COVID-19 is significantly impacting your business.
The Durham Economic Task Force is here to help you navigate this crisis.
Business Recovery Webinars
Featured Upcoming Webinars:
May 12: Spark Centre - TechEx
May 13, May 20, May 27: Digital Main Street - How An Online Store Can Boost Your Business: Free Ontario Program
May 13: Whitby Chamber - In Conversation with Mayor Mitchell
May 18, Jun 29, Aug 10: Digital Main Street - eCommerce 101: What, why, and how
May 18: The Ontario Digital Main Street Initiative - Google Analytics for Small Business: Online Webinar
May 20: BACD - Home Office Expenses – CRA Webinar
May 20: The Ontario Digital Main Street Initiative - Writing Killer Web Content: Online Webinar
May 26: BACD - Digital Durham – THRIVE Online
May 26: The Ontario Digital Main Street Initiative - Social Media Content: Strategy and Planning (Online Webinar)
Jun 8, Jul 27: Digital Main Street - Web Presence 101 - Ensuring Your Foundation Is Set
Jun 15, Jul 27: Digital Main Street - Social Media for Your Business
April 7: Ontario declares state of emergency, issues stay-at-home order
April 1: Ontario, including Durham Region, move back to Provincewide Shutdown
Mar 25: Durham Region Health Class Order for Workplaces Fact Sheet
Jan 29: Shop Durham Region online marketplace now live
Dec 14: Durham Region declares Dec 14-20 Shop in Durham Week
Nov 11: Durham Region announces Shop Durham Region Online Marketplace
Oct 1: Durham Region introduces free online ordering service
Aug 26: Free digital services are now available for Durham businesses through Digital Main Street
> See all Durham Region updates
April 16: Ontario Strengthens Enforcement of Stay-at-Home Order
April 7: Ontario Enacts Provincial Emergency and Stay-at-Home Order
April 1: Ontario Implements Provincewide Emergency Brake
Mar 29: Ontario Supports the Tourism and Hospitality Sectors during COVID-19
Mar 25: Ontario's Action Plan Doubles Ontario Small Business Support Grant
Mar: 18: Ontario Expands Financial Assistance to Include Micro-credentials
Mar 5: Ontario Setting Up Apprentices and Employers for Success
Mar 12: Ontario Continues to Support Business Owners, Workers and Families during COVID-19
Jan 15: Applications Now Open for Ontario's Small Business Support Grant
Jan 12: Ontario Declares Second Provincial Emergency to Address COVID-19 Crisis and Save Lives
Jan 4: Ontario Supporting Home-Based Food Businesses During COVID-19
Dec 21: Ontario Announces new Small Business Support Grant - to Provide up to $20,000 for Eligible Businesses
Oct 13: Ontario Continues to Support Restaurants During COVID-19 Pandemic
> See all Provincial updates
March 23: Government announces extension of Canada Emergency Business Account to help small businesses
March 3: Government Announces Wage and Rent Subsidy Amounts to Remain Unchanged Through to June
Nov 13: Prime Minister announces funding to help Canadians develop skills and find jobs
Nov 5: Details on the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy Extension
Nov 3: Minister Ng announces new measures to help Canadian small businesses access global markets amid COVID-19
Sept 9: Prime Minister announces support for Black entrepreneurs and business owners
>See all Federal updates
The Durham Region Economic Task Force
Durham Region economic organizations are working together to help businesses.
The Durham Economic Task Force (DETF) is made up of Durham Region’s Economic Development and Tourism team; all 8 Durham Region-area municipal economic development teams, Business Advisory Centre of Durham (BACD); and all of Durham’s Chambers of Commerce and Boards of Trade.
The members have also been engaging with other key stakeholders, such as local Business Improvement Associations.
The Durham Economic Task Force’s immediate priorities are to:
- Advocate for the urgent needs of our business community to the Provincial and Federal Governments.
- Provide resources and information about business supports available from various levels of government.
- Work with other levels of government and stakeholders to develop and implement support programming for business owners, affected employees, and their families, who are experiencing financial impacts as a result of COVID-19.
- Provide direct support to help guide businesses through the process of accessing emergency financial assistance and programming from all levels of government.
- Promote Durham Region's small and local businesses.