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Reopening Ontario after COVID-19

Ontario is planning for the next phase of responding to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak – reopening the province.

May 14, 2020

Overview

Ontario is planning for the next phase of responding to the coronavirus (COVID‑19) outbreak – reopening our province.

As a first step, we have developed a framework to guide our approach. This framework outlines the method and principles we will use to reopen businesses, services and public spaces to responsibly lead Ontario’s economy back to a strong position.

Read our framework for reopening our province

The Ontario Jobs and Recovery Committee has a key role in applying this framework. The committee will consult with people and businesses to assess the economic impacts of COVID‑19, learn about their unique needs, and help guide Ontario to our “new normal.”

READ MORE HERE


FedNor COVID-19 Regional Relief & Recovery Fund

FedNor Outreach – May 13, 2020

To our valued partners across Northern Ontario,

Across our region, the COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on small businesses and those who rely on them. Recognizing they are the backbone of our economy, the Government of Canada has implemented a series of concrete and tangible measures to help them retain their employees, pay rent and get capital to pay bills.

Central among these initiatives is the new Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF.) Delivered by FedNor and the other Regional Development Agencies across the country, the RRRF is a special fund to support businesses and organizations affected by COVID-19 who are unable to qualify for other assistance.

The RRRF will help to address gaps left by other measures as part of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan, and complement those already provided by other levels of government, as well as take into account regional needs and realities. Its immediate, concrete help will be tailored to businesses’ unique needs, relieving pressures and helping them pay employees and cover costs. In the months to come, it will position them to play a meaningful role in our economic recovery.

A total of $49.5 million has been allocated in support of Northern Ontario businesses and organizations, and will be allocated through two funding streams.

Regional economy stream in Northern Ontario

FedNor is delivering $24 million of this RRRF investment through its Regional Economic Growth through Innovation program. Eligible applicants include businesses (such as incorporated companies, corporations or co-operatives,) Indigenous organizations (like Indigenous/First Nation/Métis Settlement-owned businesses,) as well as various not-for-profit entities. The RRRF will support a variety of costs or activities to help SMEs and not-for-profit organizations stay solvent over a period of six months and/or begin preparing for recovery beyond the COVID-19 pandemic. The full details are now available on the FedNor website.

Community Futures stream in Northern Ontario

FedNor is partnering with Northern Ontario’s 24 Community Futures Development Corporations (CFDCs) to deliver $25.5 million in RRRF support directly to small businesses and entrepreneurs in rural areas. This includes sole proprietorships or partnerships not covered under the Regional Economy stream. Each CFDC is managing its own application and selection process in accordance with the parameters set out in the RRRF, and will determine ultimate funding recipients in accordance with its own policies and procedures.

To find out more about RRRF funding available through this stream, contact your local CFDC or consult this CFDC directory.

To ensure widespread distribution across Northern Ontario, I strongly encourage you to share this email broadly across your networks using member or client mailing lists, as appropriate. In particular, please share it with any businesses you know that have applied for other COVID-19 emergency supports and were deemed ineligible or declined.

Aime Dimatteo
Director General
FedNor


Other Northern Ontario Workforce Planning Boards

COVID-19 Business Impact Surveys (Part 1) Results

Far Northeast Training Board (FNETB) – April 2020

The area serviced by the FNETB includes the communities along the Highway 11 Corridor from Hearst to Latchford, East of Kirkland Lake it extends to the Quebec border. It also includes the communities of Timmins, Chapleau, Gogama, Elk Lake, Hornepayne, and the communities in the James Bay area.

Link to FNETB Report.

Algoma Workforce Investment Corporation (AWIC) – April 2020

The area serviced by AWIC includes the following communities and areas; Sault Ste. Marie, East Algoma and Superior East.

Link to AWIC Report.


Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS)

As a Canadian employer whose business has been affected by COVID-19, you may be eligible for a subsidy of 75% of employee wages for up to 12 weeks, retroactive from March 15, 2020, to June 6, 2020.

This wage subsidy will enable you to re-hire workers previously laid off as a result of COVID-19, help prevent further job losses, and better position you to resume normal operations following the crisis.

Click link to access the website.

April 27, 2020

COVID-19 Business Impact Survey (Part 1) Results

Northwest Training and Adjustment Board – April 22, 2020

The Northwest Training and Adjustment Board (NTAB) designed a survey to better understand the impact of COVID-19 on businesses and organizations in the Kenora and Rainy River Districts prior to, during and beyond this crisis. Your input from our survey will be shared with municipal, provincial and federal governments as we plan for post crisis recovery.

Thank you to everyone who participated. Your input is invaluable.

Link to Report.

Part 2 to the survey is now available to complete:  COVID-19 Business Impact Survey (Part 2)
The second survey will be used as a benchmark on how things are changing as this pandemic continues.


Other Northern Ontario Workforce Planning Boards

COVID-19 Business Impact Surveys (Part 1) Results

Far Northeast Training Board (FNETB) – April 2020

The area serviced by the FNETB includes the communities along the Highway 11 Corridor from Hearst to Latchford, East of Kirkland Lake it extends to the Quebec border. It also includes the communities of Timmins, Chapleau, Gogama, Elk Lake, Hornepayne, and the communities in the James Bay area.

Link to FNETB Report.

Algoma Workforce Investment Corporation (AWIC) – April 2020

The area serviced by AWIC includes the following communities and areas; Sault Ste. Marie, East Algoma and Superior East.

Link to AWIC Report.


Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS)

As a Canadian employer whose business has been affected by COVID-19, you may be eligible for a subsidy of 75% of employee wages for up to 12 weeks, retroactive from March 15, 2020, to June 6, 2020.

This wage subsidy will enable you to re-hire workers previously laid off as a result of COVID-19, help prevent further job losses, and better position you to resume normal operations following the crisis.

Click link to access the website.

April 27, 2020