COVID-19 Resources for your Business

As the situation with COVID-19 Coronavirus continues to rapidly change globally and locally, the Greater KW Chamber of Commerce is closely monitoring the developments closely. We have collected information and resources that may be helpful to you and your business during this extremely difficult time.

Following advice from Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Ontario is reducing the list of essential businesses classified as essential and ordering more workplaces to close. The government is ordering all businesses not covered by the updated list of essential workplaces to close effective as of Saturday April 4, 2020 at 11:59pm. Business-owners with questions concerning their essential business status are encouraged to call the Stop the Spread hotline at 1-888-444-3659. The hotline is available from 8:30 a.m.― 9:00 p.m. Monday to Friday and 8:30 a.m.— 5:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

We want to hear from you! Please complete our survey and provide us with feedback on your business’ experiences and challenges during COVID-19.

Stay Informed

Up to date information can be found at:

Prepare Your Business

prepare your business

There are several resources available that can help you prepare your business during this very challenging time.

Government Assistance

Government assistance

  • Business Owners: Register on the CRA MY Business Account to provide direct deposit information and speed up the process of receiving relief when it is available.

Export/Trade Resources

export/trade resources

COVID-19 is affecting businesses globally, which is creating uncertainty. For export/trade resources, please see below:

Stay Safe

Stay Safe

There are a number of resources available to help you, your staff, their families, and the community stay safe during this COVID-19 pandemic:

Mental Health Resources

Mental Health Resources

COVID-19 is having a significant impact on every aspect of our lives. The uncertainty of the rapidly changing situation is causing an increase in stress for many and ensuring that we are taking care of our mental health is as important as caring for our physical health. We have put together some mental health resources that may be helpful for you and your staff:

Government Announcements

government announcements

Federal Government
Provincial Government
Municipal Government

Can Your Business Help?

CAN YOUR BUSINESS HELP?

Both the Provincial and Federal governments are requesting the assistance of businesses and organizations who are able to help support the response to COVID-19.

Provincial Government

  • The Provincial Government has launched a new $50 million Ontario Together Fund that will support the development of essential equipment and supplies. This fund will support those businesses who can provide innovative solutions or retool their operations in order to manufacture essential medical supplies and equipment, including gowns, coveralls, masks, face shields, testing equipment and ventilators. Interested businesses can submit their proposals through the Ontario Together web portal.
  • The Ontario Government has launched Ontario Together: Help Fight Coronavirus and would like to hear from businesses and organizations who can supply emergency products and innovative solutions to support the COVID-19 response.

Federal Government

NEXT GENERATION MANUFACTURING CANADA (NGen)

    • Next Generation Manufacturing Canada (NGen) announced $50 million in Supercluster funding to support companies as they rapidly respond to the COVID-19 pandemic by building a Canadian supply of essential equipment, products, and therapeutics. Please visit the NGen website for more information.

Advocacy

Advocacy

  • Earlier this week, our Chamber along with our partners Communitech, the Cambridge Chamber of Commerce, and Waterloo EDC  sent a letter to the Prime Minister and Premier on Ontario, outlining recommendations to help better support businesses. We were pleased with the federal government’s response today as they are acting on several of the recommendations in that letter. These measures are important for our local business community, as well as businesses across the province and country. The Prime Minister indicated today that more information about these programs would be available on Monday. As those details become available, we will share it through our updates and on our website.
  • As a follow up to the letter that was sent to the Prime Minister and Premier of Ontario earlier this week, an op-ed was published by the Waterloo Region Record online yesterday and in print today.
  • The creation of the Business and Economic Support Team of Waterloo Region (BESTWR) announced to help all types of local businesses cope with the challenges caused by COVID-19.

Webinars

Webinars

CHAMBER MEMBER PROMOTIONS & UPDATES

During this time, if you are a Chamber member and your business has any special offers, updates, or resources you would like shared with our membership, we want to know! Fill out this short form with your update and we will compile submissions onto our website and share on our social media channels.