released a Guidance Document for Essential Workplaces.
- (May 1)Today, the Ontario government announced the release of safety guidelines that will provide direction to those working in manufacturing, food manufacturing and processing, restaurant and foodservice, and the agricultural sector. In addition to these guidelines, the government is also issuing posters to promote safety tips. The guidelines and posters are available here. These new sector-specific guidelines feature recommended actions employers can begin to plan for as they prepare to adapt to the new reality during COVID-19. The government will work with Ontario's health and safety associations to bring forward additional workplace safety guidelines for more sectors in the coming days and weeks.
- (May 1)In addition, the Provincial Government announced that 58 new inspectors started this week and will join the existing provincial labor inspectors who will be communicating COVID-19 safety guidelines to essential workplaces and enforcing emergency measures.
(Apr 29) The Premier announced A Framework for Reopening our Province, which outlines the criteria that will be used on the loosening of emergency measures, as well as guiding principles for the safe, gradual reopening of businesses, services, and public spaces. This framework includes three stages (outlined below) and the government has stated that public health officials will carefully monitor each stage for two to four weeks. At this point, there is no firm date for when the first stage of this framework will begin. A high-level overview of the stages as outlined by the government is below:
Stage 1: For businesses that were ordered to close or restrict operations, opening select workplaces that can immediately modify operations to meet public health guidance. Opening some outdoor spaces like parks and allowing for a greater number of individuals to attend some events. Hospitals would also begin to offer some non-urgent and scheduled surgeries, and other health care services.
Stage 2: Opening more workplaces, based on risk assessments, which may include some service industries and additional office and retail workplaces. Some larger public gatherings would be allowed, and more outdoor spaces would open.
Stage 3: Opening of all workplaces responsibly and further relaxing of restrictions on public gatherings. More information to follow this week.
(Mar 23) A Message from the Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade - Support for Business (Thanks to Norfolk County Tourism for sharing)
Government Announces Updates to the Provincial Insurance Act click here
(Apr 7) Destination Ontario Report on the Impact of COVID-19 on Cdn. Economy and Consumer Sentiment click here
(Apr 15) Destination Ontario Report on the Impact of COVID-19 on Cdn. Economy and Consumer Sentiment click here
(Apr 22) Destination Ontario Report on the Impact of COVID-19 on Cdn. Economy and Consumer Sentiment click here
(May 21) Destination Ontario Report on the Impact of COVID-19 on Cdn. Economy and Consumer Sentiment click here
(June 18) Destination Ontario Report on the Impact of COVID-19 on Cdn. Economy and Consumer Sentiment click here
Federal Government Announcements
- (June 16) Click Here for news on CERB extension and new opening date for Canada/US border?
- (May 21) Click here for the latest Federal news
- (May 20) Click here for the latest COVID-19 news from the Federal Government
- (May 15) The Prime Minister announced that the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) will be extended for an additional three months, until the end of Aug 2020. It was also announced adjustments are being made to the CEWS program in order to provide assistance to more businesses. The Hon. Bill Morneau, Finance Minister, will provide details about these program adjustments later today. We will provide more information about this announcement in our update on Tues.
- (May 15) The application portal for the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance program has not yet opened. Please visit the Canada Housing & Mortgage Corporation site for more information.
- (May 14) Click here for the latest updates from the Federal Government
- (May 11) Emergency Support Fund for Cultural, Heritage, and Sport Organization courtesy of Canadian Heritage click here for details.
- (May 1) REMINDER: the application portal for the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) is now open. Employers can apply for the CEWS through My Business Account or through the CRA’s online application portal, and their representatives can apply through Represent a Client. All CEWS applications that are approved through the CRA’s automated verification process will be sent for payment on May 5, which means that employers who have signed up for direct deposit should begin to see funds as of May 7. The CRA has again partnered with financial institutions to enroll Canadian employers for direct deposit, and employers can now register business payroll accounts for direct deposit with the CRA through their bank portals. Signing up for direct deposit will enable employers whose applications are approved to receive their CEWS payments quickly and securely. Employers can sign up for direct deposit with their financial institutions even after applying for the CEWS. The Canadian Business Resilience Network has developed the Step by Step Guide: Apply for the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) to help businesses who are applying for the CEWS.
- (May 1) The Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) will be administering the Canadian Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) and they have launched a website. Through this website, you can sign up to receive details from the CMHC when they are available. The application portal is not yet open. We will continue to share updates as they become available.
- (May 1) Visit the Government of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan for more information on support available to help Canadians and businesses.
(Apr 29) The Prime Minister and the First Ministers made a statement about restarting the Canadian economy. The Government of Canada will continue to collaborate with the Provincial and Territorial governments and continue using public health as a foundation to guide as they work to restore economic activity and address future outbreaks. The full statement from the First Ministers can be found here.
(Apr 29) REMINDER: the application portal for the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) is now open. Employers can apply for the CEWS through My Business Account or through the CRA’s online application portal, and their representatives can apply through Represent a Client. All CEWS applications that are approved through the CRA’s automated verification process will be sent for payment on May 5, which means that employers who have signed up for direct deposit should begin to see funds as of May 7. The CRA has again partnered with financial institutions to enroll Canadian employers for direct deposit, and employers can now register business payroll accounts for direct deposit with the CRA through their bank portals. Signing up for direct deposit will enable employers whose applications are approved to receive their CEWS payments quickly and securely. Employers can sign up for direct deposit with their financial institutions even after applying for the CEWS.
(Apr 29) Visit the Government of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan for more information on support available to help Canadians and businesses.
(Mar 23) Work-Sharing Program (Federal) – temporary measures for the downturn in business due to COVID-19
(Mar 23) The one-week waiting period for EI sickness benefits will be waived for new claimants who are quarantined so they can be paid for the first week of their claim. Those who are eligible can apply online.
(Mar 23) The Emergency Support Benefit has been introduced to support workers who are not eligible for EI and who are facing unemployment. We will share details on how to apply once they are available.
(Mar 23) The Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP) will allow the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) and Export Development Canada (EDC) to provide more than $10 billion of additional support, largely targeted to small and medium-sized businesses.
(Mar 23) A Temporary Wage Subsidy will be introduced to support businesses that are facing revenue losses and to help prevent lay-offs. The subsidy would be equal to 10% of the remuneration paid during a period of time of up to three months, up to a maximum subsidy of $1,375 per employee and $25,000 per employer.
(Mar 23) The Bank of Canada also took a series of actions to support the Canadian economy during this period of economic stress, enhance the resilience of the Canadian financial system, and help ensure that financial institutions can continue to extend credit to both households and businesses. This included cutting the interest rate to 0.75% as a proactive measure.
(Mar 23) The CRA will allow businesses to defer the payment of any income tax amounts that become owing on or after today and September 2020 until August 31, 2020
Government announces expansion of Canada Emergency Business Act (CEBA) click here
(Apr 23) The Prime Minister announced an update to the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS):
(Apr 23) A calculator has been launched to help businesses determine the amount they may receive with the CEWS. Through this website, businesses can learn more about the eligible employers and eligible employees for the wage subsidy.
(Apr 23) Beginning on Monday, April 27th applications will be open for the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy. More information on the application process can be found on the CEWS website.
(Apr 23) Visit the Government of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan for more information on support available to help Canadians and businesses.
(Apr 23) A reminder to those businesses who will be applying to Federal government relief programs, that it is encouraged that business owners register on the CRA My Business Account if they haven’t already registered. Having this account will enable direct deposit of funds and speed up the process of receiving relief when it is available.
NOT FOR PROFIT FUNDING UPDATE:
(Apr 23) Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that $350 million in emergency funds for community groups and national charities that help seniors, the homeless, and others made more vulnerable by the pandemic. The funds will support some small independent organizations and national organizations such as the United Way and Red Cross.
(Apr 23) For more information, please consult this link: https://pm.gc.ca/en/news/news-releases/2020/04/21/prime-minister-announces-further-support-help-canadians-need
COVID - 19 RESOURCE LINKS
(July 8) The COVID-19 Return to Festivals and Events Guidelines Click Here
(June 5) The WHO Recognizes Importance of Mass Gatherings and Announces New Precautions for Reopening Click Here
(May 20) A special message from our friends at BDO click here
(May 11) The Event Safety Alliance - COVID-19 Reopening Guide. Click here to read it
Business Pandemic Preparedness Checklist (WSPS)
(May 1)Workplace Safety and Prevention services have put together a helpful business pandemic preparedness checklist you can access here.
(Apr 28) Save money on auto and home insurance with FEO Supplier Insuranceland click here
Art Funding and Grants for COVID-19
(Apr 23) CBC Creative Relief Fund — In response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, CBC has launched The CBC Creative Relief Fund to provide immediate, urgent support to Canadian creators. The unprecedented new Fund will provide $2 million in development and production funding for a diverse range of innovative, original Canadian storytelling, including scripted comedies and dramas, unscripted entertainment, kids and young adult programming, podcasts, play adaptations and short documentaries.
(Apr 23) CBC and Canada Council for the Arts Digital Originals — A new $1 million fund to help artists, groups and arts organizations pivot their work to online audiences during the COVID-19 pandemic. Creators can apply for a maximum of $5000 in funding per project, a selection of which will be curated and digitally showcased by CBC/Radio-Canada.
(Apr 23) Woodcock Fund Grant — This grant provides emergency funds for writers mid-project.
(Apr 23) The AFC — Provides emergency financial aid for entertainment professionals.
(Apr 23) Unison — Provides financial aid for musicians.
(Apr 23) Emergency Survival Fund for LGBTQ2S artists, performers, tip-based workers – Administered by Glad Day Bookshop in Toronto, this fund will help cover emergency aid and paid work for LGBTQ2S artists, performers and tip-based workers.
(Apr 23) Canadian Low-Income Artist/Musician Relief Fund — A group fundraising to support a relief fund.
(Apr 23) Behind the Scenes Basic Needs Grants — Provides financial assistance for seriously ill entertainment technology professionals in the U.S. and Canada.
(Apr 23) Facebook-National Arts Centre Fund for Performing Artists — Accepting applications from artists who post a 45 to 60-minute online performance between today and March 31, 2020. Financial grants will be given out from a $100,000 relief fund.
(Apr 23) The Photographer Fund — A $25,000 fund to help self-employed photographers facing hardship.
(Apr 23) Canadian Cinema Worker Fund — Fundraiser to create a fund for cinema workers who will not be compensated by their employers for the foreseeable future.
(Apr 23) GTA Black Community Emergency Support Fund — Artist-organized community fundraiser for Black people in the GTA, particularly those working in the gig economy.
(Apr 23) Toronto Arts Council — To assist Toronto artists in dealing with the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis, Toronto Arts Foundation and Toronto Arts Council are introducing the TOArtist COVID Response Fund. The Fund will allocate up to $1000 to self-employed, individual artists resident in Toronto whose creative work and income have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
(Apr 23) Canadian Writers' Emergency Relief Fund — The Writers' Trust of Canada and The Writers' Union of Canada (TWUC) announced the creation of the Canadian Writers' Emergency Relief Fund to provide support to professional authors financially affected by the COVID-19 health crisis.
(Apr 23) MusicTogether — A $300K emergency relief fund for Ontario musicians put together by the provincial government and members of the music community. Musicians can apply for a one-time $1,000 performance fee tied to a Livestream.
(Apr 23) City of Windsor Arts, Culture and Heritage Fund — The City of Windsor has relaunched the Arts, Culture, and Heritage Fund (ACHF), offering $60,000 worth of grant money as a means of helping support local artists whose livelihoods have been affected by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
(Apr 22) COVID-19 Risk Horizon: Event Business Disruption & Continuity Planning from Peter Ashwin at ERMS (Event Risk Management Solutions) click here for the infographic.
(Apr 16) COVID-19 Survey Results from the Network of Municipal Event Planners. Click here to read the findings.
(Apr 14) Sponsor Circle GiftCardIt initiative, help support your local Festival or Event today. Click Here for details
(Apr 8) With many staff working from home, it is time to remind them about cybersecurity practices by clicking here
(Apr 3) Here is a list of several resources regarding COVID-19 and Mental Health
(Apr 1) Destination Canada Hon. Melanie Joly Webinar Replay f... Click here to Listen
(Apr 1) A Message from CLEO-Nonprofit Law Ontario
(Mar 25) A Message from the AGCO regarding SOP's
(Apr 30) Pandemic Preparedness Checklist
(Mar 25) Insurance Policy Force Majeure Clause
(Mar 23) Ontario Ministry of Health
(Mar 23) Public Health Agency of Canada
(Mar 23) World Health Organization
(Mar 23) Decision-making Guidelines for Mass Gatherings, Government of Canada
(Mar 23) Resources for Canadian Businesses: COVID-19, Government of Canada
(Mar 23) Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers, CDC
(Mar 23) Business Continuity Plan and Templated for Entrepreneurs, BDC
(Mar 23) Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan: Support for Canadians and Businesses, Government of Canada
(Mar 23) EI Sickness Benefits
(Mar 23) Emergency Support Benefit
(Mar 23) Temporary Wage Subsidy