ONTARIO BUSINESS COST REBATE PROGRAM
o Businesses will get back 50% of their reported property tax and energy costs from the Province directly. This includes:
§ Education, and municipal property taxes
§ Electricity, natural gas, propane, and heating oil
o Eligible businesses required to reduce capacity to 50 per cent, such as smaller retail stores, will receive a rebate payment equivalent to 50 per cent of their property tax and energy costs.
o Eligible businesses required to close for indoor activities, such as restaurants and gyms, will receive a rebate payment equivalent to 100 per cent of their costs.
o A full list of eligible business types will be available through a program guide in mid-January 2022.
o Online applications for this program will open in mid-January 2022. Payments to eligible businesses will be retroactive to December 19, 2021.
o Businesses will be required to submit property tax and energy bills as part of the application process
Provincially Administered Tax Deferrals
o To help improve cash flows, we are providing a six-month interest- and penalty-free period to make payments for most provincially administered taxes. This will:
§ support businesses in the immediate term while capacity restrictions are in place
§ provide the flexibility Ontario businesses will need for long-term planning
§ The six-month period will begin on January 1, 2022 and end on July 1, 2022.
§ This measure will provide up to $7.5 billion in relief to help approximately 80,000 Ontario businesses.
o Approximately 80,000 businesses will have the option to delay their payments for the following provincially administered taxes:
§ Employer Health Tax
§ Beer, Wine & Spirits Taxes
§ Tobacco Tax
§ Insurance Premium Tax
§ Fuel Tax
§ International Fuel Tax Agreement
§ Gas Tax
§ Retail Sales Tax on Insurance Contracts & Benefit Plans
§ Mining Tax
§ Race Tracks Tax
MENTAL HEALTH & WELLNESS SUPPORT
ConnexOntario: Adults and frontline workers who are dealing with the realities of COVID-19 can call ConnexOntario at 1-866-531-2600 for mental health, addictions and problem gambling support.
BounceBack: A free, evidence-based cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) program that provides guided mental health self-help supports for adults and youth 15+ using workbooks, online videos and phone coaching. Call 1-866-345-0224.
Kids Help Phone: Children and youth 18 and under who need to talk to someone about their mental health can call Kids Help Phone at 1-800-668-6868, for 24/7 virtual, phone and text support.
Good2Talk: A phone and texting service that provides confidential support to post-secondary students. Call 1-866-925-5454.
ONTARIO TOGETHER PROGRAM
The Government of Ontario has launched a new website intended to harness the resources and innovation of Ontario’s business community to help respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.
On this website, businesses can:
Sell medical supplies
find personal protective equipment (PPE)
submit ideas to solve current problems, or
volunteer to help protect against COVID-19
EHANCED SAFETY GUIDELINES
The Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development released new safety guidelines to protect workers, customers and the general public from COVID-19 as we prepare for a gradual reopening of the provincial economy.
They build on the 60+ guidelines developed by Ontario’s Health and Safety Associations in response to COVID-19 for various sectors such as retail, health care, construction, transportation, police services, firefighters, and transit employees.
HIRE AND TRAIN
To make it easier for small- to medium-sized employers to find the skilled employees they need, Ontario is establishing new grant programs to train apprentices towards program completion and trade certification.
A new Group Sponsorship Grant reduces the pressure on any single employer to see an apprentice through to completion in training. This also exposes apprentices to a wider range of skills to increase their career success.
DIGITAL MAIN STREET
A program that provides support to get your online store live. It creates online stores for independent small businesses and artists at no cost and trains businesses on how to manage it including marketing the store.
Under 10 full-time employees (25 if a restaurant)
registered business in Ontario
can be a business or an artist
home-based or commercial businesses
This is a program that assists businesses with identifying new markets, pivoting their business model, and developing and implementing a deep digital transformation plan.
AVAILABLE PROGRAM STREAMS:
Transformation Team that provide specialized and in-depth digital transformation services and support
Digital Main Street Lab is focused on building collaborations between technology companies and communities
Community Collaboration Projects will connect regional innovation centres and other community-based organizations