COVID-19 is significantly impacting your business.

The Durham Economic Task Force is here to help you navigate this crisis.

Durham Reopening Toolkit

Information compiled by Durham Region Health intended to provide guidance to businesses, including special instructions issued by the Durham Region Medical Officer of Health.

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Digital Services

There are numerous free programs and services that can assist your business with digital transformation, including websites, e-commerce, social media, and process improvements.

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Contact Us

The Durham Economic Task Force is here to support your business. If you have questions about programs, need assistance navigating the COVID-19 crisis, or require support, please contact us for help. 

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Local PPE

As Durham Region businesses work to maintain safety protocols during the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be a need for personal protective equipment as required by Provincial guidelines for various sectors.

Local PPE Directory 

Local E-Commerce

As Durham Region businesses work to expand business access, there is a growing need for e-commerce and marketing services. Explore our directory of businesses in Durham Region that offer these services.

Local e-commerce directory

Local Food

An information resource to residents of Durham Region about where local food can be accessed, and to support our local agri-business community through promotion of their goods.

Local food directory

Downtowns of Durham

Support main street businesses now to help preserve our vibrant communities. Explore the fourteen downtown areas of Durham Region.

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Business Recovery Webinars

Featured Upcoming Webinars and Events:


Aug 2, Sept 13, Oct 25, Dec 6: Digital Main Street - eCommerce 101: What, why, and how

Aug 4, Aug 11, Aug 18, Aug 25, Sept 1, Sept 8, Sept 15, Sept 22, Sept 29: Digital Main Street - How An Online Store Can Boost Your Business: Free Ontario Program

Aug 16, Sept 27, Nov 8: Digital Main Street - Web Presence 101 - Ensuring Your Foundation Is Set

Aug 30, Oct 11, Nov 22: Digital Main Street - Social Media for Your Business


For all scheduled webinars, visit the Invest Durham Calendar

For a list of webinars on-demand, visit Business Support

Recent Updates

Durham Region 

See COVID-19 related updates from the Region of Durham newsroom
Info: Durham Health Guidelines - Ontario Exit Step Reference Sheet
Info:
Durham Region Chambers and Boards of Trade Rapid Testing Program
Mar 25: Durham Region Health Class Order for Workplaces Fact Sheet
Jan 29:
Shop Durham Region online marketplace now live

> See all Durham Region updates


Provincial

March 1: Further changes to public health and workplace safety measures
Feb 14:
Ontario Moving to Next Phase of Reopening on February 17
Feb 9:
Ontario Expanding Access to Free Rapid Tests for General Public
Jan 20:
Ontario Outlines Steps to Cautiously and Gradually Ease Public Health Measures
Jan 18:
Applications Now Open for Ontario Business Costs Rebate Program
Jan 7:
Ontario Providing Supports for Small Businesses, Workers and Families
Dec 22: Ontario Launches New Supports for Businesses
Dec 15: Ontario Cutting Wholesale Alcohol Prices to Support Restaurants and Bars
Dec 7: Ontario Extending COVID-19 Paid Sick Days
May 13: Ontario Launches New Ontario Tourism and Travel Small Business Support Grant


> See all Provincial updates


Federal

Jan 12: Government extends loan forgiveness repayment deadline for the Canada Emergency Business Account
December 22: Temporarily Expanding Eligibility for the Local Lockdown Program and the Canada Worker Lockdown Benefit
October 22:
Federal government announces Targeted COVID-19 Support Measures
July 12:
Federal government launches Tourism Relief Fund to help tourism businesses and organizations recover and grow

>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.

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The Durham Economic Task Force’s immediate priorities are to:

  1. Advocate for the urgent needs of our business community to the Provincial and Federal Governments.
  2. Provide resources and information about business supports available from various levels of government.
  3. 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.
  4. Provide direct support to help guide businesses through the process of accessing emergency financial assistance and programming from all levels of government.
  5. Promote Durham Region's small and local businesses.